Tag, You’re It: Five Candidates to Help Tag Your Games

We’ve com­piled a list of eas­i­ly-acces­si­ble can­di­dates for you to des­ig­nate as your tagger.

Tag, You’re It: Five Candidates to Help Tag Your Games

We’ve com­piled a list of eas­i­ly-acces­si­ble can­di­dates for you to des­ig­nate as your tagger.

Game days can be a hec­tic time for coach­es. You’re field­ing last-minute ques­tions about your game plan and final­iz­ing the per­fect pre-game speech to moti­vate your team. 

Whether you coach foot­ball, soc­cer, vol­ley­ball or bas­ket­ball, tak­ing advan­tage of our live tag­ging options can save you and your staff count­less hours. Gone are the days of data entry. But, unless you have a fair­ly large sup­port staff, find­ing some­one to tag your games can some­times be a chore.

The good news? We’ve com­piled a list of eas­i­ly-acces­si­ble can­di­dates for you to des­ig­nate as your tagger. 

If you’re a coach that already has a des­ig­nat­ed tag­ger, awe­some! Now you’ll have a list to ref­er­ence when your tag­ger calls in sick or graduates.

So who exact­ly are these tag­gers just wait­ing to be called upon? Let’s start with the obvious.

Student Managers

They do every­thing from shag­ging down rebounds to mak­ing sure the team is hydrat­ed, so why not ask your stu­dent man­agers to take a big­ger role on game day?

Since they are famil­iar with all the play­ers on the team, iden­ti­fy­ing which play­ers to attribute stats to is a breeze and they’re more-or-less required to be at all your games. Sounds like a per­fect tag­ging can­di­date to us!

Our live tag feature for soccer

The A.V. Club

If your school hap­pens to have an audio-visu­al club, hit up the club pres­i­dent to see if any mem­bers would like to help you tag games.

What bet­ter real-world video expe­ri­ence is there for stu­dents than record­ing a game and tying footage to spe­cif­ic moments in time? Alright, we may have made tag­ging live stats sound more glam­orous than it real­ly is, but the point remains: you ben­e­fit from hav­ing expe­ri­enced video­g­ra­phers record and track your game and stu­dents ben­e­fit from gain­ing real-world experience.

Family Members

A fam­i­ly that tags togeth­er, stays together.

Reach out to rel­a­tives that have tak­en a great inter­est in your career and explain to them the val­ue of the data they would be help­ing you col­lect on a game-by-game basis. Once they see how they could be direct­ly affect­ing your team’s chances of win­ning and improv­ing through­out the sea­son, they’ll be more inclined to help out.

Asking your play­ers if they have any fam­i­ly mem­bers that would like to help tag games is a great option as well as this could be a great way for them to stay in touch with rel­a­tives. Case in point, Glen Lee, head coach of the Lincoln Cardinals var­si­ty girls bas­ket­ball team (Oregon), shares game footage with one of his player’s grand­par­ents for tagging.

The grand­par­ent loves watch­ing his grand­daugh­ter play, but he lives in San Diego. By help­ing Coach Lee tag games, he not only helps the Cardinals track stats through­out the year, but gets to stay con­nect­ed to his fam­i­ly back in Oregon.

Aspiring Athletes

As with any high school, you have plen­ty of younger ath­letes that look up to mem­bers of the var­si­ty teams.

Since these ath­letes have a great inter­est in your pro­gram, get them involved by tag­ging your games. They will get an inside look at the var­si­ty expe­ri­ence” and pick up on some of the game’s nuances that aren’t a part of low­er lev­els of competition.

Feeling a lit­tle skep­ti­cal about this option? Don’t be. During our recent com­pa­ny field trip to Clarkson, NE, we learned that both Clarkson-Leigh var­si­ty bas­ket­ball teams have mid­dle school stu­dents tag their games to great success.

In fact, stu­dents at this age can find the fun in what is often con­sid­ered a tedious exer­cise as evi­denced by the two sixth graders that tagged Clarkson-Leigh’s var­si­ty boys bas­ket­ball game. Whenever they had to tag a blocked shot, they would yell out Block! Block! Tag it!”.

Live tag for football

Injured Reserve

Last but cer­tain­ly not least, you can reach out to any play­ers on your team that have been side­lined by injury. Unlike stu­dent man­agers, injured play­ers don’t have any oth­er respon­si­bil­i­ties that can divide their attention.

In addi­tion, tag­ging your games can help keep them engaged and make them feel like they are still con­tribut­ing to the team (which they are!).

To learn more about live tag­ging, check out our sup­port pages for foot­ball, soc­cer, vol­ley­ball and bas­ket­ball or hit up our sup­port team with any questions!

The fea­tures dis­cussed in this blog are only avail­able to users of our foot­ball, soc­cer, vol­ley­ball and bas­ket­ball platforms.