Youth Coaches Session

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The Youth Coaches Session presented by GameChanger is an annual staple at the ABCA Convention. The Youth Coaches Session is a two-day event featuring nearly 15 presentations tailored specifically for coaches of youth-level teams up to age 14 years old.

The Youth Coaches Session at the 2023 ABCA Convention will take place on Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7 at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. The lineup of speakers includes five professional coaches, three collegiate coaches and several high school, travel baseball and academy coaches.

One highlight will be former Philadelphia Phillies player Matt Imhof presenting on "How Baseball Prepared Me for a Life Without It", which will focus on the life lessons taught to youth players through baseball.

Following every clinic presentation, the presenter will host a Question & Answer breakout session with attendees.

There is no better educational clinic experience for a baseball coach than attending the ABCA Convention. However, for those members who can't attend in-person, the ABCA also offers a Live Video Stream of the General Session clinics, General Session Q&A and Youth Coaches Session clinics.

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.


Friday, January 6, 2023
Jake Lindmeier, Brookhaven College (TX)
Don't Forget Us! Catching Development Without a Catching Coach
Bianca Smith, Boston Red Sox
Baseball Beyond the Long Ball: Reviving the Lost Art of the Small Ball Strategy
Roberto Mercado, Baltimore Orioles
From Youth, High School to High-A: Practice Design Ideas
Lunch Break
Check out the ABCA Trade Show! Lunch is available in the Food Court inside the Trade Show!
12:30p.m.-1:10p.m.  Rachel Balkovec, New York Yankees
The Competitive Cauldron: Culture Drills for Hitting Coaches
1:10p.m.-1:50p.m.  Jeff Petty, Canes Baseball (VA)
Building and Sustaining Your Organization
Nate Trosky, Trosky Baseball (CA)
Building Elite, Athletic Throwers with Plus Command (Emphasis on Infield)
Saturday, January 7, 2023
Hannah Huesman, Texas Rangers
Where Do We Even Begin? The Fundamentals of How to Start a Mental Performance Program for Your Team
10:10a.m.-10:50a.m. Dr. Erik Korem, AIM7
Building Adaptive Capacity to Reach Your Performance Potential
Zach Casto, University of Charleston (WV)
Building the Outfielder with the Six Fundamentals of Outfield Play
11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Lunch Break
Check out the ABCA Trade Show! Lunch is available in the Food Court inside the Trade Show!
Bill Decker, Harvard University (MA)
Youth Practice Planning: Educational Playground Effect
1:10p.m.-1:50p.m. Chris Hawkins, Normal West High School (IL)
Coaching in Four Dimensions: Heart, Mind, Body & Soul
1:50p.m.-2:30p.m. Jason Mills, D H Conley High School (NC)
Little Things Create Great Throwing Habits
2:30p.m.- 3:10p.m.
Chris Romano, MiLB Strength Coach
Addressing Myths about Youth Athletic Development

Clinic speakers, topics and schedule are subject to change.

2023 ABCA Convention

January 5-8, 2023
Gaylord Opryland

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