AISpotter – Re-energising Inline Hockey

AISpotter – Re-energising Inline Hockey

We are happy to share how AISpotter is supporting British Inline Skater Hockey Association on their way towards the European Championships in November this year. 

Inline Hockey History

British Inline Skater Hockey was born on the streets of the inner cities in the UK and in the 1980’s was formerly known as ‘Street Hockey’. Many car parks and recreational areas would be filled with hockey players on skates who recreated their own NHL matches. 

The sport swiftly evolved, leagues were formed from teams off the streets and the Street Hockey National Championships was soon featured on a weekly tv show, this was back when the UK only had 5 tv channels, so the sport drew quite an audience! As inline skates grew in popularity to the expense of the quad skate then so did the sport of Street Hockey and it become known as Inline Skater Hockey.

AISpotter supporting GB Inline Hockey

The British Inline Skater Hockey Association (BISHA) has been in existence for over 4 decades and recently the appetite for the sport has unfortunately dipped. A new leadership of BISHA formed last year is exploring new methods to re-energise the membership and attract new people to the sport – this is no different to the change the sport embraced in the 90’s to convert from quads to inline skates to retain members. Some may say the change in the sport is too late, but the outlook of the new leadership is that action is being taken 2 years before the sport collapses!

Supported by technology services

Technology in sport is one of the areas BISHA are promoting and for the last two years BISHA Team GB have adopted two tools to support their coaches, these are AISpotter & Hockey Coach Vision. The British Coaches have loaded match video content to AISpotter and tagged a variety of plays: Break Outs, Face Off Routines, Offensive/Defensive Plays etc.

Tom Sexton BISHA

As a player and a marketer, it's extremely refreshing to see a product such as yours entering our sport at a very exciting time for us. I have no doubt that the support from AISpotter will really help solidify the foundations of our growth strategies, not only on the rink, but to also help grow the sport as a whole.

    Once tagged the passages of play are quickly identifiable and packaged into a presentation, which is then played back at our Team GB Camps where classroom sessions are then held to share insights. Such insights are then valuable for team motivation, injury prevention, improved performance and above all a competitive advantage. We then use the Hockey Coaching Vision tool to design drills and plays to tackle the insights surfaced.

    Currently Sports Technology in Britain has some critics largely due to the management and pace of adoption of VAR in football – although it is the hybrid of human and machine causing the issues. As the technology advances and the machine learns then we will soon be in a position where we have instant and accurate decisions in football and people will have more faith. 

    AISpotter is no different and is in a similar transition period, nevertheless it is about adoption and using the tool where it can add value in is current format and then partnering and growing your sport at the same rate as the technology. Certainly BISHA Team GB and the use of AISpotter does not guarantee instant success, but we are now certainly more informed and we are gaining those extra percentages out of our performance as we head into the European Championships in November 2021.

    AISpotter small logo

    About AISpotter

    AISpotter enables professionals to turn massive amounts of recorded and streamed video into usable and shareable information that helps them make better decisions, delight fans, and even predict the future.

    The technology pinpoints the most important parts of any recorded and even multiple simultaneous live-streamed videos, from any camera, with any setup, and makes production-ready highlights available instantly.

    AISpotter was founded in 2018 when a university vision AI project was first used to help sports teams quickly get the best information from game videos. Now the company helps production people, 24/7 live streams, coaches, and even security firms across Europe to process video into usable knowledge and insights.

    Contact me for further information: Anri Kivimäki

    The Secret to be a Champion – Insightful Feedback

    Team ThurenGruppen

    The Secret to be a Champion - Insightful Feedback

    We are delighted, we have been able to be part of success of the Team ThorenGruppen Innebandy. Team that sensationally won the Swedish championship 2021 in women’s floorball during their very first season in SSL Dam league.

    This is a great example how a combination of our comprehensive data- (MyCoazh) and video- (AISpotter) analysis is assisting coaches and players in achieving their ultimate dreams and goals.

    Insightful feedback (combination of statistics, analytics, video clips and feedback conversations) was the key to the coaches to help their players perform the best when it was needed the most –Super Final – where everything was decided in just one game.

    Team ThurenGruppen
    Photo: Tomas Brandt Wangel

    Head coach of Team ThorenGruppen, Christoffer Suominen is commented.

