The ABCA corner, Fall 2015

ABCAABCA to offer free Personal Liability Insurance for 2015-16

In addition to helping put on the most popular amateur baseball convention in the world, your ABCA fees going towards another intriguing benefit.

The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) is providing $1 million in Personal Liability Insurance to all members in the United States beginning Sept. 1, a new membership benefit for 2015-16. Provided by K&K Insurance Group, this coverage typically comes into play when a lawsuit is filed against the coach for bodily injury or property damage.

U.S. coaches who register for 2015-16 ABCA membership will automatically receive the insurance coverage once their membership is processed. Registration takes just minutes at

“This is something that our coaches have asked for and we were able to deliver as a new membership benefit,” said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. “Nobody thinks they are going to face a lawsuit, but it is happening more every year, and our coaches are not covered by their employers in every case. Personal Liability Insurance will provide financial assistance and peace of mind for our members.”

This coverage is a personal liability policy that follows the member in his/her coaching and teaching capacity of baseball. K&K Insurance Group is rated “A” (excellent) by A.M. Best. Because it is an Association-held policy, additional insured cannot be added to the policy nor can the limits be changed.

Coaches should be reminded that this coverage does not come into effect until they renew their memberships or join the ABCA after Sept. 1. Coverage will run through August 31, 2016. Membership dues are just $45 for the upcoming year. A certificate of insurance will be mailed with the coach’s membership card.

If purchased by an individual, similar Personal Liability Insurance coverage would cost over $400 per year.

The ABCA’s insurance policy does not cover camps, other events or venues. K&K Insurance Group offers other types of coverage, including camp insurance, which can be viewed at

It’s official!

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 Pitchin the mail as part of their membership.

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 (, 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.

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.