Get Your Class Involved
- Offer Statsketball as an extra credit activity or as a class assignment
- Volunteer to help students form teams
- Offer your classroom as a meeting and work space for student teams
- Assess your students’ knowledge and interest in statistics
- Use class time to discuss ways statistics is used in basketball and other sports, and the career opportunities in this field
- Motivate them about the benefits of learning statistical skills
- Share the Statsketball Flyer
Introducing Students to Statsketball
Here are a few points you can use to explain Statsketball to your students and encourage them to participate:
- Statsketball is your chance to apply statistics to the real world through something you may already love—sports!
- Statsketball is a contest from the American Statistical Association, through which you can put your statistics knowledge to work to predict the results of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
- For additional details and resources, visit ThisisStatistics.org/Statsketball
What is Statistics?
- Statistics is the science of learning from data. Statisticians turn data into knowledge, detecting signals from the noise in the data
- Statistics is among the fastest-growing jobs around the world and jobs are predicted to increase by 34 percent from 2014 to 2024
- Those with statistics training have a wide variety of career fields from which to choose
- If you don’t want to be a statistician, you’ll still benefit from taking statistics classes. More and more career fields need workers who are statistically literate, especially in our growing data-driven economy
Get more resources about statistics in our Educator Toolkit.
For additional ways statistics is being used in sports today, check out our Statsketball resources roundup.