    “We got opponent scouting reports before our playoffs. And during the games we got live statistics during the intermissions. I do have to say, that this whole thing has changed the way I think of coaching. This is unique combination of insightful tactical, team level and player level feedback that really made the difference!”

    “I’m especially amazed how accurately game analysis predicted both the final scores of the games and what opponent as a team and even individual players were trying! After we got this compact feedback package, we were able to concentrate more on coaching. Also, this package confirmed, that our own observations in opponent scouting covered the right topics. We got the numbers and verified it.”

    “So instead of watching hours and hours of videos and still not being sure did we concentrate on the relevant points, we knew exactly where to put focus – in order to win the crucial games.”

    Christoffer Suominen
    Photo: Tomas Brandt Wangel

    The advantage of our service is unique combination of tactical game analysis what is linked with evaluation of both team and even player level performance. The second key component is video analysis, what automatically creates the desired video clips from the game.

    Our service gives the right explanation why the game ended as it did in 85% of all games. And as we can explain why the games are ending the way they did, we can predict the end result before the game and justify the prediction during the game.

    We have now been assisting floorball teams that have won two World Championships, Champions Cup, two Swedish championships, six Finnish Junior League gold medals and many other medals and awards.

    Floorball players who have received MyCoazh feedback have been selected as world’s best players, as MVP at last World Championship tournament and SSL Dam league’s best players.

    We can provide even more advanced service what is a combination of tracking data, event data and video analysis. 

    If you want to be  the next champion, get in contact with us! We will figure out, how we can help you with our advanced analytics services.

    AISpotter small logo

    About AISpotter

    AISpotter enables professionals to turn massive amounts of recorded and streamed video into usable and shareable information that helps them make better decisions, delight fans, and even predict the future.

    The technology pinpoints the most important parts of any recorded and even multiple simultaneous live-streamed videos, from any camera, with any setup, and makes production-ready highlights available instantly.

    AISpotter was founded in 2018 when a university vision AI project was first used to help sports teams quickly get the best information from game videos. Now the company helps production people, 24/7 live streams, coaches, and even security firms across Europe to process video into usable knowledge and insights.

    Contact me for further information: Anri Kivimäki

    AISpotter joining Expert Dojo accelerator programme

    Expert Dojo Accelerator

    AISpotter joining Expert Dojo accelerator programme

    We are very excited to announce that AISpotter has been selected to participate in Expert Dojo accelerator programme. Expert DOJO is international early-stage startup accelerator based in Southern California, Santa Monica, US.

    Expert DOJO improves the success rate of early-stage startups through investment, foundation, showcasing, influence, and community. The Accelerator program they are running is designed to help startups get to the next round and work with them on the milestones to get there. 

    The program starts with 8 weeks of intense growth and acceleration and then goes into an additional 1-2 years of continuing support with strategy, investment and enterprise introductions. 

    Expert Dojo Accelerator
    (c) Expert Dojo

    “We are super happy and excited being part of the Expert Dojo accelerator program. This program helps and guides us in building a clear vision for international expansion. And when we proceed in the program there are experienced strategists supporting us in execution of our vision.” Says Anri Kivimäki CEO of AISpotter.

    We’ll be sharing updates on our progress during the startup program through our pages and social media channels. Stay tuned!

    AISpotter small logo

    About AISpotter

    AISpotter is a cloud-based video analysis and intelligent highlight production service. It uses its own AI models to analyse video content from any camera, locate desired events, generate intelligent highlights, and combine them with data streams, statistics, and sensor data. 

    The technology enables streaming companies and sports clubs to scale up their video production capabilities using the existing resources. AISpotter can analyse large numbers of simultaneous matches saving hours of production time. It automatically generates highlights for corner kicks, goals, and other game events. 

    Contact me for further information: Anri Kivimäki

    Kauppi Twins and the Killer-Combo

    Kauppi Twins and the Killer-Combo

    KauppiTwins and the “Killer-Combo”

    AISpotter had great pleasure speaking with Oona and Veera Kauppi who are undoubtedly the most remarkable floorball twins!

    The Kauppi sisters are originally from Tampere, Finland. After playing in Finland for several years in Koovee, they made the transfer to the Swedish SSL. Now they’ve started their third season playing at Team Thorengruppen and being one of the favourites to win the Swedish national title.

    KauppiTwins started playing floorball and football at the age of six. Over the years they have learnt that passion, hard work, continuous feedback, and performance and game analysis are the critical things for the success.

