Grow The Game Invitational: Glenn Morley & 1 Helmet Cam

Glenn Morley GTG Invitational Helmet Cam

My first full day in Thailand for the GTG Invitational provided the perfect way to ease into new surroundings: lacrosse practice. There is nothing else that brings people – and cultures – together as quickly. Ten minutes in and everyone was on a first name basis.

GTG Invitational Practice
Dude, really? Yeah, totally!

The four Americans present (5 more were still on their way) were a bit rusty from the plane ride in, but luckily we had an Aussie in the pack who had arrived in Bangkok a day early (AM, not PM… check).

Team Australia’s Glenn Morley coordinated the practice. Glenn had us partner up for a few drills, which made for a good ice breaker with the Thailand lax players, and then we got right into fast-paced drills.

A starting defender for Australia, it was clear that Glenn knew what he was doing. He used our short practice time wisely, kept the lines short, and incorporated shooting right away. This helped us Americans stay focused and forget about the heat and humidity. Seriously.

Here’s a quick interview I did with Glenn on the fly. He does a great job answering questions to an unprepared reporter.

Thanks Glenn. What an accent!

During the drills portion, Thailand Lacrosse goalie Alex Watanawekin wore a helmet cam that Glenn smuggled through customs.

Glenn Morley GTG Invitational Helmet Cam
Glenn at the airport No, really.

As some of you know, Alex is the starting goalie at University of Utah. Born and raised in Bangkok, Alex is humble, softspoken, and WAY quicker than you. After watching him play this past week, many of us left Thailand away agreeing a player like Alex would be a huge asset for any college team.

Check Alex’s helmet cam footage below. Big Willie Style!

P.S. – Watch it in full screen for the full effect!


  1. I have seen the helmet cams used with good effect in skate boarding, snow boarding and motorcycle racing. Three minutes of lacrosse practice with a helmet cam is not very watchable.  There is too much head movement going on in lacrosse to make something interesting to watch.  Could be useful to use within the context of a more conventional lacrosse video to spice it up though.

      • Jeff:
        I think it is a generational difference.  I am always striving for shots that don’t show the camera shaking or panning wildly.  I even found the Bourne Ultimatum had to much camera shake for my taste.  Anyway it was fun to see the Thailand video and it is interesting to see how lacrosse is being spread with almost religious fervor by the GTG advocates.

      • There is not a simple answer, since it depends on the application.  I would look for solid state memory, and if you want to shoot sports at night good low light sensitivity and optical stabilization.  For a helmet cam the Go Pro looks great to me.  I shoot HD AVCHD, a pain to edit but the resolution is worth it if you every want to go beyond Youtube quality.  Small cameras make for unsteady shots, but almost all consumer camcorders are going tiny.  I use a shoulder mount (Habbycam) which gives some stability, but then I am not a fan of a lot of camera movement.  Could be a generational difference.  For brands, I trust Sony and Canon for conventional camcorders. 
        The new cameras with solid state memory have few moving parts and should be reliable, since they are just a lense and some electronics.
        God luck with your video.  Videomaker magazine is a great source on equipment and techniques.