Moneyball Academy: Training Camp
Summer 2021 – Online
Session 1: June 28 – July 2, 2021
Session 2: July 26 – July 30, 2021
Wharton Moneyball Academy: Training Camp is a one-week, online program broadly introducing students to statistics through a sports lens. Hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative (WSABI), the Wharton Moneyball Academy: Training Camp welcomes talented high school sophomores, juniors and seniors intrigued by statistics. Students applying to this program should have strong math skills and an interest in sports.
The summer experience serves as an entrée into the sports statistics world as it is not heavily focused on computing but rather the fundamental principles of sports statistics. Wharton professor Adi Wyner and guest faculty in conjunction with PhD students teach the program.
THE ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
Taught by Professor Adi Wyner and guest faculty, the Moneyball Academy: Training Camp is an introduction to statistics and coding course. Students will learn basics in how 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 better understand sports analyses in articles they may read, as well as create their own sports analysis project. 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 industry.
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
- 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: Training Camp 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.