Hurling High Ball And Break Analysis

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High Ball and Break Analysis


All things being equal, analysis shows that three elements will separate teams of roughly equal ability ; which side gets off the most unpressurised pucks, which side catches the most clean high ball and which side wins the most amount of breaks under high balls. High Ball Analysis and Break Analysis which are interwoven, account for two of these three elements.

How it Works.

Every time a high ball is competed for, we record which two players were the primary players from each team to compete for the ball.

If the ball is won cleanly then it is marked as won for the player who won it, and lost for the player who competed against that player in the air. If the break is won on the ground by one of the two competing player, it is also marked as having been “won cleanly”

If it isn’t won cleanly by one of the two primary competing players, it’s won on the break. This result is broken into two types of analysis.

The obvious element is that it’s marked as a break won by whatever player won it. If that player was a spare man, then it’s marked as a “systematic” break loss against that team. If the player who won that break had an opponent directly opposing him before/when the high ball was competed for, it is marked as a break against that player. This constitutes “Break Analysis”.

Also, the break is marked as won or lost off the back of the player who competed for the high ball. Even though the break is won or lost by a different player, the outcome of the competition for the high ball is recorded for or against the player who competed for that high ball.

Typically, the break winner or loser is the key player in this regard, but not all high ball is broken equally. Over the course of multiple high balls, you tend to see certain players having more of their breaks won than lost, alluding to them breaking the ball on their terms on average.

So each player will have his high balls calculated to a total of Won Clean/Lost Clean and Won on Break/Lost on Break.

Equally, and maybe more importantly, this analysis will leave you with whole team figures for high balls won and lost and breaks won and lost.