Shooting percentage is a water polo player’s percentage of shots that are goals.
A higher shooting percentage is a sign of a player that frequently scores for each shot on goal they take.
Shooting Percentage = Goals Scored ÷ Shots on Goal
- A “goal” is a shot that goes in the net. Include empty-net goals.
- A “shot” is a shot that directs the ball towards the net. It is either stopped by the goaltender or goes in the net. The shot total does not include shots blocked by another player and shots that miss the net. Include empty-net shots.
If a player has made 78 shots on goal and in that time has scored 22 goals:
22 goals divided by 78 shots is 0.282.
Therefore, the player’s shooting percentage is 0.282, or 28.2%.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is “SH%” in Water Polo?
“SH%” stands for “shooting percentage.” It is the percentage of shots that become goals.
How do you calculate shooting percentage?
Divide the number of saves by the number of shots. Multiply that number by 100% to find the shooting percentage.
What counts as a shot?
A “shot” is an action that moves the ball towards the net. It either goes in the goal or the goalkeeper stops it. A shot that a non-goalie player blocks does not count (it counts as a blocked shot). A shot that misses the net or hits a post does not count (it counts as a missed shot).
- Rules for FINA (Handbook & Rules), Water Polo Canada, Water Polo USA, and the NCAA– describes the rules of water polo and terms associated with the game.
- Statistics for the Olympics, Water Polo Canada, NCAA Men’s, and NCAA Women’s.
- TheFOSH.net – Water polo statistics from all over the US and Canada. The official statistics supplier for US Water Polo.
- Water Polo Planet – Guide to Waterpolo goalkeeping – Craig Wilson’s guide to the goalkeeper position in water polo.
- US Water Polo – Understanding the game – A summary on the game of water polo and the terms used in talking about it.