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
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.
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.
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.”
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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