By Enrico Caballero
31-October-2019 on Interviews5 minute read
In this week’s spotlight feature we meet Danny Gosselin, head coach with Vision Volleyball club in Ontario.
A relative newcomer to Nacsport, we wanted to ask the Canadian about his first year using our software - and if he’d noticed a change in the way his teams play, train or prepare for matches, 12 months after making the move.
When and how did you discover/begin using Nacsport? Were you using any kind of software before?
Yes, in the past I used Sportscode Gamebreaker but felt I needed a change. There’s a lot of software on the market, so last year (2018) I searched until I found what I was looking for and then sent Nacsport an email.
They gave me a great demo and I brought it.
Which teams at Vision are currently using Nacsport?
Just the U15, U16 and U17 high-performance teams. They send me their games, tell me what they want to concentrate on and I tag them.
Approximately, how many games do you analyse every week?
2 complete games for now. But I also tag almost every practice.
How do you use Nacsport? What does a ’typical’ analysis involve for you?
Well at the club level I analyse mostly my own team.
We use it to scout our own weakness since the athletes are very visual, I love to show the kids what they need to work on and how we can improve in our weakest areas.
Do you work in real-time during games? If so what kind of information are you sharing, and have you seen any benefits?
No, I do not work in real-time yet, when I get stronger and have used the system more, I will begin to tag our own games live.
How many people do you work with - as part of your analytical team and who do you report to?
I report directly to the players, they are the ones that need the feedback. And I work with one of my assistant coaches on things like reviewing matches or creating new tags based on the needs of the team.
How is your work used? Do coaches and team managers work with your presentations?
Not yet. But they have shown serious interest in our work. Now I’m into my second season using Nacsport - and better trained in using the program - we will begin sharing our reports.
Do you focus on any particular areas of a game to analyse? And if so, which ones?
We focus our attention mostly on defense and transition but try and include every aspect of a game in video review sessions with the team.
How do you think the team benefits from your work? Are there long-term benefits to club mentality?
The teams get a huge benefit from using Nacsport.
They also offer input on what kind of tags or actions they would like to see and are beginning to think very technically. Many of our players are getting far more technical with their game.
Are you achieving your analytical goals? What would help you be more effective or what frustrates you about your work?
Yes, I am very happy with the system it does everything I need it to do.
I also like that our data is our own and I have all the rights to do what I want with it.
And the service has been great - I can’t complain at all.
Have players and coaches ‘bought-in’ to your analytical work?
Very much so. The teams love the presentations of their skill sets and also having the opportunity to review their own mistakes.
Do you use any other tools in your analysis or presentations?
No, I will be starting to use KlipDraw very soon. It’s a logical next step, but apart from that all I do is upgrade my Nacsport to the newest version.
Are you using external data providers? (InStat, WyScout etc)
No, I am not. We do all that kind of stuff in-house.
How do you see your own role developing?
I will help tag videos for Team Ontario - in their preparation for the Canada Games over the next two years. It should sharpen my skills with Nacsport, which is good.
Because it updates frequently, my own development will grow in sync with the software.
If you could add one new feature to Nacsport, what would it be?
As I said before, I love the software just the way it is.