FIBA Europe has launched the first ever officially approved basketball statistics software, SmartStats For Basketball.
The software was developed for FIBA Europe by Lithuanian company Media Benz Communications and is available for use by all national federations and clubs participating in FIBA Europe Competitions free of charge.
A series of workshops was held across Europe in order to introduce Smartstats to FIBA Europe’s partners and in total over 100 participants attended the 5 workshops hosted in Spain, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Turkey.
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.
“We think that SmartStats will be a real help to both our clubs and national federations,” said FIBA Europe Exective Director Nar Zanolin.
“The workshops were very well received. They gave us a chance not only to introduce the software, but also to discuss the interpretation of basketball statistics. Currently most countries in Europe use different criteria which means that stats can differ depending on where a game takes place. One of our goals is to try to introduce a uniform method of interpretation across Europe. As well as discussing these issues at the workshops, we have also issued a statistics manual and we hope to continue working on this project in the future.”
“FIBA Europe approached us with this project and the requirements were very high,” said Agnius Paplauskas, General Manager of Media Benz Communications.
“We were able to develop SmartStats using our combination of expert knowledge and passion for basketball, and we are very happy with the result.”