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Sharing history

Rob Carroll is creating a remarkable archive of the history of performance analysis (link). Recently, he has made a significant investment in this history by commissioning writers to share the story of performance analysis. My sociological training at York and the London School of Economics, has emphasised for me just how important such stories are. In their sharing, we get to learn more about the meaning analysts give to their undertanding (Max Weber called this verstehen). I am passionately interested in the social...

Corresponding to connect a self-organising group

I have just received a letter. It is the third Friday letter from Abbotstown. I like to think of Abbotstown as a place in a James Joyce novel but it is a real place too, in Dublin. The letter is written by Denise Martin and to my delight she has posted it on Rob Carroll's website. Link. In her letter, Denise discusses meeting a coach for the first time as an analyst. The aim of the Friday letters from Abbotstown is to connect a self-organising group of performance analysts in Ireland. It is an idea I suggested at #abbotsthon17 and is...

A letter to the Secret Soccer Analyst

Dear Secret Soccer Analyst I have four apologies to make to you. First, I am sorry I missed your post when you first published it. Fortunately, Richard Whittall, Rob Carroll and Darrell Cobner alerted me to your story. When I last looked Richard's tweet had received 918 likes and 255 retweets. Martin Bucheit's tweet about your post has 19 likes. Your open sharing has touched many people. I am late to the party but am touched too. Profoundly so.  I have been involved in the analysis of performance since the late 1970s. In the 1990s, I worked as a performance analyst in rugby...

Conversations about informatics and performance analysis

I noticed a tweet by Rob Carroll earlier this week https://twitter.com/thevideoanalyst/status/798259638156161025?lang=en Rob's post raises a profound question about generational change. One of my teachable moments was when I read Donald Polkinghorne's (1988) Narrative Knowing and the Human Sciences. I tried out some of his ideas at Porto in 1998. I think this slide resonates with Rob's argument: By coincidence, this week, I have been reading Arthur Samuel's (1953) paper that explained computers to a lay audience. It has this preface: Arthur concludes his paper "Computers are here to stay, and it is high time for us to be learning more about them". I take Rob's point about...

Performance analysis and taking the role of the other

Introduction Last week, I researched Allan Roth's work as a baseball statistician. Andy McCue's article about Allan included this observation: In December 1940, Roth wrote to Leland “Larry” MacPhail, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, seeking an appointment to discuss work as a statistician. He tried again in June and August of the next year. He met MacPhail in the Mount Royal Hotel in Montreal and explained his ideas. MacPhail was, at best, noncommittal. Four years later, Allan: wangled a meeting with Rickey at the Dodgers spring training site in Bear Mountain, just north of New York City. It was a disaster, Roth said. The...

Accreditation

Introduction I saw this alert five days ago https://twitter.com/VisualPA/status/453822961703976960 I went to Charlie's blog post on the Visual Performance Analysis site and tried to comment on a delightful, challenging post. At that time, the site thought I was a Spambot. I am not but I missed the opportunity to support and reply to Charlie immediately. I applaud Charlie's willingness to address the accreditation issues head on. In the intervening time Jason Lear and Rob Carroll have responded in detail. My post is a contribution to the discussion. I am really pleased Charlie has shared the findings of his investigation into performance analysis. His post notes...