Tool for Coaches to Audit their PA Practice

Alan Swanton @aswano23

At the close of every season most coaches review, reflect and evaluate the success of the processes they have put in place to support athlete learning and development.  One of these supports is performance analysis (PA), whether the coach is delivering this themselves or has the luxury of an applied analyst to help.  This post explains how coaches can use a simple audit tool to consider their practice in the various aspects of PA. Continue reading “Tool for Coaches to Audit their PA Practice”

Towards the Optimum Visualisation – Cutting Through the Haze…

Alan Swanton @aswano23

I continue to be fascinated by how we can display the data and information we collect on a daily basis in different ways to help us tell a better story of competitive performance.  Not long after my last post on this site, l came across this –

On first glance scrolling down through the home page l was taken by the sheer volume of different options available, some all too familiar and others inquisitively interesting.  The search function across the top of the page grouping the charts by family, input, function and shape provided me with a useful filter through which to explore further.  Continue reading “Towards the Optimum Visualisation – Cutting Through the Haze…”

A Friday Letter

Keith Lyons @520507

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”