Team Stats - From Simple Data Capture to Meaningful Metrics

coaching May 30, 2017

Taking stats can during a tournament is a royal pain. Unless you have an injured player and several pairs of eyes, it’s difficult to keep track of every assist and capture the true source of every turnover. Whose fault is it when there’s clogging in the lane, no open cuts, and the disc gets thrown away on a high stall count to a reset pass? Truthfully, many teams I’ve been a part of have enough trouble keeping track of the score, let alone complex stats.

But what if you could record just four pieces of information that would help you improve as a team?

Well, turns out you can get a lot of useful information without much effort.

In our URCA Classroom, Sion "Brummie" Scone walks us through his method for collecting simple, yet powerful stats that you can collect during games. These stats are so simple that you can actually use them to give feedback to your team between games at a tournament. Process these metrics after your tournament so you can track progress on your metrics over the course of a season.

The four pieces of data you're collecting are...

  1. The Score
  2. Whether you begin the point on O or D
  3. Blocks: (turnovers you create)
  4. Turnovers: (turnovers you commit)

Quick split of the data into O and D lines and the Metrics you can end up with are...

 

And now the fancy stuff...

 

Which can tell you some surprising things about your team's performance!

 

 

5 Key Takeaways

  1. You don’t need complex stats to get useful data.
  2. Analyse between games and feed knowledge into next game
  3. Compare game to game over the course of a season.
  4. Look at general themes to help you know what you most need to work on as a team - Offensive efficiency? Defensive pressure? Grit on long points?
  5. Individual statistics can create an overwhelming amount of data and can be difficult to use. 

Want more?

Check out our URCA Classroom for Sion Scones full talk

BONUS!  For URCA Classroom members only. We've developed a pre-made spreadsheet you can use for collecting the data just like in the videos above. It has the formulas you need already included PLUS it will automatically give you some safeguards to make sure you've entered your data correctly. You can get it at the end of Sion's talk here.

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What do you think?

Do you keep stats? If yes, what stats do you keep and how do they help you make decisions?

Tell us in the comments below!


We put this question to a few of our URCA Classroom coaches and here’s Alex Davis had to say.

 

Ben Wiggins writes in with similar thoughts:

"Which stats should you take? None, not until you have an actual question you want to answer and a way in which you are going to analyze the data. Excess data is paralyzing and bad for players/coaches. It wastes time and confuses. If you have a specific question (which of our handlers are gaining the most yards completed per turnover thrown) then, great, take THAT stat.

Also, taking stats live is not a good use of your on-field time. Get video and then take stats from that. As your questions change, you can re-analyze the video for new statistics and new specific answers.”

 

See more responses from our URCA coaches on the stats question and other questions from our members. Where? You guessed it, only in the URCA Classroom!


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