HOW TO PROPERLY CONDUCT A SCOUT TRAINING
Fábio Roberto Mendonça
There are two types of Scout Trainings.
IDENTIFY THE TYPE OF SCOUT TRAINING
.Main difference is that Scout is covering the match over TV.
.Supporter chooses a stream/clip/broadcast.
.Everything else is very similar.
TV SCOUT TRAINING
NO LIVE SCOUT AND NO TV
Don't rely solely on webscores.weebly.com
Pay close attention to command logic succession
Try to focus more on procedures and Scout's capability to read the game
Due to lack of info, be as thorough as possible
Make use of your own experience and intuition
LIVE SCOUT AND NO TV
Make good use of your biggest resource and take notice and note of all differences
Don't rely solely on Live Scout's report.
Try to complement it with info from available websources
This one is pretty much transversal.
Do things sequentially and be organised
Inform Live Scout's Supporter of any mistakes you notice
BE A TEAM PLAYER
ON TV AND NO LIVE SCOUT
Optimise your monitor layout, so that you can properly follow the broadcast and Scout's report
Take notes of every mistake/difference you notice immediately, so that you can resume following the match
STAY ON YOUR TOES
Once again, do things sequentially.
Always take note of the timestamps
Pay close attention to Scout's zone definition, event reasons and shot types
LIVE SCOUT AND ON TV
Make good use of all available resources.
Optimise your layout, so that can happen
Be clear and concise when writing your notes.
Take note of the mistake/difference, timestamp and how it was confirmed
Obviously point out Scout's mistakes, but don't forget to give suggestions and also point out things that Scout may do better than others
GIVE CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM
Be responsible and take it seriously.
Try to standardise your actions and create routines
A total of X Scout Trainings are conducted every year
The success rate of Live Trainings is X %
A total of X Live Trainings are conducted vs an X amount of TV Trainings
LIVE TRAININGS VS TV TRAININGS
THE GOAL IS 100%
BEFORE THE GAME
Start filling in the General Information part of the LT.
Don't forget to search for all available websources/streams/broadcasts.
Check if there's a Live Scout and for SIP/Hotline call.
Call scout and introduce yourself.
Try to have a calming effect and speak clearly.
Explain how the LT is going to go to the best of your ability.
Clarify any doubts that may exist.
Be reassuring and inform Scout that he can send a CM at any time.
Tick all BTG boxes and finish writing the summary.
SEAL THE DEAL
Make sure you arrive on time.
Start your computer and optimise your layout.
Take a look/quick read at the LT doc.
First things first. Don't forget to check JC, GC and PGEs.
Confirm the fixture with scout and treat it as it was a regular match.
Take your notes as scout is executing the tasks.
DON'T FORGET ABOUT PGEs
I suggest writing your first half summary in bullet format.
Do things sequentially and be as clear as possible.
Always provide the timestamp for the event. In CET time if the game time for comparison is not exact.
Write a short summary paragraph, where you make a general analysis of the first 45 minutes.
Search for patterns/tendencies. Also check if Scout adjusts player event details and event reasons.
Give your appreciation and make suggestions.
This will be the period that will allow you to analyse the match and Scout's report more thoroughly. Make the best of it.
I usually like to call scout at the end of the first half, to check his energy and so that I can clearly pass the instructions for the first scenario.
You can also send a SM with the instructions if you choose not to call.
I also ask scout if there's a scoreboard at the venue at this point.
CALL IT OUT
Start the scenario and call scout, but be blunt and don't give anything away.
Tick the boxes and take your notes as Scout executes the tasks.
Pay attention to the takeover and confirm he didn't miss anything at HT.
TICK, TICK, TICK
Write the summary as soon as the scenario is over.
Alert scout of how and approximately when he'll receive instructions for the following scenario.
Check and comment on Scout's report over the phone.
Soccer: 2nd half
Basketball: 3rd quarter (at the earliest)
Ice Hockey: 2nd period (at the earliest)
Volleyball: 2nd set (at the earliest)
Handball: 2nd half
Ask the question in an inconspicuous way and without giving out the name or the procedure.
That way you can check if they know the steps and the name of the procedure.
There's not much to this scenario and scouts usually do pretty well on this one.
If you're having problems due to bad call connection, too much noise or successive tense game situations, you can postpone this scenario.
Just tick the boxes and write a short summary as soon as you're done with the scenario.
Keep in mind that if Scout uses a local SIM-Card, the provider change is not possible and therefore not required.
Take advantage of a situation when Scout is already in a forced disconnection.
I usually do it during the first scenario.
Send the instructions over SM and start the scenario.
Cancel or add a CAT1 event.
Call scout and tick the boxes in order, while taking your notes.
Don't give anything up.
Check if he follows all correct procedures.
If you change a penalty in IH, make sure that the penalty is running and impacts players on ice.
Write the summary as soon as you're done with the scenario.
Make sure Scout didn't miss anything during the disco or during the scenario.
The third scenario can be done anytime during the second half.
Assess an opportune time to start the scenario.
This one won't require you to call Scout.
Just send him the instructions over SM and check if he follows the correct procedures.
Tick the boxes as he is executing the tasks.
If you cancelled an event on the previous scenario, add one on this one, or vice versa.
Confirm if Scout presses "Statistics Incorrect" before correcting and if he reloads his stats also before confirming.
Check and comment if Scout executed the tasks in a timely manner.
Confirm that no events were missed during the scenario.
This scenario can also be done at anytime during the second half.
It it supposed to be done after the third and be lest scenario though.
Once again, assess an opportune moment to start the scenario.
Don't do all the scenarios in quick succession.
Give Scout time to transition and readjust.
Assess an opportune moment to start the scenarios.
SPREAD IT OUT
Standardise your LT conducting.
Use previously written notes to help you write new ones.
Try to focus on aspects you weren't unable to elaborate during the first half.
You may provide your second half analysis on the General Feedback by Supporter section.
Don't forget to make a short summary of your reading of the entire LT.
Give your opinion. Make suggestions. Report anything you find relevant.
Continue taking notes of Scout's performance in-between scenarios during the second half.
You can use the same model as you used for the first half analysis.