Good Sports - High School Football Sideline Film

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- If you've watched a high school football game in the last several years you may have noticed a new trend. Football teams are seeing the game like never before.

"Saturday morning watching the film and going, 'Oh, we made this mistake, why didn't we get this fixed?' Clovis High football head coach Rich Hammond said. "We can see it right then and there."

For football players and coaches, watching the film is an integral part of the game that's usually reserved for preparation before a game and review after.

"This is our second season," Hammond said. "I believe Clovis North was the first ones to have it, for four seasons I believe. When they opened up electronics on the sidelines on four years ago that was the first opportunity for people to use it in high school."

This year, video sideline boards are more prevalent than ever with a handful of schools across the Valley using the technology to make in-game adjustments and exploit opponents weaknesses.

"There's one way when a coach is telling you hey you need to fix this, you need to change this," Clovis West football head coach George Petrissans explained. "But when a player gets to see it on top of that coach coaching you up at the same time. It's a huge advantage."

"This is the generation that lives on visuals," Hammond said. "We can actually show them a video of what's going on, instead of drawing it on a whiteboard or describing it verbally."

"Not everyone is an auditory learner," quarterback Adrian Martinez said. "You can hear it from your coaches but when you see it on film, it's huge. You hear it from the coaches and you can hear it and see it and then you perform it on the field."

They're all under the watchful eye in the sky, providing a constant communication between coaches and players.

"That camera never lies, now you go back and you confront that player on that moment of when he said he made that block and now you confront him and show him on that film on how it can improve or how he is seeing it differently that what you thought," Petrissans said. "The eye in the sky never lies. I love it, I don't ever want to go back, that's for sure."

It's technology that's become a touchdown.
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