Welcome to the NFCA's First-Ever Blog

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We're going Beyond the Fence. You'll be surprised by the view.

Emily Allard here. I am the Director of Marketing and Sponsorships at the NFCA. In short, I work alongside the companies investing in softball and love to figure out how they can fit best within our Association, impact our members and amplify our sport on a daily basis. I also assist the NFCA staff in marketing our major events and sponsored items, in addition to running the Exhibit Show at Convention each year. As we like to joke around the office, the above items listed are only the main things I tackle outside of "other duties as assigned," which for me also include, "Hey Em, can you come reach this thing off the top shelf for me?" I'm lucky to be surrounded by the most down-to-earth team, led by a tireless leader, but you're probably wondering why in the world you are even reading this right now. 

Over the last six years of my career at the NFCA I've been amazed at the passion of our membership and the fortitude of our leadership. There's just one thing I wish everyone had a better understanding of: the behind-the-scenes of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

As you all know, almost all levels of our sport have grown in leaps and bounds over the last several years. And as our members know from the NFCA's Annual Report (you can find this in your members-only Coach's Box – speaking of that, you have logged in to your membership before, right?), the NFCA has grown tremendously over the last four years in particular. Since 2015, membership numbers are up over 40%, sponsorship has grown over 120% and Convention attendance has grown 17%. Even with a global pandemic, you know our sport is resilient and will bounce back stronger than ever. You see and hear all of these great statistics (or if that's the first time you've read them, COOL, right?!), and yet, many of you have absolutely no idea what goes on in our office on a daily basis to help generate some of that momentum.

That's where I'd like to come in. I approached Carol (our Executive Director) a few weeks back and said, "I'd like to tell our story."

2019 NFCA Convention Staff

The staff of 12 who only exist because coaches came together 37 years ago to have a neutral voice to educate and celebrate their peers.

The staff of 12 – with no dog in the fight – serving an Association-high 5,800+ members.

The staff of 12 wanting to do nothing else but what is right by the sport.

So, welcome to the NFCA's first-ever blog.

In Beyond the Fence you'll hear from me, about us, on a variety of topics surrounding the inner workings and history of the NFCAI hope you'll stick around … for the good of the game.

Best,

Emily Allard

P.S. If there is any particular area or topic of what we do that you're interested in learning more about, let me know in the comments, email me at emily@nfca.org or on twitter @EAllard24.

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Matthew Fuller on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 20:56

Wow, Emily, great start! Can't wait to hear more.

Sincerely,

Your fan Annie

Wow, Emily, great start! Can't wait to hear more. Sincerely, Your fan Annie
Emily Allard on Monday, 20 April 2020 16:25

Thank you, Annie!

Thank you, Annie!
Matthew Fuller on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 18:26

Where was that pic taken?? Very cool!

Where was that pic taken?? Very cool!
Emily Allard on Monday, 20 April 2020 16:26

In Clearwater! I was able to capture this one right before my phone died and the sunset faded ... haha
Thanks, Joanna!

In Clearwater! I was able to capture this one right before my phone died and the sunset faded ... haha Thanks, Joanna!
Matthew Fuller on Monday, 20 April 2020 15:07

Great idea!

Great idea!
Emily Allard on Monday, 20 April 2020 16:26

Thank you, Celeste! We are excited about it. Let me know if there is anything about the NFCA you'd like to know more about.

Thank you, Celeste! We are excited about it. Let me know if there is anything about the NFCA you'd like to know more about.
Karen Sanders on Monday, 20 April 2020 15:57

Love this idea Emily!! Way to swing for the fence with this idea. Can’t wait to read more. Thank you and all staff members in what you do to grow our game.

Love this idea Emily!! Way to swing for the fence with this idea. Can’t wait to read more. Thank you and all staff members in what you do to grow our game.
Emily Allard on Monday, 20 April 2020 16:28

Thank you, Karen. We are excited to share what we do behind-the-scenes each day
Let me know if there is anything about the NFCA you'd like to know more about.

Thank you, Karen. We are excited to share what we do behind-the-scenes each day :) Let me know if there is anything about the NFCA you'd like to know more about.
Julie Detjen on Monday, 20 April 2020 16:20

So happy to see this! Great first start! I was so happy to be able to stop in at your offices on March 20th as the world was just getting started coming to terms with our current "normal" living situations. Keep up the great work, everyone at the NFCA! Your posts, webinars and positivity are greatly needed by all of us right now!

So happy to see this! Great first start! I was so happy to be able to stop in at your offices on March 20th as the world was just getting started coming to terms with our current "normal" living situations. Keep up the great work, everyone at the NFCA! Your posts, webinars and positivity are greatly needed by all of us right now!
Emily Allard on Monday, 20 April 2020 16:29

Julie - I remember! It was great to see one more smiling face before we all headed our separate ways. Thanks for your continued support of our Association. Let me know if there is anything about the NFCA you'd like to know more about.

Julie - I remember! It was great to see one more smiling face before we all headed our separate ways. Thanks for your continued support of our Association. Let me know if there is anything about the NFCA you'd like to know more about.
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