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ABCA Show Preview
A look at what’s on deck for the 60th annual ABCA Convention, which comes to Nashville Jan. 6-9. Among the ABCA honorees this year are new Hall of Famers Gary Adams, Ed Flaherty, Russ Frazier, Sonny Pittaro, Enos Semore, and George Valesente, and Lefty Gomez Award winner John Cunningham.
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On The Cover: Cal State Fullerton Head Coach George Horton was named the ABCA 2004 Division I Coach of the Year after leading the Titans to their fourth NCAA Division I title. Horton is also a clinic speaker at the 2005 ABCA Convention, Jan. 6-9 in Nashville. Photo by Matt Brown.
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Annual Convention comes to Nashville ABCA Convention Preview The newly renovated Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville hosts the ABCA’s 60th annual convention, Jan. 6-9, 2005. Second Vice-President Bill Holowaty has arranged a distinguished speaker lineup for the ABCA clinics beginning on Friday morning. This group of quality clinicians includes George Horton, Cal State Fullerton; Pat McMahon, University of Florida; Rick Jones, Tulane University; Ed Flaherty, University of Southern Maine; and 19-time Major League all-star Cal Ripken. In addition, more than 280 companies will display state-of-the-art equipment, including new coaching aids, apparel, and batting and pitching machines. Many of these items are being displayed for the first time. Other highlights of the convention are the Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet on Friday, Jan. 7, and the Honors Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 8, where we recognize and honor individuals who have contributed significantly to the ABCA and to amateur baseball and have made our sport better.
ABCA Hall of Fame Welcomes Six New Members Six coaches will be honored with induction into the ABCA Hall of Fame during the annual Hall of Fame and Coach of the Year Banquet on Friday, Jan. 7, 2005. The members of the Class of 2005 are Gary Adams, UCLA; Ed Flahert y, Universit y of Southern Maine; Russ Frazier, Louisburg College; Sonny Pittaro; Rider Universit y; Enos Semore, Universit y of Oklahoma; and George Valesente, Ithaca College. These coaches join 209 other amateur baseball greats in the ABCA Hall of Fame. The all-time winningest baseball coach in UCLA history with 984 wins, Gary Adams returned to his alma mater as head coach in 1975 after five successful seasons at the Universit y of California-Irvine. Adams, who ranks among the top coaches in the nation with 1,172 career wins, has coached the Bruins to 11 NCAA tournament appearances, four conference titles, and one College World Series appearance. He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2004, his third such honor. Adams has produced more Major League players (38) than any active coach in college baseball and ranks second all-time to Rod Dedeaux at USC. Twenty former Bruins were on major league rosters in 1991 (a single-season record). Of
those 20, only six were drafted out of high school. In 2000, UCLA broke another collegiate record when 12 Bruins were selected in the Major League draft. Despite the many professional signings, Adams is most proud of his players’ 80 percent graduation rate. Before his storied coaching career at UCLA, Adams enjoyed a outstanding playing career with the Bruins and was team captain, leading hitter, and most valuable player in his final Gary Adams season. His coaching career began in 1963 with a two-year stint as Coach Art Reichle’s graduate assistant while working on his master’s degree at UCLA. In 1965, Adams became the assistant coach at the University of California-Riverside, in the town where he had spent his high school and junior college years playing basketball and baseball. After four years of coaching under Dr. Don Edwards at UCR, Adams was named the first head baseball coach at UC-Irvine. The Irvine baseball teams had winning records from the start, rolling off an NCAA record 32 consecutive wins in 1974, five NCAA playoff appearances, and back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships in 1973 and 1974. Adams was named NCAA National Coach of the Year in 1974. In five years at UCI, his teams won 188 games and lost only 69 for a winning percentage of .732. Having just completed his 19th season as head baseball coach at the Universit y of Southern Maine, Ed Flaherty has established the Huskies program as one of the nation’s finest at the Division III level. In his 19 years as head coach, Flahert y has compiled an impressive 569-241-3 record and guided the Huskies to two national championships. The Southern Maine program has been to the College World Series six times under Flahert y’s direction, and its 1991 NCAA Division III national championship marked the first time a collegiate team from the state of Maine won a national championship in any sport. A former University of Maine standout, Flaherty has earned many honors throughout his coaching career. He was named the 1991 and 1997 NCAA National Coach of the Year by the ABCA. He was also voted New England Region
