The Val­ue Point Sys­tem Is the All-in-One Stat That Keeps Growing

We break down the Val­ue Point Sys­tem, why it mat­ters and how you can incor­po­rate it into your coach­ing workflow.

The Val­ue Point Sys­tem Is the All-in-One Stat That Keeps Growing

We break down the Val­ue Point Sys­tem, why it mat­ters and how you can incor­po­rate it into your coach­ing workflow.

A quizzi­cal look. A raised eye­brow. A con­fused Huh?”

As recent­ly as a few years ago, these were the typ­i­cal respons­es when VPS was brought up.

Now coach­es say it has emerged as one of the most impor­tant sta­tis­tics in basketball.

The Val­ue Point Sys­tem comes from a for­mu­la that fac­tors in sev­er­al count­ing stats to pro­duce a num­ber that gives a more well-round­ed indi­ca­tion of over­all per­for­mance. It’s not as sim­ple to cal­cu­late as most sta­tis­tics, and on the sur­face the for­mu­la looks a bit daunt­ing. But coach­es are begin­ning to real­ize just how pow­er­ful this num­ber can be.

Because of how it’s for­mu­lat­ed, it real­ly gives an accu­rate depic­tion of how effi­cient a play­er is,” Rob Brost, head coach at Bol­ing­brook High (Ill.) said. For us, it’s next lev­el. It breaks it down so quick­ly for us. We don’t have to look for any­thing. We don’t have to com­pute any­thing. We don’t have to real­ly do any­thing except look at that VPS.”

VPS pro­vides an all-encom­pass­ing look at how play­ers and teams per­form by weigh­ing their pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions against their neg­a­tive ones. The result­ing num­ber shows how effec­tive the play­er is. A VPS of 1 is con­sid­ered aver­age, while any­thing north of 2 is elite.

It’s awe­some,” Ryan Fretz, head coach at Clyde High (Ohio), said. It takes the pos­i­tive stuff, divides it by the neg­a­tive and gives you a val­ue point sys­tem. It tru­ly shows how effi­cient­ly how your play­ers are play­ing. Your star can come out and say, I had 22 points and 10 rebounds last night.’ Yeah, but you also missed ten free throws, had five turnovers and took 30 shots in the game. Look how much more effi­cient you could be if you took care of the ball and had bet­ter shot selection.”

Chris Hor­ton, the women’s coach at Lone Oak High (Texas) val­ues VPS because it gives him an accu­rate depic­tion of his ath­letes’ per­for­mance, espe­cial­ly those who don’t play as much. Unlike tra­di­tion­al count­ing stats, VPS isn’t affect­ed by minutes.

We always talk about how effi­cient we want our play­ers to be, and the VPS takes in all those fac­tors,” Brost said. If you miss a free throw, that’s a fac­tor. If you miss a field goal, that’s a fac­tor. It’s not just points, rebounds and assists. Things like steals, blocks and assists are worth more than a free throw, for example.”

Col­leges look at it,” Fretz said. The NBA looks at it. They don’t just look at points and rebounds and assists. We’re look­ing at the effi­cien­cy of the players.”

VPS is just one of the sta­tis­tics that are chang­ing the way coach­es ana­lyze bas­ket­ball. And with Hudl Assist, you can get these sta­tis­tics deliv­ered to you for every game.