Take Your Data to the Practice Field, Part 2

In Part 2 of this two-part view inter­view, Chris Coach Vass” Vasseur shows us how your data should shape your prac­tice week dur­ing the sea­son, and answers some ques­tions from coach­es about what they’re underutilizing.

Take Your Data to the Practice Field, Part 2

In Part 2 of this two-part view inter­view, Chris Coach Vass” Vasseur shows us how your data should shape your prac­tice week dur­ing the sea­son, and answers some ques­tions from coach­es about what they’re underutilizing.

0:15 — No 7-on-7 on Mondays?

With lim­it­ed scout team time on the first day of the week, Vass prefers to keep it simple.

2:20 — Monday: Defending the meat and potatoes’

Coach Vass likes to review his opponent’s top five per­son­nel groups regard­less of sit­u­a­tion to start the week. How you set up your Monday prac­tice depends on what per­cent­age of per­son­nel groups your oppo­nent uses.

5:35 — Tuesday: Narrowing it even further

On this day, Vass reviews the top one or two per­son­nel groups, depend­ing on the per­cent­age break­down, and how they’d look against the blitz, if applicable. 

7:00 — Wednesday: Factoring in field posi­tion and down and distance

Vass also talks about TCU’s Purple ball” idea that he implements.

12:50 — With scout­ing, focus on frequency

Vass learned this from Sam Pittman’s staff at Arkansas, if your oppo­nent only does it once — with the excep­tion of trick plays — don’t prac­tice it.

17:20 — The pow­er of prac­tice scripts

Vass shows us how he builds his prac­tice scripts, includ­ing how to use them on the iPad and on the field.

27:30 — #AskCoachVass: What are we missing?

Twitter fol­low­er Mike Parodi asks, what’s the most impor­tant data point that most of us aren’t study­ing? Vass shares a sto­ry about scout­ing Jim Harbaugh’s leg­endary high school coach that demon­strates the val­ue of pre­dic­tive mod­els such as Hudl’s What’s Next?” report.

33:30 — #AskCoachVass: Where’s the bar?

Twitter fol­low­er Mike Parodi asks, how much data is need­ed to make it worthwhile? 

38:45 — #AskCoachVass: How do you han­dle the scout O?

Twitter fol­low­er Jerry Gordon asks, how can I get through a prac­tice with­out yelling at the scout offense?