Last year, for my own personal amusement, I started to post a different version of player rankings from the official FIVB version using statistical categories that, I think, are more interesting and accurate and useful. I thought I would do the same this year. I have expanded the lists to top tens to try to see if there is more stability from week to week. There is still a lot of movement of players, although the league averages are almost exactly the same from week to week. I have set the minimum requirement at ~40% of the maximum repetitions for each case. For information, there are two matches not yet included in the list.
One observation this week is in the reception statistics. The difference between players is very small. In some cases less than 1% over five or more players. I quickly did the calculations in my head. An individual player might have as many as ten receptions in one set (taking into account losing sets, service errors and other receivers on the court). If Player A and Player B were 1% different in expected SO%, over 10 sets played, the difference between the two players would be one potential sideout. That doesn’t seem like much.
Below are the Top 5 lists in the different skill categories. They are compiled using the Science Untangled reporting app, which is one among the suite of apps developed by Ben Raymond. If you want to fiddle around with the statistics yourself, he has made a mini version of this app using just this data. The link is here.
The collection of Coaching Tips can be found here.
For more great coaching tips, check out the Vyacheslav Platonov coaching book here.