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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Every year the NFCA National Convention provides its attendees with an abundance of educational opportunities. Additionally, coaches can continue their education by attending one of the Association’s three National Fastpitch Coaches College (NFCC) courses or take part in one of two pre-Convention seminars.

The NFCC courses bookend (Dec. 3-4 & Dec. 7-8) the Convention program, while the seminars are offered on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. ET. These excellent educational opportunities, taught by some of the top coaches in the sport, were created to help coaches continue to enhance their professional skills. 

There is an additional cost for these course as they are NOT included in the Convention registration fee. 

The 2019 NFCA National Convention is being held Dec. 4-7 at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. For more information and to register, click on the links provided.

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National Fastpitch Coaches College
This year’s offerings include offensive, defensive and administrative education. Prior to Convention, NFCC 403 (Position Play & Individual Defensive Skills) and NFCC 401 (From Surviving to Thriving: Unlock Your Coaching Potential) will take front and center. Our post-Convention class in 2019 is 402B (Advanced Analysis of Hitting and Short-Game Skills). For a more detailed course description, click on the appropriate class link.

NFCC 403- Position Play/Defensive Skills
Instructors: Larissa Anderson (Missouri), Megan Smith (Marshall), Bonnie Tholl (Michigan)

NFCC 401- From Surviving to Thriving: Unlock Your Coaching Potential
Instructors: Cindy Bristow (Softball Excellence), Rhonda Revelle (Nebraska)

Guest Instructors: Pat Conlan (Georgetown), Samantha Ekstrand (NFCA Legal Counsel), Gretta Melsted (Augustana), Karen Weekly (Tennessee)

NFCC 402B- Advanced Analysis of Hitting and Short-Game Skills
Instructors: Chris Malveaux (Missouri), Sam Marder (Texas Tech), Samantha Ricketts (Mississippi State)

Pre-Convention Seminars
These three-hour seminars will be held simultaneously on Dec. 4, 1-4:00 p.m. The Assistant Coach University returns for a fourth time with Celia Slater of True North Sports, while a quartet of well-known pitching coaches gather in one room to discuss individual pitch development.

Assistant Coach University

Get some great ideas on how you can build trust, manage conflict and invest in your growth during this three-hour session with Slater.Joining us for the first time at Convention, will lead a discussion of trust — what it is, and how to build it — and provide an opportunity to learn basic skills to help you move through conflicts, and find ways to grow using feedback as a tool. The seminar will share ideas and direct you to resources to help build trust with your team, provide a step-by-step process to plan for confrontational discussions, and show you how to “bridge the gap” that sometimes exists between coaches, their supervisors, their staff, and student-athletes.

Pitch Perfect: Set ‘Em Up & Sit ‘Em Down!

Join Trisha Ford (Arizona State), Kyla Holas (More Than a Game), Stephanie VanBrakle Prothro (Alabama) and Michelle Gascoigne (Northwestern) as they take a deep dive into individual pitch development. They will teach you specific drills used to increase speed, enhance spin, and improve accuracy for those same pitches. When you leave this seminar, you will have a better understanding and maybe picked up something new on the drop, rise, curve, and change-up. 

Keep Your Coaching Pitch Perfect.

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