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devo is motivated

Posted by devo on May 22, 2009

dancingpartyStats are funny things. Both my boys hate them. One is a setter. His stats are reliant on the passer doing their job, and the hitter doing their job. He’s screwed coming and going. The other is a libero. He is relient on the block doing their job, on the scouts doing their job, on the rest of the defensive team doing their job. His stats rarely tell the story of the game. Two great digs can turn a set.

But I like them. I’ve spent my time coaching young kids. If there is an aspect of the game that I want players to focus on, I take stats that show improvement (or lack of improvement) in that aspect of the game. It’s a great motivational tool. Kids love stats.

So I have enjoyed this week. Devo’s stats show that we have exceeded 1000 page views each day for 5 days straight. We’ve never done that before. The stats will fall off over the weekend, they always do. No one is avoiding work by checking out devo. There are 2 days to go in the week, but it looks like being our best week ever.  It’s very early days, but it’s looking like our best month ever. I’m feeling motivated. Thanks for your contributions.

12 Responses to “devo is motivated”

  1. Robbo said

    great work devo!!

    well one of your kids definitely made an impact on the stats tonight… we talked about changing the game plan at the start of the third set and 1 particular area went from about 17% to over 50%. Isn’t that right junior devo? ;)

  2. Big Ren said

    Stats are valuable at any level of the game……. JUST like Devos website

  3. Alexis said

    I’ve often said that stats are over-rated, but what I really mean is that they are often misunderstood and/or superficially assessed.

    Anyone who doesn’t know what i mean, just watch an AFL telecast and see how the commentators put meaning into numbers which don’t come close to representing what is happening in the game (ie: if a team sets up a zone just inside the 50 and their opponent keeps getting the ball 3m into the 50 only to be stopped dead all the time, it doesn’t mean they are attacking well!). And don’t get me started on kick/handball ratio!

    A volleyball example might be, if your team is poor at sideout defense from a perfect pass but very good at defending high balls (there could be a variety of reasons for this), then you serve very tough to force bad passes, even if this means making errors. If you lose and make a lot of serving errors then this is obviously not the reason.

    Having said that, I don’t know that it is a coincidence that your highest viewing week ever coincided with me being home sick all week and doing little but surfing the web all day!

  4. Stats Help said

    After some advice from some fellow coaches. As a coach with no assistant coach or team manager, how does one effectively take stats on a match while concentrating on the strategy and game play that is taking place?

    • devo said

      This depends on the team age and the complexity of the stats.
      If it’s a young team, split the stats between the bench. Each doing a different stat. (Though I would only stat one thing at younger age – serve in / serve out for example.) Person coming off takes over for stat person going on.
      At state level / older level I have always found a parent that was keen to have an involvement. Many jump at the opportunity.

    • Alexis said

      Often coaches take stats they don’t use, whether it be ‘just in case’ or whether it be because other coaches take stats so they think they have to as well. So, the first thing to do is decide what stats you need during the match. What will make a difference? Once you have decided on this, then you decide how best to collect them.

      If, for example, it is something as simple as basic serving and or passing aces/errors, you may be able to take these yourself with a slight change in your coaching habits. If you are looking for something more complex you will need some help, but don’t forget that if you use your bench players you can’t be surprised if they don’t do a great job!

      The other option, of course, is to take stats from video post-game. This completely changes the purpose of the stats as you can no longer use them for immediate feedback or decision-making, but it certainly makes it easier.

  5. Ross said

    I have to be careful here as I do like using stats. However, we can get ‘stat’ driven. If you have the resources of an injured player, parent etc who can take basic stats, then by all means make use of these personal. And if they are going to take stats then make sure they are meaningful and of use to your team. It is too easy to have pages of stats that really serve no valid purpose. I find doing stats during specified training drills of great use. This is easily done by the coach using paper or a specific program. There are many useful programs out there that make this job relatively easy. Also keep your eyes and ears open for an Australian program the will be on the market very soon.

  6. devo said

    Just for the record – 7656 page views last week.

  7. The Chief said

    Another stat i noticed was Devo’s ranking of 4th on the Google page rank, surely we can get this up to number 1.

    • devo said

      mmmmmmm, actually we want to get as close to 10 as possible. (10 is impossible)
      The ranking is a complex maths exercise (google it!) but basically gives value to the number of sites that link to you in posts. Sites with higher ranking give you more votes. Only the links in the last month count.
      We dropped from 5 to 4 last week.

      If you really want to help, convince everyone you know who has a blog to link to devo’s volleyball

      By the way, we had a record month last month. 27,751 page views for the month. A month ago I was happy if we got 700 page views on a weekday. We are now running at 1000+ page views a day. Go Team Devo

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