How Data Can Change the Player-coach Meeting

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 5, 2018 9:34:57 PM

There are 28 different categories for which a women’s soccer player at the University of North Carolina receives a score – every day, in practice and in games.

It’s part of an effort by head coach Anson Dorrance to develop what he has labeled a “competitive cauldron,” a developmental environment which encourages – even demands – competition between teammates.

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Topics: Data Tracking, Coaching, Data Science

Dealing with Over- and Under-Confident Players

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 29, 2018 8:32:53 AM

 

I came across a good quote recently from a guy named Ric Charlesworth. He’s a famous Aussie cricket and field hockey player and coach who also served as a member of the Australian Parliament for 10 years.

Charlesworth is credited with saying, “The interesting thing about coaching is you have to trouble the comfortable and comfort the troubled.”

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Topics: Data Tracking, Coaching, Effective Communication

Peaking vs Freshness in Team Sports

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 23, 2018 11:05:22 AM

There is a growing school of thought that training you team to “peak” at a certain time of the year is no longer the best idea in team sports.

In individual sports like swimming or track, sure, peaking will always be important. it’s pretty obvious that the athlete wants to peak at precisely the right time to put in their best performance of the season in the big event.

But with team sports, it’s not all that feasible that coaches will be able to get all their athletes – or at least the right group of them – to peak at the same time. Injuries, different work-ethics, and varying outside factors of each athlete all contribute to an unmanageable peaking calendar.

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Topics: Recovery, Data Tracking, wellness

Are You Keeping Up with Changing Technology

Posted by Tim Nash on Oct 25, 2018 10:42:24 AM

Just when you think you have a handle on the most recent technology, it changes. Just when you have almost perfected a method of communicating with your team, a better way comes along.

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Topics: Data Science, Coaching, Data Tracking

They Are Fit, But Are They Fresh?

Posted by Tim Nash on Aug 8, 2018 10:22:31 AM

For many teams in many sports, it’s pre-season time again. Coaches are realizing the despite all their pleading and warnings, their players are not at fit as they should be.

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Topics: Data Tracking, Coaching, Data Science

No Need to Jump to Conclusions Anymore

Posted by Tim Nash on May 31, 2018 8:31:57 AM

 

So, you have a player who is not performing as well as you’d like, and it’s frustrating. They are among your most talented players, but they just don’t get it done.

You have your own theories as to why, and over time you convince yourself you are right – he’s just lazy, he’s too slow, he’s not aggressive enough.

But what if you are wrong? What if there is a simple explanation that neither you nor the player have considered? What a waste that would be.

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Topics: Data Tracking, Coaching, Data Science

Coaches and the Seduction of Certainty

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 26, 2018 11:10:01 AM

I came across a phrase the other day that caught my attention, and it got me thinking about a trap into which coaches easily fall.

After a little bit of success, loosely attributed to some correct decisions, coaches can start feeling pretty good about themselves. And that’s the point where the coach is susceptible to falling victim to the condition I read about. It’s called “The Seduction of Certainty.”

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Topics: Data Tracking, Coaching, Elite Sports Teams

How Objective Data Can Change the Player-Coach Relationship

Posted by Tim Nash on Apr 18, 2018 1:09:06 PM

There are 28 different categories for which a women’s soccer player at the University of North Carolina receives a score – every day, in practice and in games.

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Topics: Data Tracking, Coaching, Data Science

Stop Guessing at Performance Issues

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 8, 2018 11:29:41 AM

So, you have a player who is not performing as well as you’d like, and it’s frustrating. They are among your most talented players, but they just don’t get it done.

You have your own theories as to why, and over time you convince yourself you are right – he’s just lazy, he’s too slow, he’s not aggressive enough.

But what if you are wrong? What if there is a simple explanation that neither you nor the player have considered? What a waste that would be.

“People make choices based on what they know, and if they don’t have all the information, they can’t make the best choices,” says Darcy Norman, AS Roma’s director of performance and a DRIVN user. “Collecting data helps you make a more informed decision.

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Topics: Data Tracking, Injury Prevention, Recovery, wellness, Coaching, Data Science, Athletic Performance, Fitness

Let's Talk About ACLs - Part Two

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 4, 2018 11:00:00 AM

If you missed the first post in this series, click here

I coach girls soccer. The girls I am currently coaching are between 13 and 15, so the following sentence from a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) certainly caught my eye.

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Topics: Injury Prevention, Sports Performance, Strength Training, Data Tracking, Athletic Performance