One topic that came up on the Gettin' Picky: A Guide to Alliance Selections (Part 1: The Picklist) thread was how to best use data collected on day 2.
How does your team go about using data and adjusting teams on lists during day 2 at a district/regional? How do you make sure teams that really get it together for day 2 don’t slip through the cracks? How do you avoid getting burned by teams who fall apart?
On 2791, we keep a watch list of high-interest teams generated during the picklist session and make sure someone from our scouting leadership team 1) watched them in the match and 2) looked at the scouting sheet for that team in that match to make sure they get both a quantitative and qualitative look at the teams we’re interested in. This method generally works great for tracking the teams on the watch list, but sometimes falters on detecting new teams that we should consider.
One metric I’ve been toying with during the offseason is taking: (average game pieces scored in second half of their matches) - (average game pieces scored in first half of their matches) and seeing who has large/small changes over time. It seems promising, but has issues with the noisiness of averages, especially when defense enters the mix.