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5 Key Benefits of Athlete Evaluation Software

5 Key Benefits of Athlete Evaluation Software

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 easy is Excel to use for filtering and interpreting 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) Eliminate 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.

Easy scoring ability on SkillShark

With SkillShark, add as many evaluators as you want before the event. Evaluators will have the option to sort players based on jersey colour, jersey number, and name for easy scoring. Additionally, player lists can be created ahead of time to filter players by age, position, or region, allowing evaluations to be conducted easily.

No longer do you need to spend time bringing up 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 eliminate data entry errors, but you can also spend more time with your head up, focusing on what you should be looking at — how athletes are performing.

2) Easy to Learn

If you’re using a clipboard-based evaluation process, your setup will look a little something like this. First, you and the other coaches will need to agree on what skills you are looking to evaluate. Second, you will need to figure out the formatting of the form. How much additional space will you need to allow evaluators to make legible notes? Do you need two or more pages? What size should the columns and rows be?

Once you have decided on a standardized form that works for you, you will need to print it. After printing, reprinting when a mistake is made can become very difficult if you have 100+ athletes to evaluate at your tryout (not to mention a huge waste of paper!). You also have to work through the nightmare of manually managing your player registrations and matching them to the forms.

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

  1. Import players. Players can be imported either from an Excel spreadsheet or 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, customize your own template completely, or use a mix of both!
  3. Create event. Add an event name, start date & time, end date & time. Invite evaluators and add your players to the event.
  4. Evaluate event. Use sliders to rate performance, input time-based scores, add any additional comments (each skill can have its own comments), and attach videos to show players how they perform on the skill they are being evaluated on.

3) Analyze Player Data

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; you don’t even have to lift a finger to manipulate data. Instead, you can now spend that time comparing and ranking players based on the criteria that matter to you most.

4) Prompt 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 players 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 to these transparent scores, 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 tactics for how they can improve those weaknesses.

Individual player report on athlete evaluation software

Individual player report in SkillShark

5) Streamlined 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. That way, parents are getting fed the exact same feedback their child is, eliminating any inconsistencies that arise with the delivery of in-person feedback.

Eliminate data entry, provide prompt feedback to athletes, and streamline parent communication with athlete evaluation software. Long gone are the days of pen-and-paper evaluations. By switching to software, you can spend time on what matters most: leading a team.

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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 eliminated.
• 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 Krainyk

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.