A Friday Letter

Dear All

I have been off researching.

The focus for my interest has been a champion football team, its coach and an analyst.

I am hopeful this letter adds to a theme that has been running through IPAX posts. Last Friday, Laura invited us to think about how we share helpful information with coaches. A month ago, Denise shared her insights into an applied performance analyst meeting a coach for the first time.

Both these posts added to the delightful experiencing of hearing Johnny and Craig talk at HPX17 about their relationship as analyst and coach. Continue reading “A Friday Letter”

How to get data to coaches when they are not by your side… but are within ‘throwing distance’?

Laura Ostler @lauramostler

I frequently get asked to provide competition support, part of this support is about providing coaches with data (video/stats) to inform decisions at a competition.  In my world, this may be between qualification and heats, heats and semi-finals, or between semi-finals and finals, and there may be as little as 15 minutes turnaround time between events.  The same could apply to match analysis with coaches looking to get data for a halftime talk.  In my world, I’m often a long way away from the field of play, often at the back of the stands at a velodrome or a swimming pool, and certainly a long way away from the coach.  So how to get data to the coach when they are not by your side… but they are within ‘throwing distance’? – well I’ll increase this to approximately 100m clear line of sight, i.e. stands to the far side of a hockey pitch, stands to the middle of the velodrome. Continue reading “How to get data to coaches when they are not by your side… but are within ‘throwing distance’?”

Stop, Learn and Adjust

Johnny Bradley @JohnnyBrad1ey

31st August 2017 – the day I left SINI.

Since then I have had time to reflect – the highs and the lows. The ability to reflect is crucial. I wish I had the opportunity to do more of it when working in SINI. I thought to get better I had to work harder, keep the head down, look for more data, more video, find better connections. However, experience has taught me, that sometimes to be better all we need to do is stop and reflect. One of the best coaches I worked with always said to her players “Stop, Learn and Adjust”. As analysts, we need to do the same. If we don’t, we will just burnout. Continue reading “Stop, Learn and Adjust”

Excel: What would we do without it!

Johnny Bradley @JohnnyBrad1ey

When I started on my Performance Analyst journey back in 2005, the landscape was different. YouTube had just been founded, Microsoft launched Windows XP, the highest capacity hard drive you could buy was 500 GB (which weighed a tonne BTW and cost a fortune). We have come such a long way. The job tasks that took 3 hours in 2005 now take just a matter of minutes. Continue reading “Excel: What would we do without it!”

Preparing to meet the coach for the first time

Denise Martin @deniseanalysis

Sometimes the most nerve wrecking aspect of applied performance analysis support is preparing to meet the coach for that first discussion about that they are looking for.  The purpose of this post is to help provide a framework for early career analysts as they prepare for those initial meetings.

In advance of meeting the coach it is critical that you have considered or researched three key elements:

  1. Your capacity to deliver the support
  2. The background of the coach, the athlete / team, the competitive environment in which they operate
  3. Current best practice in PA within that sport

You do not necessarily need to share ANY of this information with the coach, in fact it’s probably best not to, however it should equip you with the knowledge and confidence to hold an intelligent and informed conversation. Continue reading “Preparing to meet the coach for the first time”

The Story He Wouldn’t Allow Me to Tell!! 

Alan Swanton @aswano23

A week is a long time in sport and l have returned to the day job since our catch up last week.  Back to bout analysis and program planning for the year ahead and beyond.  Some of the conversations I had during the Hackathon have stuck in my head, I’ve taken some time to make my notes and to reflect on what was an interesting get together last Thursday.  Myself, Johnny & Denise have also begun to flesh out our thoughts on the mechanisms through which we can build on our catch up on Thurs, your feedback to the post event survey is helpful here so please take some time to fill out, it will influence our thinking as we flesh this out over the coming weeks.  We will put together a plan of action and we welcome all feedback from the group around how best to do this. Continue reading “The Story He Wouldn’t Allow Me to Tell!! “

From the boy in the future (Braidwood, NSW)

Keith Lyons @520507

When I was in primary school (the 1950s!) we had a favourite book, First Aid in English. One of the tests was to try to write appropriate sentences. One I remember very well was the question what is wrong with the following sentence? (It was about a teacher in a classroom.) “Whenever I open my mouth some fool speaks.”

I did volunteer the idea of a Friday Letter from Abbotstown and so I have asked Alan if it was OK for me to write the first one.

I was excited by the amount of volunteers we had to write the letter. This was the queue earlier today Continue reading “From the boy in the future (Braidwood, NSW)”