DURHAM, N.C. - USA Baseball announced an expansion of its Spanish language assets, with all course offerings on the USA Baseball Online Education Center now available in both English and Spanish.
These additional resources were made possible via the support of the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation. The Youth Development Foundation was established in 2015 to advance the development of amateur players, and their enjoyment of the sport, by focusing on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada. The mission of the foundation is to enhance the quality of baseball and softball education, address overall youth participation in baseball and softball and help youth, including those from underserved communities, and strengthen connections to the game.
The USA Baseball Online Education Center currently includes - among other resources - 11 online courses for players, coaches, parents and umpires, hosted by some of baseball's most esteemed professionals, including the managers of both teams competing in the 2017 World Series. These courses are completely free of charge and aim to provide a positive baseball experience for all those involved.
The course offerings on the Online Education Center are now equipped with a functionality that allows the user to select their preferred language (English or Spanish) upon launching the course. When the user selects Spanish as their preferred language, the course will automatically be delivered entirely in Spanish, including videos with Spanish subtitles.
"Providing our online courses in Spanish is part of the continuation of USA Baseball's efforts to make educational resources universally available within the game," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "We identified the gap in Spanish-ready education early on, and we are proud to add these courses to our educational offerings and expand our reach into the Spanish-speaking baseball community. We look forward to promoting these resources both domestically and abroad."
The full collection of online courses and the Sport Development Blog can be found by accessing the USA Baseball Online Education Center at USABaseball.Education.