Suggestions

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6 responses to “Suggestions

  1. It may help to know that SC categorizes play calls as follows:

    3rd &:
    1
    2-3
    4-6
    7-10
    11+

    4th &:
    1
    2-3
    4-6
    7-10
    11+

    3rd/4th down play calls are listed distinct from the master game plan, using the above classification. 1st/2nd down calls are not distinguished on the plan sheets as they allow for use of the master call plan.

    I mention this because I noticed your statistics classify D&D slightly different, with 2nd/3rd & 6-7 in the same column. I don’t know whether this distinction would change your overall conclusions, but I thought it worth noting.

    Hope this helps. Feel free to email any questions.

    • @Tommy Trojan. This is a great suggestion. I was actually going to do a lot of tweaking to the classifications during this offseason. The original classification of distances as 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-14,15+ were just guesses made last year that I actually didn’t particularly like once the season started. Like you mentioned, the 6-7 yard category was not my favorite, because I consider “medium” distances to be 4-6 yards to go and long distances to be 7-10 yards.

      However, I was against changing the classification rules used by my system midseason because it could warp the statistics that I collect. Instead, I decided to keep doing things as they were and do a tweaking pass during the offseason when I can take a step back and look at where the numbers could be improved. Changing the down and distance classifications were actually on the top of my list. I planned on changing it to the following: 1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-14, 15+. I wanted to have a distinction between 7-8 yards and 10 yards to go due to the fact that I believe 10 yards is a key number given that it starts at 1st and 10. I also wanted to break down the further distances more just in case there is any sort of pattern between 11-14 and 15+. It is easier to combine the data afterward than to split it apart.

      Anyways, thanks for your suggestion. I hope to make many improvements in this coming year so that this site can provide much more insightful information in its 2nd year.

  2. I am researching an article for a coaching website. It appears that you may have already collected a portion the data that I am about to log. Is there a way that you could share some of this data with me? I would be more than happy to credit you on it. I would also like to get your opinion on the theory of my article. It is in the same ballpark as your:

    https://trojanfootballstatistics.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/usc-successful-play-analysis/

    but with a bit more psychographic comparison of intention, perception, and action.
    Let me know- thank you

    • Hey Doug. Sorry about the reduced frequency of posts. The reason why posts have become less frequent is really just lack of time on my part. Work has really been piling up and we’re on an extended period of overtime crunch, working both extra hours during the week and also on Saturdays. Most of the posts that I do take a decent number of hours to gather and present the data (I love doing it though!). With extra hours going to work, the remainder of my time has been concentrated on spending time with my wife, leaving very little time for writing USC analysis. I’m still trying to fit it all in (I had a partial post of the BC game written, but never finished it). I expect work to ease up in about a month. I’ll probably try to write one or two more posts over the next month (time permitting) and then we should hopefully be back to my normal schedule. Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy the content that I make in the future.

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