Mailbag: Tracking Basic Statistics Better, Too Much Ultimate

Harvard coach Mike Mackenzie keeping stats at the 2016 College Championships. Photo: Kevin Leclaire —

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Q: Happy to see stats becoming an area of discussion. It’s exciting that AUDL exploring innovation here, but I also think just need to standardize a set of stats that be easily kept by one person. Look at soccer, goals, assists, shots, shots on goal, time of possession. It’s pretty basic and soccer doesn’t have a popularity problem, internationally at least.

I’d like to see a standard set of stats a single person sitting on the sideline of a game can keep and that tell the story. Points played, incompletions, receptions, assists, goals, plus/minus seem like a good place to start.

In basketball and baseball, there are standardized scorebooks, It’s kind of wild this hasn’t happened yet, ultimate needs a standard set of stats that are defined and can be tracked and reported during the game.

What standard stats do you think USAU should define, create a stat sheet and require tracking of?

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  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

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