BLOG: Make the Game Itself Your Team's Opponent
Most games provide great examples of how the basic team fundamentals play a direct role in the game's outcome. Use those examples, both the good and the bad, to strengthen your stance and your team's buy-in to learning a singular approach.
Monday Manager: The Rundown (Part II)
In this week's edition of Monday Manager, Skip Schumaker breaks down a rundown from the defensive perspective, highlighting the roles played by the shortstop and the first baseman in a bang-bang play at first base.
Cuddyer's Corner: Responsible Coaching Practices
Former Major Leaguer Michael Cuddyer discusses ways to maximize practice time while also protecting players' health. To have your questions answered by Michael Cuddyer, use #USABMailbag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
USA Baseball Mobile Coach
The USA Baseball Mobile Coach App is free to all users and features the ability for coaches to select practice plans or plan their own practices using our drills library. The app also includes Pitch Smart, pitch counting features and other resources and tools. Download today!
Online Education Center
The online education courses for coaches, parents, players and umpires are hosted by some of baseball's most esteemed professionals. Our courses aim to improve everyone's experience in the game, and they're free!
Pitch Smart offers a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for youth pitchers. Learn how to Pitch Smart!
About The Amateur Resource Center
The Amateur Resource Center (The ARC) is home to USA Baseball's educational resources for coaches, umpires, parents, and players. Other resources offered through The ARC include online education courses, health and safety articles, support programs, and championship principles. Additional resources will be continuously added.
The ARC features the following:
- Online Education courses hosted on the Online Education Center focused on various aspects of the game of baseball
- The USA Baseball Mobile Coach application as an on-the-go practice planning tool for coaches at any level
- A variety of health and safety resources that offer advice on best practices for baseball related health and safety concerns
Hitting is an art form. With all of its complexities, hitting can be difficult not only to do, but to teach as well.
From stepping into the box to crossing home plate, there are many situations baserunners need to be prepared for.
The ability for pitchers to take the mound with confidence starts well before they step onto the field. Every play begins with the pitcher.
As the quarterbacks of baseball, catchers are responsible for knowing and controlling every aspect of the game.
There is more to fielding a ground ball than getting a glove in the dirt. Footwork, positioning, and communication are some of the keys for solid fielding.
Keep players in the right place to effectively patrol the outfield through skills such as situational awareness and good communication.
The administrative side of baseball is just as important as what happens during the game. In fact, it can help prepare a team to take the field.
Strength & Conditioning
Proper strength and conditioning training can help better prepare athletes for game time and reduce the risks of injuries.
Health & Safety
Basic Arm Care
All baseball players can benefit from proper arm care, not just pitchers. Through correctly caring for their arms, players can stay more active in baseball and have longer lasting careers. Learn the basics of arm care through the resources provided here.Learn More
Coaches Lead the Way
Coaches can play a significant role in the lives of their players. Because of this, coaches should lead the way through their own actions to show their commitment to the health and safety of their players.Learn More
Injuries can happen across all sports. Learn about the most common baseball-related injuries and how to care for them here.Learn More
There are many measures that can be taken to make sure all players feel safe in their team environment. The resources provided here aim to help make sure every player has the opportunity to play on a team in which they feel safe and secure.Learn More
Heat and Hydration
Because baseball is often played during the hottest months of the year, it is crucial to make sure everyone at the field is staying hydrated. Learn how to check levels of hydration, rehydrate, and prevent heat illnesses here.Learn More
Proper nutrition can better fuel a player's body for competition. Whether eating a meal or a snack, it is important to get the right nutrients. Learn how to properly fuel up for practices and games through the resources provided here.Learn More
Stay safe and support clean competition by learning more about the dangers of drugs of abuse, performance enhancing drugs and stimulants.Learn More
Not all nutritional supplements are safe to use. Make sure your supplements are NSF Certified for Sport before taking the risk.Learn More
The Mental Game
Along with being physically prepared for competition, athletes should be mentally prepared as well. The mind can be a powerful asset for athletes if focused correctly. The resources provided here can aid in mental training and preparation.Learn More