In the Moneyball camp, campers will be introduced to the basic concepts which spurred the statistical revolution in baseball popularized by the book, Moneyball. Camp each day will consist of an introduction to a key concept in baseball statistics, activities which campers will complete to apply their knowledge, and, lastly, an advanced baseball simulation game which will allow campers to be their own General Manager! While learning about statistics and their application in baseball, campers will also learn about the finances surrounding baseball and other professional sports. Knowledge of baseball is helpful, though not necessary.
The Moneyball camp will offer campers the opportunity to delve deeper into the world of baseball and to gain insight into the complex world of statistics which drives the game. It will offer campers an introduction to statistics and basic Excel skills, and campers will develop their ability to analyze data in a context they know and love: baseball! Ultimately, Moneyball and the statistical theories behind it are meant to tell the stories of the game, so the camp will lead any boy who loves baseball to a greater appreciation of the game. Topics will include:
- Understanding the new catch-all baseball statistic, WAR
- Defensive Statistics and the Importance of Statcast
- Finding Hidden Value in Players
- The Three “True” Outcomes: Walks, Strikeouts, and Home Runs
Alex Hadley is a 7th grade teacher at Northridge, as well as a soccer and baseball coach in the high school. He has played baseball his whole life and has coached at a variety of levels, including both middle school and JV at Northridge. He is an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles and of baseball in general. Questions about the camp? You can email Mr. Hadley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp fee: $150
Session 1: August 9 - August 13
Hours: 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Entering Grades: 7, 8, 9
Enrollment cap: 15
Camp location: Northridge