The Cascadia Symposium on Statistics in Sports
September 24, 2016
Vancouver, Canada


The 2016 Cascadia Symposium on Statistics in Sports is a meeting of statisticians and quantitative analysts connected with sports teams, sports media, and universities to discuss common problems of interest in statistical modeling and analysis of sports data. The symposium format is a mixture of invited talks, a poster session, and a panel discussion.

The symposium, like the content of this website, is based heavily on the
New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports

A big thanks to ESPN Sports Analytics and Fortius Sport and Health for sponsoring the event

ESPN Fortius


In addition to a plenary talk and panel, the symposium will include several oral presentations. Abstract submissions for oral presentations have passed, but poster submissions will still be accepted For consideration, please email an abstract in pdf format (max 2 pages) to Be sure to include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the email.


Registration is open.
Click here to go to the registration site.
Registration closes on September 18.


The program consists of a plenary talk, a panel, and 10 technical presentations. Throughout the program, posters will be on display.

  • 8:20-8:30: Introduction
  • 8:30-9:30: Technical Session 1
    • Adam Brodie, Carnegie Mellon -- The Sinking Strike Zone's Influence on Major League Baseball's Strikeout Epidemic
    • Jim Little, University of British Columbia -- Understanding Sports Video: Pose and Action
    • Andrew Miller, Harvard -- Stealing the Playbook: Structure discovery in NBA player-tracking data
  • 9:30-10:30: Plenary Session
    • Kirk Goldsberry, San Antonio Spurs
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:20: Technical Session 2
    • Jack Davis, Simon Fraser University -- 50 Minutes of Action
    • Alex Franks, University of Washington -- Meta-Analytics: Evaluating The Reliability of Player Metrics
    • Samuel Ventura, Carnegie Mellon -- nflscrapR: An R package for easy access to NFL data and a new model for expected points
    • Dave Clarke, Simon Fraser University -- A Data-driven modeling approach to the longitudinal monitoring of athlete training and performance
  • 12:20-1:20: Lunch
  • 1:20-2:20: Soccer Analytics Panel
    • Sarah Rudd, StatDNA (chair)
    • Ben Sporer, Vancouver Whitecaps and Resync Consulting
    • Ravi Ramineni, Seattle Sounders
    • Ted Knutson, Statsbomb
  • 2:20-3:20: Technical Session 3
    • Eric Gerber, Purdue -- Handedness’ Impact on Reaching First Base
    • Howard Hamilton, Soccermetrics LLC -- Precision Guesswork: A History of Draft Value in Major League Soccer
    • Andrew Swift, Nebraska Omaha -- A Ratio-based Method for Predicting Point Differentials in Sports

Local Information

CASSIS will be held at SFU Harbour Center in downtown Vancouver on September 24, 2016. We have arranged a group discount at two nearby hotels for the nights of September 23 and 24 (limited availability -- please book early):

There are also dozens of other hotels within walking distance of the conference location.

Most participants will arrive via YVR Vancouver Airport. From the airport, you may take a taxi downtown (about $40 CAD) or take the Canada Line ($9 CAD), exiting at Waterfront Station, which is 1 block from the conference venue. Don't hesitate to contact us with questions: