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May 2005

May 2005


5 Tips for Breaking Down Film

If scouting is the lifeblood of baseball, watching film is what makes football tick
by: Patrick Finley
© May 2005

Every coach starts somewhere. Whether it the first year of freshman football in high school or on a Pop Warner team or in a coach’s meeting, most football coaches can remember the first time they started watching film.

For Matt Kelchner, it started at home. Kelchner, head coach of Div. III Christopher Newport, still remembers seeing grainy football film for the first time. It was at home. His father, a college coach, would bring home a film projector and shoot images from his team’s last game on the wall. Kelchner, who was born in 1959, first starting seeing these films in the mid- to late-1960s.

Kelchner was going through it – with his dad – before he probably knew how to run a film projector. And that’s the thing with analyzing film. If scouting is the l....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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