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How An Athlete Evaluation App Reduces Data Entry

How An Athlete Evaluation App Reduces Data Entry

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Whether your sports organization has a group of full-time employees, a crew of volunteer coaches, or you are running evaluations on your own, everyone is looking to find extra time. The removal of data entry is one of the main features that make athlete evaluation app so attractive to groups because it can save so much time. 

Data entry typically occurs at the end of an evaluation, camp, or tryout when coaches need to input all collected data in a short period of time. An athlete evaluation app works to reduce this by creating a user-friendly process to avoid this step. Here is how it is done: 

The Set Up

It is common for sports clubs and organizations to have Excel or PDF printouts of all the metrics that they wish to evaluate for an event. Traditionally, these are handed over to the evaluators running the evaluation, where hand-scribbled notes are taken. While using a software solution, evaluators can score athletes right from their mobile phones or tablets instead of printing out hundreds of paper forms.

The Evaluation

Coaches can determine who will be able to see their metrics and score the evaluations by adding people as evaluators. This is a simple process, in which the evaluators get an email request. By following the steps laid out, they now have access to score the evaluations with the metrics that have been set.

Evaluators can use any device of their choosing to score athletes. The mobile app is designed to work offline, where data services or wifi may not be available. The online web browser option will work anywhere that there is a reliable network connection. Either option offers evaluators the opportunity to input the necessary data.

Data Collection

Once data is collected (i.e., the scores, videos, and notes made by evaluators) they are instantly made available to the administrators of the group. The administrator has the option to view an evaluator scores table, which shows them who has submitted data and who they are still waiting on. Once all data is there, coaches can begin viewing the results.

Reporting

With zero data entry necessary, coaches see the data that was collected by all of their evaluators. With SkillShark, they can view this in a few different report formats:

  • Individual Reports: This separates data for each player to be viewed individually. Players are able to see how they score on a specific skill, how they fare to the team average, and view any comments made by the evaluators. These reports can be exported to a PDF format and emailed to each player individually.
  • Weighted Reports: This is best used when selecting players for a specific position. For instance, identify the metrics that are most important to you when choosing a shooting guard and assign a weight to them in your evaluation template (e.g., pullups, layups, and free throws). Using the weighted report, you will be able to see which players are most suited for your team’s shooting guard position.
  • Roster Reports: This report will showcase all collected scores in a grid-like format. Coaches can dive into a specific category (i.e., “physical” category in softball) or a specific skill (i.e., accuracy and mechanics skills in softball) to look at athlete scores.

Category evaluation in roster report

Category evaluation

Skill evaluation in roster report

SkillShark Athlete Evaluations will help to save time by reducing data entry for your organization. Spend less time punching numbers and more time using the data that was collected.

Want to learn more about SkillShark?

The SkillShark product demo is the best way to learn. This includes white-glove setup of your evaluation, tour of SkillShark, and free 25 player trial.

FAQ — How An Athlete Evaluation App Removes Data Entry

Coaches in charge of any sized team in any sport! Soccer, cheerleading, rugby, track & field, and hockey — the list goes on. Evaluation apps can be used to measure metrics that matter to you most regardless of the sport.

No. Evaluation apps don’t come with a big learning curve at all. In a matter of minutes, you can import your players, design an evaluation template, create your first event, and get to inputting scores right away.

• Data entry is reduced.
• Data won’t get lost, stolen, or misused.
• Reports are automatically generated once scores are inputted.
• Rank & compare players while monitoring the individual development of each athlete.
• Make team placemnt decisions quickly and more accurately.

Absolutely. An athlete evaluation app is configurable to your needs. Add new players (or even modify information for existing players) at any point in time.

Once players are sent their individual reports, they can make an account and have access to the the app. However, their access is limited. They will not be able to see other player’s scores, create events, or input evaluation data.

Coaches of sports academies, camps, and scouters can all benefit from athlete evaluation apps.

Athlete evaluation apps helps coaches better plan for evaluations. Before evaluation day, coaches will be able to import players, create player lists, and develop customized evaluation templates (or use a pre-filled evaluation template) that can be used by any evaluator at the event.

elanne

Elanne is SkillShark’s marketing aficionado who is equal parts passionate about sports, marketing and sports marketing. She can usually be found with a golf ball or three in her purse, and her favorite way to spend downtime is out on the course with friends and family.