How to Keep Football Stats

Wondering how to keep football stats? Statistics are what makes sports so interesting. With the help of statistics, you can back your argument up with cold, hard facts. Stats separate the good from the great and can be used as a barometer to measure how skillful you are on the field.

Things you'll need:

  • A pencil
  • A piece of paper
  • General knowledge of football
  1. Yards How do you calculate yards? For a running back, every yard you run goes towards your football stats. As a wide receiver, both the yards you caught the ball past the line of scrimmage and the yards you ran after the catch is a yard you earned on your football stats. For a quarterback, every yard you throw the ball and it is caught is a yard and every yard the receiver runs with the ball after he catches your pass is a yard for your stats.
  2. Touchdowns A touchdown is whenever a player takes the ball into the end zone for six points. This stat is the easiest to calculate in football. For a running back, a touchdown is when you enter the end zone. For a quarterback, a touchdown is recorded when you either throw the ball and it is caught in the end zone, or if the ball is caught and ran into the end zone after the throw.
  3. Interceptions (for quarterback) This football statistic is only relevant to the quarterback. Whenever you throw the ball and it is caught by a member of the defense, you have just recorded one interception. The less interceptions you throw, the better your football statistics will be.
  4. Defensive statistics. The first defensive stat to record is tackles. Whenever you tackle a player on the offense after the play, you have recorded one tackle. If you tackled somebody and another teammate tackled him on the same play as well, you only record a half of a tackle. Just like in math, two halves equal a whole. Another stat that involves tackling is the sack. A sack is whenever you tackle the quarterback before he throws the ball. Every time you do this you earn one tackle and one sack.
  5. Interceptions (for defensive) Just like on offense every time a member of the defense catches the quarterback's throw you record one interception. Unlike on offense, the more interceptions you record the better. Another turnover stat to record is a fumble. There are two parts to the fumble, which makes it a bit more confusing to record than above stats. Whenever you tackle somebody and they drop the ball before their knee hits the ground, you record one forced fumble. Whenever you pick up the ball after the player on offense drops it, you record one fumble recovered.
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