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CONTENTS | BASEBALL Edition | ABCA Convention 2013 | Vol. XX, No. 12

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The ABCA Convention heads to Chicago, Jan. 3-6. Highlights of the convention will include six new individuals being inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame as well presentations of the Lefty Gomez Award, Assistant Coach of the Year Award, and Honors Award.

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Find times and topics for this year’s list of speakers, which includes Andy Lopez, University of Arizona; Mike Birkbeck, Kent State University; Sal Fasano, Toronto Blue Jays; Steve Trimper, University of Maine; and Rocke Musgraves, LSU-Shreveport.

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he American Baseball Coaches Association travels to the Windy City for its 68th annual convention, which is being held Jan. 3-6 at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. More than 4,000 coaches are expected to attend, and members are encouraged to arrive no later than Thursday, Jan. 3, as committee and division meetings, as well as exhibits, will open the convention that day. As always, the clinic session will be the heart of the event, and ABCA Second Vice-President Scott Berry has arranged an outstanding line-up of coaching clinic speakers, who will begin their sessions on Friday, Jan. 4. Among those scheduled to speak are Andy Lopez, from the University of Arizona; Sal Fasano of the Toronto Blue Jays; and Darin Erstad of the University of Nebraska. In the exhibit hall, about 300 companies are expected to display state-ofthe-art equipment, including coaching aids, apparel, field equipment, pitching machines, and software. Many exhibitors will be showcasing new products being displayed for the first time. Other convention highlights include the Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet Friday, Jan. 4, at 6:00 p.m., and the Honors Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 12:15 p.m.

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ABCA Ethics Award

Bailey, Saunders Share Prestigious Honor The ABCA believes that the highest calling of a baseball coach is to teach life’s lessons and model character traits of honesty, integrity, respect, and personal responsibility, and that a coach’s moral and ethical conducts—on and off the field—deeply influences players. The ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award honors coaches who display these traits. This year’s recipients are Pat Bailey, Assistant Coach at Oregon State University, and Tim Saunders, Head Coach at Dublin (Ohio) Coffman High School.

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Pat Bailey is entering his sixth season at Oregon State University, where he’s worked most closely with the hitters and outfielders. He has helped guide Oregon State to postseason play in each of the last four seasons.

Before accepting the position at OSU, Bailey spent 12 years as the Head Coach at George Fox University, where he

established the program as one of the best in the Northwest Conference and at the NCAA Division III national level. He led GFU to the 2004 NCAA Division III title, the school’s first in any sport. The Bruins won or shared eight NWC titles during his tenure and never had a losing season. Bailey earned two letters in baseball at North Idaho College then two more as a starting outfielder at the University of Idaho, where he was captain his senior season. He has also worked at the Pro Holiday Camps and at the Pro Seattle Camp Experience in Washington. Tim Saunders just completed his 24th season as the Head Coach at Dublin Coffman High School where he has led the team to one state title, two regional titles, five district championships Tim Saunders and 12 league crowns. His overall record, which includes four years as Head Coach at Meigs (Ohio) High School, stands at 471-296. His teams have appeared in the state regionals (final 16) five times. In 2000, his team made it to the state semifinals, and Saunders was named the ABCA District 4 Coach of the Year as

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well as the Columbus Dispatch and the Ohio Coaches Association Coach of the Year. In 2001, his team went on to win the Division I State championship. In 1997, the Dublin Coffman playing field was chosen by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) as the District 4 Field of the Year and National Region V Field of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Turface Inc. In 2007 it was voted the BCA National Field of the Year. Saunders attended the University of Rio Grande from 1978 to 1981 and played outfield for the Redmen for two years. His senior year, he did his student teaching at Portsmouth (Ohio) High School and became the assistant coach for the team that finished as state runner-up. He has long been active with USA Baseball and was the United States Olympic Committee’s Developmental Coach of the Year in 2001 for Baseball after guiding the 2001 Youth National Team to the Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. His work with USA Baseball also included stints as a coach at the Olympic Sports

Festival in 1995 and 1997 and with the USA Youth National teams that won gold medals in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Saunders is a former president and current board member of the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. He is currently Secretary and President for the Central District Baseball Coaches Association and is a recommending scout for the Cincinnati Reds. Saunders is also on the National ABCA and BCA High School All-American Committees. In 2000, he was selected as the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship, Integrity and Ethics award recipient. ABCA Hall of Fame

Six New Members Welcomed In 2013 During the 2013 Convention in Chicago, the ABCA will welcome six new members into its Hall of Fame. The Class of 2013 consists of Bill Aker, Northern Kentucky University; Dan Gallagher, Fordham University; Woody Hunt, Cumberland University; Ralph Rago, Roosevelt H.S., El Capitan H.S., and David H.S.; Joe Roberts,

