The 78th annual ABCA Convention is slated for January 6-9, 2022 at McCormick Place in Chicago! This will mark the eighth time in history that the ABCA Convention has been held in Chicago and first time since 2013. The festivities will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 6 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 exhibitors.
ABCA Second Vice President Jim Schlossnagle and Third Vice President Matt Noone of Babson College are working on excellent lineup of speakers for the nearly 25 General Session clinics presented by Wilson/ATEC. The General Session clinics will get underway on Friday, Jan. 7 with a presentation by the 2021 NCAA Division I National Champion who will be crowned in Omaha in June 2021. The General Session clinics will run through the morning of Sunday, Jan. 9.
The Youth Coaches Session
will run concurrently on Friday, Jan. 7 and Saturday, Jan. 8. The Youth Coaches Session, which is presented by GameChanger will have nearly 15 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 Lefty Gomez Award
recipient and the ABCA Hall of Fame Class of 2021
& Class of 2022, which will be announced this summer. Additionally, there will be Divisional Coaches Meetings & Rookie Coaches Mentorship
on Thursday evening, a Coaches' Networking Social in the ABCA Trade Show on Friday evening and Hot Stove Panel Discussions
on Friday and Saturday night!
All coaches that register for the convention and check-in on site in Chicago will once again receive the entire clinic video set after the convention. If you're unable to join us in Chicago, all members will receive access to the on-demand video set later in the membership year.
The 2022 ABCA Convention is scheduled to be held in Chicago from January 6-9, 2022. The event will be the 78th annual ABCA Convention and close to 10,000 coaches are expected to join us for the event! Priority Convention Registration will open for current 2020-21 ABCA members in August
. Convention registration will open to new and former members on September 1, 2021
. 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 for January 6-9, 2022 and we'll see you in Chicago!