2012 Girls’ Lacrosse Statistics
Overview • Why are statistics important?
Overview • League post-season awards- All-State, etc. • National Post-Season Awards- All-American, etc. • College Recruiting- Players need accurate stats to give to college coaches/recruiters. • Team Information- Gives coaches vital information about their teams.
Overview • It is vital that statistics are accurate and consistent so that they are meaningful! • Consistency permits for game-to-game and team-to-team comparisons throughout the league.
Overview • What statistics are we required to keep?
Overview • Required Statistics • Goals • Shots • Assists • Draw Controls (DC) • Draw Possessions (DP) • Ground Balls (GB) • Caused Turnovers (CT) • Interceptions • Blocked Passes • Saves • 8m Free Position/8m Free Position Shot (FPS) • Games/Minutes Played • Turnovers • Yellow / Red Cards
Overview • Other important statistics: • Clears • Fouls • Timed mile • 30 yard,50 yard,100 yard sprints
Important Words to Understand • Live Play: Normal game action with the ball on the field of play. It is not live play when the whistle is blown (fouls, out of bounds, etc). Live play begins again when the official blows the whistle to re-start play. • Possession: The ability to control the ball, which is demonstrated by shooting, passing, cradling, or carrying the ball. A quick stick or a flick is considered possession, because the player has control of the ball.
Goals • A goal occurs when the entire ball passes completely over the goal line and should only be recorded if the signal has been given by the official. Occasionally, the ball will go in the cage and the goal will be “disallowed” because of a violation or a foul. It is important to watch for the signal! • Goals are recorded with respect to the official time left in the period. • If a girl scores against her own team, it should be recorded for the opponent as an “own goal (OG),” and a turnover should be given to the player who put the ball in the goal.
Goal Scenarios • The ball is shot. It crosses the goal-line. The official whistles and signals for a foul. The ball is given to the goalie. Is a goal awarded?
Shots • A shot is any attempt by a player to score a goal. • The awarding of a shot does not depend on the shooter’s placement, the speed of the shot, or the placement of any other player. • A shot can have several outcomes. It may be a goal or a save, it may go wide of the goal, or it may be blocked by a defender’s stick. • Officially, all shots are just shots. There are no “shots wide” or “shots on goal.” • You may want to record where the shot went (i.e.-wide, pipe) for additional player information
Shots Cont’d • If a foul is called on the shooter (i.e.- dangerous propelling, etc.) then no shot is recorded. The shooter should then be assessed a turnover (TO) • Statisticians should note what type of shot was taken. 8-meter shots should be noted as 8mS. All other shots should be noted as FS (field shots). Field shots and 8-meter shots should equal the amount of total shots (TS). • Shots should NEVER be recorded as turnovers.
Shots Scenarios • Player A1 shoots and the ball goes past Goalie B and hits the pipe. The loose ball is picked up by player A2, who then shoots the ball. The goalie stops the shot. • What shots are awarded?
Shots Scenarios • Player A1 shoots the ball. Player B1 (a defensive player) legally blocks the ball. • Is a shot recorded for player A1?
Assists • An assist is credited to the offensive player who makes a pass, thereby setting up the play that directly results in a goal being scored. • There should be conscious effort by the passer to find a player open for a shot. The pass should contribute directly to the goal. • When the goal scorer must dodge a defensive player after receiving a pass, an assist should not be awarded.
Assists Cont’d • If the shooter must outrun or maneuver around any excessive defensive pressure before shooting, no assist can be awarded. • It is not necessary for the shooter to possess the ball for a specific length of time, nor must the shooter limit the number of steps taken after she receives the ball for a shot. • Only 1 assist per goal may be awarded, but not every goal will have an assist.
Assist Scenarios • Player A1 is standing in the midfield. Player A2 intercepts a pass on defense. She passes the ball to A1, who is 30 yards from the goal. A1, unmarked, runs to goal, shoots, and scores. • Is A2 awarded with an assist?
Assist Scenarios • Player B1, the goalie, makes a 50-yard clear to player B2. B2 then runs uncontested to the goal, shoots, and scores. • Is B1 awarded with an assist?
Assist Scenarios • Player A1 picks up a loose ball in the midfield. She races downfield and passes the ball off to player A2, who is a few feet away from the goal with player B1 guarding her. Player A2 takes two steps around her defender, shoots, and scores. • Is an assist awarded to A1?
Draw Controls (DC) • A Draw Control (DC) is awarded to the player who controls the ball following the draw, or creates an opportunity for her team to control the ball; i.e.-a controlled flick of the ball to an open teammate. • If there is a foul called before control is established( i.e.- illegal draw, body ball, etc), then the player who is awarded the ball is credited with the draw control. • A player who gets a Draw control does not also get a ground ball. Draw controls and ground balls are mutually exclusive
Draw Controls (DC) Cont’d • Most of the time, the total numbers of DC’s in a game should be equal to the number of goals scored, plus 2 (one for the start of each half). • Exceptions: • A goal is scored with very little time left on the clock and a draw is taken but no possession is gained before the period is over. • A goal is scored in sudden-victory overtime. • Sometimes, a draw will take place, but the official halts play and restarts with a redraw or a throw. In both cases, DC should only be decided at the outcome of the redraw or throw. • You do not need to note redraws or throws.
