BATTER UP! USA Baseball is helping equip elementary physical education teachers with everything they need to deliver America’s Pastime to students across the country. Join the movement and teach your students the fundamentals of the game, in addition to important character development traits like, Teamwork, Honesty, Responsibility, among others. Take it straight from a P.E. teacher!
“Fun At Bat is a great program that has a very structured, standards based curriculum that comes with a great variety of equipment that is just the right size for our young learners. I love the fact that they incorporate the character traits that are essential for team sports. Our striking unit is always a favorite for all the grade levels. Thank you for supporting our Physical Education program!”
– Leslie Wheeler, Physical Education Teacher – Nelson Elementary School – Dover, FL
About Fun At Bat:
Fun At Bat is an entry-level bat-and-ball program for kids that emphasizes character development, functional movement, active play, and fun! The initiative stems from meticulous research on introductory youth sport programs and is supported by Major League Baseball, USA Baseball, and industry professionals.
USA Baseball has worked with SHAPE America to develop two curriculums that include eight lessons, aligning with SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for grades K-2 and grades 3-5.
Fun At Bat is a completely FREE program that is school-based and requires no cost to the district or schools to adopt. USA Baseball provides the following to every elementary school that is granted the program:
- Franklin Sports Equipment Package – Additional baseball and softball equipment can be purchased at S&S Worldwide here – SAVE 20% OFF! >
- Online access to Fun At Bat lesson curriculums (Also available in the App Store and Google Play store to access via iPad, tablet, or smartphone through ISSUU)
- Fun At Bat Championship Principles Book (set of 10 books), along with digital access to both English and Spanish versions.
Fun At Bat is an ideal addition to any physical education curriculum, as it has been engineered to operate in gymnasiums, open playgrounds, blacktops, or ballfields. The grade-specific curriculum includes active warm-up exercises and other activities that support the age-based physical literacy standards of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). Students do not need to own any baseball-specific equipment, as teachers will be provided with equipment from Franklin Sports. Teachers will receive a kit that includes equipment, a detailed and easy-to-follow curriculum, a book set, and access to a FREE online instructor training module. All these components help teachers easily implement the program into their core curriculum for physical education.
USA Baseball is committed to providing instructors with the tools and resources needed to effectively operate the Fun At Bat program. This includes access to a FREE, online instructor training module that covers the key components of the program. The purpose of the module is to empower program instructors to confidently and effectively implement Fun At Bat in their school or community.
USA Baseball also works with school districts to provide additional in-person training. Click below for a short video from a Fun At Bat training session with The School District of Palm Beach County.
Access Fun At Bat’s Online Instructor Course:
Fun At Bat aims to provide children with a fun and active experience while reinforcing “USA Baseball Championship Principles” such as teamwork, honesty, and responsibility. The program aims to create an environment that produces both healthier and more well-rounded kids.
USA Baseball Championship Principles Book:
Professional Baseball Club Engagement:
USA Baseball works with Major League and Minor League Baseball organizations to enhance the Fun At Bat experience within their local markets. These collaborative efforts help elevate the clubs’ reach within their communities, while providing schools with the opportunity to strengthen their connection with their favorite local baseball team(s).
Teacher / School District Admin. Testimonials:
“Most of my kids did not even know how to hold a bat. Fun at Bat has helped me introduce a sport I love to my kids. Some have even signed up for the local rec league this summer. Baby steps … yes, but steps moving forward!”
“Des Moines Public Schools was fortunate enough to receive the Fun at Bat kits and curriculum this past school year. The Fun at Bat program has given our students equity and access to foundational skills (Striking with a Long-Implement, personal responsibility, safety, etc.) that maybe not otherwise taught due to our equipment budgets and limitations. The ease of implementation with standard-aligned lessons and more importantly giving student’s access to these skills makes this program a necessity in every district.”
– Carlye Satterwhite, Physical Education/Health Curriculum Coordinator – Des Moines Public Schools
How to Get Involved:
Apply for Fun At Bat online!
- Visit funatbat.org
- Click “Sign In”
- Create a new account
- Click on “Development Initiatives”, then click “Learn More” under Fun At Bat
- Once on Fun At Bat’s main webpage, click “Apply to Host”
- Input all necessary application information and select “Finish” to submit
Make sure to follow USA Baseball Develops and USA Baseball on social media and share photos and videos of you conducting the Fun At Bat program at your school! Use #FunAtBat
Interested in learning more? If Fun At Bat seems like a program that might be a good fit in your school system or community, please contact us at [email protected] or visit http://www.usabdevelops.com/funatbat