Thin-Slicing Recruiting: An Introduction December 3, 2009
Posted by mgodoublems in Experiments.
Tags: Blink, Introduction, Thin-Slicing Recruiting
Earlier, I mentioned that I was planning on beginning an experiment based on the principles of Blink. This is my quick introduction to ‘Thin-Slicing Recruiting’. The premise of this project is to look initially at two sports – Basketball and Football – and the way that collegiate coaches analyze the abilities of potential players.
Hypothesis: Experienced coaches are able to determine the capabilities of a player in their respective sport with a small quantity of information. Visual information will have a significantly higher success rate than statistical information, and the amount of time required to make a judgement on a player will be short – 30 seconds to a minute.
Experimental Procedure Expose coaches to a variety of information sets on recent high school players. These information sets will include, but are not limited to, various combinations of: short videos of playing time, short videos of camp time, playing statistic tables, and non-playing statistics (height, weight, strength, speed, etc.). Include with the videos a questionnaire concerning each target player, tabulate responses, and compare to actual information.
I will be dividing football players into twelve categories. I will produce video clips of varying lengths of each of the players, until I have a group of 20 players from each category with clips ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes. I will also collect statistical data on the players’ in high school, as well as their data in college for comparison.
The twelve categories are: QB, HB, WR, TE, OT, OG/C, DT, DE, CB, LB, S, K/P
I will be dividing basketball players into the five numerical position categories (1-5). As with football, I will produce video clips ranging from 5 seconds to 2 minutes, and will collect all necessary statistical data.
I will be posting some of the videos as I produce them. If any members of the community are willing to devote some time to helping me edit video clips or locate target players, it would be much appreciated – please e-mail me at email@example.com if you would be willing to contribute.