|16 October 2006|
FIBA Europe held its annual statistics workshop this weekend in Munich, Germany.
The workshop, which took place over two days, was attended by over 60 clubs who are participating in FIBA Europe competitions this season.
The main focus of the workshop was the interpretation of basketball statistics and the introduction of FIBA Europe's Statistics manual.
The manual was introduced in 2004 as an official guideline to statisticians around Europe.
The participants were also given a detailed overview of SmartStats, FIBA Europe's basketball scouting software.
SmartStats allows for complete analysis of a basketball game. As well as producing simple box scores, users can create play-by-plays, shot charts, diagrams and comparisons of all statistical categories.
The software was launched in 2004 and is used in all FIBA Europe competitions.
"The workshop was a great chance for us to show our clubs not only how to use SmartStats, but to talk about statistics criteria," said FIBA Europe IT Manager Nick Marzoli.
"We still see some inconsistencies in the statistics we receive from different countries and FIBA Europe's long-term goal is to have all statisticians in Europe using the same criteria."