NFCA Forums

NFCA Forums are in-depth educational offerings that are open to all members of the softball community. Highlighted by our Educate To Elevate series, these forums take a look at current issues in the sport as well as society as a whole. We hope you enjoy these special offerings and welcome your feedback. New episodes, topics, and guests will be announced via the NFCA’s bi-weekly newsletter and Sunday's educational email (members-only), as well as through NFCA social media accounts (@NFCAorg across platforms).

EDUCATE TO ELEVATE

Educate To Elevate" forums take a closer look at current issues in the sport, as well as society as a whole. 

Grief & Loss: Tackling the Unexpected

Panelists from different backgrounds and experiences will share their unique perspectives.

Featuring: Sonja Garnett (Head Coach, Saint Mary's College), Linda Kalafatis (Head Coach, College of Charleston), Dr. Peter McGahey (Head Women's Soccer Coach, Saint Leo), Shonda Stanton (Head Coach, Indiana), and Dr. Meghana Suchak (Associate Director of Training, Counseling Psychologist, Louisville).

 
Do You Know What Your Players Are Thinking? Become a Better Listener to Navigate 2020

As a coach navigating a global pandemic, national social justice movements, an election year, and greater anxiety among athletes than ever before (just to name a few), your athletes are looking to you for guidance and support. Are you listening?

Featuring: Betsy Butterick (Communiations Expert), Deanna Gumpf (Head Coach, Notre Dame), Dr. Scotta Morton (Assistant AD Mental Performance & Psychological Services, Missouri), Gary Redus II (Women's Basketball Assistant Coach, Vanderbilt), Morgan Zerkle (Assistant Coach, Miami (OH) / Athletes Unlimited)

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Identifying Unhealthy Relationships

You will likely encounter at least one scenario in your lifetime of an unhealthy relationship that may include physical abuse, sexual violence, emotional abuse and/or stalking. Can you identify the warning signs? Do you know how to start the conversation? 

Featuring: Kaylyn Manning (Former Student-Athlete, Arizona State), Julie Myers (Head Lacrosse Coach, Virginia), Dr. LaKeitha Poole (Director of Student-Athlete Mental Health, LSU), Trisha Whitmire, Ph.D. (Assistant Director Equal Opportunity, Valencia), Margie Wright (NFCA Hall of Fame, Fresno State/Retired)

 

Continuing the Conversations on Race: A Call to Action

Open discussion regarding the social justice movement. Our first forum touched on the current climate and the experiences of black coaches and administrators. This forum addresses action items coaches can take back to their team and communities to enact real change.

Featuring: Cam Fenton (TCU), DJ Johnson (Rock Valley College), Veronica Nelson (Cal), Dorian Shaw (Purdue), Samantha Ricketts (Mississippi State)

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Creating an Inclusive Culture

Focused on creating an inclusive culture for the LGBTQ+ community within your program. Panelists share their experiences and expertise through open dialogue.

Featuring: Pat Conlan (Georgetown), Christian Conrad (Florida State), Dr. Meg Hancock (Louisville), Amanda Scott (UMSL), Brandi Stuart (UCF), Kirk Walker (UCLA)

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Dismantling Racism and Understanding Privilege

Open forum about the social justice movement in our country, and how coaches can initiate the discussion with their team, staff, and administration.

Featuring: Charmelle Green (Penn State), Now-Allah James (NYU), Tyra Perry (Illinois), Tori Tyson (Howard), Olivia Watkins (Boston College), Veronica Wiggins (Florida A&M)

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LET'S TALK TECH 

Softball technology can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. This two-part forum will discuss how coaches use a variety of technologies with their teams. Learn from various perspectives ranging from Division I Power 5 universities to travel ball coaches. Each forum will end with a Q&A session and is open to anyone! If you've never had time to learn ... Let's Talk Tech!

Part 1 Featuring: Josh Bloomer (Duke - Blast), Benet Higgs (Stony Brook - Getting Creative with Technology) and Mike Reed (UT Tyler - Pocket Radar) 

Part 2 Featuring: Travis Wilson & Troy Cameron (Florida State - Diamond Kinetics), Geoff Hirai (Seattle University - HitTrax) and Josh Johnson (Mississippi State - Rapsodo) 

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