ABCA Convention Clinic Speakers

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 2021 clinics, presented by ATEC, will begin on the morning of Friday, Jan. 8. The first speaker on Friday morning will be the 2020 NCAA Div. I national champion head coach, which is a tradition of the event. The nearly 25 clinics will conclude on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 10.

Presenters are being arranged by ABCA Second Vice President Rick Hitt of South Florida State College with the assistance of ABCA Third Vice President Jim Schlossnagle of TCU. In addition to the main-stage clinics, the ABCA Convention also features the Youth Coaches Session as well as the Expo Theater, with 30 more presentations on those stages over the course of four days. That brings the total to more than 50 educational sessions during the convention!

For coaches unable to attend the convention in-person, the ABCA will once again offer a Live Video Stream of the main-stage clinics. This benefit was introduced for the first-time at the 2020 Convention. Following the convention, all clinic presentations (main stage, youth session and expo along with Question & Answer sessions) will be available on-demand.

The complete 2021 clinic schedule including speakers and topics will be announced in September. 

The 2021 ABCA Convention, which will be the 77th annual ABCA Convention, will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center from January 7-10, 2021. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information regarding the 2021 Convention beginning this summer on the ABCA website and our social media platforms as well as in the My ABCA app, Inside Pitch Magazine and Press Box e-newsletter. 


The 2021 Clinic Speaker schedule will be announced in September!
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Friday, Jan. 3, 2020
8:30am Introduction, Awards Presentation & Leadoff Speaker
Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt University
Building a Championship Program
9:40am JT Maguire, Cleveland Indians
Outfield Play: The Development and Evolution of the Forgotten Position
10:20am Harold Reynolds, Retired Seattle Mariners Player
Base Running, The Lost Art
11:00am Dr. Kevin Elko, Author & Speaker
Winning Baseball Language
11:40am Lunch Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
12:40pm Aaron Gershenfeld, New York Yankees
Developing Today’s Catcher
1:20pm Derek Johnson, Cincinnati Reds
The Pitcher/Hitter Confrontation
2:00pm Jack Leggett, USA Baseball
Qualities of a Winning Coach and Athlete in a Winning Program
2:40pm Eric Snider & Adam Vrable, University of Louisville
Louisville Offensive Approach: Hard Consistent Contact
3:20pm Buck Showalter, Former MLB Manager
The Game Within the Game, What to Look For Off the Ball and...Would You Want to Play For You?
4:30pm ABCA Convention Coaches Social (Exhibit Hall)
6:30pm ABCA Hall of Fame Banquet
Saturday, January 4, 2020
8:30am Matt Hobbs, University of Arkansas
Leveraging Technology for Today’s Pitcher
9:10am John O'Leary, Author & President of Rising Above
The Power of One
9:50am Coffee Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
10:20am Brett Butler, Retired MLB Player
Bunting: The Advantages of Small Ball to Help Win Games
11:00am Brandon Belanger, University of Louisiana Monroe
Outfield Play, the Hyper-Focused Way
11:40am Lunch Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
12:35pm Chris Heaps, Russellville High School (AL)
Uncommon Culture Yields Uncommon Success
1:20pm Rick Heller, University of Iowa
A System to Develop the Complete Hitter
2:00pm Kerrick Jackson, Southern University
From Worst to First, Developing a Championship Culture
2:40pm Snack Break! 
3:00pm Andy Schatzley, Los Angeles Angels
Preparing Infielders: Principles and Processes
3:40pm Zach Farrel, University of Louisville
The 3 C’s of Louisville Baseball Strength and Conditioning
4:20pm Ryan Sienko, Los Angeles Dodgers
Creating Elite Receivers: Advanced Techniques to Gain More Strikes
Sunday, January 5, 2020
8:30am Jeremy Sheetinger, Georgia Gwinnett College
Tales From Inside the Fraternity: My Journey as a Baseball Evangelist
9:10am Mike Stawski, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Kickstart your Offense Through the Run Game
9:50am Jason Maxwell, Ensworth High School (TN)
Infield Play: Trust Your Abilities and Play to Your Strengths
10:30am Rob Fornasiere, University of Minnesota
Career Fulfillment as an Assistant Coach

Clinic speakers, topics and schedule are subject to change.