Coach of the Year in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, and 2001 by the New England Baseball Coaches Association. In addition, he has been named Diamond District One Baseball Coach of the Year in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2001. Flaherty served as president of the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1999 and currently sits on the ABCA Board of Directors and serves on the ABCA Standing Committee. Flaherty is past-president of the New England Baseball Coaches Association and received the prestigious Jack Butterfield Award in 1999. Flaherty also assisted with USA National Baseball Team Trials in Homestead, Fla., in 1994. While at the University of Maine (1972 to 1976), Flaherty received many honors for his outstanding play as a member of the Black Bears baseball program, including selection to the ABCA Division I All-American Baseball Team in 1975. He was co-captain of the 1976 College World Series team under head coach John Winkin, and was a member of the 1975 USA National Team that won the Intercontinental Cup. Flaherty was inducted into the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the State of Maine Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. Russ Frazier’s coaching career began in 1959 at Louisburg College, the oldest private junior college in the nation. In 40 seasons, he accumulated 1,034 wins and 390 losses for a .726 winning percentage. In that span, he took his Hurricanes to nine NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo., placing fifth twice and third once. His Hurricanes won 20 conference championships, 13 regional championships, and nine district championships. Twelve of his players played Major League Baseball, and more than 75 have signed pro contracts. Frazier was region coach of the year 13 times, district coach of the year nine times, and conference coach of the year 21 times. He was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 1987. He was the assistant coach for the USA Team that won the World Amateur Games in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1974; assistant coach of the USA South Team that won the gold medal in Houston in 1985; and head coach of the USA Junior Olympic Team that won the silver medal in Windsor, Canada, in 1978. Along with coaches Wayne Graham, Will Griffin, and Demie Mainieri, he was selected as a member of the Baseball News 20th Century National Junior College All-Star Team in 2000. Frazier graduated with a B.S. from North Carolina State University in 1958 and received an M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina
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in 1959. Coach Frazier played professional baseball in the Cincinnati organization and was a military policeman in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1956 before beginning his coaching career. In 1987, the Louisburg College trustees surprised and honored Coach Frazier by naming the school’s baseball facility, “Frazier Field.” Sonny Pittaro recently completed his 34th and final season at the helm of Rider’s varsit y baseball team as the school’s winningest coach in any sport. Now 65, Pittaro announced in February that he would retire at the end of the 2004 season. The former Brown University standout compiled over 750 wins against a schedule acknowledged as one of the best in Eastern baseball. His career win total ranked among the top 30 in the nation among active coaches. In the last 20 years, Pittaro has guided Rider to eight NCAA Regional Tournaments, including the 1987 East Regional, where the team advanced to the championship round and was ranked 24th in the final national poll. His Broncs have won nine conference titles, including three Northeast Conference titles, and three of his last four teams reached the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game. His 1998 squad won the MAAC-South in its first season in the conference.
