Player evaluation software is transforming how youth athletic organizations run tryouts, conduct player evaluations, and communicate with athletes and parents. TeamGenius’ application allows Directors of Coaching to think beyond simply entering player data during evaluations and instead utilize real-time scoring features to enable instant results and fast roster formations. It also provides ways to reduce biases in tryouts and streamline the process for conducting player and coach evaluations.
See below why Directors of Coaching are thrilled to partner with TeamGenius.
Real-Time Scores and Rankings
The TeamGenius player evulation software allows coaching directors to see real-time player scores and rankings during evaluations. As soon as evaluators enter a grade, directors and others with access to the platform can see the score. They can also keep tabs on overall player rankings during evaluations to instantly see who the top performers are.
Using TeamGenius allows clubs to ditch the paper and pens, and more importantly, ditch the lengthy process of manually calculating all scores and ranking athletes. Using the application not only saves valuable time, but it assures directors that the athlete scores and rankings are accurate. Manually marking and adding scores can result in typos or miscalculations.
St. Croix Soccer Club Coaching Director Nathan Klonecki estimated the TeamGenius platform saved his club 20 to 30 hours of work.
“It saved numerous hours and human error. We caught some mistakes this year we might not have in the past,” Klonecki said.
Skylands Ice World in New Jersey also used the TeamGenius app to save time and eliminate potential mistakes.
“We used to do pen and paper forms,” said Patrick Choules, Director of Hockey Programming at Skylands Ice World. “If we did 20 evaluations, we got 20 sheets… then we had to try to make sense of all of them.”
Faster Roster Formation
Using TeamGenius’ instant scores and player rankings allows clubs to form rosters faster. This helps save directors time creating teams and allows athletes to have access to results and rosters more quickly.
Before using TeamGenius, Choules said the league administrators would spend about two hours discussing player performances after evaluations to determine rosters. By being able to access athlete scores and overall rankings instantly, Choules said the discussion and team formation was reduced to about one hour.
“It probably cut my time in half,” Choules said. “It allowed us to focus on the evaluations instead.”
Reducing the amount of time to form rosters also enables Skylands Ice World to communicate results to players faster.
“It allowed us to tell parents earlier,” said Choules. “Once I finalized the team, I sent out messages to each team through the software.”
Sending out player results and rosters from the software allows teams to tell athletes and their families when to expect an email from the club. This will deter parents from calling the organization to get updates on results, and it saves teams time by being able to send all communication from the app.
Prevent Biases and Increase Transparency
The TeamGenius application allows directors
During evaluations, directors of coaching can choose to hide player names from the TeamGenius application and instead list them by only their assigned tryouts number. This measure can help prevent any potential biases evaluators might have about an athlete based on his or her name. Here are some additional resources on how to keep tryouts fair.
Directors can also use TeamGenius to increase transparency between the club and players by providing athletes and their parents with evaluation results after tryouts.
Andrew Lenhardt, the Director of Coaching at Springfield (Ill.) Area Soccer Association (SASA), tells parents and players during tryout sessions that results will be available after the evaluations. He thinks this establishes transparency between the league, the athletes, and their parents. Families know they are receiving the same results directors and administrators are using to form teams.
Having the results – and player evaluations – readily available to provide to families can help
This has been helpful for the Utah Avalanche and AFC Apex clubs. The soccer teams can answer parent questions with data from TeamGenius. Directors and coaches can show if there was a drop-off in player performance through evaluations and provide the information to families.
Encourage Coaches to Complete Player Evaluations
The TeamGenius platform provides clubs with the ability to create and send player and coach evaluation forms within the application. This functionality allows directors to streamline the evaluation process. An evaluation form can be created and saved in the platform, and then sent to players and coaches. This allows directors to ensure the same criteria is being used in all evaluations and makes reading the results much easier.
Klonecki said he likes that the evaluations are available in the platform for himself, coaches, and other administrators to access.
“Then I can see it, coaches can see it, and send off to families,” said Klonecki.
He added that the ability to conduct evaluations during the season and retain the information in the platform is a benefit to both his club, the players, and their parents.
“It will make people happier. They have an evaluation and can get feedback as the year goes on,” Klonecki said