Friday, June 29, 2012

The 2 largest Dimensions of a team sport


Two of the largest dimensions in sport are not of “either/or properties”, but they are rather intertwined with each other. Still much of the attention is focused on one dimension only - the sole dimension to win.

Money, advertising, media, most sport journalists as well as all the readers tend to focus on the winning dimension of a team sport.
(And in many other sports too).

In reality perhaps it is the other dimension - that is much much more important and this in particular for all the Kids out there.
Because it is only when you use the other dimension of sports, in this text known as “improvement”, that it is possible, to build, to develop, to stay on top and, yes, to win again, and again.

Why is then the current sport culture so focused upon winning? When it is obvious in terms of pure logic that it is the improvement part itself that ought to be the most celebrated dimension of a team sport?

A team that stay on a winning streak might not at all be improving.... But still they get all the medias attention and glory.

Is that common sense?

In a game between two teams, only one team may win.
In a tournament, a league, or a cup designed competition - still it all aims to create one single winner. And obviously a bunch of losers. Something that is so easy to measure...
It is also true that the harder it gets to win - the more reputation and honor comes with a big win.
To create many winners therefore most team sports are divided into different brackets with age groups and so on. But in reality it may only be one single team that is the true winner in any larger system.
Hmm.


If we look at the improvement dimension instead so much different new dynamics show up.
First this is a part that is hardly noticed by journalists. This is also a dimension not really tracked by today’s systems and, yes - it is in theory possible to compete with the ability to measure improvement and find a winner this way too.

However you may also end up with a league where all teams are improving and all are therefore winners - depending a bit on how one measure “improvement”. This is what we think - measurement of improvement is harder and therefore not as common or non-existent.


We do suspect that most young kids actually are the very ones improving the most - from the lower entry levels to higher levels. But I am not sure if we know how to track this. I think this may change...

We know that more data will be available for all parts of life in the future and that this includes sports too.
So it would not be surprising if advanced systems to measure and track development and improvement will be here too - just because this is a crucial part to be able to win - and we guess this will or must become common in many sports.

Whatever - if you are into a sport to win or to improve...
It feels like journalists, and pundits, and media  all will have another dimension of sports that they should or must look deeper into.

It also might be that this reasoning of the two dimensions of winning - intertwined with improvement...
...might point straight to LTAD, or Long Term Athletic Development...
...a subject we hope to shine more light upon in future posts..

MB


This post only relates slightly to Floorball. This post was inspired after coaching a team in soccer u9/u10 - in a league of only U10 players. The team lost all games but one. And these results could in worse case push young soccer players away from the sport. But behind this - the team also went from big loses with 8-10 scores down to just a few scores down like 2-3 at the end of the season and this in return games with the very same teams. The coach learned a bunch from this experience.
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

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