Pittaro completed his reign as president of the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2002. In 2001, he was the MAAC Coach of the Year. He served two, three-year terms on the prestigious NCAA Baseball Committee, and by a vote of his fellow coaches, Pittaro has twice been named the Diamond Baseball Coach of the Year in the East Region. He was twice named East Sonny Pittaro Coast Conference Coach of the Year (1986, 1991), and twice honored by the New Jersey Baseball Writers Association as the University Division Coach of the Year (1980, 1984). In 1994, he was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year. Pittaro served 10 years as president of the Trenton Select Committee, an organization that honors outstanding athletic achievements in the Trenton area. Pittaro acquired his baseball expertise as a standout infielder in high school, college, and professional baseball before getting involved in
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coaching. He starred as an infielder at both Trenton High School and Brown University, hitting .424 to earn All-East honors as a junior at Brown. He went on to play professionally in the Washington-Minnesota system for three years. Forty-two of his Rider players have gone on to play ball professionally, and three reached the major leagues: Jack Armstrong of the 1986 squad; Jeff Kunkel, the third player chosen in the 1983 Major League draft; and Ed Whited, a 1986 graduate and Rider Athletics Hall of Famer. Five times under Pittaro, a Bronc has earned All-America honors, including Jason Koehler, who also earned Academic All-America honors in 1995, and Ken Kremer, who won the 1988 Division I national batting title. Pittaro is regarded as one of the finest instructors of fundamentals in the nation and is a regular speaker at baseball clinics throughout the region. Pittaro earned a B.A. degree in history from Brown and has a M.Ed. degree from Temple Universit y. Enos Semore graduated from Keota High School in 1950, having lettered in baseball and basketball all four years. He then enrolled at Northeastern State Universit y in Tahlequah, Okla., where he again lettered in baseball and basketball all four years. However, during his junior year of college, Semore was drafted into the Army during the Korean Conf lict. He served two years in the Military Police, still playing baseball and basketball while in the service, and then returned to NSU in the fall of 1955. He graduated with a B.S. in education in 1956, followed by a M.Ed. Coach Semore began his coaching career in 1956 at Buhl (Idaho) Junior High where he taught math and physical education in addition to coaching the basketball team. In 1957, he was hired as the junior high basketball coach and assistant high school basketball and baseball coach at Muskogee Public Schools. His career moved up to the college level when he was asked to join Bacone Junior College in 1962 as its head baseball coach as well as assistant basketball coach to Ken Hayes. Two years later, Semore became head baseball coach, head basketball coach, and track coach. As Bacone’s baseball coach for five years, his team’s record was 155-22, and he took them to the National Junior College Tournament four out of his five years, where they finished seventh, fifth, third, and first. In 1967, they won the national championship with a 47-3 record. The University of Oklahoma named Semore its head baseball coach in 1967. While in Norman, his teams won seven Big 8 titles, went to 14 NCAA Regionals, and participated in five College World Series. Coach Semore had a record of 851-370 after 22 years at OU. The combined college coaching record for Coach Semore at Bacone and Oklahoma totals 1,006-392. He also won District Coach of the Year honors six times and was named National Coach of the Year by the Southwest Scouts
ABCA Association. Additionally, he was inducted into the Keota High School Hall of Fame and the Northeastern State Universit y Hall of Fame, both in 1989. George Valesente recently completed his 33rd season as a college coach and his 26th year as head coach at Ithaca College. Valesente has led the Bombers to 25 NCAA playoff appearances and two NCAA Division III championships (1980 and 1988). He is one of just six Division III baseball coaches to George Valesente win more than one national title. A 1966 Ithaca graduate, Valesente played on NCAA playoff teams in soccer, basketball, and baseball, serving as captain of the soccer and basketball teams as a senior. He played four seasons of professional baseball in the Washington Senators’ organization, rising to
the AAA level in 1969. Following his playing career, Valesente coached baseball at Brockport and New Paltz for two seasons each. He was baseball and men’s soccer coach at SUNY-Maritime for two years before returning to Ithaca in 1978 to take his current post. The Bombers have made nine trips to the Division III World Series under Valesente. His teams have never had a losing season and have won nearly 70 percent of their games and 15 conference champions. Valesente has coached 19 All-Americans at Ithaca and 28 players who signed professional baseball contracts, including Glen Cook, who became the second Bomber to play in the major leagues. The ABCA named Valesente Division III Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1988. He was named ABCA District Coach of the Year in 1980, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, and 1994. He was named to Ithaca College’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980. Valesente owns bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from Ithaca. His 26-year record at Ithaca is 720-315-5, and his 31-year overall mark is 811-362-5.
