FNF Coaches Talk — Bulldozer Parents, HUDL Assist, Going for 2 vs. a PAT

FNF Coaches Talk

Happy Friday, Coaches. We wish you all the best of luck this evening. Here are three stories for you.

1. Bulldozer parents ruining school sports, officials fear (The New Jersey Record)

It’s that time of year when parents start weighing on the nerves of coaches. We get it. Maybe Johnny’s not playing as much as Mom and Dad think he should be playing. Maybe Jimmy isn’t being featured in the offense as much as his older brother was a few years ago.

This article addresses a problem that seems to be getting worse in high school football.

“Bulldozer” parents crossing the line in high school sports — constantly questioning decisions by coaches and calls by referees — have become such a major issue in New Jersey that school administrators say they are having a tougher time retaining coaches, and leagues are reporting a decrease in available referees.

Over the summer the National Federation of State High School Associations introduced a video to educate parents on how to handle the myriad of emotions they may experience while sitting in the stands watching their children play.

“The Parent Seat” is a six-minute, how-to-behave video that the federation encourages schools to show parents during preseason meetings.

Poor parental behavior at games includes berating coaches’ decision-making and referees’ calls, confronting them afterward in parking lots, and contacting school administrators to urge firing of coaches.

How do you keep disgruntled parents in line throughout the season?

2. Getting Tech-nical: Hudl Assist improving record keeping, scouting and player development (The Sentinel)

It’s hard to image a coaching staff NOT using HUDL at this point, but some schools with larger budgets use HUDL Assist to get analytical reports that provide further insight for game-planning purposes.

The filming and stat-recording service is part of a suite of technology products available to high school coaches and players, changing everything from college recruiting to practice routines to lineup construction.

It is known primarily among fans and athletes for its easily shareable highlight reels, generated for each player from game film uploaded by the teams. The Nebraska-based company has built on that foundation with Assist, in which its analysts generate full statistical reports from uploaded game film, typically returning the report to coaches within 24 hours.

All of this comes at cost, of course: Cedar Cliff pays $11,200 for the Assist package for all its teams, funded through the athletic budget and with a portion of it offset through booster contributions. Kosydar said the school has found the benefits of the service — reducing time demands on coaches working day jobs, providing more visual and individualized instructions for players, eliminating the need to find stat keepers and videographers — to be worth the investment.

Hudl also offers Hudl Focus, a similar automated video recording service that can be used for livestreaming.

In what ways does your coaching staff use HUDL?

3. When to Go for 2 vs. Kicking a PAT (The Red Zone)

Those of us who watched the Eagles-Packers game last night may have been surprised by Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson’s decision to go for 2 with his team up by 7 points in the fourth quarter. It turns out there’s a chart to help coaches with decisions like that. And the chart says Pederson made the wrong decision.

There’s the chart, which says Pederson should have opted to kick at PAT up 7. That being said, he won a Super Bowl with some of this style of unconventional decision-making, so who are we to criticize?

Besides the score, what factors do you weigh when deciding whether to go for 2 after a touchdown?

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