Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills
This course is a self-paced online course designed to be taken by individual coaches.
This course will help you learn how to teach the skills and strategies and techniques and tactics of baseball. You’ll learn about approaches to coaching, including the games approach (an alternative to drills-based coaching), you’ll develop a season plan and a series of practice plans; and you’ll improve your ability to coach during games. This course is suitable for high school coaches and for serious club coaches, and college coaches.
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With your course registration, you'll receive the Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills textbook which will be sent to you within five to seven business days after purchase.
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The American Sport Education Program (ASEP) brings the diamond to the desktop with Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills online course, a newly released online course designed for baseball coaches of youth age 14 and older.
The course draws content from the book, Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills, written by ASEP in conjunction with Tom O'Connell, 2007 ABCA Hall of Fame inductee. Coach O'Connell also served as a content expert for the online course.
The course is designed to help coaches learn how to teach the technical and tactical skills of baseball and is suitable for high school coaches, serious club coaches, undergraduate students, and advanced coaches at the youth level.
In this course you will learn how to
- explain the relationship and difference between technical and tactical skills and describe the traditional and games approaches to baseball practice (unit 1);
- evaluate technical and tactical baseball skills in your players and make use of your evaluation results (unit 2);
- teach, critique, and correct essential technical skills (units 3 and 4);
- teach, critique, and correct essential tactical skills (units 5 and 6);
- prepare effective season plans and individual practice plans (units 7 and 8); and
- prepare for game days, coach games, and work with your team after games (units 9 and 10).
The course is delivered online, and as coaches progress through the course, they are asked to read portions of the Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills book and view video clips to complete course units. Coaches will learn about different approaches to coaching, including the games approach (an alternative to drills-based coaching); develop a season plan and a series of practice plans; and improve their ability to coach during games.
The course is heavy on skill demonstration and error detection and correction. Through a partnership with Dartfish, ASEP has incorporated aspects of the Dartish video technology into the course. Coaches can break down baseball technical and tactical skills by viewing Dartfish baseball "media books" that allow users to view video frame by frame.
Other features include "Coaching Aids," a storehouse of printable PDF documents that are incorporated throughout the course. These include practice plans, sport first aid checklists, and drill sheets. Coaches have access to the clipboard even after they've completed the course for up to one year. The course also features a separate section devoted to baseball officiating signals.
After completing the course units, coaches take the 40-question course test online and receive immediate results. Coaches who successfully complete the course are automatically entered into ASEP's National Coaches Registry, an online listing of coaches who've completed ASEP courses. Sport administrators have access to the registry, allowing them to track coaches' course completion and certifications with minimal time and effort. Coaches' certifications are valid for three years and are renewable by taking additional ASEP courses.
The course fee includes the Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills book, access to the online course and test, one-year access to the course including Coaching Aids (PDF downloads), automatic scoring, certificate of course completion, and entry in the ASEP National Coaches Registry.
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Audience: Professional Coaches
Level: Professional Bronze