John Cunningham Wins Lefty Gomez Award John Cunningham began his University of San Diego career in 1962 when he was hired by former athletic director Phil Woolpert to be the freshman basketball coach, assistant varsity basketball coach, and director of intramural activities. He assisted baseball coach Mike Morrow in 1963 and took over the program in 1964. During the next 35 years, he directed the USD Toreros to 843 victories, 16 winning seasons, and four NCAA Regional appearances, including trips to the College World Series in 1971 and 1978. He was named District VIII Coach of the Year in 1971 and twice was named the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year (1993 and 1998). Fort y-seven of his players signed professional contracts with seven making it to the major leagues. In 1988, school officials renamed the baseball stadium after him, “Cunningham Baseball Stadium.” In 1991, his peers voted him into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The San Diego Baseball Historical Society recognized him as one of the 25 most inf luential people in San Diego involved with the sport of
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Honors Luncheon Each year, the Honors Luncheon is one of the highlights at the ABCA convention. It gives us an opportunit y to pay special tribute to some very special people and once again, several prominent individuals will receive awards. Cal Ripken, Jr. and Bruce Brown will be receiving this year’s Honor Awards. There are few people in the history of the sport of baseball who
are held in higher esteem than Cal Ripken, Jr. He retired from baseball in 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles as one of only seven players in history to amass at least 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995, Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played (2,130) and voluntarily ended his streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games. Ripken has always focused on giving back to the community. He founded the Cal Ripken, Jr. Foundation; the Kelly and Cal Ripken, Jr. Foundation; The Baltimore Reads Ripken Learning Center; the Kelly G. Ripken Program; and The Cal Ripken, Jr./Lou Gehrig ALS Research Fund. He is heavily involved with Cal Ripken Baseball, which has over 700,000 youth players worldwide. Cal and his brother, Bill, will also be speak at the ABCA Clinic. The ABCA emphasizes sportsmanship and ethics as a top priority. At last year’s convention, Michael Josephson, founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, was a keynote speaker. This year, Bruce Brown will deliver a keynote speech. Brown has coached and taught at all levels, including the NFL, for 25 years. He is the Director of ProActive Coaching and also the NAIA Special Presenter of the Champions of Character Initiative. Brown has spoken around the country to athletes, coaches, parent groups,
and businesses on the subject of character. He has produced 11 instructional coaching videos and authored eight books. At the convention, Mr. Brown will deliver an address entitled, “The Power of a Coach’s Words.” Any ABCA member may nominate an individual for the Honor Award. The Nominating/ Awards Committee reviews the nominations and selects two or three of these people to receive this award. Past recipients include former President George Bush, John Grisham, Dick Enberg, Sparky Anderson, Sandy Alderson, Pat Williams, Tony Gwynn, Michael Josephson, and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. Four other outstanding individuals will receive the ABCA Meritorious Service Award at the luncheon. They are: Paul Seiler, Executive Director of USA Baseball; David Osinski, Executive Director of the American Baseball Foundation; John Daigle, General Manager at USA Stadium; and David Yeast, Director of the NCAA Umpires Program. The recipients of this award are selected by the ABCA Hall of Fame Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The award goes to individuals who have provided outstanding service to amateur baseball. The Rawlings Sporting Goods Company is the official sponsor of the Honors Luncheon.
