Two Upcoming Sports Conferences (And a Call for Abstracts)

Co-President Emeritus Jason Rosenfeld is helping to organize (and co-chairing one) a couple of great upcoming conferences at Harvard. Here are the announcements for both:

Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball

“I am pleased to announce that a weekend baseball-centric seminar titled Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball will be held on May 21 and 22 at Harvard University. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Jimmy Fund as part of the SoSH March to 100K. Help cure cancer while talking baseball with some of the top minds in the game including Jared Porter, Tom Tippett, Mitchel Lichtman, Andy Andres, Jonah Keri, Dan Brooks, Alan Nathan, Jeremy Greenhouse, David Gassko, David Sheinberg, Michael Richmond and me (gulp).

“Planned seminars include an explanation of offensive assessments like linear weights and WPI/LI, a discussion of pitch f/x and how that tool is best utilized, the bio-mechanics of a baseball swing, the visuomotor aspects of the game including the psycho-physics of hitting, what the most advanced defensive stats entail and where they are going, forecasting player performance, modern technologies for tracking the baseball, a discussion of why a ball curves, and question and answer sessions with Red Sox Director of Information Services Tom Tippett, and Assistant Director of Pro Scouting Jared Porter. The more advanced baseball statistics will be discussed alongside more traditional scouting assessments, with science helping bridge the gap between them.

“Learn about baseball, meet people who love the game, and help the Jimmy Fund!”

— Chuck Korb

The official website for the event can be found here.





Harvard University (Science Center) – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The 2011 New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports (NESSIS) will be 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 will be a mixture of invited talks, a poster session, and a panel discussion. Students in particular are encouraged to submit abstracts; a $100 cash prize will be awarded to the best student poster as decided by a panel of judges.  The proceedings of the symposium will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports (JQAS).



Please e-mail abstracts as a Word attachment or as plain text by JUNE 15, 2011, to for consideration to be on the program.

Abstract instructions:

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and should clearly outline the work that you would like to present.  Please indicate whether you would be willing to present your work only as a talk, only as a poster, or either.

Along with your abstract, please include:

–        the title of the presentation

–        your name

–        your affiliation

–        whether you are a student (for poster competition eligibility)

–        a contact e-mail address

Decisions for accepting abstracts will be made by June 30, 2011.

Further details of the 2011 NESSIS, including registration information, are forthcoming.  Complete up-to-date information will be posted at the 2011 NESSIS web site:

Please contact Mark Glickman (, Jason Rosenfeld (, or Scott Evans (, the co-organizers of the symposium, with any questions.

We would appreciate your forwarding this announcement to anyone who might be interested.

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