If you’re looking for a basketball stat sheet, you’ve likely made it through the preseason practice schedule and are getting ready for your team to start playing some games!
Unfortunately, we’ve heard from 100s of coaches that they just aren’t getting what they want out of their stat sheet.
When we ask coaches what they are using, the answer is almost always “something I found on the web” or the standard Mark V Basketball Scorebook:
All of a sudden, it makes sense why coaches are consistently so unhappy with their stat sheet.
The Problem with Most Stat Sheets
Random, Printable Basketball Stat Sheet Found Online
Coaches have 2 major problems with the stat sheets you can find around the web:
- They’re designed as a one-size-fits-all
- A 2nd grade youth basketball stat sheet should track different stats than a Division 1 college basketball stat sheet.
- They’re poorly designed (see image below, yikes!)
- If you have a designated stat tracker (asst coach or parent), great! If you have a new, inexperienced person doing the books every night (like most youth teams) simplicity matters!
The Mark V Basketball Scorebook
Coaches have one major problem with the Mark V Scorebook:
- It’s not meant to be a coach’s stat sheet
- Game officials use it to keep the official stats for basketball games and it’s great for that. It’s not great at getting you the stats you need to make your team better.
Knowing that coaches can’t find a quality stat tracker for their team, we created a library of them. Now, coaches at different levels can get exactly what they need to track the right stats to improve their team.
A Better Approach to Basketball Stat Sheet Templates
Your specific needs are the driving force in the design of our stat sheets which, like all of our tools and products are created By Coaches, For Coaches.
Below you will find stat sheets organized by player age as well as an explanation of what stats matter most to coaches.
If you are the coach of an elite team, you may find the stat sheet from the next age group up the most useful. These aren’t meant to be a one-size-fits-all and encourage you to browse through each to see which is the best fit for your team.
Youth Basketball Stat Sheet
Who it’s for: Grades K-5 Coaches
What makes it unique: For coaches at the youth basketball level, simplicity is almost always better. For the you, charges, taken, deflections, and even assists don’t matter much to whether your team or any individual player is playing well.
This template simplifies the stats down to areas of importance for you (read: parents) and focus skills that you can work on in practice.
Specific stats that matter most: minutes played, shot points, rebounds
- Minutes played: For most youth coaches, the number one complaint from parents is “my son/daughter didn’t play enough minutes”. Diligently tracking minutes played, along with setting proper expectations for minutes, is the best way to minimize the impact of this inevitable and frustrating conversation.
- Shot Attempts: The number two complaint that coaches receive from parents at this level is “my child didn’t get enough shots”. Without keeping track of this stat, it’s a challenge to have a reasonable conversation with a parent. Unless your team is competing at an elite level, at this age group we believe that shots are equally, if not more important to track than points.
- Points: While points shouldn’t be a stat that is promoted across the team and parents, as the coach it’s important to know who is scoring the points on your team.
- Rebounds: Your kids should be taught from an early age that skill, athleticism, and talent aren’t what make a basketball player. Toughness, work-ethic, and effort are the single best way for them to become a star. At this age, rebounds is the best and easiest way to track your player’s aggressiveness on the court.
Middle School Basketball Stat Sheet
Who it’s for: Grades 6-8 Coaches
Specific stats that matter most: 2pt and 3pt shots made/attempted, Shot chart, Turnovers
- 2 and 3 point shots made/attempted: At this age, when players are starting to hit growth spurts and the game begins moving quite a bit faster coaches are working on honing their players decision making. An important part of this decision making process is when and where to shoot from. Driven by the emergence of Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors, young players have fallen in love with the 3-point shot and, breaking out 2s and 3s is important for you and your players to understand how well (or poorly) those shots are being taken. At this age, players oftentimes aren’t strong enough to shoot 3s with proper form and do so at a very poor 3-point percentage.
- Shot chart: The shot chart, can be a graet teaching tool to help you and your players understand where good shots and bad shots are being taken on the floor. Unless you’re breaking down game tape, it’s difficult to see and remember where good and bad shots were taken, and by which player. The shot chart does this for you.
- Turnovers: This one just barely made the cut but it’s never too early to start teaching your players the value of keeping the ball. While you shouldn’t make this public to the team, even at a young age it’s helpful to understand which players are doing a good job of passing the ball to your own team and which are doing a good job of passing it to the other team.
High School Basketball Stat Sheet
Who it’s for: High School Basketball Coaches
Additional stats that matter most: Deflections, assists
Deflections: Many coaches spend more time teaching defense than offense (something that we believe in, wholeheartedly). The trouble with most stat sheets is that all you get to see as far as defense goes is how many points the other team scored, what their shooting percentage was
College Basketball Stat Sheet
Who it’s for: College Basketball Coaches