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5 Key Benefits of Athlete Evaluation Software

5 Key Benefits of Athlete Evaluation Software

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Selecting the most well-rounded players for your team. That is the number one goal in the minds of coaches. Players will be evaluated across a range of skills, scores will be analyzed, and decisions will be made. But, without the use of athlete evaluation software, this process isn’t as easy as 1-2-3.

If we consider the pen-and-paper method still widely used, there are a plethora of challenges it presents. How long will it take for the data to be transferred from the clipboard to the computer? What happens if the data isn’t entered correctly or gets lost? How long will it take to use Excel to generate reports in order to interpret that data?

Save yourself the headache and consider an athlete evaluation software to conduct your next tryout, end-of-year evaluation, or mid-season performance evaluation.

1) Reduce Data Entry

With athlete evaluation software, it’s incredibly easy to score an athlete with just the tap of a screen. Create an evaluation template ahead of time, outline the skills that will be evaluated, and simply rank players using any mobile device.

No longer do you need to spend time bringing out your clipboard, locating the player, and making notes with a pen (a note which may not be legible when it’s read later). This means that not only can you reduce data entry errors, but you can also spend more time focusing on what you should be looking at — how athletes are performing.

Easy athlete scoring ability on SkillShark

2) Cut Down Evaluation Time

With leading athlete evaluation software, you can set up everything needed for your evaluation in a matter of minutes:

  1. Import players. Players can be imported either from an Excel spreadsheet or a player management software such as TeamSnap, SportsEngine, or Linkt.
  2. Create an evaluation template. A pre-filled evaluation template comes readily available based on your sport. Use these pre-determined metrics or customize your own evaluation template completely!
  3. Create event. Add an event name, start date & time. Next, invite all of your evaluators, giving them each access to the evaluation template you have created.
  4. Evaluate event. Use sliders to rate performance, input time-based scores, add any additional comments, and attach videos on any mobile device.

3) Unlock Player Insights

Let’s go back to the paper-based system again. Once you have been through the setup process and have collected all the data, how do you even begin interpreting the data. As most sports organizations don’t have a data scientist on hand, figuring out how to sort segment players and visualize data becomes incredibly time-consuming. As a result, proper insights can’t be gathered and team placement decisions aren’t made with 100% accuracy.

However, if you’re using evaluation software, analysis is a piece of cake. Once scores are inputted during evaluations, they are then readily available for analysis in an array of reports. You can now focus on comparing and ranking players to make important drafting decisions.

Score grid reports on SkillShark

Note: Leveraging reports after a mid-season or year-end evaluation is great to monitor individual player progress or compare development between two players.

Monitor player progress

Individual player development reports in SkillShark

4) Provide Athlete Feedback

Athlete development is essential for long-term success. As much as players want to win each game, they also want to become well-rounded athletes who are adept at many skills. However, if an athlete isn’t told what to work on by their coaches, how will they know what skills to develop?

By using athlete evaluation software, coaches can provide immediate, professional reports sent straight to the inboxes of their athletes. Players can see how they score across each skill and how they fare to the team average. In addition, players can view any attached comments or watch videos of themselves performing that skill.

While coaches often don’t have the time to give this level of detailed and prompt in-person feedback during practices, individual reports can supplement in-person feedback. Athletes will have a clear understanding of how they are performing, what areas they need to work on, and tips for how they can improve on certain areas.

Player feedback report

Individual player report in SkillShark

5) Streamline Parent Communication

Parents will almost always have questions about how their child is progressing. With the money, time, and energy commitment parents are making to a sports team, parents want to ensure their child is getting the most out of their sports experience.

Instead of trying to decipher handwritten notes, coaches can share scores, comments, and video feedback with parents through individual reports. When sending a report to an athlete, coaches can send a copy to the parents as well. This way, parents are getting fed the exact same feedback their child is, eliminating any inconsistencies that arise with the delivery of in-person feedback.

Want to learn how SkillShark works?

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 — Benefits of Athlete Evaluation Software

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

No. Evaluation software doesn’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.
• Easily run reports once scores are inputted.
• Rank & compare players while monitoring the individual development of each athlete.
• Make team placemnt decisions quickly and more accurately.

There is no limit. Whether you have 10 player or 1,000, an evaluation software has the capabilities to evaluate any number of players.

Athlete evaluation software, such as SkillShark, offers the below reports:

• Scoring grid: Coaches can look at scores across categories (i.e., hitting, blocking, defense, and fitness in volleyball). They can further look at the scores of a specific skill within that category. I.e., Coaches can look at hitting, power, and attack scores within the category of hitting.
• Strengths & weaknesses: If coaches are choosing between 2-3 players for the goalie position on their hockey team, they can see how these players stack up against one another across a variety of skills (up to 5 skills).
• 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 forward player and assign a weight to them in your evaluation template (e.g., accuracy, shot velocity, forward skate, and game sense). Using the weighted report, you will be able to see which players are most suited for your team’s forward position.

Absolutely. Athlete evaluation software 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 software. However, there 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 software.

Athlete evalaution software 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 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.