ABCA TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF CLINIC SPEAKERS F R I D AY, J A N U A RY 7 8:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Start of Clinic Sessions. Welcome & Introduction to Clinic Format, Danny Hall, Georgia Tech-ABCA President Bill Holowaty, Eastern Connecticut State University - ABCA First Vice-President 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. “The Right Mind-Set for Championship Baseball,” George Horton, Cal State Fullerton 9:15 a.m.-10 a.m. “The Power of a Coach’s Words,” Bruce Brown, NAIA Champions of Character Initiative 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. “Pitching Mechanics That Still Produce Results,” Kevin O’Sullivan, Asst. Coach, Clemson Univ. 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. “Practice Organization for All Levels,” Fred Hill, Rutgers University 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. “The Transition from Aluminum to Wood Bat Hitting,” Joe Maddon, Bench Coach, Anaheim Angels 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Break for lunch 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. “Pre-Practice Stretching and Conditioning Program,” Pat McMahon, University of Florida 2:15 p.m.-3 p.m. “Making Your Infield Better: First-Base Play,” Ed Flaherty, University of Southern Maine 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. “Catching: Making Everyone Better,” Jim Penders, University of Connecticut 3:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. “Team Practice Drills That Make Sense,” Rick Jones, Tulane University
4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m. “Pick Drills and Strategies With Tempo and Timing,” Joe Sottolano, U. S. Military Academy S AT U R D AY, J A N U A RY 8 8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m. “The Mental Aspects of Coaching Pitchers,” Steve Smith, Baylor University 9:15 a.m.-10 a.m. “Overachievement: The New Model For Exceptional Performance,” Dr. John Eliot, Performance Psychologist, Rice University 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. “Middle Infield Play,” Cal and Billy Ripken, Ripken Baseball 10:45 a.m.-11:30 a.m. “Rethinking the Mind-Set About Third-Base Play,” Jack Stallings, Georgia Southern University 12:15 p.m.-2 p.m. Honors Luncheon 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. “Motivating the 21st Century Athlete,” Joe Walsh, Harvard University 2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. “Developing the Three-Pitch Pitcher,” Charlie Green, Miami Dade South Community College 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. “Building Blocks for Championship Defense,” Ed Servais, Creighton University 4:15 p.m.-5 p.m. “Winning a Championship Playing Small Ball,” Pat Bailey, George Fox University 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m. “Baserunning: Putting Your Program Over the Top,” Steve Trimper, Manhattan College
HIGH SCHOOL BREAKOUT SESSION 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. “Most Common High School Hitting Problems,” Guy Anderson, Cordova High School (CA) 2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. “Outfield Drills and Techniques,” Kirk Bock, Harrison High School (AR) 3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. “Small Ball Baseball: How to Utilize and How to Control,” Bucky Mieras, Orona High School (MN) 4:15 p.m.-5 p.m. “Building a High School Baseball Program and Practice Organization,” Brad Myers, Battle Ground Academy High School (TN) S U N D AY, J A N U A RY 9 8:15 a.m.-9 a.m. “Offensive Keys to Team Hitting Success,” Dave Tollett, Florida Gulf Coast University 9 a.m.-9:45 a.m. “A Program for Shoulder and Elbow Strengthening for Pitchers,” Dan Cassidy, Physical Therapist, Cassidy Sports Physical Therapy 9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m. “Drills in Developing Outfield Play,” Mitch Thompson, Assistant Coach, Baylor University 10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. “Pitch Recognition: Don’t Just Preach it, Teach It,” Dr. Peter J. Fadde, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology, Southern Illinois University
Dave Serrano Named Assistant Coach of Year For his outstanding work as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Cal State Fullerton, Dave Serrano has been selected as the ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year. During Serrano’s eight years at Fullerton, the Titan pitching staff led the Big West in ER A five times and ranked among the nation’s top 25 each of the last five years. Serrano’s recruiting classes at Fullerton ranked in the nation’s top two twice in the last four years. Coach Serrano was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of
Tennessee in 1995 and 1996, helping the Volunteers reach the 1995 College World Series. He began his coaching career at Cerritos College where he served from 1988 to 1994. After assisting head coach George Horton and the Cal State Fullerton squad to the 2004 Division I National Championship, Serrano was named head coach at the Universit y of California Irvine. Previous recipients of this outstanding honor are Dean Stotz, Stanford; Tim Corbin, Clemson; Brian O’Connor, Notre Dame; Jim Toman, South Carolina; and Jim Lawler, Texas A&M. Serrano will receive the award during the Saturday’s Honors Luncheon.
