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Volleyball Statistical Software

I had a funny experience at the Monument City Classic Tournament. My Carolina Juniors 16s Team played the early match on Sunday morning. Our team arrived first at the court, chose the bench, and I sat down to sip my tea. On the adjacent court, a father turned around and stared at me awkwardly.  He exclaimed, “You’re Coach Rey!”. I said, “Last I checked.” I was taken aback. He went on, “I couldn’t sleep last night. Our team was playing well yesterday, but we just couldn’t buy a win. I thought, maybe some statistical information would help. So, I started looking up volleyball statistical software online in the middle of the night and came across your blog. And POOF, now you’re here!”. He said it was a bit surreal 🙂

I have received quite a few questions on volleyball stat software and I can only offer my advice based on the software I have used. At the Data Volley and Data VideoUniversity of Minnesota, I used the Data Project line of software, both Data Volley and Data Video.   I loved that software, but it can be quite complex and take quite a bit of time to enter all match information.  The University of Minnesota had a great Director of Volleyball Operations that would key the match live (where I would receive the information on a computer at the bench) and key incoming opponent match video when it arrived at their office. Its easy to do as a volleyball program if you have a Director of Ops, only a few matches a week to key in, and its your full time job 🙂  Its not so easy when you are a small club program (and its not cheap software either).  I know the USA National Teams use the software as well.

At Winthrop University we use Gamebreaker software. Its a decent software that requires keying of a match, but its all Mac based. I’m a PC guy and I’m not fond of the Mac functionality.  So to me, the software is fair.

I’ve looked into purchasing a couple softwares for my iPhone, like TouchStat, who University Athlete turned me on to.  I even went as far as to download it, but I have yet to use it.  I also sat in on a presentation by the owner of Volleyball Ace at the AVCA Convention.  It also appears to be a very nice software, but again, I have never used it.

I’m still a pencil and paper kind of guy and upload it to a spreadsheet later. I take all the stats on the bench (it keeps me from getting too animated with the refs and keeps a consistent demeanor for the team, ala Russ Ross).  I keep passing stats (on a 3 point scale), serving stats (on a 3 point scale), hitting, blocking, and then I register how each point ends.  I’m then able to get a breakdown of positive and negative points from how the points end and put together the Team IPE (which I believe needs to be above 80% to win a match.  I broke down the 2009 Women’s NCAA Championship Match to find Penn State’s Team IPE of 78.4% and Texas at 69.5%.  Penn State took care of the ball better, in all aspects of the game.  Thus Penn State wins a third National Championship).

Taking stats manually takes a little time, but once the spreadsheets are set-up, it works for me. There are many workbooks within my final spreadsheet, and they all tie in together. I am able to have team and individual stats broken out from it.  Although, I am actually shifting statistical philosophies for coming matches and concentrating more on defensive stats.  A greater breakdown of blocking statistics as well as digging statistics.  I will also be taking a shot chart of the opposing teams to see where our biggest weakness is on the court.

My current stat sheet I have been using: Volleyball Stats Match Chart

The stat sheet I will be using this weekend: Volleyball Statistics Match – Shot Chart

I hope these help you and if you have experience with volleyball statistical software, please keep us informed!

9 comments

  1. Hi, Chuck, I am learning to keep stats for my daughter's club team (Durham Jammers 15s Blue) and appreciate this information very much. Your site is terrific. Thank you for putting forth the effort to create this very valuable resource. Are you taking your club team to Shamrock or High Neighbor? If so, I'll look for you to say hello.

  2. Hi, Chuck, I am learning to keep stats for my daughter's club team (Durham Jammers 15s Blue) and appreciate this information very much. Your site is terrific. Thank you for putting forth the effort to create this very valuable resource. Are you taking your club team to Shamrock or High Neighbor? If so, I'll look for you to say hello.

  3. Chuck and others interested in volleyball statistics software,

    I have also heard that Data Volley and software of that type are really difficult to use/understand. I recently came across this very intuitive and easy to use software called “StatEasy” for volleyball statistics. The website is http://www.stateasysports.com. Hope this helps…

  4. I have written iPhone/iPad software that works great and is very inexpensive… iVolleyStats
    http://bit.ly/iVolleyStats. If you have any questions, please ask – jay@vanvark.net

  5. We use our own tablet PC software – intvolley. You can check at : http://www.vphzvolen.sk/?dl_name=intvolley_setup301.zip .

  6. I used DataVolley software for required CEV Champions League statistics and it has great possibilities, but when I have to deliver information to coach during the volleyball match I use my own application for Microsoft Excel (victor volleyballscreen) that I made following all possibile coach’s (Mr Fred Sturm) questions during the one season of the CEV Champions League. I also made my own codes that are customizible to any language and scout’s abilities.

  7. I used DataVolley for required CEV Champions League statistics and it has great possibilities, but when I have to deliver information to coach during the volleyball match I use my own application for Microsoft Excel (victor volleyballscreen) that I made following all coach’s (Mr Fred Sturm) questions during one season of the CEV Champions League. My codes are customizable to any language and scout’s ability. Visit http://www.sportekran.com and contact me if You like it.

  8. I really enjoy reading all the info on your site. I came upon looking for a way to compile stats at the end of a match. I am a paper and pencil person also. Plus, not really sure I can rely on someone with an iPad, iPhone to be consistent taking stats. I tried it last week – a disaster.
    In prior years I have used turbostats using a pc. Worked great for me. This year I have moved to a apple school only and can not find a post match statistic software for the mac.
    I use the 3 point system and not very good at creating an excel sheet to compile stats.
    Do you have knowledge of anything to use?
    Thanks so much.

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