Technology in Sports: How Evaluation Software Helps
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Technology in sports constantly evolving. Wearable technology, such as heart rate monitors, tracks breathing patterns in athletes. Sensors, such as radar speed guns, measure throwing speed in baseball and serving speed in tennis. And virtual reality helps athletes fine-tune certain aspects of their performance. I.e., A golfer looking to improve their swing will wear a headset, immersing them into almost any golf course, while they hold a VR golf club to practice their swing.
Coaches can now have access to one application to segment players into lists (by jersey colour, age, region, etc..), score players across a range of core metrics at tryouts, camps, or evaluations, and have instant access to that data for simple analysis.
Drafting teams, providing athletes with feedback, comparing players, and monitoring individual athlete development just got a whole lot easier.
Interested in stepping into the sports tech world and seeing what evaluation software has to offer? Keep on reading as we discuss why this software should be used across your sports organization or academy.
1) Evaluation metrics can be customized
As each sport has different rules, levels of physical exertion, and skill levels, evaluation metrics vary across sports as well. A coach evaluating athletes at a tennis tryout will be scoring athletes on different metrics than a coach evaluating athletes at a soccer tryout would.
With sports evaluation software, all a coach has to do is create an account (the account will ask for the sports team’s name and category), and then depending on that category selected, an evaluation template will come pre-filled. If a coach creates an account for their tennis team, an evaluation template will come filled with metrics such as volleys, groundstrokes, ball judgment, and mental toughness. If a tennis coach wants to add any additional metrics to the template (or delete any of the pre-filled metrics), they can do so.
2) Evaluation data is instantly stored
Once evaluation metrics are set, scores can be collected. Rather than having to print out dozens and dozens of spreadsheets to give to each of your evaluators on the day of your event, evaluators can all use the software to evaluate athletes.
Athletes can be scored on the app by using the score slider or manually entering a single score (i.e., run time). As soon as evaluations are finished, the scores are instantly stored in reports for easy analysis. Instant data upload removes all issues with the traditional pen-and-paper approach to athlete evaluations: data entry, lost data, and misused data.
3) Access to detailed reports
Data is instantly stored and ready to review in report format. But, what can coaches do with this valuable data? Players can be ranked from highest to lowest by their scores within a category or a skill. If we take hockey, for example, player scores can be ranked from highest to lowest in the category forward. This takes an average of all the skills that were collected during a “Forwards” evaluation, such as speed, acceleration, and agility. However, if a coach wanted to further look at how players ranked across the skill speed, they could only look at singular scores within a category.
Coaches can have a holistic view of scores, showing them how well a player would be suited for a forward position; they also can further refine their analysis and hone in on one specific skill within that category. The results? Decisions are backed by data, not assumptions.
4) Communicate with athletes
Now more than ever, athletes are seeking feedback that will help them become more well-rounded players.
By turning to athlete evaluation software, coaches can provide immediate, professional reports as though they were providing feedback in person. Players can see their strengths, and weaknesses and what to work on to better themselves for the future.
In addition, parents often have questions about evaluation results. Coaches can share full reports with parents so they are kept in the loop of their child’s performance progress.
Technology in sports is affecting all areas of our lives, and now more than ever coaches want a streamlined solution to collect scores and provide athlete feedback. SkillShark combines the two worlds of technology and sports into one cost-effective and easy-to-use software.
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Wearable technology, sensors, timing systems, and virtual reality are some examples of common sports technologies.
The rise of technology in sports has paved the way for greater access to athlete and team data. Coaches no longer have to be a part of a professional sports team to acquire the same level of analytics.
Swing & puck speed, swing velocity, jump height, total distance travelled, max speed, acceleration and more.
Technology is used to provide athletes and coaches with a holistic overview on performance. Coaches can use technology to more effectively make team placement decisions and compare players (i.e., a coach compares “distance covered” between two athletes). On the other hand, technology helps athletes measure areas like heart rate, blood pressure, and running time.
Sensors can be attached to any baseball bat and track the motion and orientation of the ball. Coaches can use this data at tryouts to draft players and provide athletes with detailed feedback on their swings throughout the season.
With advances in technology will come more effective methods to track athlete performance, providing them with even more accurate insights into their capabilities and weaknesses.
With access to a larger amount of player data, athlete evaluations can now be conducted fairly and transparently. Athletes will know what criteria were measured (and how it was measured) during tryouts, camps, and evaluations.
Not all athletes will have equal access to the performance enhancing tecnologies available on the market; therefore, skill development may differ.
Specific types of technology, such as sensors in baseball, can be expensive. Sports organizations, camps, and academies might not always be willing to pay the high price.
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.