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Re: Can't resist for long
  • 7/19/2014 11:10:28 AM
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WaqasAltaf, recognition does not come easily in the face of mimicking traditional practices, as is somewhat prevelant in that arena. The defense is always, that traditional ways were followed.

Re: Can't resist for long
  • 7/19/2014 1:02:42 AM
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rbaz, the initial answer to every possibility is a 'no' or 'not possible'. After that stage comes the recognition stage and then the implementation stage. Managers curious to know things will excel and those sticking with their own brainstorming capabilities will only follow when they face criticism for not utilizing what's in hand.

Re: Can't resist for long
  • 7/19/2014 1:00:09 AM
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kq4ym, well the availability of data is an added benefit. Managers with team of good analytics professionals with know-how of sports can expect recommendations from those professionals regarding what moves and tactics work best against a given team and works best for the concerned team. Manager just has to review and approve.

Re: Can't resist for long
  • 7/16/2014 8:38:35 AM
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Wheter manager will be able to make sense of the analytics may be open to question. With so many variables and possible interactions it may be very difficult to come up with a stategy that a manager of another team will be able to counteract.

Re: Going pro
  • 7/15/2014 3:34:21 PM
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@Jim, parental analytics may not be done well -- but they can look good. They'll send nicely done data visualizations along with the highlight videos before too long, if they're not already doing so!

And, sadly, you're no doubt right about the evolution of the sports camp, too. Of course along with the competitive comparison will be the appropriate training regiment to help little Johnny or Jane optimize his or her performance. But will these camps avail themselves to success measures? Time will tell.

Re: Going pro
  • 7/15/2014 1:17:07 PM
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@Beth. I'll wager that some parents are already doing their own metrics/analytics as they drive their kids to fulfill the parents' sports fantasy. It's only a natural next step after parents produced (or paid for production of) highlight videos that could be sent to colleges and preps. Of course, I doubt that those analytics are done well, considering that the person doing them is a bit biased.

Here's my prediction: Within a year or two we will see private youth/high school sports camps that not only offer skills and physical development training but score the young athletes on a competitive basis in terms of how they shape up against others in the camp and a population of camp alumni.

How many of those will wear a big league uniform? Only the tiniest fraction of even the biggest youth stars.

 

Re: Going pro
  • 7/14/2014 11:55:24 AM
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Daniel, then maybe what we'll happening is parents undertaking their own analytics and sending them to the pros!

Re: Going pro
  • 7/14/2014 11:21:07 AM
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@Beth, I think it will boil down to money. This level of analytics is very expensive to accumulate and put into use. So I think that minor league professional sports will be the lower-end. I think it is even beyond the budgets of NCAA Division I sports.

Re: Going pro
  • 7/14/2014 8:25:31 AM
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Hi Daniel -- but, the question is, how young is too young to start tracking? Are we going to have pro recruiters soon to be scouting out Pee-Wee players and tracking their progress into Little League -- and worse, guiding the parental decision making from a really young age? Based on some of the fanatic parents I've encountered in my years watching my kids play various sports, it's not infeasible that some parents would be all for it!

Re: Can't resist for long
  • 7/12/2014 2:55:26 PM
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WaqasAltaf, I agree. Acceptance will be vary, but at least the league is generating the necessary push forward. As they say; 'you can bring a horse to water, but you can't make him drink'. But over time the thirst for success will be too compelling to resist not only drinking but diving in.

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