How to Keep Basketball Stats

So you want to know how to keep basketball stats? Statistics are important at all levels to track player progress, scout opposing teams, and get a general overview of how a team is performing. There are varying degrees of statistics tracking, including the game score book, team statistics and more in-depth individual statistics. The game score book tracks team fouls, individual player fouls, time outs, team scores and individual player scores. However, most teams prefer to keep more in depth statistics on each player throughout the season. These can be combined to determine the team statistics.

To keep basketball stats you will need:

  • Spreadsheet with player names

To keep basketball stats:

  1. Decide what you want to keep track of. There are a number of statistics you can keep track of, depending on what is important to you and your team. Most basketball teams keep track of minutes played per game, average minutes, field goals made, field goals attempted, field goal percentage, three-point goals made, three-point goals attempted, three-point percentage, free-throws made, free-throws attempted, free-throw percentage, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, personal fouls, assists, blocks, turnovers, steals, and points. That is enough information to make your head spin and you might need to recruit some help. Percentages can be tallied up after the game or during down time.
  2. Create a spreadsheet with each player’s name and number on your team as rows, and the items you want to track as columns. Use a new copy of the blank spreadsheet for each game.
  3. Pay attention. Keeping statistics requires a lot of concentration. If you are a player or coach, you may want to hire someone who can devote their full attention to keep the statistics for your team.
  4. Compare your statistics with the official score book. It is a good idea to take a look at the official scorebook during halftime and at the end of the game. While the official score keeper does not track nearly as many actions as the team statistician, it is essential that you have accurate numbers for items such as score, personal fouls, team fouls, team points and points per player.
  5. Clean up your data. Look over your spreadsheet and make sure your statistics are complete and legible. Calculate the averages and percentages and fill in the appropriate columns. You can also combine the player statistics to get the team averages.
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