The 77th annual ABCA Convention will be held Jan. 7-10, 2020 in Washington, DC…
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 10,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth.?
Each January, the ABCA hosts the largest baseball convention in the world. More than 6,600 coaches attend the ABCA Convention, which is held at various locations around the United States. It is four days of non-stop baseball!
Normally, on the opening afternoon of the convention, all of the committees meet to discuss their issues. There are more than 20 such committees, including the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and the Standing Committee. The evening of the first day of the convention is reserved for all the divisional business meetings. Actions taken at all these meetings are taken to the Executive Committee.
There are approximately 25 main-stage clinic speakers at each year's convention. These include some of the most knowledgeable and finest baseball coaches in the world. Each shares his expertise with all of the coaches in attendance. Additionally, the Expo Theater offers another area for presentations from exhibiting companies, coaches and others to showcase ideas and innovations. Also, on Friday & Saturday of the convention, there is a Youth Coaches Session featuring clinics focused on topics specifically for youth teams up to age 14.
Additionally, more than 300 companies are on hand to display state-of-the-art baseball equipment and services at the ABCA Trade Show. These exhibitors use nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibit space and many of the newest baseball inventions and innovations are debuted annually.