Category Archives: Statistics

Tryouts Evaluation Form

I am an assistant coach for the Worcester Smiles, a semi-pro UWS team based in Worcester, MA. This is this staff’s first year coaching and so we wanted to revamp the tryouts process. I put a call out to Twitter to find out what other people do and did a little research on my own. I present here what I came up with.

Here is the rationale and some guiding principles behind this document:

  • wanted everyone on the same sheet rather than an individual sheet per player
  • wanted something dynamic rather than static
    • the scales in each box are so that we could rate players repeatedly (and visually) in the same category rather than just assigning a number or ‘grade’
  • wanted something that could yield a total (whether sum or average) against which each player could be compared
  • wanted some space for comments or narrative
    • I knew this space would be tight at best because of the scales but included it anyway
    • actually just ended up often writing over other columns to expand on the hash marks / grades
  • wanted some explanation or expansion of each category so included that on the next page of the form and then printed them double-sided

Here is a screen shot of the form and the explanations to give a sense:

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Here is the form itself in full.

Certainly welcome and feedback you might have.

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Posted by on December 30, 2019 in Statistics, Tryouts


Packing Stats Article

Thought I had posted this, but apparently not. This is the article on packing stats, which measure how many defenders are beaten by a play or pass.

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Posted by on September 19, 2017 in Statistics, Uncategorized


Boston Breakers Testing / Diagnostics

Saw this on the Boston Breakers Snapchat and thought it was a kind of cool glimpse behind the curtain, so to speak. Things that we all do on some level, but certainly most of us without that kind of athleticism or equipment (for the record, here’s the company that sells those automatic timers: Fusion Sport; and here’s the specific equipment (they were using the Pro version)).

I wasn’t sure how to capture it, though, but ran across the answer to that very question on, and wrote up the instructions with some screenshots on my Tech-in-Ed blog here.

And here’s the video / captured snapchat:

Untitled from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.


Dave Hancock – What I Learned About Constructing a Training Session from my Days with Jose Mourinho [SCCC 17] – Position-specific Stats and Data

  • An interesting start to this presentation
  • Hancock opened with the slides I’ve included below, focusing on the practical application of position-specific data and how one can and should condition accordingly.
  • Sprints should be short with high recovery, to some extent to reflect how one sprints in a game
  • This one is perhaps the least relevant / interesting and the most technical, but the relevant part is the heart rate (157 BPM) for EPL players
  • There are four aspects to the game, and Mourinho advocated focusing on all of them at once
  • And that the game can be viewed as repetitions of four moments or situations
  • And within those moments or situations, these questions should always be asked
  • Analyses were done of each position and the different kinds of work they do during a game and how that work is then broken down

CoachIt Soccer App for Stats & Playing Time

Ever since I got the Original iPad way back when, I’ve been intrigued by its potential for coaching. I quickly found and downloaded CoachPad, a tablet-based white board that has field templates built in; I remember how intrigued / impressed all of the coaches on campus were. Since then, of course, the number of apps for coaching has exploded and I’ve been keeping track of the soccer apps. I’ve used Laola for the last few years as a basic scorebook: season record, goals, sometimes assists; you can see an example of what the record looks like here (scroll down to the bottom) but was hoping there was something that could do more.

Last year, I assistant-coached my son’s club team. As assistant, I had the time to play around with some apps and gave CoachIt Soccer a try; the home screen / options are below.


You begin by creating a team with the manage teams button. The Game Dashboard takes you to a game (which you have to schedule / input). Customize lets you customize statistics (more on that below) and View Statistics lets you, well, view the stats.

I liked how I could move players around and it was relatively easy to input stats for each player (the relatively part only because it was difficult to coach and input stats; you really need a dedicated stats keeper if you want to keep good and consistent stats): you tap on the player in the game and tap the stat they have earned. I liked it even more when I realized I could customize the stats: I could create my own and remove some of the default stats (below is a screen shot of the default stats; my customized ones are at home but I will try to add them later; you can also, as you can see from the menu at left, organize stats by player).


This year, my JV team is larger than it has ever been: 23 field players. Managing them and their playing time is challenging to say the least, especially since my goal is to play everyone each half and get them relatively equal playing time (the equal playing time more because we have a good amount of depth and unequal playing time equals much less playing time than it did in previous years when I had 17 or 18 field players).

I returned to CoachIt Soccer because I had grown to like it more than Laola but didn’t even realize how much it would help me this season. I basically ignored the information on the field-screen but, in our first scrimmage, realized that that information was playing time. Further, I realized that that playing time was color-coded based on how much (or little) they had played.


You can see that the top, white number, is Time In (TI) vs Time Out (TO), the red number below. Below that is the number of times they have been subbed out (I have subsequently turned that off in Settings, whose button is at the lower right). CoachIt Soccer also alerts you to deficits in playing time: after a player has been out for 20 minutes, that stat turns yellow, and after 30 minutes, that stat turns red. Once the game is over, the playing time stats are part of the stats page (which will expand, of course, as the season goes on, so that I can see game-by-game playing time but also total time for the season):


Now, the playing time is of course based on subbing, and in CoachIt Soccer you sub by dragging the players at the bottom (out of the game) to the players in the game. You can sub in real time, i.e. once you drag one player to another that sub is made, or you can delay-sub, which means that you drag your subs to their spots before they go in the game and then, when they go in, you commit them, and the subs are made. This delay-sub feature is hugely helpful when I’m subbing four, five, six, or even more players at a time. It allows me to plan out my subs and have a reference for them when I call them over. This is what the delayed sub looks like:


You can see that the player to be subbed out turns red and the player coming in is listed below (and that player coming in turns red on the bench, as you can see at lower left).

Finally, the settings button lets you customize how your field looks:


As I said above, I turned off # of subs out for players. I also changed the player names from black to white (you can see the white in the screen shot above), which I think I’ll prefer, but we’ll see. I thought about changing the times for color change, i.e. when the time turns yellow and red, but that seemed about right; I might change the red to 40, since pretty much everyone but the goalie will be out of the game for more than 30 minutes. (And, to be honest, I’d probably rather this be a percentage than a flat time.)

So far, no parental or player complaints about playing time. I’m not saying CoachIt Soccer is responsible for that (nor am I saying that my outstanding coaching is). I am saying, however, that, should complaints arrive, I’ll at least have some stats to back up whatever I have to say about playing time. CoachIt Soccer makes it easy to keep track of those stats, and for that I am very grateful, especially this season.



Tackles to Defeat The Better Team Article

Saw this article in ESPN The Magazine in the wake of Euro 2016 about using tackle stats to track underdog victories and thought it was pretty interesting.

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