Sports and recreational clubs at all levels from local to state to national are still cautioustly adotpting technology, members are still online and offline, and the community still views sports clubs from a one dimensional perspective. But the world is evolving past that…quickly and while sports just start to catch up with 2.0 we’re moving to 3.0. So what is 3.0 and how will it change your sports club or administration.
This new table built by Dr. John Moravec details the evolving way we’re all learning, trying out technology, and growing as a community. Essentially, we’ll reach a new state of web skills when we reinvent technology tools to better enhance our personal learning. While the table refers to teaching and education it is obviously only a short jump to similar community organisations. We will be at 3.0 when community clubs are everywhere and not viewed as places to throw a ball with limited interaction and broader acknowledgement, understanding and interaction from the community.
The above table obviously refers to Teachers and education. But you can see how we would tailor it to sports. Through utilising an administration backbone that would allow pluggable User Interfaces (UI) and in turn User Experiences (UX) an entirely new view on funding, resources, volunteers and overall administration starts to take place.
Do you agree with the descriptions in this table? What is being left out of the web 3.0 discussion right now? How long will it take to reach this new level of supposed understanding? Will we ever actually make it?
Being a President of a sporting club is a very different role. Still the visionary and champion of culture, they are the ultimate leader. Yes a team captain is a leader, but this type of leadership is not the same thing. What works as a captain and to lead by example, has the opposite effect when you are the President. Leading not by doing, but by inspiring, enabling, and holding people accountable.
Everyone has a slightly different definition, but the real secret to success is going to be delegating as much as possible to free up your time for thinking and driving new opportunities. This is even more important in a not-for-profit group.
Interview with CEO/Founder Isaak Dury
Isaak was recently interviewed by Evan Cunningham-Dunlop from eGroup, an industry group for the web industry. The talk discusses where TidyClub came from and where it is headed plus a few other things…
The role of data in sport
When dealing with Australian Sporting Associations it is noticeable that they could be doing much, much more with the funding they receive from State or National governments. It could be getting directed to specific regions and clubs based on insightful, grassroots data rather than gut instinct.
But data isn’t being collected because the systems in place are woefully inadequate or built for national bodies rather than local bodies where the data gets fed in from.
Data should do three things:
Confirm or disprove what sporting associations are already thinking.
Make the sporting bodies ask the right questions.
Cause the sporting bodies to act on what is discovered.
Whilst the federal government continues to provide blanket funding to sporting bodies who don’t have appropriate data and governance systems suitable for all levels of sport it will continue to be wasted.
One size does not fit all. Pluggable APIs, pluggable UIs, pluggable UXs are all required. Australian Sports needs to get smarter with the data they’re not collecting. It will help the competitors, the high-performance athletes, the volunteers, the supporters and other stakeholders at all levels.
This is big picture thinking that is simply not being done, and not even being discussed which is sadly to everyone’s detriment.
Producing athletes or people?
The conventional objective for sports clubs is to win through developing better athletes, but real development is developing people through sports clubs. The athletes will also be better.
- Club Lessons
Work out your clubs objectives and then work backwards. Most clubs work on a week to week, month to month basis. Step back and get everyone on the same long term agenda.
Empower your people
If you pick the right people for the right roles and then empower them with the tools and resources to make their job easier you almost don’t have to manage them… only the process.
Instabeat monitors and displays real-time information on your goggles.
The creators of Instabeat say it can fit on any pair of normal swimming goggles, tracking information such as heart rate, calories, number of laps, and flip turns. Heart rate information is displayed through the goggles as a series of different colors indicating how close the swimmer is to their target, and the other information can be downloaded and tracked via a PC.
The device has no buttons, and automatically turns on when placed on your head. It’s currently approaching its Indiegogo goal, with 42 days to go, check out the campaign here.
I already thought coaches made too much money, but my goodness, football and basketball coaches really make too much money.
I was almost really annoyed because this chart suggests that Maryland football coach Randy Edsall makes more $$ than Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon, and that ain’t right, but I looked it up and Maryland should actually be stripey.
According to The Baltimore Sun’s Maryland public employee salary database, Edsall and Turgeon make the same base salary ($400,000) per year. (Whew.)
(The Washington Post broke down the salaries, incentives, and other potential payments of all the ACC football and basketball coaches back in 2011 when Turgeon was hired. Slightly outdated now but still interesting for context.)