The “Introduction to Pitch Smart” online course produced by USA Baseball has been added to the available courses through the NFHS Learning Center at www.NFHSLearn.com.
“Pitch Smart” is a joint arm-care initiative between USA Baseball and Major League Baseball aimed at reducing arm injuries by amateur pitchers by providing comprehensive resources for safe pitching practices.
“The health and safety of anyone who plays our game – especially those at the youth and amateur levels – are paramount, and we will continue to work alongside groups that share this mindset,” said Chris Marinak, Senior Vice President, League Economics & Strategy, Major League Baseball. “USA Baseball has been a great partner in helping to establish the Pitch Smart program, and this new course represents another innovative step in our collective effort to encourage longer and healthier careers for young pitchers.”
The course, which will be available free of charge, consists of three main units: “Knowing the Risk of Arm Injuries,” “Common Misconceptions About Arm Injuries” and “Recommended Pitching Guidelines from the Pitch Smart Program.” The course is hosted by Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz.
“USA Baseball has been an educational partner with the NFHS since 2012,” said Rick Riccobono, Chief Development Officer at USA Baseball. “We are happy to continue our support of the NFHS and to provide invaluable resources to the high school coaching community, especially on such an important player safety initiative.”
After starting with two courses – Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches – in 2007 through the NFHS Coach Education Program, the NFHS Learning Center now offers 41 online courses – 18 of which are free – and has expanded its reach to contest officials, students and music adjudicators.
“We are pleased to be able to offer the ‘Pitch Smart’ course as it addresses a timely subject with regard to the health of baseball pitchers,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Coach Education. “We are appreciative of the efforts of USA Baseball in developing this important online course.”
Since the launch of www.NFHSlearn.com in 2007, the NFHS has delivered more than four million courses.