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

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.