The ABCA Board of Directors voted in June to name Inside Pitch Magazine the Official Magazine of the American Baseball Coaches Association. With the move, all 2015-16 ABCA members will receive a free subscription to the magazine starting with the fall issue, which will be mailed with the October edition of Covering All Bases.
"This is a great magazine that our Board of Directors voted to put the ABCA name on," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "In addition, the free subscription is another great benefit that our members have asked for and we were able to deliver. We are extremely excited about this enhanced partnership."
In a survey conducted to ABCA members in May, 78 percent of respondents indicated they were interested in receiving Inside Pitch in the mail as part of their membership.
Inside Pitch Magazine is distributed quarterly and promotes integrity, thought, development and instruction in a direct, unique and first-class manner. Since its inception in 2012, many of the game's premier players, coaches and administrators have been involved with the magazine, helping to cover a variety of topics relating to today's amateur baseball landscape.
With the partnership, Inside Pitch will continue to feature subjects of interest to ABCA coaches, and members will have a greater opportunity to be featured in the magazine.
ABCA members who have attended the convention in recent years are already familiar with the magazine, as it was distributed free in the convention packets.
Members were given free access to the Inside Pitch app with the ability to read several issues this past spring. Members will continue to have free access to the Inside Pitch app, which features full issue content plus extras. Details about the app will be emailed periodically. The Inside Pitch website (InsidePitchOnline.com), which is content-focused and easy for visitors to navigate, is another resource for ABCA members.
"We are tremendously excited about this step for the ABCA and Inside Pitch Magazine," said Keith Madison, Publisher of Inside Pitch and a member of the ABCA Hall of Fame. "I have tremendous respect for the members and leaders of the ABCA. This partnership should create a larger platform for both the ABCA and the magazine to promote quality instruction, cutting edge information and character in the game of baseball."
Along with the ABCA Convention, Inside Pitch has been distributed at the NCAA Div. I College World Series, the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championship and to subscribers nationwide. Inside Pitch continually strives to be an elite source of information, entertainment and inspiration for baseball coaches, players, parents, fans, instructors and administrators.