Sports Analytics Conference

Saturday, September 14, 2019
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Van Peursem Auditorium (1250 Thomas Gosnell Hall)

The RIT Sports Analytics Conference is a one-day workshop showcasing state-of-the-art research in analytics for college and professional hockey and sports in general. Students, faculty, industry members, and anyone interested in learning more about statistical analysis in a variety of sports are welcome to attend. There will be time for discussion and networking, as well as an informal social gathering at the end of the workshop.



Registration will be capped at 200 attendees. Registration will be live soon.

Media and industry members can contact Matthew Hoffman or Ryan Stimson if registration is closed.

This event is sponsored by the RIT College of Science and the School of Mathematical Sciences.

Pick-up Hockey Game
We anticipate that we will be able to have a hockey game again this year. More information will be posted here as the conference date nears.

Abstract Submission
Submit abstracts by July 24, 2019. We usually have some posters up during lunch, so please let us know if you prefer a poster. We anticipate notifying applicants of acceptance by early August.

Additional Information

RIT Sports Analytics Conference (#RITSAC) 2019
Friday 9/13  5 PM -  ? Social Hour MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room, 300 Jefferson Rd Rochester, NY 14623
8:00 - 9:00 PM RITSAC Hot Take-Off  300 Jefferson Rd Rochester, NY 14623
Sat 9/14 7:30 - 8:15 AM Registration, Breakfast, Check in Thomas Gosnell Hall, Room 1250
8:20 - 8:30 Welcome & Opening Comments Matthew Hoffman and Ryan Stimson
8:30 - 8:50 Alyssa Longmuir Fringe Sports Analytics - Lessons in Growth, Independence, Data Gaps,
and Building Momentum
8:50-9:10 Gordon Arsenoff MARTIN-QUINN, or, The Projection Is Coming From Inside The WAR Model
9:10-9:30 Meghan Hall Tracking Increasing Offense on the Penalty Kill
9:30-9:50 Jake Flancer A Bayesian Model for Estimating NHL Team Scoring
9:50 - 10:05 Break  
10:10-11:00 Andrew Thomas, Namita Nandakumar, Devin Pleuer, and Seth Partnow Panel Discussion
11:00-11:20 Shawn Ferris Using Analytics to Evaluate and Monitor Tactical Systems in Ice Hockey
11:20-11:40 Namita Nandakumar NHL Player Size Impacts Performance
11:40-12:00 Robert Weber and Eddy Tabone Rochester Knighthawks Analytics: A Beginning of Statistical Analysis in Box Lacrosse
12:00-12:20 Andrew Thomas Quizzing For Dollars: Data Driven Training For Competitive Trivia
12:30-1:30 Lunch & Posters  
1:30-1:50 Carleen Markey WHAC: Exploring the Aging Curve in Women’s Hockey
1:50-2:10 Devin Pleuler Space: The Final Frontier
2:10-2:30 Senthil S. Natarajan A Mixed Effects Modeling Approach to Predicting NBA Free Agency
2:30-2:40 Mini-Break  
2:40-3:00 Marc Richards (Contest I) Expected Completed Pass Model
3:00-3:20 Yousuf Lahaye  & Alex Profiti (Contest II) Developing a Data-Driven Player Ranking in Hockey Using Predictive Model Weights
3:20-3:40 Nathan de Lara (Contest III) Measuring Goals Added Through Passes and Skating in the NHL
3:40-4:00 Break  
4:00-4:20 Michael Schuckers  A New Perspective on NHL Shot Mapping
4:20-4:40 Abigail Asma Factors Influencing NHL Shootout Success
4:40-5:00 Micah Blake McCurdy Effect of Aging on Shot Rates, with Immortal and Co-Immortal Time Bias
5:00-5:20 Peter Flynn Are Some GMs Better at Getting Value from Signed Contracts?
5:20-5:40 Olivia Lin Puck and Player Movement: An Analysis of the Toronto Maple Leafs Entry Strategy
5:40-6:00 Closing Remarks Matthew Hoffman and Ryan Stimson
6:00-8:00 PM Hockey Pickup Game We are working on the location. More details coming soon.
8:00 - ? Libations MacGregor's Grill & Tap Room, 300 Jefferson Rd Rochester, NY 14623

For those traveling from out of town there are several hotels in the area within a short drive of RIT. Many offer discounts for RIT visitors.

Directions and Parking
The conference will be held in Thomas Gosnell Hall at RIT. The best places to park are in 'S' and 'U' lots. Visit the online RIT campus map for directions.

RITSAC Data Competition

We are excited to announce a unique addition to the 2019 RIT Sports Analytics Conference: the 2019 RITSAC Data Competition sponsored by ICEBERG Sports Analytics. They have made a year's worth of 2018- 2019 data available from three teams for the purposes of this competition. We invite participants to use this data set to develop new ways of analyzing hockey performance, strategy, and tactics.

The historical data set includes traditional events, like shot and pass locations, plus tracking data of the location of all players and the puck. The data was collected by ICEBERG Sports Analytics' PRO camera system that captures event data like shots and passes, but also the locations of each player on the ice throughout the game at a rate of 10x/second. We will accept submissions on any topic, but some suggestions include Gap Control, Defensive Zone Coverage Analysis, Breakout Structures/Tendencies, etc.

Anyone interested in participating is required to sign a non-disclosure agreement with ICEBERG Sports Analytics. You can download the NDA and sent to Once the NDA is completed, you will receive credentials to access the data.

Submissions of original work using this data should be submitted to The deadline for submissions in August 3, 2019. The top three submissions will be given time during the conference to speak about their work and receive $200 each.