Like our players, all coaches learn differently. That’s why Team USA and the ABCA have teamed up to provide best in class education both on the field and from the comfort of your home. The digital resources listed below are easy to access, easy to use, and best of all are entirely free of cost.
USA Baseball’s Online Education Center emphasizes a culture of development, safety and fun within the sport through FREE online training courses and programs focused for players, parents, coaches, and umpires. The USA Baseball Online Education Center aims to continue to enhance the game of baseball for all constituents through online educational courses. Content is offered in both English and Spanish.
Mobile Coach App
The USA Baseball Mobile Coach application, which is free to all users, features the ability for baseball coaches at all levels to plan practices using drills supplied in the application through the practice planning function. The application is available through the Apple and Android application stores, as well as online.
The USA Baseball Sport Development Blog provides engaging, educational content for all constituents of the game. Content is both reactive and proactive in nature, and provides information on various topics within baseball and sports in general. Content is offered in both English and Spanish.
A long-term athlete development plan (LTAD) is a multi-stage training and recovery pathway that guides an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity through all developmental phases from infancy to adulthood. A LTAD provides a framework for systematically developing sporting excellence and increasing active participation in local, regional, and national sport organizations. USA Baseball has published a LTAD for baseball in the United States. The LTAD also aligns with the United States Olympic Committee’s American Development Model (ADM). The ADM utilizes long-term athlete development concepts to promote sustained physical activity, participation in sport, and Olympic and Paralympic success.
Pitch Smart provides a comprehensive resource for safe pitching practices, offering a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help players, parents and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers. The program was created by an advisory committee comprised of arm care professionals, such as Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Glenn Fleisig. Content is offered in both English and Spanish. Clinics and Conventions:
Calls from the Clubhouse Podcast
The American Baseball Coaches Association’s “Calls from the Clubhouse” podcast covers a variety of topics and features baseball coaches. The podcast is hosted by ABCA College Division Liaison Jeremy “Sheets” Sheetinger. The ABCA plans to host a podcast every week and an accompanying #ABCAchat on Twitter twice per month as schedules permit. Subscribe on the Apple iTunes or Android Stores.
ABCA Clinic Videos
ABCA clinic videos are available dating back to the 2008 Convention in Philadelphia to the most recent Convention. Some of the greatest minds in the game are represented in these archives! Clinic videos are typically 30 to 40 minutes in length.