Science: Science on the Sandlot

by  National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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While professional athletes do not necessarily understand the physics of their sport, the principles and concepts of science can enhance their performance when studied and applied to the execution of fundamental skills on the diamond. All-Star players, such as Derek Jeter, Roger Clemens and Ozzie Smith, may intuitively understand and apply physics in using gravity, effort force, speed, momentum and velocity to their advantage. Standing waves, center of mass, the effort force on a lever, impulse, friction, aerodynamics, and projectile and linear motion are all intricate to strategy in the dugout and rivalries on the field as teams compete in using physics to their athletic advantage.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00

Participants in the Baseball Hall of Fame Membership Program receive a $25 discount on each of their programs. Visit www.Baseballhall.org for more information on the Hall of Fame's Membership Program.


One hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum number of participants. However, for optimum interactivity we suggest you limit the group to no more than 30 participants. If your program must exceed this number please contact the Hall of Fame at Education@Baseballhallofame.org or (607)547-0347 to discuss your programming optio

Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If the program is cancelled or rescheduled at least one week prior to the date of the program, then no fee is charged. If the program is cancelled or rescheduled less than one week prior to the scheduled date of the videoconference, then a $25.00 administrative fee may be charged.

Programs cancelled without notice by the school will be charged the entire program fee.

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Cooperstown, NY
United States

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the historical development of baseball and its impact on our culture by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting its collections for a global audience, as well as honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to our National Pastime.

Education Department

Program Details


1. This program will begin with an introduction the Baseball Hall of Fame.

2.Examine an action photo of a famous baseball player and have students determine what is occuring and how science is relevant.

3. Discuss various scientific properties and how they relate to baseball.

4. Students participate in hands-on activities to illustrate these science principals.

5. Question and answer time.


A. Students will examine historical aspects and physical forces involved in playing baseball, relying on museum and library collections, equipment, video and film, testimonials and Web sites.

B. Students will analyze the physical concepts behind hitting, pitching and fielding as they impact the way baseball is played, including tools that are used and how scientific variables affect choices and approaches to the game.

C. Students will understand the vocabulary and several concepts of physics related to fundamentals of scientific inquiry that transport learning beyond the baseball diamond.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum proudly presents fun-filled, content-rich experiences for students from pre-K to grade 12. Our field trips are all aligned with Common Core State Standards, and also support other learning goals.

Grades 3-5: CCSS ELA CONTENT: RI.3.3/4.3/5.3, RI.3.4/4.4/5.4, W.3.7/4.7/5.7, W.3.8/4.8/5.8 MCREL STANDARDS: Science.Level 2.Standards 9,10,11,12
Grades 6-8: CCSS ELA CONTENT: RST.6.3/7.3/8.3, RST.6.4/7.4/8.4, RST.6.7/7.9/8.9, WHST.6.7/7.7/8.7 - MCREL STANDARDS: Science.Level 3.Standards 9,10,11,12
Grades 9-12: CCSS ELA CONTENT: RST.9-10.3/11.12-3, SL.9-10.1/11-12.1, SL.9-10.4/11-12.4 - MCREL STANDARDS: Science.Level 4.Standards 9,10,11,12