Players and coaches use statistics to help judge their individual and team performance. Statistics include things that are not recorded on the scoresheet, such as assists, turnovers, blocked shots and steals, and therefore provide players and coaches with a deeper insight into the game. Statisticians are responsible for recording all this information at the time it occurred in the game.
There are multiple positions that a statistician can fill:
- Head statistician
As an example of responsibilities, the Head Statistician must ensure the statistics bench is suitable equipped and function, deal with queries from referees and prepare statistical reports.
- Skills required and developed
- Computer literacy
- Attention to detail
- Listen and apply instruction
- Knowledge of the FIBA rules and interpretations
- Quick decision making
- Performing under pressure
Why become a statistician?
Just like the other official roles, statistics requires a team. That means it is a great opportunity to make lifelong friends with people who share your love of the game. Statistics is also challenging, as you are either listening to quick instructions, or you are the one calling the game as it happens. However, with the support of your fellow officials and a little practice, you will quickly pick up the skills required.
Statistics is also a great way to learn about the game and how players’ successes and areas of improvement are recorded.