6) Objectivity for all
The game is one full of subjectivity and opinions. This is good. Using opinions as the sole basis from which to structure sessions and tactics is bad. The reason for this is that as explained previously, we cannot remember it all. But further to this, the use of analysis brings in objectivity. A level of certainty and doubt removal. By reducing the dependence on opinion and moving to a more objective means to measure performance the coaching and tactical processes can be brought under the microscope and examined to see how effective they really are. There is no escape whether for either coaches or players!
7) Motivate players to improve
When Players can see in black and white their performances broken down and quantified by the measurement of their key performance indicators it cannot help but motivate. Seeing ourselves on video is one sure way to not only drive intrinsic motivation but it can also drive extrinsic motivation too if teammates are sharing data and video. Competition between teammates is a great way for teams to collectively raise their level as well as individually and of course can help strengthen bonds and create buy in to common goals.
8) Provides perspective
There will always be times when coaches and players doubt the effectiveness of what they are doing. However, analysis can tell us the whole story if used properly. Looking back the data for patterns and trends can show us the true scale of improvement over time and give us the perspective we need before we go and tear down a process that may actually be quietly performing well perhaps in either a manner a little slower than we expected or in a manner unexpected entirely.
9) Continuous improvement
Once effective procedures are in place and not before, we can begin to actually look at making things more efficient. This means taking what we do and looking to squeeze the processes to get more out of them for less. All whilst maintaining the effectiveness. This is important to always remember. Using constant analytical feedback we can move into a cycle of continuous improvement and once in a such a cycle, a team or its individuals can really take their performances to new levels.
10) Everyone on same page
Using analytical processes, we can actually set clear, specific and measurable goals that everyone can easily buy into and see not only the purpose behind them but also how they will be achieved. Analysis sheds light on what we do and how well we do it and as a result of removing or at least reducing the doubt, we can have accountability. This leads to everyone taking responsibility for their performances and working hard to meet if not better themselves, all for the greater good of the team.
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