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Learn How to Develop Major League Talent

In just eight weeks, you can learn the player development techniques needed to turn raw prospects into Major Leaguers.

The strength of every baseball organization comes down to its ability to develop raw players into contributing major leaguers. Player development is a unique skill, one that can set you apart in the industry.

Learn Player Development techniques first-hand from 3-time MLB Executive of the Year and former Orioles, Red Sox, and Expos General Manager Dan Duquette in our 8-week online course.

Weekly Live Interactive Zoom Chats with Dan Duquette

April 15

Weekly Live Interactive Zoom Chats with Dan Duquette

8-week online course
Access to SMWW network
Resume enhancement
Ongoing career advice
Class size limited to 15 students




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What Can You Expect From Our Baseball Player Development & Strategy Course

Let’s make this as simple as possible: Scouting is the discovery of talent. Player Development is the process of refining acquired talent into elite on-field performers.

In our 8-week online Baseball Player Development & Strategy course, you will learn the techniques used by professional front offices to mold their players and unlock their full potential.

This includes:

  • Player instruction
  • Game strategy
  • Minor league progression
  • Teaching process of coaches, managers, and coordinators
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Medical care
  • Health and nutrition
  • Mental skills training


Each and every player in an organization's Minor League system has an individualized development plan, and you can learn how it’s all created and organized as part of this one-of-a-kind course!

Take a peek at what your 8-week course in Baseball Player Development & Strategy will look like:

Week 1: What is Player Development?
Week 2: Pitching, Pitching, Pitching
Week 3: Team Defense
Week 4: How to Play Percentage Baseball
Week 5: Leaders are Role Models
Week 6: Psychology of Superior Player Development
Week 7: Establishing Performance Culture
Week 8: How to Measure Skills

In addition to weekly live interactive Zoom video chats with 3-time MLB Executive of the Year Dan Duquette, you will receive textbooks for the course.

Are you excited yet?

Baseball Jobs this Course will Prepare You For

Player development is an essential function of every professional organization. Once you learn the skills associated with developing players, you will be suited for sports jobs including:

  • MLB Scout
  • MLB Manager/GM
  • Baseball Operations
  • Major League Player Information Coordinator
  • Major League Player Development
  • Minor League Operations
  • Player Development Coordinator
  • Minor League Administrator
  • Baseball Coach
  • Baseball Trainer/Instructor
  • any baseball coaching roles



Meet your Course Mentor

Dan Duquette, former Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Montreal Expos General Manager

Dan Duquette is the former General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles (2011 - 2018), Montreal Expos (1991–1994) and the Boston Red Sox (1994–2002). He is also the founder of the Dan Duquette Sports Academy. He has been named the Major League Baseball Executive of the Year 3 times by the Sporting News (1992 with the Expos, 1995 with the Red Sox, and 2014 with the Orioles).

After graduating from Amherst College, Duquette became a scouting assistant for the Milwaukee Brewers and worked in the scouting department for 7 years. In 1987, he was hired by the Montreal Expos as the Director of Player Development. He spent a few years in that position before being promoted to Vice President /General Manager in 1991.

In 1994, he became the General Manager of the Boston Red Sox. He spent eight years at the helm of his hometown team. As the Red Sox GM, Duquette made several notable moves, including drafting Nomar Garciaparra in 1994 and trading for Pedro Martínez in 1997. He is largely considered to have laid the groundwork for the 2004 Red Sox World Series-winning team by signing and drafting players like Tim Wakefield, Johnny Damon, Jason Varitek, Manny Ramirez, Derek Lowe, and Kevin Youkilis.

Duquette became the General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles in November 2011. In 2012, the team made the playoffs for the first time since 1997. In 2014, the Orioles won the American League East with 96 wins and made it to the American League Championship Series.


Why Player Development is an important function in an MLB Front Office

Imagine this scenario for a second:

An MLB organization invests millions of dollars in hiring and developing a scouting department, traveling them around the country to analyze players and eventually execute the professional draft. They draft and sign 50+ players, welcome them to the organization, and then…that’s it. These new assets are on their own, left to their own free will.