Armstrong Atlantic State University; and Kent Shelly, Johnson County Community College. Learn more about the inductees below. Bill Aker is recognized as “The Father of Northern Kentucky University Baseball.” He built the baseball program at then Northern Kentucky State College from scratch starting in 1971. Aker led the Bill Norse for 29 years, Aker compiling a record that included 807 wins, four regional Coach of the Year awards, and two World Series appearances. In 1977, Aker’s Norse won a school-record 49 games and was ranked as high as seventh in the NCAA Division II national poll. In 1974, his team celebrated its first-ever regional championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships. Aker won at least 30 games 11 times and had four 40-win seasons. Aker retired from coaching after the 2000 season. The following year, NKU’s

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Message from the President Our annual American Baseball Coaches Association convention is a wonderful way to set the tone for your upcoming season. The ABCA will be returning to Chicago, Ill., for the 68th Annual Baseball Convention held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Wacker Drive from January 3-6, 2013. Many factors go into making this the largest and greatest coaches’ convention in the world, but none play a more significant role than the outstanding clinics that will occur from January 4th to the 6th. Second Vice-President Scott Berry has organized another brilliant lineup of speakers. Third Vice-President, Ed Blankmeyer, has a great group of high

school speakers as well. The clinics are always educational, informative, and motivational … you don’t want to miss them!!! In addition to the clinic sessions, approximately 300 vendors will be sharing their ideas and displaying everything you can think of dealing with the game of baseball!

attend the 2013 Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet and the Honors Luncheon. These are both marvelous events that recognize people who have made significant contributions to our game. I invite you to join us at these special events in celebrating their achievements!

The convention will begin on Thursday, January 3rd with business meetings of each division (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, High School, International, and Youth) gathering to discuss and decide upon relevant issues and rule changes within their respective group. I invite you to volunteer or “get involved” in your division of the ABCA. There are many different ways you can help. Share your talents and expertise! We have many incredible men who have shared their gifts and visions to better our organization and the game of baseball.

To all coaches of the ABCA— youth, high school, college, and international—continue to challenge yourselves and be great leaders for the players you coach. This game of baseball, along with your direction, will prepare your players to be successful in the bigger game of life and how to deal with those tough times.

I would also like to extend an invitation to all coaches and guests to

The ABCA family looks forward to seeing you in Chicago! John Schaly ABCA President Ashland University

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on-campus baseball complex was named in his honor. He was inducted into the NKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.

Dan Gallagher

Dan Gallagher directed the Fordham baseball program for 21 seasons, winning over 500 games. Included in his coaching span are seven league championships, four ECAL titles, and five NCAA Tournament berths.

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Prior to coaching at Fordham, Coach Gallagher coached clubs in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and then at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, N.Y., where he compiled a winning percentage of better than .800 for his high school coaching career. In 2007, Gallagher was inducted into the Fordham Athletics Hall of Fame. Woody Hunt has been the head coach of the Cumberland University Bulldogs for 31 seasons and is one of only six NAIA coaches to register 1,000 career victories with a 1,362-565-3 record. The Bulldogs Woody have appeared in 11 hunt NAIA World Series, including five of the last nine seasons, claiming national championships in 2004 and 2010 as well as runner-up finishes in 1995 and 2006.

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Cumberland has won 18 conference championships under Hunt, posting 22 seasons with 40 or more victories, including 18 of the last 23 years, and has won 50 or more games eight times. Hunt has been awarded 17 Coach of the Year honors, including the 2006 and 2010 ABCA/Rawlings National Coach of the Year awards. Ralph Rago has coached baseball at the youth, high school, junior college, collegiate, and international level for 54 years. His coaching career started at Roosevelt High School in Fresno, Ralph Calif. He then moved rago to El Capitan High School in Merced, Calif., and then to Davis (Calif.) High School. In his 27 years of high school coaching, his record was 400-195-5.

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Clinic Speakers & Topics Friday, January 4 8:30

Andy Lopez, Head Coach, University of Arizona

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Matt Senk, Head Coach, Stony Brook University New Bats-New Game: Stony Brook’s Approach to Maximizing Your Offense

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Butch Thompson, Pitching Coach, Mississippi State University

Pitching: Focus on the Elephant in the Room

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Keith Vorhoff, Asst. Coach, University of Kentucky

Catching Foundations: Receiving/Blocking

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Jim Meier, President, Championship Thinking Coach

Mental Game Meat and Potatoes

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Scott Lawler, Head Coach, Benet Academy, Lisle, Ill.

Throwing Routine for all Positions

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Kirk Bock, Head Coach, Bryant (Ark.) High School

Short Game Techniques and Strategies

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Dan Griesbaum, Head Coach, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South H.S.

Keys to Developing Consistent Winners

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Charlie Greene, Ron Wolforth, Jerry Weinstein, Phil Swimley

Throwing (Pitching)—Safe and Sound

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Justin Stone, Head Instructor, Elite Baseball Training

Hitting In the 21st Century

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Mike Birkbeck, Pitching Coach, Kent State University

Reliever and Bullpen Management

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Jayson King, Head Coach, Franklin Pierce University

Infield Play: From the Ground Up

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Dr. Frank Spaniol, Kinesiologist, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Utilizing Sports Science to Improve Player Performance

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Barry Dean, Executive Director, Alabama Baseball Coaches Assoc.

Building a Championship Program

Coach and Player-Umpire Relationships

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Sal Fasano, Coordinator of Catching, Toronto Blue Jays

Identifying Catchers’ Tools and Talents

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Steve Smith, Head Coach, Baylor University

Coaching Pitchers: My Basics

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Bob Keyes, Jerry Haugen, Gary Pullins, Bio-Kinetics Research and Development

What the Best Hitters in Baseball Do

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Steve Trimper, Head Coach, University of Maine

Drills That Won’t Freeze

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Dan Hartleb, Head Coach, University of Illinois

The BBCOR Age: The Return of the Short Game

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Darin Erstad, Head Coach, University of Nebraska

The Complete Outfielder

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Rod Olson, Founder, Coaches of Excellence Institute Motivating and Challenging the 21st Century Athlete

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Dr. Tom Hanson, Founder, Play Big Academy

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Kevin Barr, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Tampa Bay Rays

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Rocke Musgraves, Head Coach, LSU-Shreveport

Hitting Drill Revival: Saving Swings

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Matt Talarico, Asst. Coach, University of Dayton

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Steve Farley, Head Coach, Butler University

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Sean McDermott, Asst. Coach, Univ. of Illinois-Chicago

Daily Routines to Develop a Prepared Infielder

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the University of California-Davis under ABCA Hall of Fame coach Phil Swimley. While at UC-Davis he helped lead the Aggies to four NCAL Championships, and a berth in the 1995 Division II CWS. In 1994, Rago became Director of Game Development and head coach of Great Britain’s Junior and Senior National Teams. In 1999, he coached the Cameroon and Nigerian National teams in preparation for the All-African Baseball Championships. Rago has also coached in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Germany.

During his career, the Pirates have become a perennial Division II contender. At one point the Pirates were ranked in 110 straight polls over seven seasons. They advanced to the NCAA Division II World Series in 1988, 1989, and 1994. The 1990 squad ranked number one nationally every week of the season. Roberts has been selected for a Coach of the Year award nine times, including Regional Coach of the Year three times. In 2010, he became only the fifth college baseball coach ever inducted into the Georgia Dugout Hall of Fame.

Kent Shelley has been the head baseball coach at Johnson County Community College since 1987. The winningest coach in JCCC history, he has amassed a 759-476-1 mark leading five teams to kent shelley Eastern Sub-Regional championships and three squads to NJCAA Region VI titles. In 2008, he led his team to the program’s first JUCO World Series appearance.

From 2005 to 2009, Rago was assistant coach at Solano Community College and is currently assisting ABCA Hall of Fame coach Guy Anderson at Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Joe Roberts currently ranks as the leading active NCAA Division II coach in victories and is second all-time in wins. In his 33 years as head coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University, he has posted an overall joe record of 1,291-623 roberts while averaging over 40 wins per year and posting 33 consecutive winning seasons.

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Thursday, January 3 8:00 - 12:00 Exhibit Set-Up 10:00 – 7:00 Registration 1:00 – 6:00 ABCA Committee Meetings 1:00 – 6:00 Exhibits Open 5:30 – 6:30 Regional Chairs Meeting 6:30 – 9:00 ABCA Divisional Meetings 6:30 – 9:00 Int’l Coaches Meetings Friday, January 4 7:00 – 4:30 Registration 8:15 – 5:00 Clinics 9:00 – 5:00 Exhibits 9:30 – 11:00 Spouses Breakfast 6:00 – 9:30 Hall of Fame/ Coach of the Year Banquet Saturday, 7:00 – 12:00 8:30 – 5:30 9:00 – 3:00 12:15 – 2:00

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Shelley has produced 15 teams that have surpassed at least 30 wins. In four of the last five years, the Cavaliers have won 40 or more games. In the summer of 1994, Shelley served as the head coach for Team USA, a select NJCAA team from the U.S. that played host to a select team from Japan. In 1990, Shelley served as an assistant coach on the first NJCAA team to participate in international competition. In 2007, Shelley was inducted to the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Lefty Gomez Award

Madison Recognized For Contributions The Lefty Gomez Award is one of the most prestigious awards in all of amateur baseball. Named after the great Lefty Gomez, this award is presented by the American Baseball Coaches Association to an individual who has distinguished

himself amongst his peers and has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, nationally, and internationally. The award is presented each year at the ABCA Hall of Fame/Coach Keith madison of the Year banquet. Keith Madison, former University of Kentucky coach, is this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recipient of the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award. Madison is being recognized for his knowledge, integrity, and passion for the sport of baseball. He is the winningest coach in the history of Kentucky baseball and the third-winningest coach in SEC history. In 1978, he became the youngest head baseball coach at the Division I level when he was named coach at the University of Kentucky at the age of 26. During his 25 seasons at Kentucky, Madison won 737 games while coaching 85 players who were drafted or signed professional contract, including 17 major league players. Madison has been an active member of the ABCA. He was President in 2000 and currently sits on the ABCA Board of Directors. He is a member of the ABCA Hall of Fame as well as the Kentucky High School Baseball Hall of Fame and the University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Madison is currently the National Director of Baseball for SCORE International, which arranges mission trips both inside and outside the United States. Honors Luncheon

Meritorious Service Award Winners Each year, the Honors Luncheon is one of the convention highlights since it allows the ABCA to pay special tribute to some very special people. This year, the ABCA will again have some prominent individuals receiving awards, including Meritorious Service Awards.

