Small area games just got huge.
The COVID-19 health crisis has forced us all to take drastic steps to stop transmission and flatten the infection curve, so healthcare providers have a fighting chance to save as many people as possible.
It’s a huge, global effort—and it will work if we all stick with the game plan—and no country can afford to risk the horrendous consequences of not taking this action.
But it’s also a local effort.
As in, it’s happening inside your house.
We’re used to seeing player performance and evaluation data collected by hockey and baseball coaches piling up our system. We’re used to seeing comments and video clips related to actual practices and games. But now we’re seeing something else.
Thousands of small area games are taking place across huge distances, and kids in homes separated by miles and miles are competing against each other.
Coaches are still coaching, but they’ve found creative new ways to engage kids who are temporarily separated from friends and teammates, cooped up in their own homes or backyards while they do their best to help change the course of the pandemic. They’re challenging their players to “Plank the Curve,” and “Wall Sit This One Out,” and “Shoot for the Cure,” and using PowerPlayer’s Custom category to track data and generate a little fun and team motivation. That’s a great way to help keep kids connected to and competing against their teammates, and to remind them what focusing on a common goal is all about.
Yes, coaches are coaching from their couches.
We’d rather be seeing skating metrics or base running ratings or game play video and comments coming in—the stuff we all live for. But until we can get back to full-size life, let’s all keep doing the small things that matter so much right now.
Apart. But together.
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