Athletic Performance Tracking

We have just released a new set of tools for coaches to help with tracking athletic performance over the course of a season or a specific training period. The Athletic Performance Tracker  is simple to use yet it provides advanced analysis capabilities so that you, the coach, can focus on the athletes and the team training, and not on creating your own complicated spreadsheets. We have done the hard work, you simply have to enter training measurement results and then review the out of the box reports.

This easy-to-use tracking template is applicable to any sport and it allows you to quickly visualize, analyze, and understand an athlete’s strengths, weaknesses and progress toward team and individual goals. Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Football, Swimming, Track and many other coaches and teams can use this right out of the box to assess, measure, monitor, and share team and individual athlete performance.

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The picture above is just one of the visualization charts that gives you great insight into athletic performance. In this example we are focused on measurement against set goals (team goals, and personal goals). Here we have 12 evaluation tests and results are being displayed for the third and fourth (final) testing session.

The thick grey band is an indicator of the benchmark, in this case the Team Best result achieved by an athlete for that evaluation test. If a measurement exceeds the benchmark, the athlete is doing well. The thick pale yellow band is the personal goal that is established for each athlete on each Evaluation Test.

The Evaluation Tests are evenly distributed around the circumference of the chart and move clockwise from the 12 o’clock position in the same order they are specified on the Setup worksheet. This is why it is important to order your tests by Fitness Category because you can visualize the performance and progress of an athlete within a category, (in the example we see improvements in two of the three Speed categories.

This chart is an excellent visualization for the athlete as well. Once you have the appropriate view setup, you can print the page or save the page to a PDF file and email it them or use Dropbox or OneDrive to share the PDF output to the athlete.

For full details of the Athletic Performance Tracker visit the detailed product overview for the Athletic Performance Tracker.

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Stats Tracker 6.0 Includes Corsi, Fenwick and More

The 6.0 version of the Stats Tracker for Hockey Coaches will be released by the end of July. We have added additional player and team statistics including tracking blocked shots, and missed shots that enable the Corsi, Fenwick statistics. We have also include IGP, IAP, and IPP along with some advanced charting. Tri-Stat_Analysis

Below is a complete list of all supported stats that will be available in version 6.0 of the excel workbook for tracking hockey team statistics:

Default Label Custom Label Type Definition
+/- No Skater Plus Minus

Determining plus/minus is a bit more complicated than adding goals scored while a player is on the ice and subtracting goals allowed while a player is on the ice.

The +/- statistic measures an individual players contribution to a team’s success on the ice. A player is counted with a +1 when his team scores (even strength or short-handed) and that player is on the ice. The player is credited even if there is no direct involvement in the scoring play. A player is credited with a -1 when the player’s team gives up a goal when the player is on the ice.

Teams on a power play have an automatic advantage, therefore, power-play goals do not count into plus/minus calculation. A player who scores one power-play goal in a 1-0 victory has a plus/minus of zero for the game. Players are not charged with a -1 when allowing a goal on the power play.

When a short-handed goal is scored, all players on the ice for the scoring team are credited with a +1 and all players on the power-play team are charged a -1.

It is possible for a player to receive an assist and not receive a “+”. The player could have made a pass, left the ice on a line change and then a goal was scored.

