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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Back by popular demand at the 2022 NFCA Convention, Dec. 7-10 in San Antonio, Texas, is the Track Education specialized programming. 

In 2022, there will be four specialized educational tracks, including a brand-new Playing Rules track. The Head Coach track (two sessions) presented by FieldTurfFieldTurf will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, while the Assistant Coach, Instructor and Playing Rules tracks run simultaneously on Saturday, Dec. 10. The new Playing Rules track has everything from illegal pitches to obstruction and instant review.

Be sure to book early at the luxurious JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa!


Head Coach Track presented by FieldTurf 

Two unique 45-minute presentations on Thursday, December 8th from 1:30-3:00 PM. Allowing for informal discussion and connection through the rest of Convention! Learn more about each session by view the complete NFCA Convention Schedule.

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Leslie Huntington (Wisconsin-Eau Claire) “Mental Performance Skills to Help Student-Athletes Play one Pitch at a Time”

2:15-3:00 p.m. 

Samantha Ekstrand (NFCA Legal Counsel) – “Contracts for Coaches”

On Saturday, December 10 from 1:00-3:45 PM, attendees can choose their own adventure by following a track for all three sessions, or mix and match. 

Playing Rules Track (NEW)

Featuring Larissa Anderson (Missouri), Boo De Oliveira (Purdue), Vickie Van Kleeck (NCAA) and more

1:30-2:15 p.m.

"Illegal Pitches: Going beyond the hops and replants"

2:30-3:15 p.m.
“Obstruction: Training defenders within the rule”

3:30-4:15 p.m.
“Instant Review: Coaches challenges and best practices”


Assistant Coach Track

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Kirk Walker (UCLA) - " Coaching the Bases: What every coach should know"

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Caryl Drohan (Northwestern) – “The Proof is in the Process”

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Elizabeth Economon (Wichita State) & Diane Miller (Nebraska) – “Beyond the Props: Tips for in-game dugout management”


Instructor Track

1:30-2:15 p.m.

Morgan Zerkle (Miami) - " Training the Triple Threat Athlete"

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Lauren Ebstein (Tufts) – “Creating Game-Ready Pitchers”

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Nat Wagner (St. Thomas) – “Taking the first step ... faster: Acceleration in base running”

Preceding the track education on the last day (Dec. 10) of the Convention is the second go-around of “Drills, Drills, Drills” and the NFCA Awards Brunch, where coaches and their teams are recognized for their achievement on and off the field. 

Head over to nfca.org/convention-2022 for more about the above-mentioned first-rate educational opportunities and all Convention information.

The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded coaches polls and All-America awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to awards, to in-person events and National Convention

Learn more about the NFCA and consider joining our lineup of coaches today! In August 2022, for the first time in Association history, the NFCA surpassed 6,000 members.


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