ABCA Anaheim 2017 Recap

There are two heavens on earth. One is in a ball field with corn stalks for the outfield fence on a little farm in Iowa. The other is the non-stop baseball event known as the ABCA Convention. Featuring unbelievable speakers and every product known to the sport it was four days of learning about every part of the game and seeing the newest tech and apparel out there. Upon leaving the conference it took a couple weeks to absorb all of the information and realize that no one knows everything, but there's a lot of coaches that know something about the game. If you're a player, parent or coach, you succeed in this game by continuing to learn and be a student of the game on and off the field. Below is the list of speakers that we were fortunate enough to hear speak, as well as some photos of the event.


The 2017 ABCA Convention in Anaheim was a resounding success. The 73rd annual meeting included 25 clinics listed below as well as the two special presentations by Diamond Kinetics and Turface Athletics. The ABCA clinics are presented by ATEC.

The videos from the 2017 clinics are available at

2017 ABCA Convention Clinic Speakers - Anaheim

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017  

Gary Gilmore, national champ Coastal CarolinaLiving the Dream

Casey Dunn, SamfordProgression Drills for Power: Building an Aggressive Approach

Marty Lees, Washington StateDouble Plays, Feeds & Turns

Wes Johnson, ArkansasBuilding the Foundation of Your Pitching Staff

Glenn Cecchini, Barbe High School (LA)Building Champions in Life Through Baseball

Jay Johnson, ArizonaDeveloping a Complete Offense and Hitting Approach

Tanner Swanson, WashingtonMindful Drill Progressions for Effective Catcher Skill Development

Mike Barwis, New York MetsA Holistic Approach to Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Andy Green, San Diego PadresManaging Baseball

Jerry Weinstein, Wareham GatemenA System for Controlling the Running Game

Mervyl Melendez, Florida InternationalBuilding a Successful Baseball Program

Jake Boss, Michigan StateWinning With Consistent Outfield Play

Motion Technology Session with Diamond Kinetics 

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017  

Jim Schlossnagle, TCUBuilding a Winning Program

Todd Gongwer, Author/CoachThe Pursuit of your BEST in Leadership

Steve Springer, Quality At BatsHow to Get Your Players to Compete with Confidence When They're Not Getting Hits

Mike Roberts, Chicago Cubs/Cotuit KettleersSprinting and Base Stealing: Turning the Diamond into a Track and Rhythmic Footwork into Stolen Bases

Scott Manahan, Bishop Watterson H.S. (OH)Indoor Preparation for the High School Season

Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt
Paul Mainieri, LSU
John Savage, UCLAChampionship Coaching Panel

Dan Sheaffer, Princeton RaysThe Art of First Base Play

Nate Trosky, Trosky BaseballMaking Plays!

Dennis Rogers, Riverside City College
Eddie Cornejo, UC Santa Barbara
Rolando Garza, Pepperdine
Youngjin Yoon, Lotte Giants (Korea)Teaching/Coaching Dynamics and Specific Skill Set Development

Groundskeeper Session with Turface Athletics featuring Greg Elliott (San Francisco Giants)

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017  

Greg Moore, Cal State NorthridgePitching Mechanic-Less

Rusty Stroupe, Gardner-WebbCharacter and Ethics in the Sport of Baseball

Mike Curran, Esperanza High School (CA)Offensive Baseball – Stealing Runs

Matt Husted, Wheaton College (IL)