The World of Prep Sport Stats

Quick…what’s the Quadratic Equation? Name the cosine of…just kidding. We’re talking sport stats not statistics. Most of you are familiar with sport stats but just in case you’ve been holed up in a North Korean KFC for years, let’s walk through what high school sports stats are and how it figures into PrepSportFantasy.com. Get your slide rules ready…were going to use them for uprights to play paper football with.

Stats are pretty familiar to any athlete or weekend warrior who plays sport fantasy leagues. Basically, it’s a way to measure an athlete’s performance against others on an even field of play. Some stats are specific to certain position such as yards thrown for a quarterback or strike-outs for a pitcher. Other’s are (or can be) more generic such as yards gained or basketball points. Stat’s are usually by game but it’s helpful to look at some kind of average…maybe the last three games or the season to date. This helps level out a bad week of stats or maybe even a really good week. You can also see trends in the stats. Maybe a bench player steps up and starts knocking down 3’s. Each week his/her points are going up as are the minutes played. That might be a good pick-up in your league is the player is still available and under the radar.

Prep Football Stats

Let’s look at an example of stats in the system. For football, the stats used are Yards Passed, Yards Received, Yards Rushed, Fieldgoals, Touchdowns, and Interceptions. For any high school football nut, these are pretty straight forward. It probably wouldn’t be fair to give each of these stats equal weight. A fieldgoal is more important than yards gained and a touchdown is step above a fieldgoal…a pretty significant achievement in a game. To account for this, we’ve added “weight” to certain stats based on achievement or difficulty. For example with prep football, the touchdown is worth 7 points while the field goal is worth 3 points. The interception is worth 10 points. Although you get points from a touchdown, let’s face it…the interception makes the crowd go wild. It’s electric and it’s what the fans are on their seats waiting for. It’s also pretty rare which is why we gave it weight. I love inteceptions….sorry…just had to say that.

High School Basketball and Baseball/Softball Stats

Basketball and Baseball/Softball have equivalently weighted and important stats. It’s a little different than football since each sport has different positions and important aspects. Basketball is probably the easiest since any player can get points, rebounds, assists, etc. Baseball, on the other hand, is a little harder to equally balance in terms of stats. Pitching is a huge factor in baseball and very specific compared to something like batting. We need to account for all facets of the game with the stats available and we feel pretty good about what we came up. We go into depth of each sport’s stats breakdown
How do we get the Prep sport stats?

This is where the whole community aspect of PrepSportFantasy.com comes into place. The reason High School sport fantasy leagues don’t exist online is this simple question…how do you get the player stats? The only way to do it is from the bottom up…the actual players and fans at each school. The Player Profile is the way for players to add and update their player stats as they occur. There’s some bragging rights of course but the stats help support the fantasy. Let’s face it…what player doesn’t want to have themselves as a player in a fantasy league? The second way is the all-powerful Prep Sport StatMasters. These are players or fans that have master edit control to add players and edit stats.

They could be assistant coaches, members of yearbooks in charge of high school sports, or just a really fired up fan. We need your help. Your team and school need your stats. The fantasy leagues need your stats. Isn’t it great to be so needed?

Dennis Jarvis writes about the world of Prep Sports including high school sports such as football, basketball, and baseball.

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