I’ve been covering the Hong Kong Sevens for about three years now, initially for the website Howzit-HongKong.com and for the last two years also for BlitzBokke.com In a previous post, I mentioned before how impressed I am at the amount of data distributed to journalists at this tournament and the speed at which it is processed. It is obvious that organisers use some kind of computer software for their analysis.
Not being privy to this kind of information (yet) I thought that I should try and find out if the Sevens coaches also have access to this data and/or if they generate their own and if they do, how do they do it.
My quest for insight was made easy this week when Gary Gold, Assistant Coach to the (fifteens) Springboks, on his website RugbyIQ introduced a nifty piece of software that makes game analysis so much easier for coaches. My interest was further piqued because Gary is running this software on something I have every intention of acquiring very soon: Apple’s new iPad.
SportsCode is a program that allows a coach (of any sport) to use video to analyse his team’s performance. It is a really useful piece of software because it also allows a coach to have a look at his individual players’ performance in all facets of play in addition to that of his team.
Have a look at how Gary uses SportsCode:
Not satisfied with leaving the issue of technology there, I did some further research (OK, I Googled it) and viola… Paul Treu also uses SportsCode with the Springbok Sevens.
In fact, Paul has been using it for the last 3 years. (It probably needs an upgrade this year, hey Coach?!)
Here’s Paul Treu’s take on the SportsCode program:
I wonder what my old friend, the ex-SARU (SACOS) fullback Irven October used when he was a Video Analyst with the Springboks?
A video camera and A4 hardcover perhaps?!
Irven October (Pic: sarugby.co.za)