I can’t speak for our HS coach, but I can comment on what’s happened since I do the scoring and the stats.
Our coach is a very very successful coach here in NorCal. For 15 years he coached a DIII school, where here in Ca DI is the largest and had the same lady scoring for him all those years. In all that time he never posted stats of any kind, and didn’t refer to them until it was time to choose all league, all metro, MVP, whatever. During that time, he managed to win several league and section titles, and was considered one of the very top coaches in the area.
When he took over the school he’s at now, a DI school, he took me on as his scorer. When I asked him about posting the stats on the site other teams in the league were using, and one I’d posted the stats for my son’s team 4 years earlier, this was his answer.
Post the Roster, the schedule, and the line scores of the games, but under no circumstances post any stats. I asked why and other than the story about the batting average race, it was pretty much exactly the same. “I feel”, I think”, “I have no proof, but...”, were the reasons he gave too.
It didn’t’ bother me one iota, because to tell the truth, it meant a lot less work for me. I told him I’d be posting them on my personal web site, and he just shrugged his shoulders, so that’s what I did, and at the end of the season he told me to go on and post the yearly numbers on MaxPreps, which I did.
The next season he gave me new orders. He said the parents had gotten together and as a group asked him to post the stats on-line, for much the same reasons BRUSA noted, and he said he told them that he didn’t have the time to do it, but that if I wanted to do it, it was fine with him because it was the player’s team, not his.
That’s the way its been now for the last 3 years, and at the awards banquet last spring I asked him about how he felt now that he’d been dealing with it for 3 years. He was pretty candid about it too. He said he was wrong to worry about the players allowing the stats to become a distraction. He told me that it had happened a couple times, but a private talk with the player had taken care of any issues.
He also said that one reason he didn’t have a problem with it anymore, was that he had so little to do with it. I literally do everything from score the games, to handling almost all player and parental questions about the stats. That means he’s left alone to concentrate on the things he feels are important, and I can tell you that worrying about who has the highest BA, or ERA ain’t among them.
So, I guess the answer is, if you take the time to get yourself a scorer you can count on, the same way you’d get yourself a coach, and that scorer is willing to take care of the numbers too, the only disadvantages are in your mind. But, if you have to spend more than a few minutes a day screwin’ around with the book and the numbers so little Billy’s numbers can be seen by some scout on the other side of the country, I’d say, screw it!
This is definitely something that to me comes under the guise of parent and player responsibility. If its important enough to want done, its important enough to do it yourself or at least help get it done.
I’m assuming this doesn’t have anything what-so-ever to do with what a coach should or shouldn’t do with the stats for himself and the team.
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