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.
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.
Introducing the adidas miCoach Smart Ball. A football that measures speed, spin and trajectory of each kick. Welcome to the future of adidas Football.
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.
Very interesting chart.
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.)
You can’t buy passion, and we won with passion today boys.
Dan Pallotta on changing your mind about your not-for-profit
This talk by Dan Pallotta has a whole lot of relevance to all not-for-profit groups including sporting clubs.
The way a club is usually managed is that the committee shoots from the hip talking about what is required. It may be further discussed and could perhaps be recorded in some meeting minutes but rarely followed up formally.
Create a Task list. Delegate committee members and have a date to have items completed by. Create a date for it to be completed by, make it achievable but stick with it.
Knowing what is actually required to get done. Allowing everyone at the club to see what is required to make the wheels go ‘round will make for better governance, and will get more things done.
It’s a new way of managing the club…but it shouldn’t be.
P.S. …and Yes TidyClub does this all for you… including sending automatic reminders :)
Yesterday I met someone from a club who held a committee meeting that went 4.5 hours… the only reason they finished was because it was midnight and people were falling asleep…but they still hadn’t finished the meeting.
Let’s get serious about this. You will never attract or retain committee members if their commitment is 4.5 hour meetings and equally time sapping tasks.
If you’re using TidyClub you’re in luck as we have allowed for these types of things with our meetings. Here is how you will solve it.
- Print out list of outstanding tasks.
- Ensure Meeting Agenda and outstanding tasks has been circulated before hand - so people can prepare.
- Ensure Minute Taker is following our Meetings format where things can only be one of the following. This ensures that an action item has been achieved for each discussion point. Move on as soon as it has been described.
- Task Item
- To-Do Item
- General Information
- A Decision
- Schedule 5 minutes for each item. If items go beyond 4x this (this should be a rare occurrence) schedule a time for another discussion outside of the meeting.
- Delegate a time-keeper. They are responsible for ensuring that time limits are not broken. They need to be bold, brash and unforgiving of abuse of time.
- A meeting goes for as long as it has to… do not publish an end time on a meeting.
- Minute Taker can instantly send well formatted minutes to all participants and apologies at the conclusion of the meeting.
- Don’t invite everyone on the committee if everyone on the committee isn’t required.
Your committee will be happier as they know why they are there, they can see the progress skip along quickly and they are more likely to attend again as they know if people are prepared they don’t get bogged down on issues.Try it. You’ll see.
Have you hugged your tribe today?
We ran across this image today by @gapingvoid (you can buy it here) but made us think about clubs and how the interact with their tribe (community). Most clubs seem to react to their members and supporters rather than getting pro-active and seeing some hug upside.
Clubs already have a massive advantage of having the tribe based on what they do. They’re not like a business who has to work hard to build a tribe. A clubs group of like-minded people is sitting waiting for you.
So give them a hug, send them an SMS, tell them you are looking forward to seeing them, interacting with them and more.
Good things happen when communities and tribes start talking more.