2022 ABCA Convention General Session

Presented by Wilson/ATEC

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 nearly 25 clinics, presented by ATEC, will run from Friday, January 7 through Sunday, January 9 and be held in the McCormick Place Convention Center. For those members that cannot attend the Convention in-person, the main-stage & Youth Coaches Session clinics will be lived streamed!

Chris Lemonis, head coach of the NCAA Div. I national champion Mississippi State Bulldogs, will lead off the clinics on Friday, January 7 at 8:30 a.m. In addition to Lemonis, the presenter lineup also features ABCA/ATEC NJCAA Div. I Coach of the Year Mitch Thompson, who's team won the NJCAA Div. I national title as well as former Major League Baseball managers Bruce Bochy and Bobby Valentine. All of the presenters were arranged by ABCA Second Vice President Jim Schlossnagle of Texas A&M University with the assistance of ABCA Third Vice President Matt Noone of Babson College. Schlossnagle's assistant coach at Texas A&M Nate Yeskie will present on pitching while the Aggies' strength & conditioning coach, Jeremy McMillan, will discuss baseball-specific workouts. Former ABCA Assistant Coach of the Year in the Pacific Association Division, Deskaheh Bomberry, will also speak on pitching.

In addition to the General Session clinics, the ABCA Convention also features the Youth Coaches Session as well as the Expo Theater – a total of over 50 educational presentations across the three stages during the convention!

Each clinic speaker will also host a breakout Question & Answer session with those in attendance following the conclusion of their presentation. ABCA Members registered for the 2022 ABCA Convention or Live Stream will receive on-demand access to all of the clinic videos in the ABCA Video Library at the conclusion of the event. All 2021-22 members that do not register for the 2022 Convention will still receive on-demand access to the 2022 clinics in the ABCA Video Library beginning May 23, 2022.

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Registration for the 2022 ABCA Convention is now open as well as registration for the Clinic Live Stream! The Convention, which is the 78th annual ABCA Convention, will be held in Chicago from January 6-9, 2022. The Convention will feature four days of coaching clinics across the General Session, Youth Coaches Session and Expo Theater, ABCA Trade Show, Hot Stove and Question & Answer Sessions, award celebrations, committee & league meetings, networking events and so much more! Save the Date, Register Now and we'll see you in Chicago!


Friday, January 7, 2022 
8:30 a.m.-9:40 a.m. Welcome, Awards Presentation and Chris Lemonis, Mississippi State University
Building a Championship Program
9:40 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Mark Martinez, San Diego State University
Team Infield Defense: Translating Skill Work to Competitive Team Defense
10:20 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Bruce Bochy, Former MLB Manager & Dr. Kevin Freiberg, Author
Bochy Ball: The Chemistry of Winning and Losing in Baseball, Business and Life
11:00 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Brian Cain, Peak Performance Coach
The 10 Pillars of Mental Performance – How to Move from Talking about the Mental Game to Doing It
11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Lunch Break
Check out the ABCA Trade Show! Lunch is available in the Food Court inside the Trade Show!
12:40 p.m.-1:20 p.m. Jeff Pickler, Cincinnati Reds
Game Day Strategies: Balancing Your Feel for the Game Alongside Today’s Data, During the Heat of Battle
1:20 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Bobby Applegate, Colorado State University Pueblo
See It, Breathe It, Trust It, then Flip the Script – Developing Pitchers through Adversity
2:00 p.m.-2:40 p.m. Jeremy McMillan, Texas A&M University
Boosting Baseball Specific Power: The Use of Plyometric and Jump Training
2:40 p.m.-3:20 p.m. Brendan Eygabroat, UMass Boston
The Catching School: Drills to Develop a Well-Rounded Catcher
3:20 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Mike Roberts, Cotuit Kettleers
Move Your Team into New School Base Stealing Techniques
Saturday, January 8, 2022
8:30 a.m.-9:10 a.m. Nate Yeskie, Texas A&M University
Pitching – How to Address Inefficiencies
9:10 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Darren Fenster, Boston Red Sox
Isolating the Outfielder: Developing the Game's Most Impactful Position
9:50 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Coffee Break
Check out the ABCA Trade Show! Coffee is available in the Food Court inside the Trade Show!
10:20 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Rob Cooper, Penn State University
How to Repair a Broken Culture that You Created
11:00 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Derek Matlock, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Team Practice that Builds Accountability, Energy and Execution of the Game
11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m. Lunch Break
Check out the ABCA Trade Show! Lunch is available in the Food Court inside the Trade Show!
12:40 p.m.-1:20 p.m. Kevin Graber, Phillips Academy – Andover
Systematic Chaos: The Control Freak's Guide to Deprogramming Today's Robotic Base Runners
1:20 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Bobby Valentine, Former MLB Manager
A Life in Baseball
2:00 p.m.-2:40 p.m. Eddie Smith, Utah Valley University
Hitting the Ball Hard – Old School Meets New School
2:40 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Snack Break
Check out the ABCA Trade Show! Snacks are available in the Food Court inside the Trade Show!
3:00 p.m.-3:40 p.m. Deskaheh Bomberry, Sacramento City College
Maximizing Pitchers' Practice Time
3:40 p.m.-4:20 p.m. Mitch Thompson, McLennan Community College
Maximizing Your Team Offense
4:20 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Tyler Shewmaker, Vanderbilt University
Training Today's Catchers - Priorities & Setups Behind the Dish
Sunday, January 9, 2022
8:30 a.m.-9:10 a.m. Austin Wates, Kansas State University
Developing Self-Sufficient Dynamic Hitters
9:10 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Travis Lallemand, Crowder College
Consistent Terminology & Weekly Structure for Infield Play
9:50 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Dominic Savino, Glenbrook North High School
Building Dynamic Hitters: Developing In-Game Adjustability through Practice Variability
10:30 a.m.-11:10 a.m. Adam Foster, Angelo State University
What Makes Us Great: A Coach's Transition, Practice Organization & Competition and Our Identity

Clinic speakers, topics and schedule are subject to change.

2022 ABCA Convention
 – Jan. 6-9, 2022
World's Largest Baseball Convention!

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