Sports Analytics – Defining Scope
The first step of a sports analytics program is to define the goals. Once the goals are defined, it is necessary to determine the initial scope. Ask these questions to define a realistic scope:
What team or player data can be easily accessed as inputs to produce the analytics?
What resources (people and technology) are available to support the analytics program?
A smaller scope generally allows for an improved chance of success. Keep in mind that an early success will increase credibility and support the business case to apply additional resources.
In a new sports analytics program, it is usually best to “pilot” the analytics. Rather than roll-out the analytics to the entire coaching staff or team, you can select one coach who is receptive to providing feedback. This feedback allows for iterative
improvements and a friendly environment to address any issues. Leveraging a pilot is another way to improve credibility.
If you are interested in additional information about how to begin a sports analytics program check out CSA’s resources and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.