Math in Sports: Basketball Statistics
Math can be found in every area of life including sports. Children will enjoy using math to find their own statistics for the sports they play. Basketball is a popular winter sport for children of all ages. Finding common basketball statistics for themselves and their teammates is a fun way to reinforce math concepts.
Total Points Per Game
Children love to know how many points they scored in a game. Keeping track of how many 2 point shots, 3 point shots, and free throws your child scored provides an opportunity to practice either addition or both multiplication and addition.
- A child could simply add up all the points they made throughout the game.
- If you want to make it a little harder, you could have them multiply the number of each type of shot by the value of the shot and then add the three totals together. (9 two pointers would be 9 x 2 = 18, 4 three pointers would be 4 x 3 = 12, and 5 free throws made would be 5 x 1 = 5. Then add 18 + 12 + 5 to get 35 total points for that game.)
- He could also add up all the points in all the games for a season to find out how many points he scored for the entire season!
Free Throw Percentage
Finding the percentage of free throws a child makes is another interesting basketball statistic. To get this percentage, your child would divide the number of free throws he made by the number he attempted. (If he made 6 free throw shots but he attempted 16 shots, the answer would be 0.375.) Then move the decimal in the answer two places to the right to get a percentage. (0.375 becomes 37.5%.)
Children will love being able to tell their friends and family their own basketball statistics from game to game. They may even overlook the fact that they are doing math to get those statistics. In our next post, we will discuss some football statistics that use math.
Do you use your children’s activities to teach math?