Basics to prepare a game with Nacsport: step by step

Basics to prepare a game with Nacsport: step by step

Jose Antonio Díaz is a young coach for Spanish Club Basquet Alcasser. He is responsible for different Academy teams and is assistant coach for the senior team. During the last few months, he has been using our software to improve his player's performance. Learn how Jose Antonio uses Nacsport, step by step.
Stage 1: Capturing opponent games
The analysis process starts two or three weeks before a game. I usually capture our opponent's games with my own camera, when it is not too far from home and I am available to get to the court. As a general rule, I like to have at least a couple of games for the opposition. This is the easiest part of the whole process.

Stage 2: Gathering info
Next step in the workflow consists of gathering all the information that I can about our rivals: videos of other games and other additional information (pictures, notes, social media information, what I know about the players from previous seasons or data provided by other information sources).

Stage 3: Review and analysis
On Monday and Tuesday, I usually analyse the captured footagewith Nacsport. I review the game two or three times so I can thoroughly analyse the strengths and weaknesses of our rivals, to set a strategy to defeat them. It’samazing to see how Nacsport can provide us with so much detailed informationaccording tomy needs.

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During reviewing, I specially focus myself on tactical aspects by selecting those actions that I consider important to create our game’s strategy. At the same time, I also tag individual actions from opponent players so our team knows how to defend them. My analysis is based on two parts:


• Is it a more static team or a running one?
• How do they defend: play zone or man-to-man?
• Do they make all court pressure or not?
• Do they perform pick and roll defence?
• Do they attack offensive rebound?
• Which systems do they use?
• What kind of blocks do they use? Direct or indirect ones?
• How do they place in the court?
• Sidelines and endlines strategies?
• How do they defend low post?
• Rotations and where from?


• Dominant hand?
• Does he play bouncing the ball?
• Shot range and percentage?
• Places he usually shoots from
• How does he end plays?
• Is he a leader?
• Does he avoid to play in key moments?
• Experience in other higher leagues?
• Minutes played?

Stage 4: Written report
When I have all that information in my timeline, I write down a written report which I have previously agreed with the head coach covering these topics:

• Tactics (attack/defence): we break down all the aspects we will be using in the game (how to defend pick and roll, speed of game, systems used, etc.).
• Open court (attack/defence):if we are turning over or shall we stop and play 24 seconds, if we are attacking rebounds, how we will organise our defensive balance, etc.
• Players: photo, name and info about him, and most importantly, the strategy to carry out against him.

Edicion Video

Stage 5: Presentation
Once I have everything sorted out, I select from the timeline the actions to be included in the final video we will show to our players on the Thursday video session. This presentation will be no longer than 20 minutes. We will organise it into lists, covering actions of individual players.

This presentation along with the written report will allow us to be prepared for the next game. Of course, I am pretty aware that this work does not win a game, but players and staff have high quality information to face the game in the best possible conditions.

Jose A. Díaz Ávila
Club Baloncesto Alcasser

Twitter: @jodiav7
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