Welcome to American Baseball Foundation
The American Baseball Foundation Inc., a 501 3 c educational charity with headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, has developed over the last 19 years an educational program—BASIC (Baseball & Academics Skills Instructional Course) that redresses summer learning loss among under-served children. BASIC combines sport skill instruction in several sports with reading and math related to sports. Students from grades one through eight rotate from an academic station to a sport station at fifty-minute intervals for 6.5 hours per day for at least twenty days.
On June 1, 2015 the American Baseball Foundation along with its partners, launched four simultaneous programs in Jefferson County, Alabama.
With the objective of redressing summer learning loss in reading and math among under-served children, the ABF and partners corralled over 350 students ages seven through fourteen in four venues throughout the county.
Here is a sample of the new BASIC curriculum that seems to keep children enthralled.
The entire curriculum includes more than 200 lessons in reading, math and STEM related to sports. Also the ABF offers curriculum in baseball/softball, soccer and volleyball.
Written by the Curriculum and Learning Department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the BASIC academic curriculum contains:
- 110 reading lessons for grades one through eight
- 100 math lessons for grades one through eight
Additional lessons include:
- 18 STEMS lessons for grades four through eight
- 20 baseball/softball/kickball lessons
- 20 soccer lessons
- 20 volleyball lessons
BASIC summer programming features a common book reading time ending with a competition among BASIC “home teams”. Home teams are composed of three to four students who work together in the classroom and on the field, supporting each other as they strive to win achievement tickets for the program-ending raffle of toys, sports equipment and recreation prizes.
Students return summer after summer renewing their home team friendships and thrilling to the excitement of new challenges on and off the field. This builds a positive esprit de corps that serves to reinforce the non-cognitive skills that hallmark BASIC instruction—perseverance, determination, cooperation, integrity, zest, gratitude and more.
Partnering with the ABF to provide BASIC for your students is simple. The ABF offers a licensing agreement for the use its BASIC intellectual property. The agreement contains these elements: teacher training outline, BASIC planning timeline, quality assurance, outcomes measurement and program evaluation.
Contact the ABF at 205-558-4235; firstname.lastname@example.org
To become part of Basic go to BASIC under Programs
Pitching instruction is provided through these methods:
- Individual lessons for pitchers/hitters at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama
- Parent/player clinics in which instruction is given to the youth player and parent providing an opportunity for family education
- Pitcher development courses for volunteer coaches who desire to assist their players in prolonging their careers. The international version of the ABF pitcher development courses runs for three days
- Research related to pitching and the causal factors in youth pitching injury
International Baseball Development
- ABF educational programs for developing baseball countries include coach education courses, equipment donation and specialized schools related to pitching with the objective of partnering to provide a higher technical level to the youth playing baseball in the hosts countries.
- International competition in the form of taking youth teams to underdeveloped countries to promote international exchange both culturally and in the sport setting.