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baseball writer, covering events such as the College World Series, Pan American Games and the Olympics. He served as the magazine’s managing editor from 1993 to Jim 1997 before moving to Callis suburban Chicago with his family and spending three years as a senior editor at STATS, Inc. Since returning to Baseball America in 2000, his main focuses have been evaluating prospects (including editing BA’s annual Prospect Handbook) and covering the amateur draft (including broadcast work with ESPN and MLB Network). He’s the recipient of the 1995 USA Baseball media award and the 2000 Wilbur Snypp Award, presented by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Merl Eberly lived most of his life in Clarinda, Iowa, where he graduated from high school and junior college with a teaching degree. It was during those years that his love of athletics was developed under merl some very caring coacheberly es whose influence was evident in the man he became. He was a four-sport athlete in high school, played basketball in junior college, and minor league baseball for the Chicago White Sox. His association with the Clarinda A’s baseball program began as a player in 1954. He served as manager from 1961 to 1997 and was General Manager until his death in 2011. During his tenure as manager the team posted a 1501-591 record for a wining percentage of .717. The team won the National Baseball Congress World Series in 1981 and finished third in 1976. Over 300 of his players played professional baseball, with 30 making it to the major league level, including Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. Eberly worked for the Clarinda Herald Journal for nearly 30 years, starting in the back shop, then writing sports, and eventually becoming an advertising salesman and stockholder. Jim Quinlan has been National Program Coordinator of American Legion Baseball since 1986. A native of West Branch, Iowa, his involvement with the American Legion baseball program began in 1970 when he played for the local American Legion team in his county. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S.

Marine Corps in 1975, he began to help the local American Legion team. In 1986, he was tapped for the position of National Program Coordinator jim for American Legion quinlan Baseball and moved to Indianapolis where he resides today. Under Quinlan’s stewardship, American Legion baseball has grown from 2,500 teams to nearly 5,000 today. During his tenure the program went online allowing Legion teams to register, schedule games, and promote their tournaments via the internet. Quinlan was instrumental in creating a baseball scholarship trust that annually awards nearly $50,000. These scholarships are based on academics, community service and financial needs. Also during his tenure, Shelby, N.C., was named as the new permanent home of the American Legion World Series. Attendance during this five-day, eightteam, double-elimination tournament averages over 100,000.

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at one school trailing only Mike Bianco of the University of Mississippi. During Corbin’s tenure, the Commodores have had eight players selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, including five picks in the top 10. David Price was the first overall pick in the 2007 draft and Pedro Alvarez was the second pick in 2008 marking the first time one school had players taken so high in consecutive years.

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In 2012, Birkbeck helped guide a young, retooled Kent State pitching staff to a school-record 47 victories, the MidAmerican Conference championship, MAC Tournament title, NCAA Gary Regional crown, Eugene Super Regional title and a berth in the school’s first-ever College World Series. The 2012 pitching staff featured three professional draftees, including MAC Pitcher of the Year David Starn, who was also selected as the MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season. The Golden Flashes have now won six MAC regular season titles, eight MAC tournament crowns and have appeared in eight NCAA Regional Tournaments during Birkbeck’s tenure, including twelve championships in the last thirteen seasons. In those 16 seasons, KSU has won 584 games, an average of 37 wins per year and have now won 30 or more games in a season 14 consecutive campaigns. Birkbeck assists in the evaluation and recruitment of pitchers and is directly responsible for the pitching staff’s offseason winter individual throwing workout programs. He also coordinates the

Flashes’ winter and summer youth pitching camps and assists with the throwing portions of all other camps.

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American Legion Baseball.1129 P. O. Box 1055, 700 N. Pennsylvania Indianapolis, IN 46206 (317) 630-1213 scloud@legion.org American Legion Baseball

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adidas.......1200, 1202, & 1204 5055 N. Greeley Portland, OR 97217 (971) 284-2300 Sports apparel-clothing & shoes

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*Carrera Sports Int’l............100 6221 Tidewater Island Circle Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 246-9068 ashley@carrerasportsint.com BBCOR, wood, fungo & training bats

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Gerry Cosby & Co., Inc.......909 11 Pennsylvania Plaza New York, NY 10001-2006 (877) 563-6464 gcsmsg@cosbysports.com Equipment bags & protective equipment

