The American Baseball Foundation, a 501 c (3), was founded in 1994 by James R. Andrews M.D. and David Osinski with the vision of educating the elementary-age youth through sports based academics. Note the outstanding gains for hundreds of students.
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.
Written by the Curriculum and Learning Department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the BASIC academic curriculum contains:
- To review the approximately 40 BASIC books for grades one through eight click here
- To review the reading lesson overview for grades one and two click here
- To review the reading lesson overview for grades three and four click here
- Math lesson for review for grades one through eight as desired
Additional lessons include:
- 18 STEMS lessons for grades four through eight
- 20 baseball/softball/kickball lessons
- 20 soccer lessons
- 20 volleyball lessons
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
International competition in the form of taking youth teams to underdeveloped countries to promote international exchange both culturally and in the sport setting.