Lost Months: Part 5, Women’s AVL (5 Oct 2013 – 10 Nov 2013)

I try to write a post a month. That went well for about 4 years straight, until July this year. I was busy. Turns out being an amateur volleyball performance analyst is quite time consuming. It’s no excuse, but thought I’d fill in what I’ve been up to….

First round v Monash/Melbourne University Blues

First round v Monash/Melbourne University Blues

I got involved with the Canberra Heat team in the Women’s Australian Volleyball League last year. There’s a strong commitment to play AVL in ACT from both the men’s and women’s teams given the low level of competition in the Capital Volleyball League and peoples’ desire to play at a good level.

As such, we started training in February – nearly 7 months before the first match. The format this year was home and away (last few years has seen a Grand Prix format), with match ups consisting of a Saturday game and Sunday game at the same location between any two given opponents.

I helped out at trainings but my main role was performance analysis (video delay and game/training review video) and scouting. During the competition season, I spent a lot of time on video work. Coding 35 odd games was not an issue during AJVC when I took the whole week off, but doing it around a full time job has it’s challenges. Typically, the schedule to deliver review video and scouting of our opponents was:

  • Saturday: Before Game: Show clips of opponent to team for game plan. During Game: Code match and provide stats to coaches. After Game: Prepare review video
  • Sunday: Before Game: Show review video of team’s performance of previous match. During Game: Code match and provide stats to coaches. After Game: Prepare review video; Export clips of next opponent for coaches to study
  • Monday: Put together attack tendency charts per rotation for coach’s game plan.
  • Tuesday: Before Training: Show team review of Sunday’s match. During and after training: Begin coding video of opponent we will playing after this week’s opponent
  • Wednesday-Friday: Continue coding video of opponent we will playing after this week’s opponent

As a whole coaching and playing group we put in more time and effort into preparing for the games that any of our opponent likely did. However, this was no enough to break our 3 year run of going winless. Fortunately, we ended the year competing in the annual Good Neighbour tournament where we won bronze against one of the Junior Women’s Development Group teams after being 2-0 sets down. On to next year.

Team photo after winning bronze at the Good Neighbour tournament in December

Team photo after winning bronze at the Good Neighbour tournament in December

 

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