Tracking stats can add a new perspective to your coaching.
April 16, 2021 by in Opinion with 0 comments
Bring It In is a coaching-focused column by Keith Raynor.
Since I began coaching, I’ve had “the numbers” in my hands on the sideline. That once was the clipboard — I was quite fond of those hard plastic cases that could hold paper and writing materials and had a clip attached to the exterior — and has since become the iPad. The players sometimes talk about the device as if it were a team member, an assistant coach I carry with me. Despite understanding that dividing my attention between sideline coaching and stat-keeping probably hinders my in-game coaching ability, I’ve become accustomed to it, and the digital stat sheets help me call lines during games.
But I’ve also found it something of a black box to players and other coaches alike. What is being tracked? How does it help my team? And could it possibly be more helpful than the team getting my full attention? Ok, I won’t be able to address that last part, but maybe I can make a case.
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