What Question/s are we trying to answer?
What is the best weekly schedule for optimal performance on competition day? What should the sessions look like to best prepare the team or athlete for the weekend?
These are questions technical and fitness coaches ponder over and discuss at great length.
The ordering of training days, and the training volume are key pieces of this puzzle. However, the correct intensity of training is arguably where teams might get the advantage regarding performance.
I’d like to think that I was at the forefront in using video in hockey coaching, beginning way back in 1979-80. Now, retired from team coaching for a few years, I only wish I’d had the chance to apply the benefits of a program like iSportsAnalysis with my past high school and college teams. As for using video myself, I suspect coaches in many other sports might find the following at least amusing, if not insightful.
In an era when nearly everyone is walking around with a video camera in their pocket or bag, it would be foolish not to use this game-improvement tool. Advanced metrics derived from tape analysis can reinforce tactics and skills that tend to create success and which should be shelved.
Besides, most of us are visual learners. We’ll learn better from seeing ourselves play rather than talking about it.