The 75th annual ABCA Convention, held in Dallas, Texas from January 3-6, 2019, was bigger than ever with more than 6,600 coaches registered for attendance. The four-day event at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center featured over 50 clinics across the main-stage, Expo Theater & Youth Coaches Session, the ABCA Trade Show, award celebrations, committee meetings, hot stove panel discussions & more!
The convention kicked off with the opening of the ABCA Trade Show
and the Expo Theater
. The ABCA Trade Show featured about 300 companies displaying the latest baseball products and innovations while the Expo Theater had over 20 clinics throughout a three-day span featuring demonstrations by ABCA partners, exhibitors and member coaches.
ABCA Second Vice President Stu Fritz of Hope College put together a fantastic clinic speaker session, which was led off by 2018 NCAA Div. I National Champion head coach Pat Casey of Oregon State University. The nearly 25 main-stage clinics
presented by ATEC got underway on Friday, Jan. 4 and ran through Sunday, Jan. 6. Other highlights included the Youth Coaches Session
presented by GameChanger and the Expo Theater. The Youth Coaches Session, which hosted about 15 clinics tailored specifically for coaches of youth-level teams up to age 14, took place on both Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5 and was open to all registered attendees. The Expo Theater, which had nearly 25 presentations, ran from Thursday through Saturday with ABCA partners, exhibitors and member coaches presenting on a variety of baseball products and topics. Presenters included panels & companies including Driveline Baseball, Rapsodo, Texas Baseball Ranch, Turface and many more!
Other events included the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame Banquet
to honor the Lefty Gomez Award
recipient and the ABCA Hall of Fame Class of 2019
as well as "Hot Stove" Discussions, Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting and more!
All coaches that registered and checked-in on site in Dallas will once again receive all clinic videos for free after the convention. In addition to the main stage clinics, Youth Coaches Sessions as well as Expo Theater presentations will be available on www.ABCAvideos.org
The 2020 ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 2-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Registration for the 2020 ABCA Convention will open on September 1. Official ABCA Convention Hotels will also open room blocks on September 1.