DURHAM, N.C. -- The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), in partnership with USA Baseball -- the National Governing Body for baseball -- announced today it has developed and launched "Fundamentals of Coaching Baseball," the latest online sport-specific course in its Coaches Education Program. The course is now available online at www.nfhslearn.com.

"USA Baseball is excited to have partnered with the NFHS in the creation of the Fundamentals of Coaching Baseball course," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director/CEO. "We see the implementation of this course as a critical step in the development of youth and high school baseball coaches across the country. As the National Governing Body, we are proud to present such an impactful tool to coaches and, by extension, their players."
"Fundamentals of Coaching Baseball" 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.
"We are proud of our partnership with USA Baseball and are pleased to be able to offer this course," said Tim Flannery, NFHS director of coach education. "It is an excellent tool and resource for teaching the skills of the game."
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.
"Fundamentals of Coaching Baseball" will be a standard requirement for USA Baseball amateur National Team staff members beginning in 2013. The course, with its flexible online and mobile platforms, will also be phased in for coaches participating in USA Baseball-sanctioned events over the next several seasons.
The NFHS Coach Education Program offers 32 online courses, including the two core courses -- "Fundamentals of Coaching" and "First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches." The NFHS also offers 14 sport-specific courses and 16 elective courses, including seven that are free. All NFHS Coach Education Program courses are available at www.nfhslearn.com.