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Bad Mechanics Fixed with Good SoftwareMonday, May 30th, 2011

“Shooting is the most important offensive fundamental skill in basketball.  A team that shoots well will always be in ball games.”  – Jerry Tarkanian, former UNLV head coach

Most coaches recognize it as the most important aspect of playing great basketball: Correct shooting mechanics.

Even at the college level, incredible amounts of time and energy are spent on trying to uncover mechanical defects in a player’s shooting technique, followed by more time trying to explain the needed corrections to the athlete.  And, of course, proper mechanics aren’t reserved for just basketball coaches.  Every coach can benefit from identifying faster ways to correct incorrect mechanics. 

“The most frustrating part of what I used to do was getting my players to visually understand what they needed to do to correct their shot,” said one assistant college coach.  “Man, the software has really changed the way we do things.”

“The software” he is referring to is Dartfish, the revolutionary software tool for college coaches thatDartfish coaches allows an athlete to visually identify small differences in their mechanics more quickly, allowing their coaches to work with them to correct errors in those mechanics.  The results?  Fixing problems more quickly.

“We use to spend several days trying to identify and correct little mistakes and bad habits our players would fall into,” said the assistant coach.  “Now it might take an hour or so.”

Some of the things that college basketball coaches say that they’ve been able to more easily correct include changing shot velocities, incorrect angles of release and the trajectory of a ball once it leaves the fingertips.

“We designed the way the software works with coaches in mind,” says Victor Bergonzoli, CEO of Dartfish USA.  “We’ve had great feedback from the college coaches that use it.  Over and over again, they say its given them a real advantage over their competition that still isn’t familiar with what it does.”

Originally used by the U.S. Olympic team, Dartfish is becoming a mainstay in gyms across the nation’s college campuses.

To get your look at the how this new technology can work for your program, click here.

Progressive Approach Earns University at Buffalo Athletics as Sports Technology LeadersMonday, February 1st, 2010

by Carrie Bigbie, Selling for Coaches 

Katherine Aiken, the Director of Technology Services for Athletics at the University of Buffalo assists coaches with the Dartfish Total Solution – tailored to meet the specific needs of sixteen UB athletic programs. 

Coaches decide what’s needed for their sport, then the Athletic Department Tech Team experts led by Aiken, create a customized solution using Dartfish technology.  How did it all start, and why did they choose Dartfish?  Read part one of this two part series to get the details.

Here’s what they’ve implemented at the University at Buffalo:

Individual lockers on Dartfish.tv provide private access for viewing, commenting, and analyzing for coaches and athletes.

The University at Buffalo uses several Dartfish.tv Channels ‐ one for each of their sports. Each channel is set up differently depending on who needs access. For example, does the sport want to provide public access or sport camp access, or does that sport just want internal coaching access? Or are they sharing recruit videos between coaching staff that are currently traveling? As the administrator for these channels, Aiken is able to customize the channel to match the needs of each sport program.

Dartfish video software“We found that by switching to Dartfish and Dartfish.tv for game preparation and scouting reports assistant coaches are more efficient in the breakdowns and are producing something to share much sooner with the athletes than they were with other systems. By uploading the scouting reports online the athletes are able to be more prepared for game scenarios in practice,” explained Aiken.

“The other time saver we have found,” Aiken added, “is when a sport is able to tag live during a game. When the game is over they upload videos immediately with each play tagged. For example, for a basketball game, by tagging just the offensive and defensive plays live we are able to quickly have a total of three videos available for the players and coaches to view. One video contains only offensive plays; the second contains just the defensive plays while the third is the entire game. With each play marked the players and coaches can view film within an hour or two of the game’s ending, allowing them to quickly find specific plays within the game. “

Technology set-up at the University of Buffalo. 

All programs at UB have equal access to the technology, thanks to the centralized technology budget model put in place by Athletics Director Warde Manuel soon after he arrived at the University of Buffalo.

Sports no longer have to make a choice within their budgets about whether or not to invest in technology. Aiken and her staff evaluate the technology needs of each program from a global perspective, allocating central resources considered essential for supporting the various sport programs in building winning programs while maintaining a level of fiscal responsibility. Her staff is constantly researching available technology and standardizes it throughout the Division of Athletics at UB with the goal of reliability on which the end user can depend.

“We purchase hardware and software centrally,” stated Aiken, “making it available to programs who have a justifiable need and proven desire to become accomplished in using the tools we are providing them. I was able to spread our Dartfish licenses and related hardware into the sport programs that expressed the enthusiasm to expand their coaching toolbox.
Warde Manuel, UB Athletic DirectorAiken and the technology department provide a total solution ‐ from computers to cables, firewire cards, to portable hard drives making sure everything is compatible and working smoothly together.  This past summer the Athletics Director Warde Manuel (pictured) modified one of their practice facilities to include everything a team would need to record and review practices courtside.

“All the sport has to bring to practice is their camera and a laptop because everything else is already in place, providing the ability to capture and then project the footage via Dartfish In‐the‐Action onto a courtside flatscreen TV,” says Aiken. “This forward‐thinking investment is currently utilized by three separate programs.”

Katherine Aiken set a goal for all UB sports to develop an efficient way for both the athlete and coach to use technology effectively and Dartfish has helped her to achieve it.

Dartfish Software a Proven Coaching Tool in College BasketballMonday, May 4th, 2009

Bob Simmons, Ball State University basketballby Carrie Bigbie, Selling for Coaches 

With seconds left in the game, your team is ahead but without the best defensive strategy it could all be lost.  You wonder what offensive plays your opponent might try.  Good thing you did your research and watched some scouting clips on your opponent using the Dartfish software.

Coach Bob Simmons, assistant men’s basketball coach at Ball State University, has been using Dartfish for scouting purposes for several years.  Even prior to joining Ball State, he used it at his previous coaching position as well.  “Dartfish has been very helpful in breaking down game film to prepare for our opponents.”

Dartfish makes it easy for Simmons and staff to watch film, pull clips and organize them to show to their players and other coaches.  They can show a particular play on the opposing team or offensive/defensive plays.  It helps both the coaches and players prepare for their opponents.

“Dartfish has been tremendous,” says Simmons. “It is very user-friendly and makes our scouting much easier.”

Dartfish is a recommended tool for college basketball coaches who want to scout in a more effective way, and give their players immediate feedback on technique and mechanics.