    Oona and Veera Kauppi
    Oona and Veera Kauppi (c) Team Thorengruppen

    Who does your game and performance analysis? How is that done?

    In professional sports, detailed performance analysis and constructive feedback can give a competitive edge. Our dad, who used to be our coach, was the one training us, continuously monitoring our performance, and giving us feedback. 

    In the beginning, our dad did all analytical work manually – with a pen and paper. Together with him we also viewed game videos, images, and statistics after the games, and then reflected on the performance. 

    Later on, he started using a game analyzing tool, MyCoazh, on iPad to analyze our games digitally. He watches a live game or a game video, tags every crucial event of the game, and then the program produces team, line and player level reports automatically. Those reports (statistics and analytics) were the core of our feedback sessions, they were kind of sparring. And we were able to combine even a YouTube game video with the analysis.

    Our current floorball team has been using certain programs to do video analysis, too. However, the process is very time-consuming as it requires a lot of manual work. 

    What do you think about the process of analyzing games?

    Coaches use a program to analyze game videos. However, the process is very slow: the entire game needs to be watched, and individual video clips for each key game event need to be prepared manually.

    In our team for example, there is a person who has to spend several hours watching a single game, making video highlights and sharing them with the team. We think the process of video analysis should be automated.

    “It’d be really nice for the players and coaches to get feedback really fast after the game or even after just a training practice”

    Is it beneficial to have game video highlights combined with numerical data?

    We think it is important to have game videos and clips from all games. We can easily see how we played, what went well and where we can do better. It is a great way to both analyze individual player performance and single game situations or events, but also which is the most important, how the line performed together and how lines and the whole team did compared to game tactics.  

    Having ready-made game highlights would enable us to quickly refer to certain key moments of the game, discuss them with other players or with our coach and come back to those video clips later. When the video data is combined with numerical data, “it is just a Killer-Combo”For example the Finnish national floorball teams have successfully utilized the combined data and video analysis services.

    Such game insights also give valuable information on our opponents and help us win.

    “It’s not only about knowing yourself or your team, but also about knowing your opponents.”

    Is the feedback supported by video and numerical data more effective? 

    Fact-based feedback helps us analyze matches, especially if the facts are statistically proved to be significantly related to winning a floorball game. Once we’ve viewed the game video and clips, we can see the bigger picture and receive constructive feedback from our dad, coach, and the team. It is hard to argue against proven facts with video clips!

    In our team, players get individual video clips to watch as well. That way each of us can see how each and every player performed. We also watch clips together with lines and the whole team to understand how we performed. It is both a powerful way to give feedback and to talk about the game and how it went.

    We always set certain goals for individual games, and as well as for the whole season. We define the focus points, i.e. what we want to improve. Fact-based feedback enables us to continuously analyze our performance and achieve greater results.

    Is there a need for improvement of the way your games are analyzed now?

    Usually we get video clips one day after the game. We think that automation of video analysis is vital. It is not only cost efficient, accurate, but also amazingly fast: data analytics, video highlights and feedback can be delivered quickly, even during the game. And of course, we would love to have tracking data as well.

    How do you see the future of sports analytics?

    We think that more and more sports analytics will be done automatically, and the services will become accessible to the many teams. 

    We live in a world full of “every kind of crazy inventions”. As we can already see, in ice hockey there are smart pucks, sensors and so on, which track all the movements and provide valuable information to the teams. Technology is the future, so we believe that automated sports analytics will cover all kinds of sports within a few years from now, including floorball and at all different levels, too. So this is not a privilege of Premier League players only, every player with a mind set of developing her or himself should and could get it – especially the junior players!

    Will game analytics and effective feedback help you reach your goals?

    Our season’s greatest goal is to play in Globen in April and lift the trophy as a sign of winning the Swedish Championship. Our new coach loves game analytics and video highlights. So, we hope to get plenty of numerical and video data during the season, which will help us become champions once again

    About AISpotter

    AISpotter is a cloud-based video analysis and intelligent highlight production service. It uses its own AI models to analyse video content from any camera, locate desired events, generate intelligent highlights, and combine them with data streams, statistics, and sensor data. 

    The technology enables streaming companies and sports clubs to scale up their video production capabilities using the existing resources. AISpotter can analyse large numbers of simultaneous matches saving hours of production time. It automatically generates highlights for corner kicks, goals, and other game events. 

    Contact me for further information: Anri Kivimäki