Improving performance. Lessons from US sport


Following on from our discussion yesterday about adopting one or two of the techniques the enormously successful GB Olympic cycling team there are other areas where a technical advantage can be sought.

Football is awash with metrics these days.  Clubs know things about their players they never even wondered about 10 years ago, leading to more informed decisions.  It is probably no exaggeration to suggest that a club like Celtic will have some information on thousands of players.  At the top level, much of this information will be fresh in the minds of coaches and scouts, and will easily be recorded on a database, but scouting permeates through youth football.  Acquiring and assimilating information on the many hundreds of players on view each month is an information challenge.

The US sports were early to get on top of this problem.  SportsBoard is a iPad-based data capture and management app which enables coaches and scouts to record information on players (their own players and others) as they watch the game.  Data is uploaded from the iPad to a cloud-based database.  Information and comment on each player or opposing team can then easily be analysed.

The alternative would be to scour through unstructured notes without any way of controlling the up-flow of information.

The app has also been used to provide instant metrics to first team squads.  Players can get home from training, login and see how their performance was rated that day, allowing them to adjust their own target for the next session.  I spoke to the designer, Gregg Jacobs, who has received a ton of media coverage in the US over the last two years.  He told me this was about providing “more meaningful feedback”.   Take a look at the Assessment and Contact Management features, which has screenshots of the ‘soccer’ app.

So this week we’ve covered orthopaedic pillows on tour and leg heaters from the GB cycling team, as well as a scouting management and instant metrics system from US sports, all low-cost and designed to reduce risk and improve performance.

Should we do it?
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  1. sixtaeseven – 4 fouls 4 cards & penalty, a day in the life



    13:35 on 21 January, 2013



    ‘I’ve noticed in the big rugby games that subs and the sin-binned guys jump on to static bikes at the side of the dugout to keep them ready for action.



    Never seen this at the fitba, wonder why?’





    Because it’s poncy.

  2. Travelling to Alloa from Glasgow tomorrow



    got a sat nav etc …but advice from anyone with local knowledge as to the easiest route would be helpful

  3. Mike Wolfe: I’m Mike Wolfe.



    Frank Fritz: And I’m Frank Fritz.



    Mike Wolfe: And we’re pickers.



    Frank Fritz: We travel the back roads of America looking for rusty gold. We’re looking for amazing things buried in people’s garages and barns.



    Mike Wolfe: What most people see as junk, we see as dollar signs.



    Frank Fritz: We’ll buy anything we think we can make a buck on.



    Mike Wolfe: Each item we pick has a history all its own. And the people we meet? Well, they’re a breed all their own. We make a living telling the history of America… one piece at a time.



    AP CSC

  4. The manager stated he would have no more questions on Sevco. Hence MSM have decided to go into overdrive and publish all sorts of trivia about a non entity of a league. Their circulation is dramatically following and soon they will be no more. It does not matter if they have a 10 page centre spread on oldco or Sevco , it’s over for the printed newspaper industry particularly in Scotland where numbers were higher per head than anywhere else in UK.



    The program yesterday on Radio Scotland (mentioned by Battered Bunnet early doors today) highlighted the decline in readers. The decline will acclerate now due to the vicious circle of : circulation, advertising volume/rates, pricing and general economic situation. The cuts will be administered from London and Sevco fans with typewriters (yep some are still in 20th century ) will be hit hardest. With new media developing , somebody will find a model that works – maybe a low cost annual fee.



    The only option for Jacko, Leckie, Richard Wilson , Iain King and the rest will be on Jabbas gravy train or the BBC with Al Lamont and his pro Sevco BBC service ( pretty sure Richard Gordon sees a junior Jabba in the making here ). It probably helps explain a little the constant pandering to a deid football club.

  5. PFayr,



    Train from Queen Street goes straight to Alloa once an hour.



    If you’re heading by car the route is M8 east, M80 towards Stirling. M876 towards Kincardine Bridge and then cut over the new Clackmannan Bridge.



    Takes around 40 minutes unless you hit rush hour getting out of Glasgow. Alloa doesn’t have a rush hour!

  6. ASonOfDan, I hear you.



    bunburybhoy, probably not, but there will be a stat on how many crosses a player puts in successfully/hits the first defender with.



    voguepunter, aye.



    Peter Principle, incredible.



    Boy Jinky, very true.



    weeron, very good point. Warm down.



    Glendalystonsils, perhaps not.

  7. Gordon J


    The ‘very round’ wheels was a joke.





    The cycling ethos is spend time and money improving fitness and strength. Most professional footballers have the skill and should continue to try and improve, but how often do we hear about players being tired after 2 games in a week? Barca players don’t stop for 90 mins Celtic should be the same.

  8. South Of Tunis on

    bournesouprecipe @ 13 52.



    Episode featuring the Piaggio Ape was a huge thing in Sicily . Old farmers across the island began to dream of how much their Ape would fetch.

  9. Paul67


    Should we do it?



    Of course should, the old adage that you cannot manage what you cannot measure is true and football like any industry has to follow industrial management trends or die.



    On measuring as a means of managent (what a loose link) it is not just player performances that need measured so too does management, not in terms of individuals although that will come but in terms of governance.


    In that respect the SFA itself must culturally accept it has to become accountable by putting measurments in place that enabled their perfomance to be assessed in terms of meeting those measures.

