Scouting: The 'Great Chess Match' for Coaches and Players

GW Assistant Coach Kevin Sutton focuses on scouting opponents in his third College Chalktalk National Coaches' Diary Series entry.

Feb. 9, 2012

George Washington assistant coach Kevin Sutton will participate in College Chalktalk's National Coaches' Diary Series throughout the 2011-12 season. His third entry was posted Thursday, Feb. 9.

Scouting: The "Great Chess Match" for Coaches and Players

Now in my first year as an assistant coach at George Washington University, I continue to enjoy scouting, or what I like to call "The Great Chess Match." With as much technology and software available (Fast Scout, Fast Draw, Synergy, Sports Code, digital filming) to us at the highest level of college basketball, one must be careful not to get bombarded with information overload. Information overload can and does render players helpless because they have gone from an instinctual athlete to a player who is thinking too much and trying to process too much information.

Therein lies the dilemma for the coach doing the scout - how much information is too much information? I have come to realize that the answer to that question lies in four areas:

1. The overall basketball IQ of your team.
2. The amount of information to be processed.
3. The amount of time to process the information.
4. How many different ways can we teach it: visually, written, verbally and kinetically based on different learning styles.

Scouting is "The Great Chess Match" because it allows the coaches to compete and play the game mentally after their time to physically compete and play passes with time and age.

Click here to read the rest of Coach Sutton's third National Coaches' Diary Series entry and visit throughout the season for new entries.



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