If you went to MLUltimate.com yesterday and felt completely overwhelmed with the new statistics interface, fear not, you aren’t the only one.  I’m here to walk you through the most complex new addition to the website – The Box Score.

Before we get into any specifics, I encourage all who are interested to take a listen to last week’s Cleats and Cufflinks, on which I spoke to Nic Darling, going over the basic terminology of our statistics. We started talking about it at around the 25 minute mark.
BoxScore1 We’ll get started with the basics. It shouldn’t be too difficult to read the top portion of the box score. It displays a number of important information.

  • Who is playing.
  • The team’s record at the time of the game.
  • The final score of the game.
  • The total amount of breaks and holds.
  • A quarter by quarter breakdown of scoring, with breaks displayed in parentheses.
  • The location of the game.
  • Temperature and wind at game time.
  • The two top performers from that game.

If you haven’t already, I strongly urge you to listen to the portion of Cleats and Cufflinks where we discuss the basic definitions of possessions, holds, breaks, break opportunities, and hold opportunities. If you’re too lazy to click the link and listen, I can give you the spark notes.
At its core, the game of ultimate is ultimately (haha) boiled down to the total number of breaks a team can record. Breaks being goals scored by a team that started the point on defense. The opposite type of goals, holds, are goals scored by a team that started the point on offense.
The terms “hold opportunity” and “break opportunity” go hand-in-hand with holds and breaks. a hold opportunity is an offensive possession for a team that started that point on offense. a break opportunity is an offensive possession for a team that started that point on defense.
With these terms in mind we can dive into the next portion of the box score -The Team Stats!
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TPOP – Total touches per offensive possession for the entire team

Br – Breaks – Total number of breaks recorded by the team OR goals scored by a team that started a point on defense.

Hd – Holds – Total number of holds recorded by the team OR goals scored by a team that started the point on offense.

TSE – Total scoring efficiency – Percentage of the time that the team scored on a given possession, regardless of hold/break opportunity.

HPSE – Hold possession scoring efficiency – Percentage of the time that the team scored a given hold opportunity.

BPSE – Break possession scoring efficiency – Percentage of the time that the team scored a given break opportunity.

OSE – Offensive scoring efficiency – Percentage of the time that the team scored during a point that they began on offense.

FHSE – First hold scoring efficiency – Percentage of the time that the team scored their first hold opportunity.

DSE – Defensive scoring efficiency – Percentage of the time that the team scored during a point that they began on defense.

FBSE – First break scoring efficiency – Percentage of the time that the team scored their first break opportunity.

DTE – Defensive turnover efficiency – Percentage of the time that the team forced a turnover on their first defensive possession.

Thr – Throws – Total number of attempted throws by the entire team.

COMP% – Completion Percentage – Total number of completed throws over total number of attempted throws.

B – Blocks – Total number of defensive blocks recorded by entire team.

T – Turnovers – Total number of turnovers committed by entire team.

F – Fouls – Total number of fouls committed by entire team.

The remainder of the box score displays individual player statistics with easy mouseovers to display the abbreviation of each statistic, from the amount of goals scored to number of times that player threw into a block.
If you haven’t check them out yet, go explore box scores from all three seasons of MLU games, along with video highlights and recaps.

As always if you have any questions feel free to tweet me @MLULukeR or Tim @TimboMLU . Also feel free to shoot me an email at luke@mlultimate.com.