MT. VERNON —
Motivation is a key part of pushing an athlete to be the best.
Mt. Vernon's football team is using video as a motivator, and that technique is not limited to Friday nights. It's bled over to the summer months as well.
Last summer under coach Jared Shaner, Mt. Vernon started periodically filming some of its scrimmages. That practice has continued this year. The film is used to evaluate and grade each player's performance.
The team uses an elevated camera, which is about as tall as a football goal post. It's also the same one setup in the north end zone during home games at J.D. Shields Memorial Stadium. It gives a higher vantage point and can capture a wide swath that includes the entire line of scrimmage.
“We don't do it every practice,” Shaner said.
The reason is the time it takes to assemble and tear down. Shaner said it requires about 10 to 15 minutes to erect and the same amount of time to dismantle.
“But it's really valuable at times,” he said. “So last summer we really started to use it when we were going to do a scrimmage situation.”
Mt. Vernon also has a hand-held video camera coaches can use when more versatility is needed.
“An assistant coach, if they, want, if they say, 'Hey we really need to see this drill on film; they'll just take it ground level somebody's filming like you normally would. We'll do that for individual positions.”
Shaner said normally the athletes are notified of an approaching film day. Within a couple of days, the conclusion of a practice is spent watching the video.
Shaner in addition to being the team's head coach is also over the offensive skill position players. He goes into a film room with the Rams quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.