Handball Performance-Index: Data-based, transparent, fair

Data-based. Transparent. Fan-focused. For the 2020/21 season, Handball-Bundesliga GmbH is introducing a new benchmark for evaluating the performance of all LIQUI MOLY HBL players. The Handball Performance Index was designed in cooperation with Deutsche Kreditbank AG and selected experts from top-level sports and science. It uses selected statistics from all players to evaluate, analyze and compare their athletic performance at all positions.

Left back. This is where you normally can find the full fire power of a team. Shooters like Michael Damgaard (SC Magdeburg) and Julius Kühn (MT Melsungen) are in the LIQUI MOLY HBL spotlight every week. But how does the Handball Performance Index calculate the performance of those players?

Example: Calculation of HPI for the left back position

Exemplary is the player Michael Damgaard from SC Magdeburg. Damgaard played as a Left Back in the match against Füchse Berlin in October 2020. At the start of the match, the player's HPI was the standardized baseline value of 100. Immediately after the end of SC Magdeburg vs. Füchse Berlin, Damgaard's Handball Performance Index was composed as follows:

  • Initial value HPI = 100
  • Plus points = 91
    • 8x Scoring from 9 meters = 80
    • 1x Assist to the position "6 meters center" = 4
    • 1x Assist to the position "6 meters left" = 3
    • 1x Penalty throw out = 4
  • Minus points = -25
    • 1x Turnover = -10
    • 2x Missed throws from 9 meters = -8
    • 1x Missed throw from 6 meters = -7

The Handball Performance Index for Michael Damgaard after the match SC Magdeburg vs. Füchse Berlin was 166 (100+91-25).