2023 ABCA Convention Clinic Speakers

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The World-Renown ABCA Clinics are the highlight of the annual ABCA Convention and run the gamut of baseball topics over the course of three days. The 23 clinics, presented by ATEC, will run from Friday, January 6 through Sunday, January 8 and be held in the Delta Ballroom at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

The clinic speakers at the ABCA Convention are arranged annually by the ABCA Second and Third Vice Presidents. ABCA Second Vice President Matt Noone of Babson College and Third Vice President Bob Whalen of Dartmouth College have put together an excellent lineup of speakers for the 2023 Convention.

The General Session will be led off by the 2022 NCAA Div. I National Champion Mike Bianco of Ole Miss. The lineup includes 11 NCAA head coaches, two Power Five assistant coaches as well as New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake and Boston Red Sox hitting coach Peter Fatse.

For the first time, the ABCA Diversity in Baseball Committee provided a speaker for the main-stage clinics. Dr. Scott Brooks, professor at Arizona State University, is presenting How to Bake Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into Your Program. One of the other highlights is sure to be Sam Cila from The Program, presenting "Take My Hand" – No Excuses and Taking 100% Responsibility.

Following every clinic presentation, the presenter will host a Question & Answer breakout session with attendees.

There is no better educational clinic experience for a baseball coach than attending the ABCA Convention. However, for those members who can't attend in-person, the ABCA also offers a Live Video Stream of the General Session clinics, General Session Q&A and Youth Coaches Session clinics.

All coaches who register for the in-person Convention or Live Clinic Video Stream will receive the entire on-demand clinic video set, which includes the General Session, Youth Coaches Session and Expo Theater presentations, in their ABCA account by February 1 after the Convention. All other ABCA members will receive access to the on-demand video set as part of their membership benefits on Monday, May 22.


Friday, January 6, 2023
8:30a.m.-9:40a.m. Mike Bianco, University of Mississippi
Enjoy the Ride – The Good and Bad
9:40a.m.-10:20a.m. Steve Trimper, Stetson University
"Practice? We're talking about Practice???" High Impact IF and OF Drills that Get Your Team Ready to Compete Through Game-Like Situations
10:20a.m.-11:00a.m. Dr. Keith Smithson, Washington Nationals
Maximizing Visual Performance for Baseball: Techniques and Technologies to Assess, Train and Enhance Vision from Youth to the Pros
11:00a.m.-11:40a.m. Chuck Ristano, Florida State University
360 Degrees of Pitching Development: From Evaluation to Execution
11:40a.m.-12:40p.m. Lunch Break
Check out the ABCA Trade Show!
12:40p.m.-1:20p.m. Laz Gutierrez, Nova Southeastern University
Mental Skills at Play
1:20p.m.-2:00p.m. Mike Glavine, Northeastern University
Northeast Made: Practice Planning & Structure the Northeastern Way
2:00p.m.-2:40p.m. Dr. Scott Brooks, Arizona State University
How to Bake Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into Your Program
2:40p.m.-3:20p.m. Peter Fatse, Boston Red Sox
E+I=C, Building Blocks for Developing an Impactful Offense
3:20p.m.-4:00p.m. Tom Griffin, Carson-Newman University
How to Develop Your Catcher to be the Ultimate Game Coordinator
Saturday, January 7, 2023
8:30a.m.-9:10a.m. Matt Blake, New York Yankees
How to Develop Pitchers Using an Objective Framework
9:10a.m.-9:50a.m. Sam Cila, The Program
"Take My Hand" – No Excuses and Taking 100% Responsibility
9:50a.m.-10:20a.m. Coffee Break
Check out the ABCA Trade Show!
10:20a.m.-11:00a.m. Tim Leiper, San Francisco Giants
Time and Space: Winning Baserunning, Leads, Secondary Leads and Timing
11:00a.m.-11:40a.m. Michael Earley, Texas A&M University
Body Control and Direction: Building Adjustable, Efficient Hitters
11:40a.m.-12:40p.m. Lunch Break
Check out the ABCA Trade Show!
12:40p.m.-1:20p.m. Adam Moseley, Hoover High School (AL)
Competitive DNA: Developing a Winning Pitching Program
1:20p.m.-2:00p.m. Jordan Bischel, Central Michigan University
Northern Baseball – Preparing Indoors for an Outdoor Sport
2:00p.m.-2:40p.m. Dave Turgeon, IMG Academy (FL)
Training the Minds and Skills of Our Players
2:40p.m.-3:20p.m. Elton Pollock, Presbyterian College
Lingo Matters: Developing Independent Hitters Who Can Adjust
3:20p.m.-4:00p.m. Nathan Hemphill, PSP3
No Strength Coach, No Problem: An Approach to Strength & Conditioning for Your Baseball Athletes
4:00p.m.-4:40p.m. Greg Mamula, University of Delaware
Developing Our Offensive Identity Through BP
Sunday, January 8, 2023
8:30a.m.-9:10a.m. Derek Woodley, Defiance College
Developing Habits Through Catching Drill Progressions
9:10a.m.-9:50a.m. Jim Chester, Gardner-Webb University
Developing an Elite First Baseman: Skills and Drills for a Neglected Position
9:50a.m.-10:30a.m. Butch Chaffin, Cookeville High School (TN)
Hitting: Using Verbal Cues to Fix Flaws
10:30a.m.-11:10a.m. Dan Skirka, Murray State University
Racer Infield Drills and Competitions

Clinic speakers, topics and schedule are subject to change.

2023 ABCA Convention

January 5-8, 2023
Gaylord Opryland

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