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Revisiting the Inside Game

Rian Watt has published a post titled How fielding analytics are making a great generation of shortstops even better. In it, he discusses Gary Jones' work as a third base and infield coach (with thirty-six years of experience in baseball). Gary's coaching of fielding is based on footwork, mechanics and angles. Rian quotes Gary: It all starts with the routine play ... I know over the last 6-8 years, analytics have become a big part of the game, and positioning even more so. But I still believe that because these guys are still basically working the middle of the field, one...

Hugh Fullerton's Inside Game

Back in the Summer of 1993 I spent some time in the Ursinus College Library. I was looking for information about Lloyd Messersmith. Eventually I found a copy of Lloyd's 1942 Doctor of Education thesis The Development of a Measurement Technique for Determining the Distances Traversed by Players in Basketball. The Bibliography contains twenty-one references, one of them is to a 1910 paper in the American Magazine by Hugh Fullerton. Fortunately a librarian at Ursinus College tracked down the journal for me and I was able to make a copy from a microfiche reader. The paper is twelve pages long (pp. 2-13 of...

Home Ground, Home Advantage

I have been thinking about home a great deal lately.  In May I wrote about my hometown memories and the experience opened me up to other narratives about home. Three items (see Talking About Home below) have attracted my attention recently just at a time when I am talking with coaches about planning their competition programs. These coaches are involved in 'home' and 'away' fixtures and we have been discussing what home advantage might mean in performance terms. Sport There is a fascinating research literature about home advantage. In the last decade there has been discussion of: Association Football (2010, 2009,...

Conference Session 3: ACCSS

The Asian Conference of Computer Science in Sports (ACCSS) is being held at the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences. The third session of the conference comprised four papers and one keynote address. (Reports of a pre-conference workshop here, session one here and session two here.) Early arrivals: Takahiro Morishige's paper on match analysis support of a collegiate men's basketball team was presented by Hiroo Takahashi. (Hiroo is Takahiro's Masters' supervisor.) The paper described the combination of analysis software and iPod Touch to support coach and athlete development. Kiyoshi  Osawa explored the computation of the winning percentage in baseball with reference to the...