Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that GameChanger, the scorekeeping and team management app for youth and high school baseball and softball teams, has been named the exclusive partner of Baseball ACE Community Clinics.
In collaboration with USA Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), ACE Community Clinics are being held at facilities nationwide and providing coaches with the opportunity to refine their skills and network with others in their community. GameChanger will provide more than 200,000 teams with access to the clinics to ensure these valuable skills are shared with as many coaches, parents and sports enthusiasts as possible.
“Our support of ACE Community Clinics aligns with our company mission to elevate the youth sports experience,” said Ted Sullivan, CEO and founder of GameChanger. “We are thrilled to partner with two of the most respected brands in amateur baseball–USA Baseball and ABCA–and collectively invest in the future of the game.”
GameChanger also partnered with USA Baseball in 2015 to develop the first certified Pitch Smart app for the Pitch Smart Initiative, which recommends pitching guidelines in order to avoid arm overuse and injuries.
“Having GameChanger as a partner of the ACE Community Clinics significantly strengthens our reach and footprint for this educational initiative,” said Rick Riccobono, chief development officer at USA Baseball. “We have always known GameChanger to be a champion for the health of our sport; we’re excited for their support as we continue expanding our coaching education platform.”
First announced earlier this year by A.J. Hinch, manager of the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros, the ACE Community Clinics, in partnership with GameChanger, are a new component to an ongoing collaboration between USA Baseball and ABCA to provide coaches with the skills they need to teach the game of baseball at any level.
“We could not be more excited to announce GameChanger as a partner for our ACE Community Clinics,” said Craig Keilitz, executive director, American Baseball Coaches Association. “We have a long-standing history of supporting baseball coaches at the amateur level and providing them with free on-going education of a game that is always evolving.”
Dick’s acquired GameChanger in November 2016.
Clinics can be found at coachclinics.org.