LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2018 NFCA Convention kicks off on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 8 at Sheraton Grand Chicago. Over the course of four days, attendees have a wide array of opportunities to educate themselves, network, conduct business, be recognized for their achievements, discover innovative products and most importantly, have fun.
To get those more acquainted with the on-going proceedings, this feature takes a look at our exhibitors and sponsors. In 2018, the exhibit hall, which is sold out for the third consecutive year, includes 107 companies and is open to Convention attendees on Dec. 6 and 7. It’s an opportunity for members to discover innovative products, apparel and services, as well as invest time with companies to create a positive relationship that can be beneficial in the future.
Speaking of positive relationships, the NFCA welcomes 24 of its 26 sponsors and partners to the Convention, including our Official Convention Sponsors - Premier Girls Fastpitch, Inc. (PGF), USSSA, Legacy Event Management, USA Softball, Sports Attack and ScrapYard Sports.
Here’s where you can find each of our Official Sponsors throughout the week:
Schutt Sports - Continental Breakfast (Thursday)
Wilson Sporting Goods - Hosting a reception on Wednesday evening.
Diamond Kinetics – Get out your phones on-site and download the 2018 Convention App presented by Diamond Kinetics.
Traveling Teams – Remember, your credential and lanyard (sponsored by Traveling Teams) must be worn at all times throughout the week.
USSSA – Enjoy free food and beverages at the USSSA Opening Reception on Wednesday evening.
Legacy Event Management – Hosting an after-party following the NFCA Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday.
USA Softball – Stop by the Softball Summit, presented by USA Softball on Friday afternoon to hear from USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress, along with NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor Vickie Van Kleeck, NCAA National Coordinator of Softball Umpires Craig Hyde and other softball dignitaries.
Sports Attack – Overall Convention Clinic sponsor and host of the Sports Attack raffle Friday afternoon.
ScrapYard Sports - Exhibit Hall Happy Hour (Thursday). Stop by and mingle with 107 companies, while enjoying beer and wine.
The Association will also recognize the Donna Newberry 'Perseverance' and Humanitarian Award winners as well as our membership ONE DRIVE grand prize winner and out-going Board of Directors members.
New to Convention? Visit the Rookie Orientation presented by Triple Crown Sports for all the tips and can’t miss events.
Additionally, Netting Professionals, Mizuno, Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), New Balance, Rapsodo, Turface Athletics and Pocket Radar, along with Official Partners - Bownet, Stack Sports, Clell Wade, and Blast Motion - can be found with our other Official Sponsors in the exhibit hall.
The exhibit hall doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. After checking all the latest products, apparel and services, enjoy free beer and wine during the ScrapYard Sports Happy Hour (5-6:30 p.m.). If you don’t get a chance to make it over on Thursday or if you want to return for a second go-around, doors open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
Be sure to stop by Sports Attack’s booth 612 for a chance at a Junior Hack Attack pitching machine, which will be raffled off on Friday at 12:45pm. Finally, new this year, the annual Silent Auction is going digital! Attendees will now have the opportunity to bid on great items donated by our exhibitors regardless of their location at Convention, as long as they stop by the booth for the item of their choice to start bidding. Items may include: equipment, tournament fees, pitching machines, travel vouchers, gift packages and much more.