4 Ways to Use Stats beyond Analysis

Let stats be your secret weapon to save time, enhance team per­for­mance and build pos­i­tive relationships.

4 Ways to Use Stats beyond Analysis

Let stats be your secret weapon to save time, enhance team per­for­mance and build pos­i­tive relationships.

Throughout the sea­son, you may start feel­ing the pres­sure from the amount of time and work it’s tak­ing to help your team be suc­cess­ful. Let stats be your triple-threat to save time, enhance team per­for­mance and build pos­i­tive rela­tion­ships on and off the court.

Here are a few ways to take advan­tage of the num­bers and unlock suc­cess for your program. 

1. Use Stats to Promote Your Players

Stats are the short­cut to quick and easy high­lights. Filter by ath­lete and spe­cif­ic stat, and with one click, you can save those moments as high­lights for your play­er or team.

I can get a stat on a play in a game and go back and tag it and make my indi­vid­ual high­lights for each one of the kids and it takes me 20 min­utes. The kids can watch it on their own or I can grab them with an iPad and say, This is what I want you to think about.’ From that stand­point, there is no doubt that it has total­ly stream­lined the process. Chad Benedict, Mahomet-Seymour HS (Ill.)

2. Build Playlists from Stats

Set the focus on team devel­op­ment with a week­ly film ses­sion. In just a few clicks, you can cre­ate playlists of the team’s strengths and weak­ness­es, offen­sive and defen­sive sets, and scout the upcom­ing oppo­nents — all right from the stats. Since you no longer have to comb through the game video for the top moments, use that time you saved to edu­cate your play­ers through playlists. 

Try building these playlists for your team: 

  • Your oppo­nent against spe­cif­ic defens­es, such as Opponent vs. 2 – 3 zone’ or Opponent vs. full court press’
  • The best and worst offen­sive pos­ses­sions for each game
  • Defensive rebounds to check where play­ers lose their position

3. Give Homework

Video review is already part of your reg­u­lar rou­tine — take it a step fur­ther and fil­ter a spe­cif­ic ath­lete from your last game. Because you’ve added stats, it’s easy to select an athlete’s indi­vid­ual stats and to pop­u­late the clips. From there, you can pro­vide sug­ges­tions, cre­ate a per­son­al­ized playlist and share it direct­ly to the ath­lete. Let these one-on-one lessons show the ath­lete your inter­est and insight in their development.

volleyball video editing with notes and drawings
Comments are your key to player development.

4. Set Benchmarks and Measure Progress

Determine sea­son goals and let the goals report track them for every game. When your stats are added, the report will auto­mat­i­cal­ly show whether or not the goal was accom­plished. This saves you the has­sle of look­ing through a bookkeeper’s hard-to-read num­bers, plus there’s no need for a calculator. 

Coach Andre Noble at Imhotep High School (Penn.) used them to moti­vate his ath­letes. I set up the goal and the pro­gram itself did the work,” Noble said. It took me a cou­ple of sec­onds. It was perfect…When they (the ath­letes) did a great job, we tried to do some­thing that they like too, so they’re buy­ing in.”

Coach Noble's team goals

Decide on a sea­son goal for free-throw per­cent­age, and if the goal isn’t reached each game, use con­di­tion­ing as a con­se­quence. When a goal is achieved, get cre­ative on how to cel­e­brate their suc­cess. Maybe a game of knock-out or a team vote on what drill to do.

Use these build­ing blocks to estab­lish a foun­da­tion in data. Stats are the ver­sa­tile tool all coach­es need, but maybe didn’t know they had. Try these tips out today to increase video effi­cien­cy in all cat­e­gories, includ­ing high­lights, playlists and goals. 

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