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Historic San Antonio To Host 30th Annual NFCA National Convention


San Antonio, one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S., will host the 2013 NFCA National Convention December 4-7 at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter. Located on the famous San Antonio River Walk, the Marriott is within walking distance of The Alamo, the Rivercenter Mall and hundreds of restaurants, stores, nightlife and cultural offerings, with many located on the River Walk. Meandering through the downtown area, the River Walk will be especially beautiful at convention time with the impressive festival of lights.

The hotel features its own health club with cardiovascular equipment, free weights and state of the art life fitness equipment and cardio screens. There’s also an indoor/outdoor pool. NFCA members who make their reservations in the NFCA block will receive complimentary high speed internet, and discounted daily parking rates ($8 a day).   The San Antonio International Airport is located just eight minutes from the hotel, so rental cars are not necessary. 

But, what you’re really going for is the national convention, and the Marriott and nearby Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center also has great space for the key components of the convention— clinic and caucus sessions, exhibitor show and networking. The golf and tennis tournaments will be held Tuesday, December 3.  A four-hour preconvention will be held Wednesday morning, December 4, followed by committee meetings, the general session with a keynote speaker and the opening reception.   Speakers are being selected now and will be announced this summer. 

It also will be the 12th year that National Fastptich Coaches College sessions will be held in conjunction with the convention, and three are scheduled:

December 2-3: Course 402 – Advanced Analysis of Hitting, Pitching & Short-Game Skills with Kirk Walker, UCLA; Don Slaught, former MLB player, coach and current president of RightView, and Lori Sippel, University of Nebraska.

December 2-3: Course 403 – Position Play and Individual Defensive Skills, headed up by Bill Edwards, Hofstra University.

December 7-9: Course 404 — Solid Team Defense & Strategy, with instructors Heather Tarr, University of Washington, and Kelly Inouye-Perez, UCLA.

There are on-field components for all the classes, and those sections will be held at the University of Texas, San Antonio, with transportation provided to and from the hotel to the site.

 

When Should I Arrive?

Going to one of the National Fastpitch Coaches College classes December 2-3? Arrive Sunday, December 1.

Playing in the golf or tennis tournament? Arrive Monday, December 2.

Attending the NFCA Pre-Convention Seminar? Arrive Tuesday, December 3.

On an NFCA committee? Arrive Tuesday, December 3.

Attending convention only? Arrive Tuesday, November 3, or the morning of Wednesday, December 4.

The convention will end late Saturday afternoon, so you can schedule return travel on Sunday, December 8, unless you plan to stay for the post-convention course starting Saturday evening, December 7, through Monday afternoon, December 9.

 

How Do I Register?

The NFCA will mail registration materials in August, and the online registration form will be available then too.

 

Can I Make My Hotel Reservations Now?

Yes, the NFCA has blocked rooms at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter at a $139 rate (plus tax) for one to four people in a room. To make your reservations, you can do this online or call 877-622-3056 and ask for rooms in the NFCA block.  Go to this web site to make your online reservations:

ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK

THE CUTOFF DATE FOR RESERVATIONS IS NOVEMBER 5, 2013; YOU MUST IDENTIFY YOURSELF WITH THE GROUP TO GET THE SPECIAL RATES. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

 

Dress Code

The NFCA National Convention is casual, except the NFCA Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, December 6. The attire for this prestigious event is dressy.