American Baseball Coaches Association

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American Baseball Coaches Association
American Baseball Coaches Association Logo.jpg
NicknameABCA
Formation1945[1]
HeadquartersGreensboro, North Carolina
Membership (Sept. 1 - Aug. 31)
13,000
Executive Director
Craig Keilitz
Websitehttp://www.abca.org

The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) is the world's largest amateur baseball coaching organization. It was founded in 1945 as the American Association of College Baseball Coaches.[2][3][4][5] Now, the ABCA is composed of nearly 13,000 baseball coaches from all levels of amateur baseball, including youth, high school, travel ball, NJCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA, and NCAA Divisions I, II and III, among others.[6]

History[edit]

The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its nearly 13,000 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.

Membership[edit]

The association has almost 13,000 members hailing from all 50 U.S. states and 25 different countries. The membership includes coaches from all ranks of amateur baseball as well as some coaches with pro affiliation. The membership year for the ABCA runs from September 1 through August 31.[6]

Membership Benefits:

  • ABCA Coaching Resource Library access, which contains drill videos, charts and diagrams that can easily be utilized and downloaded to implement with your team. New content is added weekly to the resource library.
  • Inside Pitch Magazine subscription with issues mailed every other month.
  • $1 million Personal Liability insurance coverage for U.S. residents.
  • ABCA Press Box weekly e-newsletter with links to articles about baseball news, coaching tips and training.
  • Membership Discount Program - discounts on ABCA Partner products including companies such as Wilson Sporting Goods, Driveline Baseball, Franklin, Baseball America, Turface Athletics and more! Members also receive discounts on hotel and rental car bookings for team and personal use.
  • Free Job Board postings & Open Schedule Date Listings

National Convention[edit]

The ABCA hosts the world's largest baseball convention every January.[6] The convention features coaching clinics, trade show, meetings, several awards presentations and honors.[7] Over 7,000 coaches attend the convention, which lasts for four days.[8]

The convention is on a rotating schedule around the United States. Upcoming locations include Washington, D.C., Chicago, Nashville, Dallas and Las Vegas.

A major draw are the over 50 clinic speakers each year. These include some of the most knowledgeable baseball coaches and minds in the world and are on-hand to share their experiences and expertise with fellow coaches. Attendees receive each clinic video for free at the end of the convention on ABCAvideos.org. The clinics are also live streamed on ABCAvideos.org. After the convention, all clinics are available for purchase as on-demand video.

At the ABCA Trade Show, over 350 companies fill up nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibit space with state-of-the-art equipment and products, including coaching aids, apparel, field equipment, pitching machines and software. Many products are displayed for the first time and some items are even raffled off as prizes.

Barnstormers Regional Coaching Clinics[edit]

The ABCA hosts 20 regional coaching clinics throughout the United States and Canada each fall. The one-day clinics, known as Barnstormers Regional Coaching Clinics, feature presentations and on-field demonstrations by ABCA member coaches within that region. Presentations vary from video instruction to on-field demonstrations to live practice commentary, and focus on fundamentals, practical position-specific drills, coaching cues, and practice organization tips.

The clinics are free for members to attend! At least half of the clinic sites are filmed each year with the on-demand videos available on ABCAvideos.org.

My ABCA mobile app[edit]

The My ABCA mobile app was launched in Fall 2019 in both the Apple & Google Play Stores. Members and non-members can download the free app! Within the app, members can access their membership benefits year-round as well as stay up-to-date with ABCA news and content.

Additional features include the ability to collaborate with other members in forums and through direct messaging, register for the ABCA Convention and Barnstormer Regional Clinics, update member profiles and access the Coaching Resource Library.

The app allows users to view the ABCA Clinic Videos as well as tune in to the ABCA Podcast as well!

Hall of Fame[edit]

For members by year of induction, see footnote.[9]

Induction to the ABCA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the ABCA organization.[10] The ABCA Hall of Fame was established in 1966 with the inaugural 18–member class. Each year's Hall of Fame class is inducted during the Hall of Fame Banquet at the annual ABCA Convention in January. The entire ABCA Hall of Fame can be found online at ABCAhalloffame.org.

Awards[edit]

See also: College baseball awards and High-school baseball awards.

ABCA/Diamond Sports Coaches of the Year[edit]

  • The prestigious ABCA/Diamond Sports National & Regional Coaches of the Year are selected by member coaches in 11 divisions. The Coaches of the Year are recognized annually at the ABCA Convention.
    • NCAA Division I National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NCAA Division II National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NCAA Division III National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NAIA National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NJCAA Division I National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NJCAA Division II National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NJCAA Division III National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • Pacific Association Division National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • High School National and Regional Coaches of the Year[11]

ABCA/Baseball America National Assistant Coaches of the Year[edit]

  • The ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year Award, selected in 11 divisions, recognizes coaching expertise, recruiting, loyalty to the program and respect for the players and the game, among other criteria. The Coaches of the Year are recognized annually at the ABCA Convention.
    • NCAA Division I National Assistant Coach of the Year
    • NCAA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year
    • NCAA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year
    • NAIA National Assistant Coach of the Year
    • NJCAA Division I National Assistant Coach of the Year
    • NJCAA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year
    • NJCAA Division III National Assistant Coach of the Year
    • Pacific Association Division National Assistant Coach of the Year
    • High School National Assistant Coach of the Year

Lefty Gomez Award[edit]

The ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award has been presented since 1962. The award goes to an individual who has distinguished himself amongst his peers and has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, nationally and internationally. This award is sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods.