  10. the boy jinky



    13:37 on 21 January, 2013





    Im sure ive seen someone in the spl warm up on bikes .. Mighta been dundee utd






    Think it was mc Greggor ;-))

  11. Alex Thomson and Mark Daly are speaking at Napier Uni now on subject of msm handling of Rangers demise.


    It can be followed by checkin @Thomson_scott who is tweeting on the event.

  12. DeniaBhoy – true what you say about cyclists and their ability to keep going with injury – I’m just recalling David Millers big gashes he received from a chainring across the calf in the TdF last year. Didn’t stop him.

  13. South Of Tunis on

    Juve / Llorente Drogba .



    The on /off guff continues .



    The 3pm Radio news version ——–



    Juve will not pay the money Bilbao want for allowing Juve to sign him now .



    In consequence — Juve will up their efforts to sign Drogba .



    We’ll see .

  14. I reckon the difference in money for what we would get for hooper between now and summer is only around 3m so i would hold onto him…



    If he bangs in loads more esp some against juve even with only 12mnths left on his contract more teams will be in for him and teams spend more in summer window therefor i could see us get anything between 6/10m.



    Espcially if silly spenders like sunderland,qpr ,west ham fet involved.



    We sell now for 7/8m our chances of beating juve go way down. I think he will be quiet happy waiting til summer knowing that he will still have Epl offers. More offers than just norwich to choose from



    We should play norwich at there own game and offer 2/3m for holt, houlahan or snodgrass.

  15. Read from bottom to top




    Owen O’Donnell‏@owenod



    “Chick Young’s a good guy, he helped me a lot” Mark Daly




    Retweeted by Scott Thomson


    Expand Reply













    22mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘I know from journalists working right now in Glasgow that pressure from Rangers fans affects their editorial decisions.’ Alex Thomson
















    24mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘I genuinely felt sympathy with the Rangers fans’. Mark Daly
















    25mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘Rangers fans were royally shafted in this.’ Mark Daly
















    25mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘I’ve had a lot of help from Rangers fans’ Alex Thomson
















    31mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘It was a roller coaster from start to finish’ Mark Daly
















    33mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘There are many elements of this story which have not been covered. I am convinced we will never hear the full story’ Mark Daly
















    40mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘Who are the only people that made money out of this sorry mess? Duff and Phelps’ Mark Daly
















    42mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘The SPL tried to fall over backwards to keep Rangers in the SPL.’ Alex Thomson
















    52mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘A lot of the bloggers had a pro-Celtic, we hate Rangers agenda’ Alex Thomson
















    56mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘I was shocked by the tsunami of abuse that came my way. I quite enjoyed some of the intelligent abuse that came my way’ Mark Daly
















    57mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘What has amazed me is that a lot of fans still leap to defend David Murray. He made Rangers unsellable with the tax scheme’ Alex Thomson
















    58mScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘You should wake up in the morning as a journalist and challenge people who are in power. That is how you do your job’ Alex Thomson
















    1hScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘Charles Green’ Alex Thomson 2/2
















    1hScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘They didn’t do their job over David Murray, they didn’t do their job over Craig Whyte. I don’t know if they are doing their job over’ 1/2
















    1hScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘Seats on the plane’ Mark Daly
















    1hScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘The same applies to the other side of the Old Firm. (David Murray) He would take his favoured journalists off to nice, they had special
















    1hScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘David Murray had a hold of the Scottish press, he had a circle of journalists’ Mark Daly
















    1hScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    ‘The sports media in Scotland and particularly in Glasgow were unwilling to cover the story’ Alex Thomson













    1hScott Thomson‏@thomson_scott



    Both Mark Daly and Alex Thomson saying they never had an interest in Sports journalism or teams in Scotland

  16. PFAyr.



    It’s very easy if you take the M9.get off at the Kincardine slip road,go over the new Kincardine Bridge, turn left after the bridge.About two miles from there,follow the signs.

  17. Good Afternoon all,



    Just back from sunny Lanzarote – why did I bother returning – s(no)w joke!



    I mentioned previously, and do so again here, in order to obtain some leverage with the SFA (and for that matter with the SFL), why don’t we suggest that we will choose not to enter the Scottish Cup and the League Cup next year. These competitions require an application from clubs to enter I believe, so it would be very interesting to see reaction to such a proposed course of action. The amounts of revenue gained from each competition could easily be computed to the maximum extent (say, winning them, even if that is arrogant which goes against the grain), compared to the potential advantages of having free weekends and weekdays to prepare for european matches (again, possible arrogance on our part?) and the revenue to be derived therefrom. Worth a punt?



    Another issue of more immediate importance is the forthcoming elections for office bearers of the SFA. We need to ensure that a candidate is put forward for President of the SFA – due in Feb I believe? Can an individual fan if they were a club shareholder thereby having a stake in the game propose someone likeTurnbull Hutton or would it have to be a member (i.e. club). If the former, I would certainly be willing, if the latter how can we ensure that Celtic or some other club actually does this, so as to avoid an unopposed re-election which is in most definitely not in the interests of anyone who has the future of Scottish football at heart?



    I would be interested to hear the views of others.




  18. Got txt today saying bobo balde trainging with partick .. This true ?



    Also said mccourt fell out with lennon and hes training with partick aswel at minute.



    Anyone here this ?



    Thought bobo was well retired

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