VolleyMetrics in Rio: a Q&A with Gius
1. What was your day-to-day like in Rio?
We had some very long days! The first match of the day would start at 10am and the last one would end after midnight. We did that for all pool play. Once it got to the elimination round, it got easier and I am definitely thankful Tyler was there so I could spend time with coaches prepping the matches, answering questions, working together on scouting reports, and being available for consulting. With three teams competing it was a huge challenge to have enough time so we took advantage when we got it!
2. What was your favorite part?
Seeing coaches build more and more trust in how I could help them was just the best. It was the first time in the season that there time to prepare for a match because you play every other day, while during the world tour you play multiple times per day and it’s much more intense.
Even though this was my favorite part, it was also the most frustrating. With four teams it was extremely difficult to manage time to prepare as thoroughly as you could on the indoor side. Indoor has less participating teams and there is more structure in how you can prepare for a match.
3. What have you learned about beach volleyBall while there?
It was an incredible experience. First, I had a deeper confirmation of how much more of a mental sport it is. With no subs, shorter games, shorter matches, less time outs, among other things, the pressure gets high quick when you make a mistake and your ability to think about the next point and be positive becomes absolutely key to everything you do. This is something most people notice and know about beach volleyball but I had some of the greatest examples of just how tough that is to deal with.
On top of that, I learned more about what is really important as you prepare to play an opponent, and the deeper details that go into prepping for a sport that is far more reactive than indoor volleyball. You prepare and look at more detailed aspects of the game and of your opponent with the intent to be able to make it easier to read the game rather than to predict what happens and just “make a choice”. Ultimately I learned to love beach volleyball much more than I did in the last few years as I have been more and more involved with it…I believe it’s a great sport. And absolutely different from indoor, much more than somebody who hasn’t done much in beach volleyball can imagine.
How to add your players to the portal/how to activate their accounts?
To add your players to the portal:
1. Click on the gear icon to go to the player page.2. Check to make sure the team name is listed next to every one of their names. If the team name is listed next to every one of their names, you’re good to move to step #3. If the team name is not listed in the “Team” column for each of their names, click on the “Team Admins” tab, and then click back to the “Players” tab. It should fill that column at that point.3. Edit each player to add their email address. Make sure to use the floppy disk icon to save each player as you add their emails.4. Go to https://portal.volleymetrics.
In order to keep everyone accountable to the exchange rules, you cannot view any of your “Other Matches” unless you have uploaded all the video and scoresheets from your finished matches. Please be aware that there is a short delay from the time you upload to the time the database recognizes the upload and you are given access to Other Matches. Usually a hard refresh of the page using Ctrl+Shift+R will resolve the issue.
The first step is to email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof that the match has been shared with you. This might be a download link, a copy of the scoresheet, or forwarded correspondence that shows an agreement to share the film. Include in your email the teams playing, the venue, date and time. The support team will then create a match slot for you and respond to your email to remind you that the match will not be placed on the queue to be broken down until you upload both the video and the scoresheet. Remember that there are helpful articles on video and scoresheet uploading at support.volleymetrics.com!
This month has seen the release of our new auto-recording service, allowing coaches to handle scheduling match recordings as well as ending the recordings when the match is finished. Just a reminder to check your schedule, and ensure your home matches are set to “record”!
Additionally, we’ve been hard at work on the bug reports we have received from teams as the season has started. The good news is things are getting finished quickly, but please keep letting us know about any bugs you find.
Lastly, we are still on schedule to activate our stats page prior to the start of the regular season, as promised. We look forward to having you try it out soon!