Youth Coaches Breakout Session

Presented by TeamSnap

The American Baseball Coaches Association will once again have a Youth Coaches Session, presented by TeamSnap, at the ABCA Convention in 2019. The ABCA introduced the Youth Coaches Session, which ran concurrent to the ABCA clinics and focused on topics for coaches of youth-level teams up to age 14 years old, at the 2018 Convention in Indianapolis

More than a hundred coaches took part in the inaugural Youth Coaches Session, which featured nine clinics on topics including pitching, hitting, base running, defense, practice planning and program organization. The Youth Coach Session is open to all registered convention attendees. The session will be held in the Gaylord Texan on Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5.

Registration for the 2019 ABCA Convention, which is the 75th annual, will open on Sept. 1. The speaker lineup for the Youth Coaches Session will be released this fall.

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The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its more than 9,700 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.
2018 YOUTH COACHES SESSION SCHEDULE • Indianapolis, Indiana

Saturday, January 6, 2018
9:00 a.m. ABCA Introduction & Meet and Greet
9:40 a.m. Dan Keller, Dugout Captain
Pitching 101
10:15 a.m. Steve Nicollerat, SLU High School
The Importance of Practice Planning
10:50 a.m. Xan Barksdale, Catching-101
Laying the Groundwork for Developing Youth Catchers
11:25 a.m. Keith Madison, University of Kentucky / SCORE International
They Call You Coach
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break, Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
2:00 p.m. Rick Strickland, Rick Strickland Baseball
Building Blocks for the Long-Term Athletic Development of Young Hitters
2:35 p.m. Aaron Klotz, Adrian College
Infield Play and Every Day Drills 
3:10 p.m. Indiana Bulls Organization
Development of a Baseball Organization
3:45 p.m. Brian Smiley, Indiana State University
The Importance of Being a Good Outfielder
4:20 p.m. Matt Talarico, / Wright State University
Creating Free Base Runners
4:55 p.m. ABCA Closing & Thank You