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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Whether you are looking for hitting, pitching or defense the 2021 NFCA National Convention has you covered. What’s even better is that some of these are presented by coaches (8), who have either competed or coached in the Olympics.

Learn from some of the best as four U.S. Olympic coaches – Ken Eriksen, Heather Tarr, Ralph Weekly and Margie Wright – and four Olympians – Victoria Hayward (Canada), Stacey Nuveman Deniz (USA), Danielle O’Toole (Mexico) and Kaleigh Rafter (Canada) – will share their knowledge with attendees in Las Vegas.

Reinvest in your passion and knowledge for the game with a multitude of  “X’s & O’s” offerings throughout the four days of Convention with programming that features sessions on hitting, pitching, defense, practice and strategy. 

The 2021 NFCA National Convention is being held Dec. 8-11 at Caesar’s Forum in Las Vegas. For more information and to register, click on the links provided. 

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Dec. 9 – 11-11:30 a.m. - High School/Travel Ball Caucus + Triple Play Classroom Series presented by Wilson) - Kevin Werth (Piedra Vista [N.M] High School) - Offensive Practice Plans for Large Rosters (Grassroots Coaches only)

Dec. 9 – 1:30-2:00 p.m. – Kris Ganeff (Notre Dame) – Drills, Drills, Drills

Dec. 10 – 9-9:50 a.m. – Rachel Folden (Chicago Cubs) – Power and Contact: You CAN Have Both

Dec. 10 – 4:20-4:50 p.m. – Rachel Folden (Chicago Cubs)- Grassroots Summit presented by Wilson: How to Individualize Training in a Team Environment

Dec. 10 - 4-4:50 p.m. – Steve Singleton (Texas) - Teaching Swinging vs Teaching Hitting and Putting it All Together

Dec. 10 - 11-11:50 a.m. – Tim Walton (Florida), Kristen Butler (Rutgers), Lindsay Fico (Mercer) - The Evolution of an Offense

Dec. 11 – 9-9:30 a.m – Joe Yegge (Missouri Western) – Drills, Drills, Drills

Dec. 11 - 2-2:45 p.m. – Victoria Hayward (San Diego State) – Instructor Track -"Hitting Drills: A dual perspective"


Dec. 9 - 1-1:30 p.m. – Danielle O’Toole (Cal State Fullerton) – Drills, Drills, Drills

Dec. 9 - 3-3:50 p.m. – Lisa Van Ackeren (Princeton) - Where Mechanics & Culture Collide: The beauty of bullpens

Dec. 10 – 10-10:50 a.m. –  Jamie Allred (North Texas) – Drills, Drills, Drills

Dec. 10 - 3-3:50 p.m. – Dana Sorensen (Sorensen Elite) – Building Your Pitchers in the Weight Room

Dec. 11 - 3-3:45 p.m. – Dana Sorensen (Sorensen Elite) – Instructor Track -"From Mechanics to Workload: Getting the most out of your pitching staff" 


Dec. 9 – 10-10:50 a.m. – Taylor Smartt (Troy) – Throwing Mechanics and Programs to Optimize Arm Health

Dec. 9 – 10:30-11 a.m. – Todd Petersen (Papillion[Neb.] LaVista High School) – High School/Travel Ball Caucus + Triple Play Classroom Series presented by Wilson - Every Day Drills for Infield Development (Grassroots Coaches only)

Dec. 9 - 4-4:50 p.m. – Geoff Hirai (Seattle) – Planning a Creative Team Practice

Dec. 10 – 2-2:30 p.m. – Josh Taylor (Louisiana Tech) – Drills, Drills, Drills (Infield)

Dec. 11 – 9:30-10:00 a.m. – Jen McIntyre (Ohio State) - – Drills, Drills, Drills (Outfield)

Dec. 11 - 1-1:45 p.m. – Kaleigh Rafter (Florida State/Team Canada) -  Instructor Track - "Elevate the Position: Building the next generation of catchers"

For a small additional fee, check out two of our Pre-Convention Seminars, Around the Horn: Developing Elite Defenders and Learn From the Legends

Learn From the Legends

Listen to a panel of elite coaches share their personal stories and advice from their own coaching careers as they answer your questions and address everything from planning practice to team culture. 

Panelists: Judi Garman, Ralph Weekly, Margie Wright | Moderator: Jacquie Joseph

Around the Horn: Developing Elite Defenders

This seminar includes a position-by-position analysis of how elite coaches develop the key physical and mental traits to play defense at the highest level.

Instructors: Kristie Fox (UNLV), Stacey Nuveman-Deniz (San Diego State), Mike Reed (UT Tyler), Heather Tarr (Washington/Team USA), Bonnie Tholl (Michigan)

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