As a former student and recent graduate, the 2 main performance analysis programs that I (and i’m sure lots of students) used were Dartfish and SportsCode. I must admit I was a SportsCode guy for most of my university but once learning the ropes with Dartfish, I must admit I had a Dartfish phase, although they both have their strengths and weaknesses and uses in particular situations.
The main features that I liked about SportsCode were:
- Ease of coding window setup.
- Simple creation/editing of movies.
- Neat analysis features.
The one thing about SportsCode that did annoy me slightly was that if I wanted to analyse a particular player and their performance, I would need a button for the player and another button for successful/unsuccessful indicators, time indicators, etc. This is synonomous with most softwares but with SportsCode, you had to press the player button then the action button, then edit the length of the clip. This seemed to add time to how long the analysis took. Also once the analysis was completed, exporting it out to analyse the data with the edit list just didn’t give all of the data that I wanted. However this is where dartfish came into its own!
The main features that I liked about Dartfish were
- Easy exporting of data into excel
- Coding buttons that could be turned on and off when needed.
Although the coding window setup in Dartfish could be slightly more tricky than SportsCode, once you get it sorted, it doesn’t need changing and the time spent will pay dividends. I particularly like the fact that if looking at time periods in games, I could click for example the 1st half button on and when the 2nd half begins, I could just click the 2nd half button and it would automatically change to 2nd half. This feature could be changed to whichever player/team is in possession, etc. Also when the data needs to be exported, it is a simple task of exporting the data into excel, formatting the data into a table and being able to look at different players/teams data in different time periods, etc. This was probably the main thing that I liked about Dartfish and the feature I personally found most useful.
In Conclusion, both Dartfish and SportsCode have their uses and pros + cons but both are excellent examples of performance analysis software. I am still undecided which is my favourite…………………but i’m sure everybody will have their own opinion.
The Chester Analyst