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Thin-Slicing Recruiting: An Introduction December 3, 2009

Posted by mgodoublems in Experiments.
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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 mathieum906@gmail.com if you would be willing to contribute.


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