Using stats to track the growth of youth players can be tricky. Are they improving faster or slower than their peers? Also, if a player moves up to a higher division, their stats may look worse as they are playing against more advanced opponents.
One way to track how well young players are doing year-over-year is to capture and combine stats for players playing at the same position in their league. For example, let’s assume my son is a quarterback and I capture his stats using the Guruvi Football app. I can also create a fictitious name in the app and call it “Competing Quarterback.” Then each game that my son plays, when the opposing team’s quarterback is on the field, I would capture stats for him under the player name of “Competing Quarterback.” After several games the season stats for the name “Competing Quarterback” would reflect the average stats of the opposing quarterbacks combined. By comparing my son’s season stats to the season stats of “Competing Quarterback” I can judge how well he is doing against the league average and I can judge if he is improving faster than the average or not.
How much should you improve your stats? Look up the stats of your favorite NCAA for NFL football players and use them to set reasonable goals for improving your own game. The stats provided by the Guruvi Football app are standard and similar stats can easily be found for professional players at many Internet sites. For quarterbacks, the critical stats to focus on are completion percentage and pass rating. For running backs the key stats are yards per run and fumbles per carry. For receivers, the key stats are number of receptions and yards per reception. These stats are indicative of consistently good performance. Strategize how these stats can be improved and try out the strategies during official games.
The pass rating attempts to combine the overall accuracy and effectiveness of a quarterback into one stat. The higher the pass rating the better. The NCAA pass rating consists of a weighted sum of 4 terms:
1) Completion Percentage
2) Add the percentage of pass attempts that result in touchdowns multiplied by 3.3
3) Subtract the percentage of pass attempts that result in interceptions multiplied by 2
4) Add the yards per pass attempt multiplied by 8.4
The pass rating starts with the completion percentage and adds percentage of pass attempts that result in touchdowns multiplied by 3.3 and subtracts the percentage of pass attempts that result in interceptions multiplied by 2. Therefore, rating gives a higher importance (higher weight) to touchdowns than interceptions. For example if a quarterback has 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, his/her rating will be higher than a quarterback with the same completion percentage and with 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
The pass rating also increases if the quarterback has higher yards per pass attempt. Therefore high pass ratings are indicative of quarterbacks that are not only consistent and have high completion percentage but also indicative of quarterbacks that are aggressive and throw lots of touchdowns and have a high yards per pass attempt.
Let’s take an example to see how much each of these 4 factors contributes to the overall pass rating of a good quarterback:
The biggest contributors to the pass rating score are the completion percentage (indicative of accuracy and consistency) and the yards per attempt (indicative of ability to throw down the field for big gains.)