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#RWC2015: a community of practice analysing performance

The official RWC2015 website has given me a time stamp for this post. I have been looking at the lists of management teams of the twenty teams at the World Cup to discover who will be supporting coaches with video, match and performance analysis. I found a community of practice that has 34 members. There are 15 video analysts listed: 15 Performance Analysts: 2 Match Analysts: 1 Assistant Analyst 1 GPS It would be fascinating to compile the experiences of these analysts. I have found Twitter accounts for 11 of these and LinkedIn accounts for another 10 of the group. My list is here. I hope they all have a...

River Water and Observation

Cate Kennedy has a new collection of poems. I heard Cate talk with Ramona Koval about The Taste of River Water. She read two of her poems during the interview on The Book Show. Both seemed to me to be wonderful guides for those who observe and analyse performance. The first was Thinking the room empty and the second was 8 x 10 colour enlargements S16.50. I read Cate's poems after finishing Stanley Fish's How to Write A Sentence And How To Read One and delighted in Cate's craft. I liked too the introductory quote she used from Kristin Henry: Here, there is no edge for...

Lloyd Lowell Messersmith and the Origins of Notational Analysis

Background This is a revised version of a paper I wrote in 1994 to celebrate the life and work of Lloyd Lowell Messersmith. I reproduce it here to share his achievements with a new generation of performance and notation analysts. This is a copy of the paper for download LLM (1994). Lloyd Lowell Messersmith and the Origins of Notational Analysis 1. Introduction There is a growing interest in notational analysis as an academic area of study. In this paper I draw attention to one of the pioneers of notation in sport, Lloyd Lowell Messersmith. Most of his work has been under...

Pain and No Gain?

David Evans and Paul McGreevy's paper An Investigation of Racing Performance and Whip Use by Jockeys in Thoroughbred Races (PLoS Citation: Evans D, McGreevy P (2011) An Investigation of Racing Performance and Whip Use by Jockeys in Thoroughbred Races. PLoS ONE 6(1): e15622. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015622) appeared at the end of January 2011. David and Paul are members of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, Sydney. The abstract of the paper is: Concerns have been expressed concerning animal-welfare issues associated with whip use during Thoroughbred races. However, there have been no studies of relationships between performance and use of...

Conference Session 2: ACCSS

The second session of the ACCSS Conference started at 4.30 pm. This session comprised four papers on Tennis: Kei Nishinakama Hyongjun Choi Masahiko Ishihara Hiroo Takahashi Hiroo Takahashi chaired this session. Two of the four papers were students (Kei and Masahiko) working with Hiroo. He inducted these student gently into public presentation. Kei explored the use of a normative performance profiling technique. Hyongjun looked at the consistency of key performance indicators in tennis. He made a very interesting distinction between real-time and lapsed-time analysis. He explored an absolute distinction between winning and losing and a relative distinction between winning and losing performance. Masahiko discussed the effects of online...

The Occupational Culture of the Performance Analyst: Providing a Video Service

In the last couple of weeks I have been discussing an Honours' project with a student at the University of Canberra. I have been encouraging him to think about researching the occupational culture of the performance analyst in sport. By coincidence I had just reviewed a paper about delivering a performance analysis service to a basketball team in Japan. We have had almost two decades now of an occupation in sport that can be described as 'performance analyst'. Whilst I was discussing the project with the Honours' student I was prompted to think about how little we share about the...

Analysing Performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

There will be many performance analysis projects that focus on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I tracked two performance parameters at this tournament: The outcome of scoring the first goal in a game. The relationship between FIFA ranking (May 2010) and game outcome. These are the results: Team that scores first (game count = 64): Wins Draws Loses 46 8 3 Note: Game 58 Uruguay v Ghana ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time. It is recorded here as a draw. Exceptions 0 – 0 Draws Uruguay v France Cote d'Ivoire v Portugal England v Algeria Paraguay v New Zealand Portugal v Brazil Switzerland v Honduras Paraguay v Japan Note: the Final between Netherlands and...

Performance Analysis Revisited 02

This is a companion post to Performance Analysis Revisited 01. I was invited to a seminar at Sheffield Hallam University in 1999 at a time when there was a lot of discussion about the establishment of the English Institute of Sport. I was delighted to be invited to the seminar chaired by Professor Roger Bartlett in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science. The aim of my presentation was to explore a vision for performance analysis that would underline its meta-importance to an Institute of Sport and its interdisciplinary potential. I have added narration to the SlideShare and the Slidecast...

Performance Analysis Revisited 01

In 1998 I was invited to present at the Fourth World Congress of Notational Analysis in Porto, Portugal. I was in the process of clarifying my understanding of notational analysis at that time and was exploring some ideas in narrative structure stimulated by Donald Polkinghorne's Narrative Knowing and Human Sciences and Elliot Eisner's approaches to educational research. The talk in Porto gave me the opportunity to share and develop these ideas. I regret that I was unable to present in Portuguese at that time or now. My hope was that the presentation would stimulate discussion about a vision for performance...