ABCA Convention

ABCA Convention

2017 ABCA Convention
Jan. 5-8, 2017 – Anaheim, California
Hilton & Marriott Hotels / Anaheim Convention Center

2016 ABCA Convention Review

Award Honorees:

Clinics, the ABCA Trade Show, meetings and several awards presentations and honors were all features of the 2016 ABCA Convention at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, where more than 5,600 coaches gathered for four days of non-stop baseball. Activities began on Thursday, Jan. 7 with the first day of the ABCA Trade Show as well as committee and divisional meetings. The ABCA Clinics ran Friday through Sunday.

ABCA Second Vice President Jeff Messer of Slippery Rock University ran a fantastic clinic speaker session, which was led off by Brian O'Connor of Virginia and included two other reigning national champion coaches as well as many other successful baseball minds, including MLB Hall of Fame inductee John Smoltz.

The ABCA Trade Show had a record amount of activity with more than 320 companies displaying state-of-the-art equipment, products and innovations. Several new products were unveiled for the first time during the Trade Show.

The ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet included the 2016 Hall of Fame class of Bob Babb (Johns Hopkins), Augie Garrido (Texas), Sam Riggleman (Spring Arbor) and Ray Tanner (South Carolina) as well as 2016 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award winner Dusty Rhodes and the 2016 ABCA/Diamond National Coaches of the Year.

At the ABCA Honors Luncheon Presented by Diamond Kinetics, Smoltz and Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price received the Honor Award, Brad Bohannon received the ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year Award, Mike Gustafson received the Meritorious Service Award and the 25-year coaches were honored. Turface Athletics honored the Field Maintenance Award winners and Diamond Kinetics announced new technology awards and scholarships.

The ABCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors met twice each during the convention and all committee and divisional meetings were held.



Thursday, January 7, 2016
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Member Registration & Check In
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Committee Meetings
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. ABCA Trade Show
6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Divisional Meetings
Friday, January 8, 2016
7:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Member Registration & Check In
8:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Clinics sponsored by Wilson/ATEC
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ABCA Trade Show
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Spouses Breakfast
6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet presented by Diamond Sports
Presenting Lefty Gomez Award | Hall of Fame | Coaches of the Year 
Saturday, January 9, 2016
7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Member Registration & Check In
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Clinics sponsored by Wilson/ATEC
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ABCA Trade Show
12:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Honors Luncheon presented by Diamond Kinetics
Presenting: Asst. Coach of Year | Meritorious Service | Honor Award 
1:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Clinics sponsored by Wilson/ATEC
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Pitching "Hot Stove" Discussion
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Hitting "Hot Stove" Discussion
Sunday, January 10, 2016
8:30 a.m.-11:10 a.m. Clinics sponsored by Wilson/ATEC




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