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2005 PREVIEW 60th Annual Convention List of Exhibitors The following companies are exhibiting at the ABCA Convention (as of 10.26.04). Company names are followed by their booth numbers at the convention. * Indicates new exhibitor
*A-Turf (A division of Surface America) - 349 P.O. Box 157 Williamsville, NY 14231 (888) 777-6910 www.aturf.com firstname.lastname@example.org A-Turf systems feature the highest quality synthetic grass in the industry. Backed by a coast-tocoast network of experienced installers. Ideal for baseball, football, soccer & more. Webb Cook See ad on page 22 Action Sports Media – 723 1 Center Court, Suite #200 Portland, OR 97227 (800) 346-8037 Game Ops Commander John Jackson *Action Sports Systems, Inc. – 220 P. O. Box 1442 Morganton, NC 28655 (800) 631-1091 Custom team uniforms for all sports Nand Thapar Adams USA - 300 P. O. Box 489 Cookeville, TN 38501 (800) 251-6857 Baseball protective & field equipment Gary Montgomery Adscreen Group – 500 8010 Leavenworth Street Omaha, NE 68114-5332 (877) 393-5111 Adscreen banners & field products John Graves *AdvoCare - 533 5733 Quest Ridge Road Franklin, TN 37064 (615) 456-7002 Sports & nutritional products Jeremy Fouts Aer-Flo, Inc. – 628 P. O. Box 1329 Oneco, FL 34264 (800) 823-7356 www.aerflo.com email@example.com Fast-growing manufacturer of quality sports covers and windscreens. Products include two patent-pending products: WIND WEIGHTED™ Baseball Tarps and BUNT ZONE™ Infield Protectors. Bill Henning See ad on the Inside Back Cover
Akadema, Inc. – 122 & 124 317 Midland Avenue Garfield, NJ 07026 (973) 772-7669 www.akademapro.com firstname.lastname@example.org In Akadema’s short but remarkable history, it has become America’s hottest baseball equipment company for pro, college and high school players. The Akadema phenomenon started with The Professional glove series and continues with The Reptilian and Praying Mantis glove series. Lawrence Gilligan See ad on page 38 All-Star/Ampac Enterprises – 966 & 968 P. O. Box 1356 Shirley, MA 01464 (800) 777-3810 Baseball equipment & accessories Stan Jurga American Baseball Foundation – 311 1313 - 13th Street South Birmingham, AL 35205 (205) 558-4235 Pitching development/reading/baseball E. David Osinski Ammer Athletic Wear – Plaza 957 679 W. 26th Street Hialeah, FL 33010 (877) 521-6216 Manufacturer of baseball uniforms J. C. Asenjo & Amado Cabrera Anaconda Sports – 602 & 604 1221 Ulster Avenue Kingston, NY 12401 (800) 572-5293 Complete line of baseball products John Stote III Anchor Sports, Ltd. - 450 801 E. Campbell Road, Suite 638 Richardson, TX 75081 (866) 733-8873 Infield conditioner Byron Pierce
Applied Concepts/Stalker Radar - 950 2609 Technology Drive Plano, TX 75074-7467 (800) 782-5537 www.stalkerradar.com email@example.com Stalker Radar manufacturers the Stalker SPORT radar, Stalker PRO radar, and Stalker Acceleration Testing System. Stalker Radars are used by all major league teams. Paul Hataway See ad on page 40 *AstroTurf – 343 2680 Lakeland Road, SE Dalton, GA 30721 (706) 278-1441 Synthetic turf Alan Snipes *Astute Educational Services - 109 9131 Taft Street, #136 Merrillville, IN 46410 (219) 617-0195 www.astuteed.net/prostyle firstname.lastname@example.org Astute Educational Services sells the Pro Style line of instructional videos by John Mallee, minor league hitting coordinator for the Florida Marlins. These quality videos teach all the fundamentals of great hitting. Jim Myers See ad on page 16 Athletes in Action Baseball - 302 651 Taylor Drive Xenia, OH 45385 (937) 352-1000 Summer collegiate teams Jason Lester Athletic Training Equipment Company (ATEC) - Bay 663 655 Spice Island Drive Sparks, NV 89431 (800) 755-5100 x 1203 Pitching machines, nets, balls & tees Larry Leukhardt *Atlanta Team Headwear - 541 4436 Park Drive Norcross, GA 30093 (877) 285-4397 Caps Larry D’Amato
*Atlantic Bat Company – 850 67 Foster Street Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 531-0345 www.atlanticbats.com email@example.com Atlantic Bat Company, manufacturer of the Chautauqua Bat, produces the highest quality maple and ash bats available on the market today. Adam Teal See ad on page 32 Baden Sports – 204 34114 - 21st Avenue South Federal Way, WA 98003 (800) 442-1271 Baseballs & accessories Rusty Trudeau The Baseball Academy – 503 5500 – 34th Street West Bradenton, FL 34210 (941) 727-0303 Camps Tom Pluto Baseball America – 700 & 702 201 W. Main Street, Suite 201 Durham, NC 27701 (800) 845-2726 Baseball magazine, Web site & books Lee Folger Baseball Express – 323 & 325 1051 E. Nakoma San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 348-7000 x 4752 Baseball catalog sales Joey Squilla Baseball Factory – Bay 963 9176 Red Branch Road, Suite M Columbia, MD 21045 (800) 641-4487 Player development & college placement Steve Sclafani Baseball Heaven Sports Complex – 819 18 Old Dock Road Yaphank, NY 11980 (800) 871-6652 Sports facility Lou Volpe BATCO – Plaza 215 111 Treeland Circle Syracuse, NY 13219 (877) 462-2826 Batting cages & infield batting trainers Pete Birmingham
