Sportscode Gamebreak a Game Changer

Alex La, the Interim Head Coach for the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Water Polo and Women’s Water Polo programs in 2015-16, submitted a Hahn grant for the acquisition of equipment that would enable the coaches to tag segments of game films to organize the films for teaching and coaching the tactics and the fundamentals of the sport to student athletes.

In a recent conversation with Alex and Tamara Perea, the assistant coach of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Water Polo program , it was clear that the ability to be able to use this software for teaching and coaching so quickly was “a game changer”. SportsCode Gamebreak can separate all aspects of a game or a practice into clips that can be organized by multiple attributes or “tags” such as offensive, defensive or even specific clips of an individual player. This can occur during a game or it can be brought back into the classroom for review and teaching.

Prior to this, the only alternative was for the student athletes to watch the entire video rather than those segments that are relevant to improving their game. Alex said that the students after watching the video repeatedly would “lose their attention, their focus”, thereby defeating the purpose of it.

Tamara and Alex both noted that the Women’s team is a very young team (with 9 freshmen on it) and having the ability to focus on the tactics, “learning the game” was key to their improvement. After practices, the video can be taken right into the classroom for teaching and coaching the athletes. Alex said last year he even posted videos on Sakai for students to review independently. Classroom sessions are now about 90% video and 10% whiteboard, said Alex.

Another way of using the software is as positive reinforcement. La put together a “Pump Up Video” last year showing all the goals the athletes had scored in the season. A student (Adam) dropping by the conversation said that these video clips personalize the game for students and allow them to “go in depth on what you’re doing right and wrong.”