The 5 BEST Beach Volleyball Data Analyses from a Tidy Tuesday Hackathon

My favorite visuals and analyses from a Tidy Tuesday community hackathon based on my Beach Volleyball database

TidyTuesday, a data science and R learning community, recently published my beach volleyball match database. I wanted to take the time to share some of my favorite community made use cases.

1. Ricardo Santos is the Most Traveled Player

Ricardo Santos traveled to 14 countries in 2005 alone, being one of the most traveled players on the tour! Shows some amazing charisma going from tournament to tournament.

Travel Santos(credit: @geokaramanis)

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Introducing Beach Volleyball Match Charting

Analyzing AVP match stats and player tendencies

With the AVP Seattle Open underway, I thought it might be a fun exercise to chart a professional beach volleyball match. The process of collecting the data is manual but I wanted recreate the AVP match stats that are published online to test their validity. In addition, I track shot type and direction, which adds a whole new dimension to analyzing player tendencies.

I watched yesterday’s quarterfinal match-up of Chase Budinger/Casey Patterson vs. Tim Bomgren/Troy Field. Here was my setup during charting:

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