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1655 101st Avenue NE • Minneapolis, MN 55449-4420 U.S.A • (763) 785-1000 • Fax (763) 785-0556 • www.turfco.com Request No. 108
Booths 706, 708 & 710
Baum Research & Development - 610 1155 Hastings Traverse City, MI 49686 (231) 929-0598 Baseball bats Mitch Pietras
Bleachers International, Inc. - 773 P. O. Box 718 Strasburg, CO 80136 (800) 544-6658 Aluminum bleachers Wayne Clark
*BPHL Sports, LLC – 648 235 Shandwick Place Alpharetta, GA 30004 (404) 513-6350 Pitcher’s & catcher’s training aid Danny Pralgo
Beacon Athletics – 729 2224 Evergreen Road, Suite 6 Middleton, WI 53562 (800) 747-5985 www.beaconathletics.com firstname.lastname@example.org Beacon Athletics offers training, conditioning, and athletic field equipment to improve the performance of athletes and the fields they play on. Benji Brye See ad on page 23
BMI Sales Group/Zingbat– 807 7750 Archer Road Justice, IL 60458 (866) 946-4228 www.zingbat.com email@example.com BMI Sales Group, Inc., designed, produced, and sells the “Zingbat” bat swing trainer. The Zingbat teaches the batter to stay “inside the ball.” John G. Ciesar See ad on page 30
Brett Brothers Sports – 409 & 411 E. 9514 Montgomery, Building #25 Spokane, WA 99206 (509) 891-6435 Baseball bats & equipment Joe Sample
Boathouse Sports – 854 & 856 425 E. Hunting Park Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19124 (800) 875-1883 Custom team outerwear Mike Schenbeck
BSN Sports - Plaza 433 1901 Diplomat Drive Dallas, TX 75234 (800) 527-7510 Institutional sporting goods Tom Rafferty
*Bomark Sportswear - 216 4774 Interstate Drive Cincinnati, OH 45246 (800) 231-3351 Team apparel & equipment Doug Wilcoxson
BWP Bats, LLC - 837 80 Womeldorf Lane Brookville, PA 15825 (814) 849-0089 www.bwpbats.com firstname.lastname@example.org
BetterBaseball - 428 1050 Mt. Paran Road Atlanta, GA 30327 (800) 997-4233 www.betterbaseball.com email@example.com BetterBaseball is your baseball supply headquarters, offering custom nets, baseballs, pitching machines (including ATEC, JUGS, DATA, and Master Pitch), training aids, batting cages, screens, and more. Glen Robinson See ad on page 34
Brown & Co. Sports Portraits - 711 404 Stonehenge Circle Rockledge, FL 32955 (321) 617-9977 Photographs Joe Brown
For premium performance and a color that will set your field apart, choose from the Soilmaster Select Series by Pro’s Choice. Scientifically engineered to cope with daily maintenance challenges, Soilmaster Select gives your field a professional look and is the TRUE choice of groundskeepers around the league for building and maintaining winning ballfields. Now available in four distinct colors, Soilmaster Select uniform granules manage moisture and alleviate compaction to keep your fields playable. Pro’s Choice delivers a full line of sportsfield products for conditioning soil and infield mix, top dressing infields, quickly drying puddles and revitalizing turf. Call for information and product samples
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Request No. 109
BWP Bats, LLC provides high quality wood bats to players at all levels, from youth to professional. All BWP Bats are hand-crafted from quality Pennsylvania hardwoods. Michael Gregory See ad on page 35 C & H Baseball, Inc. – 806 2215 – 60th Drive East Bradenton, FL 34203 (800) 248-5192 Backstop design & field equipment Torrey Spears Cages*Plus– 743 518 Fair Lane Nampa, ID 83686 (866) 475-9148 Portable batting cages Robert R. DeCloss CC Rental - 824 19 Wright Way Fairfield, NJ 07004-3514 (973) 882-0310 Passenger van rentals in Florida Tom Taylor *Cendant Hotel Group – 506 8547 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite J-135 Greenwood Village, CO 80112 (303) 783-1490 Erik Sabato
The Babe. Hammerin’ Hank. Nomar and A-Rod. They all earned their place among baseball’s greats using the legendary bats of Louisville Slugger. So did five of the past six national college baseball championship teams. And eight of the past ten teams who made it to the national championship game. Whether you’re swinging wood or aluminum – or just want a commemorative bat to hang on the wall – reach for the name that’s turned players into legends since 1884: Louisville Slugger. When it comes to bats,it’s the only name you’ll ever need to know.