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Combat Sports, Inc... 157 & 159 6651 S. 216th Street Kent, WA 98032 (866) 266-2287 jmccraw@combatsportsgroup.com Baseball bats & accessories Cooperstown All Star Village....1432 4158 State Highway 23 Oneonta, NY 13820 (800) 327-6790 X 337 mpatton@mycasv.com Youth baseball tournament camp

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FungoMan, LLC.................1043 6434 Quinn Church Road Shreveport, LA 71129 (318) 208-2440 christine.cucjen@fungoman.com Automated baseball practice machine *Futures Collegiate Baseball League...............................1320 46 Chestnut Hill Road Chelmsford, MA 01824 (617) 593-2112 Summer baseball

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Hoosier Bat Company.......1612 P. O. Box 432 Valparaiso, IN 46384 (800) 228-3787 baseball@netnitco.net Wood bats, fungos & training bats

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JumpForward......................404 112 S. Sangamon Street, 1st Fl. Chicago, IL 60607 (866) 499-0564 info@jumpforward.com Recruiting & compliance software

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LIDS Team Sports/Anaconda Sports, Inc................ 152 & 154 85 Katrine Lane Lake Katrine, NY 12449 (800) 327-0074 X 108 ericj@anacondasports.com NIKE team apparel & equipment

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Massaging Insoles by Healthy Feet, Inc.............................1238 1216 Sussex Street Boynton Beach, FL 33436 (866) 301-3338 bestsole3@bellsouth.net Shoe/sport insoles & orthotics Master Pitching Machine, Inc.... 1618 & 1620 4200 NE Birmingham Road Kansas City, MO 64117 (800) 878-8228 X 305 Pitching machines & batting cages MaxPreps............................305 4080 Plaza Goldorado Circle Cameron Park, CA 95682 (800) 329-7324 X 1 mloghry@maxpreps.com High school sports website Memphis Net & Twine. . 313 P. O. Box 80331 Memphis, TN 38108 (901) 458-2656 www.memphisnet.net acarruthers@memphisnet.net Memphis Net & Twine manufactures custom-made batting cages and backstops for softball and baseball. See ad on page 22.

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Minesport USA, Inc....Bay 1336 6435 Yarmouth Avenue Reseda, CA 91335 (818) 514-6605 deanna@minebats.com Wood bats

More than ERA....................351 11038 Hildreth Court Santa Rosa Valley, CA 93012 (805) 491-3379 morethanera@yahoo.com Pitching performance products

*Mini-Chutes. . . . . . . . . . . 465 708 13th St. SW. Altoona, IA 50009 (515) 681-6532 www.minichutes.com jbulens@minichutes.com Mini-Chutes is a strength training aid that uses resistance to increase arm strength and hand-eye coordination in confined spaces. See ad on page 32.

MotionPro! by CyberAccess123, Inc.........1319 P. O. Box 86, Cary, NC 27512 (888) 407-9665 motionprosoftware@gmail.com Video analysis software (MotionPro!)

Mizuno USA............... Plaza 817 4925 Avalon Ridge Parkway Norcross, GA 30071 (800) 966-1234 cindy.peters@mizunousa.com Sporting goods

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National Sports Products . . . . . . . . . . . . 1317 3441 S. 11th Ave, Eldridge, IA 52748 (800) 478-6497 www.NationalSportsProducts.com chrisr@douglas-sports.com We offer a full line of baseball equipment including batting tunnels, protective screens, windscreens, field covers, helmets, catcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gear, bats, gloves, training aids, and equipment holders. See ad on page 16

Nevco..................................105 301 E. Harris Avenue Greenville, IL 62246 (800) 851-4040 x 186 info@nevco.com Integrated scoreboards & video displays New England Collegiate Baseball League.................1228 37 Grammar School Drive Danbury, CT 06811 (203) 797-1231 mtiani@snet.net Summer college baseball New Era Cap Company.....1316 3950 Broadway, Depew, NY 14043 (888) 685-2313 linda@newerapark.com Baseball caps Oakley, Inc............ 1505 & 1507 One Icon Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 (949) 829-6359 janets@oakley.com Sport performance eyewear OakWood Sports, Inc..........748 1025 Clark Road Lansing, MI 48917 (517) 321-6852 oakwoodsports@aol.com Custom wood lockers

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Oates Specialties LLC..........728 151 FM 1696 Road East Huntsville, TX 77320 (936) 295-4459 Robert@OatesSpecialties.com Athletic fitness conditioning equipment OC Sports.......... 1135 & 1136 1200 Melissa Drive Bentonville, AR 72712 (800) 826-6042 www.ocsports.com sales@outdoorcap.com OC Sports provides headwear to youth leagues, high schools, colleges, and professional sports teams. The company is currently licensed with MLB, Minor League Baseball, and the NCAA. See ad on page 22. Old Hickory Bat Co.. . . 251 P. O. Box 588 White House, TN 37188-0588 (866) PRO-BATS www.oldhickorybats.com mail@oldhickorybats.com Premium maple, ash, and birch bats. Team/League pricing available. Full line of fielding gloves, batting gloves, coaching bats and accessories. See ad on page 24.

