Save percentage is a statistic in water polo (as well as ice hockey, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and other sports with a goalie) that is used to put a goalie’s number of saves comparison with the number of shots they have faced.
It is intended to give a measure of how many goals the goalie allows for each shot that they face.
It is considered one static among some other ones, including win/loss ratio and goals against average that are used to measure a goalie’s capability.
In water polo, save percentage is calculated as follows:
Save Percentage = saves / shots against.
If a goalie has faced 219 shots and made 155 saves: 155 saves divided by 219 shots is 0.708.Therefore, the goalie’s save percentage is 0.708, or 70.8%.
What counts as a “save”?
A “save” is considered to be a shot on goal that is stopped by the goaltender.
What counts as a shot?
A “shot” is a shot that directs the ball towards the net and is either stopped by the goaltender or goes in the net.
A shot that is blocked by another player is recorded as a blocked shot and is not included in the shot total.
A shot that misses the net or hits the crossbar does not record as a shot, but as a “missed shot.”
- Wikipedia – Save Percentage
- FINA- Official FINA Rules
- FINA – Water Polo Rules & Regulations
- Wikipedia – Goalkeeper (Water Polo)
- Olympics – Water Polo
- NCAA – Water Polo (Men)
- NCAA – Water Polo (Women)
- NCAA – Water Polo Rules