Ridiculous, right?

Of course, it is! Because MLB teams know the scouting and acquisition of players is only part of a successful teambuilding equation!

After acquiring players, MLB organizations have a staff dedicated to their development from top to bottom. Teaching them baseball strategy and team philosophy, managing their strength and nutritional development, refining their mental acuity, and acclimating them to an entirely new life. This is the role of player development in every organization – turning raw potential into a realized promise.

Player Development is a major part of every organization in sports, and you can learn the principles and techniques behind the art, from Dan Duquette one of the most respected names in baseball.

If you are serious about working in baseball, chances like this don’t come around that often. It’s time to jump on it!

Course Details

Weekly Interactive Zoom Video Chats: A unique aspect of each 8-week course is the opportunity for students to participate in weekly, interactive Zoom video chats with fellow students, Dr. Lashbrook, Dan Duquette, SMWW mentors, SMWW agents, certified agents in all sports, professional athletes, and renowned guest speakers. This is a tremendous opportunity to network within the professional and collegiate sports industry by getting to know your instructors and fellow students personally via the Internet. This allows ample opportunity to network, ask questions, and discuss aspects of the course openly with instructors and fellow classmates. The interactive Zoom video chats are available via any online computer with a microphone. If you are unable to attend the chats, they are archived and you can listen at a more convenient time. These chats are so popular that graduates continue to come back and participate to enhance their opportunities. Sport-specific chats are offered on an ongoing basis.

Online Education: This innovative academic course is facilitated through a Web-based educational delivery system. You will enjoy the online discussion boards, weekly readings, weekly quizzes, course projects, and interaction amongst fellow sports business-minded students and faculty. The course content is the foundation for a successful career as a sports agent.

Global Participation: SMWW students participate from over 162 countries. Courses have an international influence and instructors will cater assignments to specific countries or leagues. Countries with economic challenges are eligible for economic discounts.

University Credit Available: For additional fees to Fort Hays State University in Kansas, you may receive graduate or undergraduate university credit for Sports Management Worldwide's courses. Click here for more information.

Sports Career Conferences: Throughout the year, Sports Management Worldwide hosts Sports Career Conferences at a variety of sporting events. These are fabulous networking events that put SMWW alumni in the heart of the action. Opportunities to meet head coaches, gm's, player personnel, scouts, and fellow sports agents are facilitated. Visit SMWW Sports Career Conferences to learn more. SMWW alumni receive discounts.

Advanced Certificates: Want to take your career to the next level? Our Advanced Certificates have been hand-selected by our team of sports industry experts to put you on a path to success. These bundles allow you to take advantage of our biggest discount available, by bundling multiple courses and becoming an expert in that field. Learn more about our Advanced Certificates here.

Military Discount: For those individuals who represent their country in military service, (active, reserve, or retired) we offer a discount. Thank you for serving your country! For more information on the Military Discount please Click Here.

Tax Write-Off (For USA Citizens): SMWW course tuition, books, and supplies can be used for education tax credits. Save your receipts and consult with your tax advisor on how this applies to you.

Certificate & Resume Reference:

Successful graduates of the SMWW Baseball Player Development & Strategy Course will be sent an SMWW Certificate of Accomplishment. This represents not only your achievements in the course but also demonstrates your personal commitment to self-improvement and the ability to "self-train" yourself for higher positions within the baseball industry.

In addition to your certificate, you will be given the stamp of approval by SMWW.

Resume Redesign Service

Acquiring the skills necessary for your dream sports career is only one part of the employment journey. Even with the required skill set, you still have to market yourself properly to attract the attention of sports industry employers. 

At SMWW, we’ll teach you the skills you need to thrive AND help you redesign your resume for optimal impact in the sports industry. We’ll help you craft a resume to include your new skills in Baseball Player Development & Strategy, include a reference from Dan Duquette and optimize it to reach hiring managers searching online.

We want you to become the next SMWW success story and will go to great lengths to help you get there!



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Includes all course textbooks and access to a web-based classroom. Shipping is additional.


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Prerequisites: Must be 18 or older to participate and have a passion for sports.
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