What’s a pass, a shot on goal or a turnover? If you are recording passes, are you going to try to record every one or are you only recording passes that ‘move the play forward’, or ‘passes that are made under no pressure from the opposition’. It’s your call – but make sure you discuss them and define them, and make sure they are meaningful to your age group. If you are gathering match stats it is vital that you define what is meant by each term you are using. This allows coaches and players to understand exactly what you mean if you find an individual had six incomplete passes. Presenting clear cut definitions also helps the person collecting stats to be more objective and systematic – it will make their task easy. And, it will provide your team with more consistent and meaningful data.
What do you think are the problems with defining the stats you are going to collect? Any stories?