Youth Coaches Session

The Youth Coaches Session presented by GameChanger is an annual staple at the ABCA Convention. The Youth Coaches session features nearly 15 presentations on the Friday & Saturday of the event. The 2021 Youth Coaches Session will run from Jan. 8-9, 2021. Clinic topics will include pitching, hitting, base running, defense, practice planning and program organization for coaches of youth-level teams up to age 14 years old. The Youth Coaches Session is open to all registered convention attendees.

The complete 2021 Youth Coaches Session schedule including speakers and topics will be announced in the fall. 

The 2021 ABCA Convention, which will be the 77th annual ABCA Convention, is scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center from January 7-10, 2021. We are closely monitoring the recommended guidelines and safety measures for appropriate social distancing and capacity limits on large gatherings. We will update and change our plans, if needed, please check regularly for updates. ABCA Membership sign ups are open for the 2020-21 membership year. 2020-21 ABCA Memberships will run through August 31, 2021.


The 2021 Youth Coaches Session schedule will be announced in the fall!
Download the My ABCA mobile app for full speaker schedules, bios & session notes – 
iOS | Android
Friday, Jan. 3, 2020
9:30am Spencer Allen, Northwestern University & Sam Incandela, Diamond Dawgz
Pregame Practice: More Than Just a Warmup
10:10am Tyson Blaser, New York Yankees
The 15 Minute Catcher
10:50am David Franco, Seattle Mariners
Using Mental Skills to Create Consistent Ballplayers 
11:30am Lunch Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show! 
12:30pm Jamey Carroll, Pittsburgh Pirates
Guiding Generation Z to Greatness
1:10pm Justin Toole, Cleveland Indians
Facilitating a Learning Environment
1:50pm Chris Ramirez, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Creating a Complete Offense, Not Just a Swing
Saturday, January 4, 2020
9:50am Joe Eisenmann, PhD
Long Term Athlete Development 
10:30am Ty Neal, Former College Coach
Throwing at a High Level to Maximize Health, Accuracy and Longevity
11:10am Nick Schnabel, University of Michigan
Preparing the Complete Infielder
11:50am Lunch Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
12:50pm Derek Johnson, Cincinnati Reds
Youth Pitching
1:30pm Zach Dillon, Katy Twelve Baseball
Substance vs. Hype: Building and Sustaining a Sincere Player Development Program in Travel Baseball
2:10pm David Sharp, USA Baseball
Youth Practice Ideas: Effective Use of Time

Clinic speakers, topics and schedule are subject to change.