How to Calculate the Games Back Number for a Sports Teams Standings

Ever been looking into the sports paper, and notice your team is in second place or first place, and how do they determine what place your team is in? This article will tell you how the newspapers and sports analysts determine the placement of a team (in calculating the games back) number.

Steps

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    Play the required games for the teams involved. Keep track.
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    Locate the Win-Loss record standings information. Whether this information lay online or in a daily newspaper, make sure has all the teams you're looking to obtain this number for, located on the page.
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    Lay a piece of paper on a flat writing surface where you can work on figuring out this statistic.
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    Determine the leader of the division, by finding the team with the most wins, and fewest losses.
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    Find out how many wins the teams have.
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    Find out how many losses the teams have.
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    Find the difference between the total wins for the two teems.
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    Find the difference between the total losses for the two teams involved.
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    Add these two difference totals.
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    Divide these items, by 2 (so you can get an average). The answer after this, will give you your games back for your lower winning team and (should be) higher loss-record team.

Tips

  • For those sports, where ties are involved and overtime has not decided a clear winner, count these games as 1/2 a win AND 1/2 a loss.
  • Remember: a win for one team, is a loss for another.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 sports teams (minimum)
  • pencil/pen
  • paper
  • a history of the scores of each team involved

Article Info

Categories: Mathematics | Team Sports