Level 4 at Burleigh

A photograph of coloured pencils

I have an opportunity to spend some time with the RFU Level 4 coaching group this afternoon.

Al Smith is presenting this morning. We are both discussing skill acquisition and decision making.

It is delightful to be connected with Al in this way after years of corresponding remotely.

The coaching group are meeting at Burleigh Court, Loughborough. Over three days the group will be exploring:

Some of the slides I hope to be sharing can be found here.

Photo Credit

The photograph was taken by D Sharon Pruitt. It can be found at Flickr here and is included in this post under Creative Commons 2.0 licence.

I thought it might trigger conversation about our choices as coaches.

Goals scored in Pool A #RWLC17 after five days of play

The Women’s Lacrosse World Cup is being played at the Guildford Sports Park.

The official web site for the tournament has a Results and Stats page.

The six teams in Pool A of the tournament have all played four games.

Monday is a rest day in Pool A. The table going into the rest day is:

223 goals have been scored in Pool A.

Winners of games have scored 166 goals (86 first half, 80 second half) and losers 57 (30 first half, 27 second half) 

I have been monitoring when goals are scored in five-minute time intervals. So far, the pattern is:

Note that winners are able to lift their performance at the start of the second half. In game 42, USA v Canada, USA scored six times in ten minutes at the start of the second half.

Photo Credit

USA v Canada (Nik Roberts, Twitter)

Goals Scored at #RWLC17

The Women’s Lacrosse World Cup is underway at the Guildford Sports Park.

The official web site for the tournament has a Results and Stats page.

I am using these data to compile my record of goal scoring in Pool A at the tournament prior to play off games in the Championship Division.

My secondary data are available here.

All six teams in Pool A (Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, United States and Wales) have played their first games.

After Day 2, 54 goals have been scored in 3 games. 34 First Half goals, 20 Second Half goals.

Winning teams have scored 40 goals (23 First Half, 17 Second Half). Losing teams have scored 14 goals (11 First Half, 3 Second Half).

The tournament web site gives the time of each goal scored. I am going to look at goal scoring in 5 minute time intervals to identify the flow of games for winning and losing teams.

After two days and 3 games the graph looks like this:

There are three Pool A games on Day 3 of the tournament.

Photo Credit

#RWLC17 Poster