THE ORIGIN OF ANALYTICS
Pro sports creates analytics and Sabermetrics to vindicate player worth and project future player performance. Job security and vindication of player moves and salaries is what analytics are truly for. However, a new craze (driven by 'Moneyball') has led to an abuse of analytics that now has players performing to the computer screen more so than to the game.
Reason being is that the competitive sports industry has skyrocketed to over a $700,000,000 per year industry nationwide. This has led to a baseball trainer on every corner - confounding the moniker 'MONEYball'.
Technology and analytical training empowers instructors to do more. However, inexperienced trainers utilize technology to help them problem solve and this is where your career could be misled.
We all know that the computer screen is a controlled environment that contradicts the ever changing scope of game situational action. Competition is dictated upon athletic power, speed, quickness, and mentality - giving you the competitive edge to be one step ahead at all times.
Since analytics can only quantify one aspect at a time, you are basically training one step in the entire competitive performance - if technology based training is the focus. To problem solve at the speed of the game, your process needs expertise and on field playing experience.
If we use common sense:
1. Would you hire Microsoft or Bill's cool computer school to teach you computer programming and the industry?
2. Would you hire a major leaguer whom played and now coaches or an analytics based trainer with limited playing experience to teach you pitching?
Common sense states the obvious, but the power of the screen is overwhelming. It is not the actual instructor or program that you should consider - it is the expertise and problem solving capacities where value lays.
THE ORIGIN OF ANALYTICS
There is a big difference between training athletes and developing them. There is an even bigger difference between taking an already good athlete and marketing their gains, compared to developing an athlete to be good.
Overmarketers often utilize proven athletes as their face to the marketing. And if you fall for this age old marketing ploy - your career could end up falling short.
The key to sifting through all the marketing is following the experience and expertise. Find the right fit that has a proven track record of developing athletes to be great - not developing proven athletes.
Additionally, if you are proven, find the fit that enhances your performance and gets you to the next level of training - MOVEMENT and RHYTHMIC POWER. Every trainer and program has value, but it is up to you to determine how to find the value.
KNOW THE OVERMARKETER
Analytics confound your process, but do not develop your performance. They obviously have value in your player development and should be used in conjunction with experience and expertise.
Today's popularized player development has gone from training athletes with on field experience to developing with a computer program. Problem solving performance to create objective solutions requires both instructor and analytic.