Olde Master Originals.......1323 6244 Old LaGrange Road, Ste 3 Crestwood, KY 40014 (877) 978-8837 oldemaster@aol.com Custom laser engraved wood bats

Own The Zone Sports.........300 2807 Bald Eagle Avenue NW Salem, OR 97304 (972) 975-0629 customersupport@ownthezonesports.com Pick-Proof Wristband Baseball Signs

*Olympus Lockers and Storage Company................857 6560 Edenvale Boulevard Eden Prairie, MN 55346 (888) 746-8060 jeffanderson@olympuslockers.com Metal, wood, phenolic athletic lockers

Pacific Headwear.. 1411 & 1413 P. O. Box 22538 Eugene, OR 97402 (800) 207-0981 caps@pacificheadwear.com Embroidered baseball hats

On Deck Sports............Bay 843 88 Spark Street Brockton, MA 02302 (800) 365-6171 neil@ondecksports.com Baseball equipment Osborne Innovative Products . . . . . . . . . Bay 749 1413 S. Meridian Rd. Jasper, IN 47546 (800) 264-4519 www.sportsadvantage.com service@sportsadvantage.com Osborne Innovative Products manufactures some of the highest quality protective screens and training products in the industry. See ad on page 21.

*PEACEFIRE, NFP...............155 P. O. Box 991, Kankakee, IL 60901 (855) 747-3223 bdecook@peacefire.net DVD that examines the dynamics of competitive conflict Pennant Sports, Inc...........1511 5037 Highway 280, Suite 107 Birmingham, AL 35242 (888) 202-9808 robb@pennantsports.com Baseballs, equipment & uniforms Perfect Game USA.. 1045 & 1047 1203 Rockford Road SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 (319) 298-2923 x 116 austin@perfectgame.org Scouting report service

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The Perfect Mound.......Bay 357 2041 Goose Lake Road, Ste 2A Sauget, IL 62206 (618) 215-4135 craig@theperfectmound.com Adult & youth portable pitcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mounds Phoenix Bats........................156 7801 Corporate Blvd, Ste E Plain City, OH 43064 (877) 598-2287 x 22 seth@phoenixbats.com Wood game, practice and presentation bats Pickle-Ball, Inc......................304 810 NW 45th Street Seattle, WA 98107 (800) 377-9915 ashley@pickleball.com Pickle-ballsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;foam balls for hitting drills Pitch Pro Mounds.1227 & 1229 5301 E. 9th Street Kansas City, MO 64124 (800) 345-2376 gavin@aeroform.com Portable pitching mounds

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Pitchers Power Drive/Hitters Power Drive..... 718, 720 & 722 539 Fiske St., Holliston, MA 01746 (252) 469-5813 miller@pitcherspowerdrive.com Pitchers & hitters training aids Play Big Baseball.................350 12852 Big Sur Drive Tampa, FL 33625 (813) 453-3467 drtomhanson@gmail.com Mental Game Pocket Radar, Inc. ............................. 1123 & 1125 3535 Industrial Drive, Suite A4 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 888-381-2672 www.pocketradar.com info@pocketradar.com Pocket Radar, Inc., produces innovative training tools, including one of the world’s smallest radar guns. This is used by championship-winning coaches to improve their pitching, hitting, and running. See ad on page 18.

Pro-Line Cap Company......1208 3950 Fossil Creek Blvd, Ste 202 Fort Worth, TX 76137 (800) 227-2456 x 202 charris@prolinecaps.com Baseball caps

Pukka Headwear.. 1329 & 1331 P. O. Box 773, 337 S. Main St Findlay, OH 45840 (855) 722-5232 nhulvey@pukkainc.com Custom headwear manufacturer

Portolite Products, Inc......1216 2950 Nelson Rd., Delano, MN 55328 (800) 315-8115 portolite@citlink.net Portable pitching mounds

ProBatter Sports...... 309 & 311 49 Research Drive, Suite A Milford, CT 06460 (203) 874-2500 abattersby@probatter.com Video pitching machine

*RainedOut........................1525 200 Church Street, SE Leesburg, VA 20176 (800) 230-1933 x 748 jim@rainedout.com Group text message service

*Prep Baseball Report...762 & 763 4750 S. Vernon Avenue McCook, IL 60525 (708) 387-0500 jessh@prepbaseballreport.com Publication

ProGrass, LLC....................1029 960 Penn Avenue, 8th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (866) 270-6003 jjones@prograssturf.com Synthetic turf

Prep Gear Headwear...Tables 1 & 2 1001 Avenida Pico, Suite C San Clemente, CA 92673 (800) 279-7060 sales@prepgear.com Custom baseball caps, visors & beanies

Pro’s Choice............Bay 749 27221 Twin Pond Barrington, IL 60010 (847) 650-9015 dave.cygan@oildri.com Pro’s Choice premium line has products for all field conditions; Pro Mound pitching mound clay is preferred for pro sports; and Pro’s Choice introduces two new pitching mound clays. See ad on page 4.