THE OFFICIAL BAT OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.® www.slugger.com © 2004 Hillerich & Bradsby Co., Louisville, KY. All rights reserved. Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights are used with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. Visit the official website at MLB.com
Request No. 110
Booths 501 & 600
Challenger Industries – 244 P. O. Box 2727 Dalton, GA 30722-2727 (800) 334-8873 www.challengerind.com firstname.lastname@example.org Artificial turf for all your needs. Challenger has been manufacturing synthetic turf products for over 20 years—turf mats, batting cages, or the entire field. David White & Roger Harrison See ad on page 33 Clell Wade Coaches Directory – 400 P. O. Box 177 Cassville, MO 65625 (877) 386-4840 State & national coaching directories Karan Wade Coaches Choice – 432 & 434 P. O. Box 1828 Monterey, CA 93942 (888) 229-5745 Instructional books, videos, & DVDs Dr. Jim Peterson
Coaching Management – 828 2488 N. Triphammer Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 257-6970 x 11 Publishing www.athleticbid.com email@example.com Coaching Management publishes three issues per year for every high school and college head baseball coach in the U.S. with targeted editorial, product information, and ads. Mark Goldberg
Collegiate Pacific – 833 & 835 13950 Senlac, #200 Dallas, TX 75234 (800) 881-6536 x 248 Baseball equipment Steve Easterling *Cooperstown Baseball World – 105 P. O. Box 398 Bergenfield, NJ 07621 (888) CBW-8750 Youth baseball tournament facility Debra Sirianni
Coastal Plain League – 932 4900 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 201 Raleigh, NC 27606 (919) 852-1960 Collegiate summer baseball league Pete Bock
Cosby, Gerry & Co., Inc. – 201 3 Pennsylvania Plaza New York, NY 10001 (877) 563-6464 Travel/equipment bags & protective equipment Michael Cosby
Cocoa Expo Sports Center – 709 500 Friday Road Cocoa, FL 32926 (321) 639-3976 x 12 Spring break baseball & youth tournaments Jeff Biddle
*Country Stone, Inc. - 569 P. O. Box 420 Waterloo, IN 46793 (260) 837-9049 Ball diamond infield conditioner & warning track mix Darin Kain
CoverSports USA - 507 5744 Woodland Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19143 (800) 445-6680 Field covers, windscreens & fence crown Fred Hoge Crimson Stone, Inc. - 634 6510 Keenes Mill Road Cottondale, AL 35453 (800) 354-5663 Ball field materials Barry Snyder Cutters Gloves – 954 4902 E. McDowell Road, Suite 103 Phoenix, AZ 85008 (800) 821-0231 Batting gloves & batting accessories Chris Sears D-Bat, Inc. – 539 1400 Preston Road, Suite 110 Plano, TX 75073 (888) 398-3393 Wooden baseball/softball bats Cade Griffis Dartfish USA - 912 1301 Hightower Trail, Suite 111 Atlanta, GA 30350 (888) 655-3850 Sports video analysis software
Request No. 111
Booths 620 & 622
Request No. 112
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