With just over a week until its beginning, the 2004 NFCA National Convention is set to be the largest-ever gathering of softball coaches. The convention is scheduled for December 3-6 at the Las Vegas Hilton. 

Close to 1,000 coaches and 90 exhibitor companies are registered for the event, which features some of the softball world's biggest names delivering seminars. 

Things get kicked off in Vegas on December 1, with two offerings of popular courses from the National Fastpitch Coaches College. NFCC Course 401 - Personal an Professional Development and Course 405 - Teaching a Run Producing Team Offense and Strategy will take place before the convention gets under way. 

Dr. James Bauman will present the Pre-Convention Seminar, "Sport Psychology, Olympic Style," at 1 p.m. on Friday. That seminar will coincide with the Diversity Training Seminar, delivered by Stan 

The first day of the convention ends in style as Sister Wives, a blues/rock group that includes Utah head coach and NFCA president Mona Stevens, will headline the Louisville Slugger Reception at 7 p.m. 

The exhibit hall will open on Saturday morning, and attendees will be able to view the latest products from many exhibitors in attendance. Saturday's featured speakers are Pat Murphy, Kathy DeBoer, Jeff Janssen, Olympian Stacey Nuveman and the Michigan and Palm Beach Community 
College coaching staffs. 

A highlight of the convention, the Speedline Coaching Staff of the Year/NFCA Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday, December 4, will include Hall of Fame inductions of Massachusetts coach Elaine Sortino and Bloomsburg coach Jan Hutchinson. Over 40 coaching staffs will also be honored 
as either regional or national coaching staffs of the year. 

UCLA coach Sue Enquist, along with gold medalists Lisa Fernandez and Jessica Mendoza will join Jackie Ansley and the LSU coaching staff as Sunday's featured speakers. In addition, a preview of the National Fastpitch Coaches College will be offered on Sunday afternoon, after the group caucus meetings. 

All good things must come to an end, and the 2004 convention will close out on Monday with the popular roundtable topics. That will be followed by the Easton Victory Club luncheon, where over 175 coaches will be honored for reaching milestone victories in 2004. The convention will 
end with the General Business Meeting, where voting on proposals will take place. 

After the convention, the NFCC will offer Course 407- Cases in Coaching. The course will begin at 6 p.m. Monday and run until 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

It's not too late to register for the convention! You can register online by clicking here.clicking here. Please remember that NFCC courses, the pre-convention seminar and the golf and tennis tournaments require additional fees and registration. For more information on the 2004 NFCA Convention, visit the official convention Web site.visit the official convention Web site. 

Other convention sponsors include Diamond Sports, Schutt Sports, adidas, Adams USA/Trace and National Pro Fastpitch. 

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