Build a sports league power ratings spreadsheet

Need a way to track results and calculate power ratings for your tennis, ping pong, chess, Magic: the Gathering, or video and board game leagues?

As you might guess from much of the content posted over the past couple years, we at Spreadsheetsolving are huge fans of sports and games. There’s something about competition that sharpens the senses and motivates you to do your best. There’s also something satisfying about there being a clear winner and a loser when the game is over.

So what can you do when you’ve organized a group to play tennis, ping pong, magic, etc. and you want a system to track results and assign people ratings based on their match histories?


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Predicting a Tennis Pro’s Weight based on Height

TechsmithWorEE2E.pngWith a Grand Slam approaching, let’s talk tennis! If we were to predict a tennis pro’s weight based on his height, where would we begin? How will our understanding of the best-fit line and spreadsheets help us make this prediction?

We’ve collected the heights and weights of tennis pros including Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, Azarenka, Sharapova, and Williams, along with another 192 top players. Let’s investigate how to 1) calculate the correlation of weights and heights, and 2) draw a best fit-line and scatter plot in Google spreadsheets to extrapolate or make predictions!

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How to Schedule a Tennis Tournament

Photo by Amie
Photo by Amie

We feel inspired after watching amazing tennis matches, especially from the Grand Slam tournaments: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open. After witnessing these matches, we feel the desire to get out on the court and play. How can we organize a tennis tournament to engage in some fun match-play? Let’s discover how to schedule a round robin tennis tournament and score card using spreadsheets!  Continue reading “How to Schedule a Tennis Tournament”