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2011 NFCA National Convention
November 30
- December 3, 2011

Convention Offerings | Pre-Convention Seminar | Mentoring Session | Keynote Speaker
Exhibitor Listing | How To Register

Pre-Convention Seminar: "College Recruiting - Mastering Advanced Recruiting Strategies Seminar," November 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

National Convention, November 30 - December 3

National Convention Exhibitor Show
December 1 & 2

Learn, Network, Discuss

•    Choose To Attend the Pre-Convention Seminar:
Dan Tudor, an expert in the recruiting field, will take college softball coaches through a series of advanced recruiting concepts in this four-hour seminar.

•    More Than Two Days of Clinic Sessions by Excellent Speakers, Covering the Game:
Learn valuable drills and tips from some of the best speakers in softball today. Veteran coaches and national experts tell their secrets of the game.

•    Mentoring Session:
Take part in the convention mentoring session as either a mentor or participant. Arranged in a roundtable session, mentors and their groups discuss important coaching topics, followed by question and answer.

•    The Latest Innovations in Softball Equipment:
More than 100 different companies are expected for the Exhibitor Show, December 1 & 2. Learn about the newest in softball training technology.

•    Forums To Discuss Changes and Future of the Sport:
Thursday and Friday will feature business meetings for the individual membership groups. All NFCA members are welcome to share ideas to the entire membership at the Softball Summit on Thursday afternoon.

•    Extend Your Learning Advantage with a Convention NFCC Course:
Get the full impact of your learning opportunities by taking an NFCC course in conjunction with the convention. Advanced Analysis of Hitting, Pitching & Short-Game Skills will be held November 28 & 29, while two courses will be offered immediately following convention activities, December 3-5: The Art of Championship Coaching and Winning Strategies for Game-Day Coaching.

•    Lots of Networking Opportunities

Keynote Speaker - Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Speaker; Four Time Olympic medalist, Title IX advocate, senior director of Advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation

Nancy Hogshead-Makar will present the keynote address at this year's NFCA National Convention.

Hogshead-Makar is one of the foremost champions of gender equity in education, including sports participation, sexual harassment, employment, pregnancy, and legal enforcement under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Her book, co-authored with Andrew Zimbalist, “Equal Play, Title IX and Social Change,” has received acclaim since its release by Temple University Press. She was the lead author of “Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes; Resources and Model Policies,” published by the NCAA. In 2009, she brought a successful legal challenge against the Florida High School Athletic Association whose cuts to competitive seasons discriminated against female athletes. In the settlement, the competitive seasons were restored for all high school athletes throughout Florida.

Hogshead-Makar has testified in Congress numerous times on the topic of gender equity in athletics, written numerous scholarly and lay articles, and has been a frequent guest on national news programs on the topic, including “60 Minutes” on CBS, Fox News, CNN, ESPN, NPR and network morning news programming. She serves as an expert witness in Title IX cases and has written amicus briefs representing athletic organizations in precedent-setting litigation. Since 2003, she has been the co-chair of American Bar Association Committee on the Rights of Women. She was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport in 2009. In 2007, Sports Illustrated named her as one of the most influential people in the 35-year history of Title IX.

Hogshead-Makar has received significant awards recognizing her commitment to athletics, including: a receipt of an honorary doctorate from Springfield College, induction into the Capital One Academic All-America Hall of Fame and the International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame, membership in the Hall of Fame for the National Association for Sports and Physical Education, and receipt of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators’ Honor Award. In 2011, she was presented with the National Organization for Women’s Courage Award. Hogshead-Makar is a tenured Professor of Law at the Florida Coastal School of Law, where she currently teaches sports law courses. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is an honors graduate of Duke University.


"College Recruiting Seminar - Mastering Advanced Recruiting Strategies"

Pre-Convention Seminar, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Presented by Dan Tudor, President of Tudor Collegiate Strategies

Dan Tudor is the president of Tudor Collegiate Strategies, a consulting firm focused on college athletic recruiting. Tudor, who created the popular "Selling for Coaches" training program for college recruiters, preaches a mantra of more creative communication and effective selling to coaching staffs all across the country.

Previously, Tudor founded one of the nation's largest recruiting services for high school athletes and their parents, showing them how to attract the attention of college coaches and maneuver through the complicated recruiting process. It was then he discovered that most college coaches were just as unfamiliar with how to sell themselves and their programs to the athletes they needed.

Tudor Collegiate Strategies and Selling for Coaches started modestly in 2005, with Tudor sending a free weekly newsletter with recruiting tips and strategies to about 600 athletic directors and coaches. Now, he has more than 43,000 coaches and athletic directors in college sports who receive the weekly report, "College Recruiting Weekly." Apart from the newsletter, Tudor holds seminars and visits campuses throughout the country, and serves a growing list of coaches who retain Tudor and his firm to improve their recruiting messaging efforts.

Seminar Schedule
In this special four-hour pre-convention session, Dan Tudor will take college softball coaches through a series of advanced recruiting concepts that he's witnessed in successful programs.
The four crucial areas of successful softball recruiting will be covered:

• The 7 Critical Mistakes that Softball Coaches Make When They're Recruiting
• What Millennial Softball Recruits Want
• How to Totally Turn Around Your Prospect's Recruiting Objections
• Technology, Recruiting and YOUR Softball Prospect

The information covered is designed to be used immediately, regardless of your division level and budget.

It's a no-nonsense, advanced theory session that will give you the tools for completely overhauling your recruiting plan, and attract the attention of the top prospects you really need to take your program to the next level.


Mentoring Session - Facilliated by NFCA Hall of Famer and Former UCLA Coach Sue Enquist

The 2011 NFCA National Convention will once again offer The Mentoring Session from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 1. Although young head and assistant coaches are encouraged to attend, anyone who thinks it would be beneficial is welcome to take part.

Originated at the 2010 convention in San Diego, The Mentoring Session was a huge hit by all, with 60 mentors and 300 participants involved.

NFCA Hall of Famer and former UCLA coach Sue Enquist will once again facilitate the event that provides discussion on key coaching topics in a roundtable setting. Join us for this fun and rewarding session.


How to Register

General Registration — Please note that the convention fees are all-inclusive, except for the optional preconvention seminar (Wednesday, November 30) and the golf and tennis tournaments (Tuesday, November 29). The NFCC Coaches College courses being held in conjunction with the convention require additional fees. Your convention registration fee covers all events except those mentioned above, through the afternoon of Saturday, December 3; this includes all receptions, luncheons, banquets and breakfasts.

Friday/Saturday Registration Only — For high school and travel ball coaches only able to attend Friday and Saturday, we are offering a special two-day only Early Bird Special rate – $250 for NFCA members and $375 for non-members. (You can join on the registration form to get the lower rate and receive NFCA membership benefits, including 12 issues of our official newspaper Fastpitch Delivery.) The two-day only rate includes breakfast Friday and Saturday, and lunch on Saturday. Two-day registrants who wish to attend the Friday night NFCA Hall of Fame Banquet may buy a ticket for $50 (please see form).

NFCA Attendee Refund PolicyCancellations received prior to November 16 will receive a full refund, minus an administrative fee of $35. Cancellations after November 16 but prior to November 23 will receive a one-half refund. There will be no refunds for cancellations on or after November 23.

How to Register Online & phone registration is now closed. If you have not yet registered to attend, you can register when you arrive at the Convention Registration booth in the Grand Salon at Bally's.

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