Summer 2021 — Online
July 12 – July 30, 2021
Sponsored by the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI), the Wharton Moneyball Academy is a summer program that provides an opportunity for talented current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to study sports analytics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This program focuses on using data to make deep discoveries in sports with a focus on becoming a data driven decision maker. Instruction will focus on fundamentals of statistical thinking, real applications employed by statistics professionals in sports analytics and an introduction to statistical programming languages. In addition to learning statistical reasoning and key data analysis skills, students will be primed to be a leader in an increasingly data driven economy. Topics include introductory statistics (including graphical and numerical summaries of data), basic probability theory, statistical reasoning and regression analysis by examining sports stats.
This program is ideal for students with a strong background in math and a love of sports. An interest in computer programming is strongly recommended but no specific background is necessary.
The Academic Experience
Taught by Professor Adi Wyner and guest faculty, the Moneyball core curriculum goes beyond what students will learn in an AP Statistics course in order to teach students how to apply advanced statistical concepts to sports analytics. Moneyball covers much of Wharton’s Stat 101 and Stat 470 courses, as well as pieces of Stat 102, 430, and 471. In addition, students will learn to read and write code in R, the advanced statistical programming language used by professional statisticians. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand and perform many of the sports analyses typically seen in FiveThirtyEight, Fangraphs, or Hardball Times articles.
Furthermore, Moneyball offers the opportunity to learn from and network with other analytically minded people, which can prove extremely valuable as students continue in the sports business industry. They will also hear from guest speakers with real-world experience in sports analytics. Past speakers include Samuel Mondry-Cohen, Assistant General Manager, Washington Nationals, Alec Halaby, Vice President of Football Operations and Strategy, Philadelphia Eagles, among others.
Course Details and Requirements
Course Meeting Times:
Daily participation and engagement are required Monday through Friday. Each day will include some mixture of live, online class lectures; facilitated, small group discussions; collaborative group work; guest speakers; and independent work, completed within the Wharton Online Learning Platform. Live class sessions will meet as outlined below.
Live Session Schedule:
Monday – Friday: tentatively 10:30AM-6:00PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4);
daily specifics may vary, but students should expect a mix of the following:
- 10:30am-12:30pm: Live Class
- 12:30pm-1:45pm – Lunch Break; Optional Office Hours/Coffee Chat available
- 2:00pm-3:00pm – Live Guest Speaker
- 3:00pm-4:30pm – (Asynchronous) Watch/read R Lectures
- 4:30pm-5:00pm – Live Review coding Lecture 4
- 5:00pm-6:00pm – Live Breakout sessions with TAs/Problem Sets
All online programming requires:
- Computer that meets the minimum system requirements for both Canvas LMS and Zoom (or equivalent) videoconferencing. Refer to the following links:
- Webcam with microphone
All programming originates from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Eastern Standard Time).
Moneyball Academy Online FAQs
I have heard that Moneyball is known for amazing guest speakers from the best teams in sports. Will this be true online as well?
Yes! In both Moneyball Academy and Training Camp Online there will be several guest speakers from across the industry.
What does the daily schedule look like?
Each day there will include a live lecture given by Dr. Adi Wyner and his staff; this will run from 1-2 hours starting at approximately 10:00AM. Each day will also include live small group coding instruction with teaching staff and afternoon guest lectures.
Will I have the chance to meet other students with interests similar to mine?
Yes! Working in small teams, students will collaborate on a group project. Supervised by a Wharton student as a teaching assistant, participants will be connected and be provided tools for further connection beyond class time. Moneyball Training Camp students will also have access to the Wharton Global Youth Meetup (GYM), an extracurricular programming platform designed to build virtual community.