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Player Resources

Hitting
Hitting is an art form. With all of its complexities, hitting can be difficult not only to do, but to teach as well.

Base Running
From stepping into the box to crossing home plate, there are many situations base runners need to be prepared for.

Pitching
The ability for pitchers to take the mound with confidence starts well before they step onto the field. Every play begins with the pitcher.

Catching
As the quarterbacks of baseball, catchers are responsible for knowing and controlling every aspect of the game.

Infield Play
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.

Outfield Play
Keep players in the right place to effectively patrol the outfield through skills such as situational awareness and good communication.

Strength & Conditioning
Part of the job of a coach is to get players ready for competition. This includes strength and conditioning training. The resources provided here offer fundamental activities players can do to improve their strength and conditioning.

General Health
All sports have risks of injuries. Information on the most common baseball-related injuries, such as concussions, overtraining and more, is important to know.

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.

Nutrition
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.

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.

Prohibited Substances
Taking prohibited substances is never safe for a person of any age, particularly children and adolescents.


Coach/Parent Resources

Play Ball Mobile Coach
Designed by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, the Play Ball Mobile Coach application provides an on-the-go practice-planning solution for coaches at all levels. The free app is equipped with a library of drills and practice plans, as well as the ability to create your own practice plans and track the pitch counts of your pitching staff.

Play Ball Coach Coaching Resources
Coaches and parents also have to be organized and prepared for every practice or game. Here you can find references and printable resources to aid in your game or practice preparation.

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.


Baseball Tomorrow Fund

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). The fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities.