Thank you for a great season
Just wanted to take a few moments to say thank you for spending some time this season with us here at LacrosseReference.
I can’t describe how much we’ve appreciated the questions, comments, and feedback that we’ve received over the course of the season.
We are going to shift into off-season mode here shortly. That means more work relating to the deeper statistical underpinnings of the sport. A few concepts we’ve already settled on for further exploration include:
- Does depth in a roster have a measurable benefit? Could it be that an “investment” in building depth early in the season creates some sort of payoff later in the year? Does a deeper roster have any carryover effect on the following season?
- Can we quantify clutch? I’d love to have a way to measure contributions that account for specific high-leverage situations. How many goals do the top offensive players have which increase their team’s win odds by a certain amount? Could we do the same for defenders?
- Using various measures of a successful season, is it possible to build a model which correlates various team dynamics with a successful season? Which factors are most commonly found in successful teams?
- What are the best ways to start using analytics at the junior level?
Those are just a few ideas, and I expect to have something posted on those and many other topics about once a week. If you have any concepts or ideas that we could analyze, feel free to shoot me a note.
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