Moneyball Academy: Training Camp FLEX 

Developed by Wharton Professor Adi Wyner and the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative, Moneyball Academy: Training Camp FLEX is a two week, online introduction to statistics and coding. Designed with busy students in mind, the virtual platform includes flexible, asynchronous learning modules that allow students to progress through the course content on their own schedule, while live interactions with instructors, guest speakers, and Teaching Assistants allow students to build connections to peers and across industry.  

Overview

Developed by Wharton Professor Adi Wyner and the Wharton Sports Analytics and Business Initiative, Moneyball Academy: Training Camp FLEX is a two-week online program which introduces statistics and coding through a sports lens. The program serves as an entrée into the sports statistics world as it is not heavily focused on computing, but the fundamental principles of sports statistics.   

The program welcomes talented students intrigued by statistics, though no formal background in statistics is required. However, applicants should have strong math skills and an interest in sports.  

By the end of the program, students will better understand sports analyses in articles they may read and will create their own sports analysis project. Students will also learn basics in how to read and write code in R, the advanced statistical programming language used by professional statisticians.  

Students participating in this program will have: 

  • Live contact with Professor Wyner,
  • Access to Teaching Assistants and office hours with Penn undergraduates
  • Live guest lectures
  • Virtual social events with peers
  • An opportunity for select students to publish in the Sports Analytics Student Research Journal

Following the completion of the Moneyball Academy: Training Camp FLEX, students may go on to apply for the next session of the three-week Moneyball Academy for a deeper dive into sports analytics. 

All participants who successfully complete the program will earn a Wharton Global Youth Certificate of Completion. 

Schedule

Each day is going to look a little different. There will be frequent live checkpoints on the weekends, while the weekdays will be self-paced with suggested timelines to complete learning modules. Students are encouraged to complete one module per day. Each module is over an hour long and coding can take extra time for practice. Students must complete all learning modules and quizzes, as well as participate in small group meetings to contribute towards their final project and ultimately earn the certificate of completion.  

The preliminary schedule below may be used for planning purposes, though may be subject to change. All live events will be recorded and made available to participants through their Canvas course site.  

Meeting Schedule 

Sunday, January 8, 2023:  

  • REQUIRED Live Meeting: Program Welcome and Canvas Orientation; 12:30pm – 3:30pm EST 
  • OPTIONAL Office Hours; Time Varies 
  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete Coding Module 0 

Monday, January 9, 2023:  

  • RECOMMENDED Live Meeting: Team Formation; Time Varies
  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete Stats Module 1 

Tuesday, January 10, 2023:  

  • RECOMMENDED Live Meeting: Projects How To with TAs; 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST 
  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete Stats Module 2 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023:  

  • OPTIONAL: Office Hours; Time Varies 
  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete Coding Module 1 

Thursday, January 12, 2023:  

  • RECOMMENDED Live Meeting: Guest Speaker; 3:30pm – 4:30pm EST 
  • OPTIONAL Office Hours; Time Varies
  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete Stats Module 3 

Friday, January 13, 2023:  

  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete Coding Modules 2 & 3 

Saturday, January 14, 2023:  

  • OPTIONAL Office Hours; Time Varies
  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete Stats Module 4 

Sunday, January 15, 2023:  

  • REQUIRED Live Meeting: Past Projects Discussion; 12:30pm – 1:30pm EST 
  • RECOMMENDED Live Meeting: Finalize Group Project Selection; Time Varies 
  • OPTIONAL Office Hours; Time Varies
  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete Coding Module 4 

Monday, January 16, 2023: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; No Activities  

Tuesday, January 17, 2023:  

  • RECOMMENDED Live Meeting: Wharton Moneyball Podcast with Professor Wyner; 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST 
  • OPTIONAL Office Hours; Time Varies
  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete All Remaining Coding Modules 

Wednesday, January 18, 2023:  

  • REQUIRED Live Meeting: Open Discussion with Professor Wyner; 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST 
  • OPTIONAL Office Hours; Time Varies 

Thursday, January 19, 2023:  

