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SPHE350 - Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills

Course Details

Course Code: SPHE350 Course ID: 4020 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course will help you learn how to teach the skills and strategies and techniques and tactics of baseball. You’ll learn about approaches to coaching, including the games approach (an alternative to drills-based coaching), you’ll develop a season plan and a series of practice plans; and you’ll improve your ability to coach during games. This course is suitable for high school coaches and for serious club coaches, and college coaches.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Course Objectives:

CO1: Differentiate technical and tactical skills.

CO2: Describe the traditional and games approaches to baseball practice.

CO3: Evaluate fundamental skills in youth league baseball.

CO4: Formulate a plan of action to remedies common issues related to youth league baseball.

CO5: Describe your tactics for developing a cohesive team through practice planning and implementation.

CO6: Examine the Six Steps to Instructional Planning.

CO7: Design a detailed practice plan emphasizing offensive tactical skills in baseball.

CO8: Describe strategies for engaging baseball players during instructional sessions.

CO9: Discuss situational coaching as it relates to playing baseball.

CO10: Create a pre-season presentation for parents of a high school baseball team demonstrating the philosophy of your program.

CO11: Compose a team handbook designed for players, coaches, and parents detailing team philosophy, team rules and policies, team goals, and strategies for coaching the team in all phases of baseball.

Textbook in APA format:

O’Connell, T. (2006). Coaching baseball technical and tactical skills. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

This text is delivered shrink-wrapped with CD-ROM and registration information about the ASEP Coaching Principles online course. If you select the VitalSource e-book, you will receive an email from the APUS Bookstore with the keycode.

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

North American Society for Sport Management

Book Title:Coaching Baseball Technical and Tactical Skills - the VitalSource e-book & ASEP code is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Human Kinetics
Author:ASEP / O'Connell, Tom (Ed.)
Unit Cost:$58.56
Electronic ISBN:9781492590828
Electronic Unit Cost:$25.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.