by Hunter Bower, GeauxPreps.com Owner
The Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) has released a comprehensive football statistician’s manual, designed to serve as an invaluable resource for statisticians within the high school football community. This guide is a warm welcome to both new and seasoned statisticians, offering a wealth of information to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of football stat tracking.
Football statistics play a pivotal role in analyzing player performance, team dynamics, and overall game strategy. Whether you’re a student volunteer or a seasoned pro, this guide has something to offer everyone. It covers a wide range of topics including:
- Fundamental Stat Categories: Detailed explanations of essential statistics such as rushing yards, passing yards, and tackles to ensure consistency in tracking.
- Common Mistakes and Troubleshooting: Tips and tricks to identify and correct common stat-keeping errors, ensuring accuracy in post-game analysis.
- Position-Specific Stats: Guidance on tracking stats specific to positions, such as quarterback ratings, sacks for defensive linemen, and receptions for wide receivers.
- Special Teams Stats: Clear instructions for recording punt returns, kickoff returns, and field goals.
- Interactive Examples: Real-world examples to help statisticians practice and refine their skills.
While this guide serves as an invaluable resource for standardizing football stat keeping, the LSWA emphasizes that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to tracking statistics. All statisticians are encouraged to use this guide as a valuable reference point and a foundation for learning, but also to feel free to adapt and refine their own methods that best suit their needs and preferences.