  • OPTIONAL Office Hours; Time Varies 
  • RECOMMENDED Learning Module: Complete All Remaining Stats Modules 

Friday, January 20, 2023:  

  • RECCOMENDED Live Meeting: Guest Speaker; 3:30pm – 4:30pm EST 
  • RECOMMENDED Live Meeting: Project Prep Work; Time Varies 

Saturday, January 21, 2023:  

  • RECOMMENDED Live Meeting: Final Project Prep Work; Time Varies 
  • OPTIONAL Office Hours; Time Varies 
  • REQUIRED ASSIGNMENT: Submit Final Group Projects  

Sunday, January 22, 2023:  

  • REQUIRED Live Meeting: Final Presentations and Program Wrap Up; 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST   

Technical Requirements 

In order to fully participate in this course, you will need a computer that meets minimum system requirements for both Canvas LMS and Zoom Videoconferencing. Refer to the following links: 

Canvas LMS Support Resources 

Zoom Requirements and Support 

All programming originates from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (Eastern Daylight Time) 

Requirements

Eligibility 

High school students currently enrolled in grades 9–12 with strong math skills and an interest in sports. International applicants are welcome. 

Admission 

Admission to Moneyball Training Camp FLEX is selective. Selections are based on a record of academic excellence and a genuine interest in statistics and coding.  

Please note that participation in Wharton's Moneyball Training Camp FLEX does not guarantee admission into Penn. 

Time Commitment 

Self-directed (with TA support) 

    • Statistics Modules: 8½ hours (lecture videos, text description and glossary, quizzes, data applications)
    • R Coding Platform: 6½ hours
    • Coding videos: 1½ hour
    • Coding problem sets: 5 hours (coding text book, lecture videos, text description and glossary, quizzes, coding assignments and solutions) 

Live full classes sessions (fixed times) 

    • Live sessions with Prof. Wyner: 4 hours 
    • Guest lecturers / industry expert: 3 hours 

Project Team Live meetings (flexibly scheduled) 

    • Team projects: 5-10 hours 

Total expected time: 22-30 hours 

Instructional Team

Faculty Leader: Adi Wyner 

Professor Wyner received his Bachelors degrees in Mathematics from Yale University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with distinction in his major. He was the recipient of the Stanley Prize for excellence in Mathematics. His PhD in Statistics is from Stanford University, where he won a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, the Abrams Prize and the Herz Foundation fellowship. After graduating from Stanford, he received the NSF post-graduate fellowship and a visiting Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Wyner has been a Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of Business for the last 11 years. He is a tenured Professor and the Chair of the Undergraduate Program in Statistics and Data Science for the University of Pennsylvania. 

Teaching Assistants 

Teaching Assistants consist of both undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania. TAs facilitate small-group discussions, ensure student understanding, assist with final project development, and hold office hours to answer student questions and share their Penn and Wharton experiences. 

FAQs

What is the difference between Moneyball Training Camp and Moneyball Training Camp FLEX?

Moneyball Training Camp is a one-week, synchronous, online program hosted over the summer, while the Moneyball Training Camp FLEX program is a two-week, flexible, online program that allows students to work asynchronously at their own pace.  Students in Flex are learning the same material as the live summer program just over a longer time frame. Although the FLEX program is not live, it does incorporate live check-ins to ensure students are on track to complete the program.

I heard that Moneyball is known for amazing guest speakers from the best teams in sports. Is this true?

Moneyball has amazing guest speakers that are experts in Sports Analytics.  FLEX may feature live sessions with industry leaders and will provide access to previously recorded content from Moneyball programs.

What does the daily schedule look like?

Each day is going to look a little different. There will be frequent live checkpoints on the weekends, while the weekdays will be self-paced with suggested timelines to complete learning modules. Students are expected to complete one module per day. Each module is over an hour long and coding can take extra time for practice. See a detailed schedule in the ScheduleTab.

Will i have the chance to meet other students with interests similar to mine?

Yes! Program participants will be broken into small groups with students who have similar interests to collaborate on a sports data project. Participants are encouraged to meet with their group members throughout the program. There will also be mandatory meetings as a team with an assigned Teaching Assistant.