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Friday, February 15, 2013

Varsity Xtra: Seeing is believing -- video has attention of players, coaches

Fox Chapel boys basketball coach Zach Skrinjar takes his team to the movies almost every day of the week.

But instead of eating buttered popcorn and watching famous actors, these Foxes might eat a doughnut left over in the coaches office as they watch basketball players on a screen in a room near the Fox Chapel gymnasium.

Fox Chapel's team watches 10 to 15 minutes of game videos nearly every day before practice. Sometimes, they watch themselves. Sometimes, they watch an upcoming opponent.

The frequency of Fox Chapel's movie-going is an example of how popular watching game videos has become in high school basketball scouting these days. The scouting also has gone high-tech, making use of digital video and the Internet.

For example, just about all the 61 boys and girls teams in WPIAL Class AAAA this season have access to all AAAA games through StatEasy, a new Pittsburgh-based company that is making a dent in the high school and college sports video market.

Just about all Class AAAA teams agreed to download all of their home games to the StatEasy web site by 11 p.m. the night of the game. Through the company's web site,, a coach can call up a game to watch on his laptop or computer tablet, such as an iPad.

The WPIAL playoffs start tonight and pairings were released Tuesday night. By Wednesday afternoon, Upper St. Clair boys coach Danny Holzer had watched six games on of Norwin, his team's first-round opponent...Read more»

By: Mike White