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Football stat sheets

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Johnny Chase, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Johnny Chase

    Johnny Chase Member

    I know we've had these threads before, but it's the first week of HS football season for me tonight, and was wondering if anyone had any good score sheets.
  2. bpoindexter

    bpoindexter Active Member

    I came up with my own system 30 years ago and still use it to this day. Use a legal pad, not an 8 1/2x11. With a legal pad, you can fit a quarter on one sheet, then move to the second sheet for the second quarter, etc. From left to right on the sheet, I draw in columns for down-yards to go and yardline, rushing (9-4 means No. 9 gained four yards), passing (12-80 14 means No. 12 complete to No. 80 for 14 yards), penalties/fumbles and comments (where I describe TDs, key notes about plays, note the time on the clock, etc.). I also use a multi-colored pen, with a different color for each team (ex: when noting fumbles, I'll write 12/80, meaning 12 fumbled and 80 recovered. If they on the same team, both would be in, say, red; if the other team recovers, 12 would be in red and 80 in, say, blue. I do the same thing noting sacks, picks and penalties. I keep the score by quarters and scoring summary on the fifth page.

    Of course, you can always print out a stat sheet on maxpreps.com and use its.
  3. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    PM me with your e-mail address ... I have an Excel spreadsheet that I've shared with other SportsJournalists.com members and have received no complaints about ... you can either print it out on 8x14 paper, or run it on your laptop for constant updates ...
  4. Central-KY-Kid

    Central-KY-Kid Well-Known Member






  5. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    YdLn Team No Play Yds XXX
    45 N 14 keeper right 3
    48 N offside -5 Pen-N
    43 N 14-32 swing ps right 18 1DP-N

    That's in my reporter's notebook.

    Then, one page of that notebook is ripped out and I keep all running stats on it. One team on each side. Under the individual running stats, four columns: 1st downs, penalties, punts, fumbles-lost.
  6. This should just be made into a sticky.
  7. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    I have a legal-size clipboard with a non-legal size legal pad on it. Line down the middle, play by play on both sides. Home side on the left, visitor on the right.

    My running stat sheet is taped to the back, and I write the pbp, then flip over to record the runnng stats, and so forth. Works for me.
  8. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    Same here, double.

    Legal pad on regular size clipboard. Double-sided stat sheet on the back. Works well walking the sideline.

    My stat sheet is one I got from a board regular when we worked together and is one of the best I've seen. (Allows you to keep running totals too, so stat compilation is easy).

    No digital copy but am willing to snail mail one to anyone who asks.
  9. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    I've got one I like but it's on 11x14. A lot of the reason why its so big is juco games. You have to be just about as ready for a quarterback to pass 50 times as you do for a running back to get 40 carries.

    That evolved from letter and legal size versions that work well for high school games. Play by play on a legal pad. Red ink for the main team I cover (since it's a school color), black for the opponent.
  10. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    Double: Again, agree on the idea of being able to flip it over and record there too.
  11. doubledown68

    doubledown68 Active Member

    I'll snail mail or fax a copy of my stat sheet as well.
  12. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting these links. I haven't covered football regulary since 2009, but I'm going to freelance for some newspapers during playoffs. I'm hitting a regular season game tonight to practice for next weekend. I have GameChanger for my iPad, but it only covers baseball/softball and basketball. No football. I think I'll go with pencil/paper rather than spending another $10 on a second app.
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