Let Technology be the Judge

We all meet moments of frustration in the practice regime.  Working to accomplish the same goals can sometimes become a battle ground, even though the coach, mom, and athlete are on the same team.

Teaching and enforcing good technique is often the culprit to these frustrating times. For example, when the mom or coach is telling the athlete that she/he is crossing over on her/his spin, a frequent response is, “No I am not.” Rather than getting into an argument, this would be the time to let technology be the judge.

There is an app that I use called, “Fast Camera.” It is a free app and is very user friendly. Once downloaded, all you have to do is point and shoot. It will automatically take consecutive pictures until you press stop. You will be able to capture every detailed movement that your athlete makes. Under the setting options for the app you are able to adjust the time delay or have no delay at all. A folder manager is available for you to organize photos by athletes. If you are working in a dimly-lit area, you are also able to use the phone light during the photo captures.

This tool is tremendous for all aspects of twirling, but especially when working on compulsories and rolls. As a coach, it helps me to solve problems when I know something just doesn’t look correct. I find that athletes are able to correct their errors and achieve muscle memory quicker when they can see their mistakes and become a part of the process of identifying it. Do your best as a mom or coach to savor the relationship and let technology be the judge.

Amanda Guidroz

Amanda Guidroz is both a Coach and a Master Judge.

One thought on “Let Technology be the Judge

  • July 15, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I have used video taping for a number of years to help teams and individuals see what’s happening. When the athletes see things for themselves (from the coach’s and judges perspective), they suddenly realize we’ve been right all along and appreciate our feedback more. When using video, I pause or freeze clips and it’s easy to see when teams are executing moves correctly, in unison, forms, and even the direction athletes are facing. This is beneficial for the coach and athlete(s).


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