Per­for­mance Ana­lyst Spot­light: Cal­lum Mor­ris, Cana­di­an Women’s Rug­by Team

A tech­ni­cal glitch wasn’t going to slow down the Cana­di­an women’s rug­by team’s run in Rio – not with Cal­lum Mor­ris at the helm of their analysis.

Per­for­mance Ana­lyst Spot­light: Cal­lum Mor­ris, Cana­di­an Women’s Rug­by Team

A tech­ni­cal glitch wasn’t going to slow down the Cana­di­an women’s rug­by team’s run in Rio – not with Cal­lum Mor­ris at the helm of their analysis.

It goes with­out say­ing that when the pow­er went out in the analy­sis suite dur­ing the first day of com­pe­ti­tion at the Olympics, it pre­sent­ed Cal­lum Mor­ris with a less-than-ide­al situation.

But the per­for­mance ana­lyst for the Cana­di­an women’s rug­by team wasn’t flus­tered. He and his staff had read­ied them­selves for poten­tial issues, bring­ing along extra staff to film the match­es if need be. Thanks to Mor­ris’ pre­pared­ness, the crew’s work­flow was only slight­ly inter­rupt­ed, and their efforts helped the Cana­di­an team secure a bronze medal.

Tech­nol­o­gy at times can be tem­pera­men­tal and the abil­i­ty to adapt to plan B and C is vital when you’re in high pres­sure sit­u­a­tions,” Mor­ris, a mem­ber of the Cana­di­an Insti­tute for Sport, said. Things don’t always go as planned, and there­fore you need to be able to adapt.

Focus­ing on the neces­si­ties of the envi­ron­ment allows you to tai­lor your analy­sis to the coach­ing staff needs, and gives a clear direc­tion of what role analy­sis plays and where it’s head­ed towards.”

Mor­ris and his crew cod­ed and ana­lyzed every game with Sports­code Elite, cre­at­ing data­bas­es of oppo­si­tion ten­den­cies. This infor­ma­tion was shared with the coach­es and play­ers, who made their own analy­ses to com­pare notes.

The Cana­di­an team also looked at sta­tis­tics to review the opposition’s ten­den­cies, get­ting a feel for how they play and what strat­e­gy they were like­ly to employ.

The empha­sis on per­for­mance analy­sis has grown expo­nen­tial­ly in recent years, and Mor­ris is pleased at that progress.

The most reward­ing part for me has been com­ing into an envi­ron­ment where analy­sis wasn’t present before and watch­ing the team grow, using analy­sis more and more as time goes on,” he said. See­ing play­ers active­ly want to be involved in analy­sis of them­selves and oppo­nents has been quite reward­ing. To me it means that the analy­sis we’re doing is help­ful and sought after.”

The impor­tance of per­for­mance ana­lyst roles is increas­ing, but so is the num­ber of indi­vid­u­als com­pet­ing for those jobs. Mor­ris stressed that any­one seek­ing to join the field should be very proac­tive. The oppor­tu­ni­ties are out there, but hope­fuls must pur­sue them vig­or­ous­ly if they hope to land one of the cov­et­ed positions.

Be will­ing to reach out to a local club to get the nec­es­sary expe­ri­ence, it doesn’t mat­ter if it’s grass­roots or pro­fes­sion­al sports,” Mor­ris said. The expo­sure to dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ments will only give you more expe­ri­ence and a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the role analy­sis plays in a sports environment.”

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