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Clueless Finn » Blog Archive » Experiences in recording passing data

Experiences in recording passing data

In Nationals I recorded passing data from four games using an audio recorder (Jam-Pike on Thu, Furious-Sockeye on Fri, Jam-Furious semifinal and Furious-Sockeye final). I will use the next few days in transcribing those games (starting with final), but I thought to collect my thoughts on pass-level note taking of games.

So far I have used audio recordings (dictation) for 4+4 live games and recorded passing data for 2.5 games from a DVD. Both methods have pros and cons. DVD is great tool, as you can rewind scenes multiple times and pause the game if needed. However recognizing players from DVDs is not always simple as the numbers on the jerseys often are just one black dot on the screen. Of course after a while you learn to recognize players based on the way they run or walk, and DVDs seems to be the only way to reliably recognize players who you do not know by name in advance. If you need to use DVDs (or video) to record passing level data, remember to reserve a lot of time. My experience suggests that it takes 4-5 times as long as the game itself runs. Also if you need to record line-ups, you might be out of luck with DVDs, as in many occasions the D-lineup ends up incomplete and rare contributors on offence are also left out.
Using dictation for live games is great tool - if you know the players well, or if they have numbers on both sides of the jerseys (thank you Sockeye!). And even then you might end up with incomplete and erroneous data. That happened to me during the messy second-half in the open final. Too many quick passes in a row and a couple of turnovers within only a few seconds totally screwed my record for that point. This method is also problematic if you want to gather data for many different teams. I think my limit is somewhere between 3-5 teams per day. Otherwise recalling and saying the player names out loud just takes too long.
Of course the passes are not completely recorded until you transcribe the audio recordings. In my experience this takes only a little longer than the game itself - maybe 1.5 times as long - so this method is a little less time consuming than using DVDs. But usually pricier, as you need to get on location…
What comes to pass type categorization (dump, short, mid-length, huck, etc) DVD is better; one can review the passes a couple of times and make sure that the pass is really a short pass and not a mid-length pass. In live recording one ends up making a couple of mistakes and placing some passes in wrong categories.
In Sarasota I started by recording one half per one audio file. But I think it is better to record each point to a separate file. This way the game gets indexed, and it is easier to transcribe the points in piecemeal fashion.
Wind and background noises are a problem; hence I need to start using dictation-style headphones with a noise-canceling microphone. At least the initial tests sound promising. However I guess a headset will cause even more people to ask me what am I doing walking up and down the sideline and talking to myself….
Some of you might ask why I do not use UltiStats (the ultimate stat keeping program running on Palm) or traditional pen and paper. The answer is simple; one (I) cannot get passing data with those tools if one works alone. Both systems require working in pairs: the other watches the game and speaks the events out loud while the other concentrates just on using the recording devices.

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