Rawlings Sporting Goods .................Bay 723 & Plaza 731 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 510 Maryville Univ. Dr., Ste 110 St. Louis, MO 63141 (800) RAWLING bcorrenti@rawlings.com Spring hard goods & apparel

Pointstreak Sports Technologies........................758 50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 400 Thornhill, ON, Canada L3T 7X8 (905) 731-9867 ppettipiece@pointstreak.com Stats, sites, registration & raffles

Pro Nine Sports.... 1235 & 1236 P. O. Box 1765 Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (800) 355-5969 jrhardy@pronine.com Balls, bats, bases, & protective equipment

Reef Industries, Inc............1038 9209 Almeda Genoa Road Houston, TX 77075 (800) 231-6074 myoung@reefindustries.com Field covers & mound covers

Memphis Net & Twine Co., Inc. Made in America

Free Catalog Call 800-238-6380

Our top quality nets are custom made to your specifications. • Baseball Cages, Backstops, Protector Nets & Pitching Machines • Golf Driving and Barrier Nets • Soccer and Tennis Nets • Lacrosse Backstop Nets, Windscreens and much more!

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RightView Pro. . 1230 & 1232 27 Middleridge Lane South Rolling Hills, CA 90274 (310) 377-9221 www.rightviewpro.com sales@rightviewpro.com RightViewPro provides video analy­sis training solutions for baseball and softball. RVP Products provide a true understanding of the swing and pitching motions. See ad on page 13. RIP-IT............................Bay 743 4210 L. B. McLeod Rd, Ste 117 Orlando, FL 32811 (888) 957-4748 mike.beck@ripitsportinggoods.com Baseball bats, helmets & bags Ripon Athletic......................301 P. O. Box 25, Berlin, WI 54923 (920) 361-1500 luke.ott@riponathletic.com Custom uniforms, jackets & fleece Rixstine Recognition ................... 1416, 1418 & 1420 2350 ‘O’ St., Lincoln, NE 68510 (800) 347-3810 tim@rixstine.com Awards,custom pins and patches, promotional items & gifts

Ron Wolforth’s Pitching Central.. 730 5451 Honea-Egypt Road Montgomery, TX 77316 (936) 588-6762 info@pitchingcentral.com Pitching DVDs, players camps & coaching workshops Russell Athletic.............Bay 701 1 Fruit of the Loom Drive Bowling Green, KY 42103 (270) 935-2915 stefanie.jones@fotlinc.com Apparel Schutt Sports............ 714 & 716 2233 Holly Hill Lane Denton, TX 76205 (217) 710-3037 dbaker@schutt-sports.com Baseball/protective gear (helmets, catching gear) *Scorbitz..............................105 984 Big Bend Station Drive St. Louis, MO 63088 (855) 326-3269 kevin.burford@sbcglobal.net Links scoreboard data feed to other devices SCORE Int’l............... 742 & 744 P. O. Box 9994 Chattanooga, TN 37412 (423) 894-7111 Baseball mission trips

*Shock Doctor Sports/ Cutters Gloves........... 405 & 407 3300 Ferrybrook Ln N., Ste 250 Plymouth, MN 55447 (800) 233-6956 jotto@shockdoctor.com Baseball performance/protective apparel & accessories Shoeless Joe......................1128 P. O. Box 935, Hays, KS 67601 (785) 625-4568 echarles@stromgren.com Leather baseball/softball gloves Shoulder Shield, LLC.........1426 P. O. Box 289 Sherman, MS 38869 (800) 760-2185 rmoody@shouldershield.com Athletic shirt Skillshow, Inc.......................208 1201 First Ave South, Ste 333 Seattle, WA 98134 (206) 652-1288 act@skillshow.com Sports videos & services SKLZ.............................Bay 851 2081 Faraday Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 494-9356 nicole.roberts@SKLZ.com Athletic & sports specific training

Slow The Game Down.......1231 1100 S. Coast Highway #203 Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (866) 627-5400 Ryan@SlowTheGameDown.com Visual performance training Sound Director, Inc............1219 2918 SW Royal Way Gresham, OR 97080 (888) 276-0078 jj@sounddirector.com Audio Software South Padre Island Nets.. 1301 2001 Amistad Drive San Benito, TX 78586 (866) 243-6387 www.spinets.net info@spinets.net SPI Nets manufactures some of the best sports netting in the industry. The company offers batting cages, protective screens, custom backstops, and other barrier nets at excellent prices with speedy delivery. See ad on page 16

High School and College Spring Training February 24 - March 23, 2013 (College)

February 24 - April 27, 2013 (High School)

Vero Beach Sports Village, formerly Dodgertown, the longtime spring training home of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, invites your team to experience spring training like the pros.

