Moneyball Academy: Training Camp
Summer 2022 – Online
Session 1: June 27 – July 2, 2022
Session 2: July 25 – July 29, 2022
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 is a one-week program that broadly introduces students to statistics through a sports lens and welcomes talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors intrigued by statistics.
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 Ph.D. students teach the program.
All participants who successfully complete the program will earn a Wharton Global Youth Certificate of Completion.
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 10:00AM-6:00PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4);
daily specifics may vary, but students should expect a mix of the following:
- 10:00am-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:
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.