Draw Control Scenarios • Players A1 and B1 take the draw. The ball flies into the air and A2 bats the ball to A3. A3 picks up the ball and gains possession. • Who is the Draw Control awarded to?
Draw Control Scenarios • Players A1 and B1 take the draw. The ball flies into the air and in the fight for the loose ball, the official halts play. A foul is called on B1 and A1 is awarded the ball. • Who is the Draw Control awarded to?
Draw Control Scenarios • Player B1 flicks the loose ball from the draw over to player A1, who possesses the ball. • Who is the DC awarded to?
Draw Possession (DP) • The girl playing center of the team that records the Draw Control is awarded a Draw Possession. • Draw Possession is the percentage of draws won by her team when the player takes the draw. • This is both a team statistic and an individual statistic.
Ground Balls (GB) • A Ground Ball is recorded when a ball changes possession during live play or when the ball hits the ground (due to a check, drop, errant pass, or shot) and retrieval of the loose ball is directly contested (within a stick’s length) by the opposing team. • A ground ball should be awarded every time one of the above scenarios occur within the field of play. A ground ball shall not be awarded if the ball (on a pass or shot) is sent out-of-bounds since the ball is dead before possession is gained. • Should a player be fouled in the act of attempting to possess the ball (while her stick is in contact with the ball) possession is to be assumed, and a ground ball should be recorded.
Ground Balls (GB) • Should a player be fouled in the act of attempting to possess the ball (while her stick is in contact with the ball) possession is to be assumed, and a ground ball should be recorded. • If a player drops the ball, and it is not contested, she should not be awarded a ground ball when she recovers it, but if she drops a ball that is contested, she should be awarded a ground ball upon recovery of the ball. Forced or unforced errors are not taken into consideration when awarding a ground ball.
Ground Ball Scenarios • A1 is cradling down the field. B1 checks her stick, causing A1 to lose possession of the ball. B1 attempts to retrieve the ball, but A1 recovers the loose ball to maintain possession. • Is a ground ball awarded?
Ground Ball Scenarios • A1 attempts to pass to A2, but the ball sails over A2’s head. A2 runs after the ball and picks it up, uncontested. • Is a ground ball awarded?
Ground Ball Scenarios • A1 attempts to pass to A2, but the ball sails over A2’s head. B1 runs after the ball and picks it up, uncontested. • Is a ground ball awarded?
Ground Ball Scenarios • A1 shoots and the ball sails wide and out of bounds. A2, who is closest to where the ball goes out of bounds, is awarded possession. • Is a ground ball awarded?
Ground Ball Scenarios • A1 takes a shot and the ball is saved by the goalie, but the ball pops out of her stick into the field of play. A1 and B1 fight for the loose ball and A1 gains possession. • Is a ground ball awarded?
Caused Turnover (CT) • A caused turnover is awarded to a player who performs any of the following actions that result in a change of possession: • Stick check (players ability to legally dislodge the ball from the opponent’s crosse resulting in change of possession. A stick check can also take place if a player gets her crosse in the way of an opponent’s crosse, thus disrupting a pass) • Interception (play in which a player intercepts a thrown pass by an opponent, resulting in a change of possession. • Blocked pass (occurs when a player gets her stick in the way of an opponent’s pass and there is a change of possession.) • Drawn charge (occurs when a defensive player draws a charge call by maintaining good defensive body positioning. Although the whistle is blown and the play is dead, the defensive player should still be credited with a CT)
Caused Turnover (CT) • Blocked shots are NOT considered caused turnovers. A player who blocks a shot would be awarded a ground ball, but no CT. Conversely, the shot would be recorded as a shot wide. • Only the 4 above criteria are considered a Caused Turnover. • This is a defensive statistic. • This is a positive statistic. • Caused Turnovers are also sometimes referred to as “Forced Turnovers.”
Caused Turnover Scenarios • A1, marking B1, checks B1’s stick to dislodge the ball. A2 gains possession of the ball. • Is a caused turnover awarded?
Caused Turnover Scenarios • A1 is unmarked behind the cage and tries to feed the ball to A2. Goalie B1 intercepts the pass. • Is a CT awarded?
Caused Turnover Scenarios • A1’s pass is deflected in the air by B1. A2 is able to catch the deflected pass. • Is a caused turnover awarded?
Caused Turnover Scenarios • A1 holds her ground in the 8m as B1 drives through her to the goal. The official whistles and the play is dead. A charge is called on B1 and the ball is awarded to A1. • Is a CT recorded?
Caused Turnover Scenarios • A1 drops the ball. A1 and B1 go after it and fight for possession. A1 checks B1’s empty stick, the whistle is blown, and B1 is awarded the ball. • Is a CT recorded for B1?
Interceptions/ Blocked Passes
Interceptions • Interceptions are sub-stats of caused turnovers • An interception is awarded to the defensive player when the player obtains a change of possession by intercepting a pass thrown by the other team. • If the ball touches the ground, it is not an interception. • When a defensive player makes an interception, a ground ball, interception, and caused turnover should be awarded.