+/- Rank No Skater Rank based on +/-. The highest +/- value will get a Rank of 1.
A No Player Assists
BLK Yes Skater Blocked shots. In defensive play when a skater blocks an opponent’s shot.
BS% Yes Skater Blocked Shot for Percentage. The percentage of all shot attempts for that are blocked.
BA Yes Skater Blocked Shot Against. When an opponent’s shot is blocked
BF Yes Skater Blocked Shot For. An offensive shot attempt that is blocked.
CA Yes Skater Corsi Against: Opponent Shots on Goal + opponent shots attempts that missed the net + opponent shot attempts that were blocked
CF Yes Skater Corsi For: Shots + shots attempts that missed the net + shot attempts that were blocked
CF% Yes Skater Corsi For Percent: 100*CF/(CF+CA)
FA Yes Skater Fenwick Against: Opponent Shots on Goal + opponent shots attempts that missed the net
FF Yes Skater Fenwick For: Shots + shots attempts that missed the net
FF% Yes Skater Fenwick For Percent: 100*FF/(FF+FA)
FL Yes Skater Faceoffs Lost
FW Yes Skater Faceoffs Won
FW% Yes Skater Faceoff Win Percentage
G No Player Goals scored
GP No Player Games played
GWG No Player Game winning goal
Hits Yes Player Body checks/hits
IA No Skater Individual Assist. If a player received an assist on a goal.
IAP Yes Skater Individual Assist Percentage. Percentage of goals scored when the player was on the ice when the player had an assist.
IG No Skater Individual Goal. Equivalent to G.
IGP Yes Skater Individual Goal Percentage. Percentage of goals scored when the player was on the ice when the player scored a goal.
IP No Skater Individual Point: If a player received an assist or if the player scored the goal.
IPP No Skater Individual Point Percentage: Percentage of goals scored when the player was on the ice when the player had a goal or an assist on.
IPPP Yes Skater Individual Primary Point Percentage: Percentage of goals scored when the player was on the ice when the player had a goal or primary assist on.
MG% Yes Skater Missed Goal Percent For: Percentage of all offensive shots taken that missed the opponent’s goal.
MA Yes Skater Shots Missed the Goal Against: Opponents shot attempt that misses the goal.
MF Yes Skater Shots Missed the Goal For: Offensive shot attempt that misses the opponent’s goal.
OG% Yes Skater Shots on Goal Percentage For: Percentage of all offensive shot attempts that were on the opponent’s goal.
PIM No Player Penalties in Minutes:
PPG No Player Power Play Goal.
Pts No Player Points: Goals plus Assists. (G + A)
Pts/GP No Player Points per Games Played
Scoring PCT No Player Percentage of Shots on Goal For that scored. 100 * G / SOGF
SF Yes Skater Shot Attempt Total Against: Total of all shots attempted by opponent (includes shots that were on net, goals, blocked shots, and shots that missed the net) SA+BA+MA
SHG No Player Short handed goal
SA Yes Skater Shot on Goal Against: Opponents shot on goal.
Shots on opponent’s goal. Shot must be able to score if the goaltender was not there.
Shots that hit the post, are not considered shots on net.
SOG Yes Skater Shot on Goal For: Offensive shot on goal
Shots on opponent’s goal. Shot must be able to score if the goaltender was not there.
Shots that hit the post, are not considered shots on net.
STA Yes Skater Shot Attempt Total Against: Total of all shots attempted by opponent (includes shots that were on net, goals, blocked shots, and shots that missed the net) SOGA+BSA+MSA
STF Yes Skater Shot Attempt Total For: Total of all offensive shots attempted (includes shots that were on net, goals, blocked shots, and shots that missed the net). SF+BF+MF
TA Yes Skater Take-aways. Count one for a player when they gain possession from the opponents.
TO Yes Player Turnovers. Counted when a player turns the puck over to an opponent (for example with a bad pass.
or losing control of the puck and allowing the opponent to get it). Being checked off the puck is not
considered a turnover. It is loss of puck possession without an opponent causing the lost possession.
EN No Goaltender Empty Net Goal
Recorded against the goalie that left the net to go to the bench for an extra attacker. This goal is not
counted against a goaltenders save percentage or GAA.
GA No Goaltender Goals against.
– Empty net goals do not count towards a goaltender’s goals against.
– Goals scored during a shootout do not count towards a goaltender’s goals against.
GAA No Goaltender Goals-against average.
(GA * 60 minutes) / (total minutes played)
Empty net, penalty shot goals do not count as shots or goals against.
L No Goaltender Loss: A goaltender receives a loss if he is on the ice when the opposing team scores the game-winning goal.
PCT No Goaltender Save percentage. = S / SOG
S No Goaltender Saves. = SOG minus GA
SO No Goaltender Shutouts.
If two goaltenders combine for a shutout, neither receives credit for the shutout. Instead it is recorded as a team shutout. If a regular season game is tied 0-0 at the end of overtime, if one goaltender played the game then that goaltender is credited with a shutout, regardless of how many goals are scored in the shootout.
SOG No Goaltender Shots on Goal (Shots against)
Do not count empty net goals as a shot on goal.
T No Goaltender Ties: A goaltender receives a tie if he is on the ice when the game-tying goal is scored.
W No Goaltender Wins: A goaltender receives a win if he is on the ice when his team scores the game-winning goal.

