The 79th annual ABCA Convention is slated for January 5-8, 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center!
The festivities will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 5 with the opening of the ABCA Trade Show and the Expo Theater. The ABCA Trade Show will feature more than 300 baseball companies displaying state-of-the-art equipment and services, releasing new products and showcasing the latest and greatest in innovative services, technology & more! Many of the companies will be unveiling new products for the first time and offering special sales as part of the ABCA Trade Show! The Expo Theater will have clinics throughout a three-day span with product demos and releases by ABCA Partners and Trade Show exhibitors.
ABCA Second Vice Matt Noone of Babson College and Third Vice President Bob Whalen of Dartmouth College are working on excellent lineup of speakers for the 23 General Session clinics, which are presented by Wilson/ATEC. The General Session clinics will get underway on Friday, Jan. 6 with a presentation by 2022 NCAA Division I National Champion head coach Mike Bianco of Ole Miss. The General Session clinics will run through the morning of Sunday, Jan. 8.
The Youth Coaches Session will run concurrently on Friday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 7. The Youth Coaches Session, which is presented by GameChanger, will have 14 presentations tailored specifically for coaches of youth-level teams up to age 14.
Following each of the clinic presentations in both the General Session and Youth Coaches Session, the presenter will host a Question and Answer breakout with all attendees.
Other events during the weekend include the ABCA Hall of Fame Banquet to honor the 2023 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award recipient and the ABCA Hall of Fame Class of 2023. Additionally, there will be the Divisional Coaches Meetings & Rookie Coaches Mentorship on Thursday evening, a Coaches' Networking Social in the ABCA Trade Show on Friday evening, Hot Stove Panel Discussions on Friday and Saturday nights as well as the Diversity in Baseball Committee Workshops on Saturday morning!
All coaches who register for the in-person Convention or Live Clinic Video Stream will receive the entire on-demand clinic video set, which includes the General Session, Youth Coaches Session and Expo Theater presentations, in their ABCA account by February 1 after the Convention. All other ABCA members will receive access to the on-demand video set as part of their membership benefits on Monday, May 22.