ABCA/Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award[edit]

ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award honors individuals who embody the ABCA Code of Ethics. The ABCA strives for sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity to the highest degree.

ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams[edit]

The ABCA has selected All-American Teams in each division of the ABCA, as well as an All-American/Coach of the Year Committee, as well as All-Region Teams.[2] Each division also selects a National Player of the Year, as well as All-Region Coaches of the Year and National Coaches of the Year.[2] Each year, over 1,700 All-Region Players and 330 All-American Players are selected.[2]

ABCA/Rawlings Position Players & Pitchers of the Year[edit]

  • ABCA/Rawlings Players of the Year:
    • NCAA Division I Position Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year
    • NCAA Division II Position Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year
    • NCAA Division III Position Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year
    • NAIA Position Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year
    • NJCAA Position Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year
    • NJCAA Position Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year
    • NJCAA Position Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year
    • Pacific Association Division Position Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year
    • High School Position Player of the Year & Pitcher of the Year[12]

ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans[edit]

  • ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans:
    • NCAA Division I All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NCAA Division II All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NCAA Division III All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NAIA All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NJCAA Division I All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NJCAA Division II All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NJCAA Division III All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • Pacific Association Division All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • High School All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)[13]

ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards[edit]

  • ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards:
    • NCAA Division I Gold Glove
    • NCAA Division II Gold Glove
    • NCAA Division III Gold Glove
    • NAIA Gold Glove
    • NJCAA Division I Gold Glove
    • NJCAA Division II Gold Glove
    • NJCAA Division III Gold Glove
    • Pacific Association Division Gold Glove
    • High School Gold Glove[14]

ABCA/Rawlings All-Region[edit]

  • ABCA/Rawlings All-Region:
    • NCAA Division I All-Region
    • NCAA Division II All-Region
    • NCAA Division III All-Region
    • NAIA All-Region
    • NJCAA Division I All-Region
    • NJCAA Division II All-Region
    • NJCAA Division III All-Region
    • Pacific Association Division All-Region
    • High School All-Region[15]

ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award[edit]

The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award honors high school and college programs that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Over 300 programs are recognized annually.

ABCA Century Club[edit]

The ABCA Century Club recognizes member coaches for every 100 victories they accumulate, awarding each with a certificate and recognition in ABCA publications.

ABCA Lifetime Membership[edit]

ABCA Lifetime Membership is awarded to coaches who have been members of the organization for 35 consecutive years and support to amateur baseball across the world. Currently, there are nearly 400 active Lifetime Members within the association. The newest Lifetime Members are honored each year at the annual ABCA Convention.

ABCA/Turface Athletics Field Maintenance Awards[edit]

The ABCA and Turface Athletics present the ABCA/Turface Athletics Field Maintenance Award and Scholarship each year to a college and a high school. The Field Maintenance Award recipients will receive a plaque recognizing excellence in field maintenance; plus one ton of TURFACE MVP and $400 to be spent on maintenance equipment from Turface Athletics. The Field Maintenance Scholarship recipients will receive three tons of TURFACE MVP, as well as $250 each of the next two years for field maintenance equipment from Turface Athletics.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the ABCA". American Baseball Coaches Association. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  2. ^ a b c d "This is the ABCA". ABCA. June 29, 1945. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Kevin M. (1996). Baseball in Florida – Google Books. ISBN 9781561640973. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  4. ^ "Alexander Joins ABCA All-America Committee". CSTV.com. September 19, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Leader – Serving the communities of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport and Ponte Vedra Beach". Beachesleader.com. February 20, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b c "ABCA Membership Benefits". ABCA. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "2015 ABCA Convention". ABCA. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  8. ^ About the American Baseball Coaches Association. ABCA website. Retrieved on 2016-12-02.
  9. ^ By Year Inducted. ABCA Hall of Fame website. Retrieved on 2016-12-02.
  10. ^ Award criteria and nomination information. ABCA Hall of Fame website. Retrieved on 2016-12-02.
  11. ^ Coaches of the Year
  12. ^ Players of the Year
  13. ^ ABCA All-Americans
  14. ^ ABCA Gold Gloves
  15. ^ All-Region Teams
  16. ^ ABCA/Turface Athletics Field Maintenance Awards. American Baseball Coaches Association. Retrieved on 2016-12-27.

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