The SLW Front Office is excited to announce a new scorecard format for the 19th annual tournament.
Last year, being the first where detailed individual stats were recorded, a simple “tally sheet” format was used. This extremely simple format ended up being, in practice, difficult and error-prone. It required duplicate entry of most events. For example, a strikeout had to be recorded in two places: once for the pitcher and once for the batter. There was no situational representation of the field which resulted in difficulty in keeping track of ghost and pinch runners. Runs scored were mis-attributed, and walks and RBIs were missed. Overall, it was just too hard.
This year, we went back to the drawing board to come up with a radically different format (inspired by the Reisner Scorekeeping method) to address last year’s issues.
The new scorecard lets the Official Scorer focus on what is happening on the field by postponing the busy work and statistical decision making until post-game.
All the magic happens in the Event Box.
A single Event Box represents a single Plate Appearance. Each time a batter comes to the plate:
- Write down jersey numbers indicating who is on first, second, and third base.
- Wait for the batter to either reach base or make an out.
- Write the event abbreviation, indicating what happened, in the rectangular box at the bottom of the Event Box.
- Circle the jersey numbers of everyone that scored on the play.
- If any outs were made, write the out number/s in the middle of the diamond.
That is it. That is 99% of what the scorer has to do. Just do those 5 things, one of which is “wait for something to happen”. No duplicate entry. No backtracking to previous Event Boxes.
Here is an example Event Box where #17 scored from third base on a sacrifice fly which resulted in the first out of the inning.
The 17 is circled, indicating that the runner scored. The event abbreviation is F, for Flyout. The 1 in the middle of the diamond indicates that the Flyout was the first out made in the inning.
There is another major change this year which will make the Official Scorer’s job much easier: there are no errors. This has a number of positive consequences from the scorer’s perspective.
There are no “reached on error” situations. If you hit the ball you are credited for a hit equaling the base you reached safely. If you hit the ball and reach third base because of two throwing errors, you still get a triple.
There are no unearned runs; every run scored is earned. If a runner you pitched to reaches base in any way and he later scores, you will be charged with an earned run.
There are only eight possible event abbreviations: BB, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, K, F (Flyout), G (Groundout).
Everything is an RBI. A batter is credited with an RBI for every run that scores during his plate appearance.
Full Scorecard Example
Each scorecard contains the Event Boxes for a single team and the pitching information for the opposing team.
Here is an example scorecard for a three-inning game.