ABCA Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award


The American Baseball Coaches Association believes that the highest calling of a baseball coach is to teach life's lessons and model the character traits of honesty, integrity, respect and personal responsibility. We also believe that honorable athletic competition provides rigid and voluntary rules of right and wrong that can lead to strong character development, and that a coach's moral and ethical conduct—on and off the field—deeply influences players.

In this spirit, the ABCA is actively seeking nomination for its Ethics in Coaching Award, which will be presented during the annual National Convention. Please complete the form below to nominate a coach whose actions over the previous year or over an entire career warrant recognition based on the above criteria. Only ACTIVE coaches who are members of the ABCA from any of the membership categories—youth, high school or college—are eligible for nomination.

Please include a brief biography of the nominee and two letters of recommendation supporting the nomination which attest to the nominee's character. It is the responsibility of the nominator to gather the corroborating recommendations and submit the entire packet online or to the ABCA office by November 1 any given year.

Packets must be emailed to Ethics Award Committee Chair Tom O'Connell at [email protected] or mailed to:

Attn: Matt West
4101 Piedmont Pkwy
Greensboro, NC 27410

Nominations will be screened by the members of the Ethics Award Committee and recipients will be selected based on criteria in the ABCA Code of Ethics .
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