Learn from the Pros!
Check out these instructional videos teaching the fundamentals of the game, taught by your favorite Pirates players.
Learn basic skills, drills and practice techniques.
At Bat Mindset with Josh Bell.
Balance in the Batters Box with Josh Bell.
Covering Second Base on a Steal with Jordy Mercer.
Daily Throwing Drills Part 1 with Jameson Taillon.
Daily Throwing Drills Part 2 with Jameson Taillon.
Grip for Hitters with Josh Bell.
Hitting off a Tee Approach with Josh Bell.
Hitting off a Tee Setup with Josh Bell.
Hustling out of the Box with Josh Bell.
Pre-Throw Stretching with Jameson Taillon.
Preparing for an At Bat with Josh Bell.
Release Point Consistency with Jameson Taillon.
Routine Backhand for Infielders with Jordy Mercer.
FUN AT BAT
The Pirates partnered with the Pittsburgh Public Schools and USA Baseball to introduce the Fun At Bat program, a baseball fundamentals curriculum, throughout 36 Pittsburgh public elementary schools (grades K through 5) in the spring of 2018. The program, designed to provide physical education teachers with an easy, adaptable structure to teach bat and ball activities, provides students with detailed instructions including a dynamic warm-up, fundamentals, active play, and character development. Each school was provided safe equipment to use, including gloves, bats and baseballs.
In addition, the Pirates visited Pittsburgh Banksville K-5 on June 6 to help their students celebrate the completion of the 8-week curriculum.
For more information, visit funatbat.org.
WINTER COACHES CLINICS
The Pirates and Pirates Charities hosted three Winter Coaches Clinics in February 2018 for area youth baseball and softball coaches. The clinics, which were run by the Baseball Factory, were designed to give youth coaches -- regardless of their previous coaching experience -- with tools to succeed as they prepared for the 2018 season.
Each of the three clinics covered topics ranging from offense and baserunning to defense and pitching to practice planning and creativity. More than 100 area coaches attended the clinics and each attendee received tickets to a Pirates game. Some also walked away with raffle prizes.
The first clinic was held at PNC Park, utilizing the Pirates' batting cages as well as event spaces on the Club Level. The final two clinics were held in New Castle and the South Hills.
If you'd like to be alerted to future Winter Coaches Clinic dates, please email PlayBall@pirates.com and include your name, phone number, and your team/league/age group.
USA BASEBALL ONLINE EDUCATION CENTER
Pirates Play Ball has partnered with USA Baseball to offer this Online Education Center to area youth coaches. Our goal is to provide educational resources for all constituents and levels of the game. USA Baseball has produced over 500 pieces of educational content in the last year, one of which is the Online Education Center that provides free online training courses and programs focused on key aspects of the game for all players, parents, coaches, and umpires.
Click to join and get access to these resources: PiratesPlayBall.education