Science of Baseball

Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball Program
Presented by Chase and Insight

Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball presented by Chase and InsightLaunched in 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball presented by Chase and Insight, is a series of programs and initiatives that promote the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The program provides a mechanism for elementary and middle school students to improve their academic performance. The goal is to translate the American love of baseball into an appreciation, understanding, and passion of the science and mathematics underlying the sport.

This season-long program aims to engage and empower students with a university research-based curriculum, designed with College Professor and STEM Expert Ricardo Valerdi. To date, more than 9,000 students, 300 teachers, and 200 schools have participated in the program.


The objectives of this program are to promote STEM through classroom theory and practical applications of the sport of baseball. Through the D-backs Science of Baseball Program, over 15 lesson plans are executed through interactive principles of the game of baseball either as: (1) an after school program delivered by volunteers (e.g. coaches, scientists, engineers) in partnership with teachers and parents, or (2) a supplement to classroom activities in elementary schools or middle schools.

There are four objectives that drive the scope of the program:

Objective 1:
Increase Student Awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fields as a Future Education and Career Option

Objective 2:
Motive Students to Excel Despite Obstacles

Objective 3:
Provide a Measurable Opportunity for Individual Transformation

Objective 4:
Establish a Framework for Sustainable Change

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Math and science topics covered in the curriculum directly support Common Core Standards by focusing on the National Science Education Standards defined by the National Academy of Science (NAP 2009).

The curriculum mixes classroom activities (demonstrations, films and clinics), athletic activities (drills, scrimmages and coaching), and take-home activities, "Baseball to Go", at the appropriate level for the targeted age groups. The missed mode of instruction promotes student engagement and addresses specific learning styles in each cohort (i.e. visual, auditory, read/write, and kinesthetic).

curriculum includes:

  • Lesson 1 - Baseball Positions
  • Lesson 2 - Scoring
  • Lesson 3 - Strike Zone
  • Lesson 4 - Baseball Statistics
  • Lesson 5 - Baseball Field Geometry
  • Lesson 6 - Nutrition for Peak Performance
  • Lesson 7 - Physiology
  • Lesson 8 - Biomechanics
  • Lesson 9 - Reaction Time
  • Lesson 10 - Trajectory of Ball Flight
  • Lesson 11 - Elasticity
  • Lesson 12 - Weight Shifting
  • Lesson 13 - Base Running
  • Lesson 14 - Data Visualization
  • Lesson 15 - Baseball Strategy
  • Lesson 16 - Aerodynamics
  • Lesson 17 - Bat Chooser
  • Lesson 18 - Sports Vision
  • Lesson 19 - Seat Pricing and Revenue
  • Lesson 20 - Road Trips
  • Lesson 21 - Favorite Baseball Player
  • Lesson 22 - Throw, Hit, Run
  • Lesson 23 - Ballpark Design
  • Lesson 24 - Dollars per pitch
  • Lesson 25 - Probability of becoming a pro ballplayer

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The 2017 D-backs Science of Baseball STEM Showcase presented by Chase and Insight will take place on Friday, September 22 during the D-backs vs. Miami Marlins game. The annual event looks to build upon the success of the 2016 STEM Showcase that featured over 40 participants showcasing STEM projects and initiatives throughout the ballpark.

2016 STEM Showcase Video Recap

To learn more about the program or the STEM Showcase at Chase Field, please contact Dustin Payne at 602-462-6665 or

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STEM Showcase Exhibitors

The D-backs are currently accepting applications for participation in the STEM Showcase in 2017. For more information or to apply, please contact Dustin Payne at 602-462-6665 or

2016 STEM Showcase Video Recap

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Photos & Videos

Inning of Giving

D-backs teach the teachers

Robot throws out first pitch

STEM Teacher Training Recap

Science of Baseball Lesson

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Learn More

To learn more about the STEM program, please contact Dustin Payne at 602-462-6665 or

How STEM are you about the D-backs and Chase Field?

  1. How long does it take the retractable roof to open at Chase Field? A pair of 200-horsepower motors open and close the roof in 4 minutes and 30 seconds. Operates with similar technology as draw bridges and overhead traveling cranes.
  2. How long does it take to cool down Chase Field from 100 degree to 80 degrees? 3 hours
  3. What travels faster, light or sound? Do you see the ball being hit before hearing it? Light travels faster than sound. Light travels 186,282 miles per second.
  4. Name three players whose jerseys are even numbers? Shelby Miller, Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta
  5. What is the geometric shape of home plate on the baseball field? Pentagon
  6. What is the distance from home plate to the pool? 415 ft. The first homerun ball to land in the pool (on the fly) was hit by Mark Grace in 1998.
  7. Which player covers the largest area of the field? Centerfield
  8. What is the deepest part of the field? Centerfield at 407 ft.
  9. What type of bat do the players use? Most players will use wooden bats, wither maple or ash.
  10. What shape is the infield? The shape of the infield is a diamond

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Discussion Board

Thank you for participating in the Science of Baseball Teacher Camp. This discussion board is for you to share your experience, best practices, student outcomes or post any questions you may have for other teachers and their experience.

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