Goalie Stats Tracking and Analytics

In youth hockey, collecting stats for goaltenders is often overlooked. This impacts the coach’s ability to provide specific and measurable feedback in order to target performance improvement.

ShotLocationAnalysis

Our Goalie Stats and Analytics package is proving to be very popular because there appears to be a huge void in terms of simple to use tools to help Coaches, parents and specifically goaltenders to understand and measure their performance.

Watch this video to learn more about the Goalie Statistics and Analytics package for Excel.

Evaluating Performance of Different Line Combinations

As hockey coaches we are always trying to determine what players would make the best line combinations in certain game situations. Decisions may be made on this from some statistics, or just a gut feel. To help resolve this for coaches, we have enhanced the Hockey Stats Tracker for Excel to give you this capability in just a few clicks.

Whether you have just a few games recorded or an entire season, you can create your own line performance categories based on your own combination and weighting of 11 of the most relevant hockey stats.

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Check out this video that shows you how easy this task has become for the coaches that record their season stats in the hockey Stats Tracker program.

Keep those questions and enhancement ideas coming!

Jim Plummer
Founder, Colorado Hockey Institute

Goals Against Average for Youth Hockey Goalies

Every year I get a few requests from players regarding the GAA calculation with the stats tracker. Most ask “Why is my goalies GAA 2.667 for the game when he only had 2 goals scored against in the 45 minute game?”

The reason is pretty simple: GAA = 60 * (GA / Minutes Played)

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Goalie Analytics Season GAA Trend

The definition of GAA is to average the goals per min and then multiply by 60, so that it is a comparable average to a standard 60 minute game. This way you can compare your goaltender performance to other goaltenders (such as college, NHL, or whatever). I know my players like it when then can compare their GAA vs. the top NHL goaltenders, etc.

What some ask for is really a goals per 45 min game average, which would only make sense to compare against goaltenders that play the same duration of games.

To answer the concern is that a goaltender only lets in 2 goals during a 45 minute game and ends up with a 2.677 GAA for that game. That is basically how it works. Had that goaltender played an official 60 minute game, it is likely on average that would be the number of goals that would be allowed. Things can be further complicated when teams go to tournaments and play 3x 10 min stop time or any variation.

This calculation is the same as ERA for pitchers – if a pitcher has 1 earned run and only pitches 1 inning, the ERA is 9.

For comparing many performance indicators in hockey, school, and any number of examples we use the percentage. Percent is parts per 100. For a younger child in school we don’t try to color results by justifying  7 out of 8 on a test score (which is 100*(7/8) = 87.5 percent) as  being 70 perocto (which is 80*(7/8)) – that just would not make sense because it is not a common way of looking at school test scores, (even though they are young kids and they never see tests with 100 questions on them, they are usually only 80 questions).

My point is that it will be more useful to stick to standards. Also, keep in mind that GAA is just one statistic. There are many areas of performance that should be considered to measure a goalies performance, such as rebounds allowed, save percentage for differing shots and from differing ice locations. If the GAA number is concerning, focus on Save Percentage. That can’t be misinterpreted and is more representative as the goaltender’s individual performance.

With that being said, we have released a new product for advanced goalie statistics and analytics. Within that product we do provide the standard GAA for a 60 minute game, and the GAA-G based on regulation duration of each game (which can vary). It is a more complex calculation and really becomes a large weighted average across all games of varying length, but it provides one more piece of information to consider.

SeasonSummary

Season Summary Stats with GAA-G

Above all, statistics are not an answer, but information to help you think about performance. What is good, what can improve, and what is that stat telling us?

The focus in our hockey stats products is to capture as much data as possible and provide it in forms for you to analyze  and interpret easily. For example, our Goalie Analytics product for Microsoft Excel provides goaltender performance visualization by using the magic quadrant presentation. Below we visualize Rebound Control vs Save Percentage by Originating Shot Location and display the significance of each shot location by it’s bubble size which is the number of shots faced from that location. 

MagicQuadrant ShotLocationAnalysis

The magic quadrant is the upper right hand corner as you can’t get much better than that. You can easily see with one visualization that Goalie 2 can improve rebound control for shots that originate from the left hand side of the slot. The second chart above shows the Shot Location Analysis which indicates the shot height in inches off the ice, and the shot distance in feet from the net.

You can learn more about these products at Colorado Hockey Institute, and thanks for asking the questions.

Jim Plummer
Founder, Colorado Hockey Institute