Online Education Center: Supported by Major League Baseball, the USA Baseball Online Education Center emphasizes a culture of development, safety and fun within the sport through online training courses and programs focused for players, parents, coaches and umpires. Some of the FREE courses that can be found on the Online Education Center are: "Introduction to Pitch Smart" hosted by Hall of Famer John Smoltz, "The Play Ball Parent" hosted by Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore, "The Confident Baseball" Coach hosted by Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and "Introduction to Umpiring" hosted by MLB umpire Dale Scott. The Online Education Center also includes skill-specific learning modules focusing on baserunning, fielding, pitching, hitting and catching, and are hosted by some of the most accomplished professionals in the game, including USA Baseball alumni Barry Larkin, Dave Roberts and Tuffy Gosewich. Check out these free resources today!
Sport Development Blog: The Sport Development Blog is part of the Online Education Center and provides coaches, parents, players and umpires with educational resources to help create a better experience within the game. Visit the blog often to see daily tips for players, coaches and parents, video breakdowns of plays, cutting edge research from the Sport Performance Lab, advice from some of the game's biggest names and much more. The blog also features "USA Baseball en Espaņol," a growing collection of educational resources published entirely in Spanish.
USA Baseball Mobile Coach App: The USA Baseball Mobile Coach App is a FREE mobile app, downloadable from the Apple and Android application stores. The USA Baseball Mobile Coach App features a Drill Library with over 150 baseball-specific drill documents and videos; a practice-planning function that includes ready-made practice plans, as well as the ability to create custom plans using customizable segments and drills from the Drill Library; information related to Pitch Smart, including guidelines, resources and pitch counting features; and additional features, including a stopwatch. Download this free app to your Apple or Android mobile device today and start planning your next practice.
Amateur Resource Center: The Amateur Resource Center (The ARC) is home to USA Baseball's additional educational resources for coaches, umpires, parents and players. Resources offered through The ARC include health and safety articles, support programs, championship principles, inclusion tips, skill-specific coaching guidelines, mental training techniques and much more. Additional resources will be continuously added, and many will be available in both English and Spanish.
"The Fundamentals of Coaching Baseball": "The Fundamentals of Coaching Baseball" is a sport-specific coaching course from USA Baseball in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). This online course is hosted by George Grande, legendary Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, and is designed for interscholastic baseball coaches. The course features more than 20 instructional demonstrations from various USA Baseball National Team alumni, including current members of the Washington Nationals. The course is divided into five units: coaching philosophy, offense, defense, pitching and team strategies. These units teach the basics of catching and throwing, offensive skills and defensive tactics; offer an overview of each position's role on the field; show coaches how to develop a practice plan; and provide additional coaching tips that coaches can use to teach and help improve their teams. Additional resources, video demonstrations and references are also included within the course. Watch a free preview of the course here.