Keeping Netball Statistics

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Stats are a very useful tool to a coach.  They can be used as a measurement to a team’s development.
If you have 10 players in a team, stats can keep those on the bench occupied.  One player can be doing Shooting Stats and the other two players can take the Game Stats.  Taking Game stats can be hard because as your head is down recording something there might be another stat occurring on court so two sets of eyes doing game stats leads to more accurate stats.
You can change your stats sheet to suit yourself.  If you have been concentrating on a particular skill or set move at training, you can put it in as a stat to see if the players are performing it out on court.  This week you will find a new stat sheet on the Website ‘Stats for Skill Development’.  This stat sheet concentrates on performing skills the players have learned at training.  This stat sheet is mainly used for juniors and can be a tool for coaches and with seniors can be used at the beginning of the season.
When reading the stats in the games washup the story can be told.  For instance, if the WD line is clear of tips and intercepts then there is no turnover for the team from that particular player.  If the WD does not have any involvement in creating turnover by team pressure this is another problem area.
If your WA has thrown away more than four balls per quarter and has had no intercepts, tips or involvement in creating turnover from pressure then there is another problem area.
Stats are not only used for negative outcomes they can also be used for positive actions on court.  A courage pass is a successful pass under pressure.  Other stats may be:  team pressure, turnover on the opposition’s centre pass, turnover from a zone etc.
Stats can also be a measurement for individual players and when there may be a problem with a player believing she or he is not receiving enough court time, stats will help to assist the player with reasons why and areas requiring improvement.
Shooting stats are a very important tool for a coach.  When taking shooting stats make sure the player taking them on the sideline doesn’t count the penalties.  If the shooter attempts and misses then takes another shot because of a penalty then only count the penalty shot.
Shooters enjoy shooting stats as they become determined to beat their personal stats each week which can only be a positive for a team.