Spring training program Includes: Accommodations in on-site villas or partner hotels Practice and game schedule based on coach’s request Scheduled use of batting cages, practice fields and bullpen mounds Qualified umpires Game balls Convenient meal plan options available in our on-site dining facility Access to our professional quality fitness center Use of all Vero Beach Sports Village recreation areas including swimming pool, tennis courts, basketball courts and sand volleyball

Located on Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast, just minutes from Indian River Counties pristine beaches Vero Beach Sports Village 3901 26th Street Vero Beach, Florida 32960 Please call 772-257-8557 VBSportsVillage@milb.com

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Register Your Team today: Experience the next level of spring training with an allencompassing package that provides on-site housing, dining and recreation…saving you valuable time, energy and expense Multiple packages available. *Discounted team registration fees until November 1, 2012.

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Southern Athletic Fields . . . . . . . 911, 913, 1010 & 1012 1309 Mainsail Dr., Columbia, TN 38401 (800) 837-8062 www.southernathleticfields.com saf@mulemix.com SAF is a leader in sports fields materials. The company was formed in 1996 with a hands on approach that continues today. SAF specializes in infield mixes, mound/plate clay, field conditioners, warning tracks, infield topdressing, and a multitude of field accessory items. See ad on page 20. Southwest Host Services...1400 3412 Rolling Green Drive Fort Collins, CO 80525 (970) 223-6665 Hotels for team travel & recruiting Spinball Sports..... 1513 & 1515 1981 Smizer Mill Road Fenton, MO 63026 (618) 244-4587 Pitching machines *Sportsfields Construction Unlimited.............................365 504 S. Cool Springs Road O’Fallon, MO 63366 (636) 281-2881 Athletic field construction, renovations & products

Sports Attack... 808, 810 & 812 2805 U.S. 40 Verdi, NV 89439 (800) 717-4251 www.sportsattack.com info@sportsattack.com Sports Attack is the manufacturer of professional sports training equipment for baseball, softball, football, volleyball, tennis, and soccer. The company has equipment for all levels, from beginner to pro. See ad on IBC.

Sports Venue Padding...1223 & 1225 16444 Manning Way Cerritos, CA 90703 (877) 599-6855 michelle@accov.com Wall padding, indoor/outdoor & rail padding

Sports Sensors, Inc............1302 11351 Embassy Drive Cincinnati, OH 45240 (888) 542-9246 adilz@cinci.rr.com Ball speed & bat swing speed radars

St. Pete/Clearwater Sports Commission.......... 1406 & 1408 13805 58th St North, Ste 2-200 Clearwater, FL 33760 (727) 464-7242 angel@sportsspc.com Sports tourism

Sports Tutor............700-712 3300 Winona Avenue Burbank, CA 91504 (800) 448-8867 www.sportstutor.com john@sportsmachines.com Sports Tutor is a leading manufacturer of ball throwing machines for baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and volleyball. See ad on page 19

St. Baldrick’s Foundation...1053 1605 Iredell Dr., Raleigh, NC 27608 (336) 209-2187 chase@stbaldricks.org “The most meaningful thing your team will do this season.”

Stabilizer Solutions. . . 462 33 S. 28th Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 (800) 336-2468 StabilizerSolutions.com info@StabilizerSolutions.com Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. is advancing the evolution of natural soil for baseball and softball fields. The company offers advanced mound clays, infield and warning track mixes. See ad on page 17.

Stalker Radar.....................1509 2609 Technology Drive Plano, TX 75074-7467 (800) 782-5537 X 130 sales@stalkerradar.com Manufacturer of Sports Radar *Standard Turf...................1407 P. O. Box 7010 Gainesville, GA 30504 (678) 756-8638 scotty@standardturf.com Synthetic turf SwingAway Sports Products ............................. 1422 & 1424 4781 Waterhaven Bend Marietta, GA 30062 (800) 999-1969 jflading@swingaway.com Baseball hitting stations *Swing Strong, LLC...........1055 P. O. Box 476 Waukee, IA 50263 (800) 962-8850 patrick@swingstrong.com Baseball training bat Team Express Distributing, LLC ................... 1017, 1019 & 1021 5750 Northwest Pkwy, Ste 100 San Antonio, TX 78249 (866) 816-9892 billy.lund@teamexpress.com Apparel & equipment

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grade maple, ash and birch bats. Highest quality bats available for players and teams of all levels. All bats are manufactured in the U.S.A. Custom and stock options available. Team and League Pricing to meet your budget for 2013!

www.oldhickorybats.com mail@oldhickorybats.com Toll Free (866) PRO BATS (776-2287)

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Tech Mesh Apparel, LLC...1412 P. O. Box 702357, Tulsa, OK 74170 (918) 492-1193 jbarrettinc@aol.com Moisture management practice T-shirts & shorts

Trigon Sports........ 1124 & 1126 488 Cumberland, Memphis, TN 38112 (888) 313-1303 X 102 chris@trigonsports.com Field equipment, protective screens & nets

Tomark Sports...... 1211 & 1213 P. O. Box 1088 Corona, CA 92878 (800) 959-1844 LynnC@tomark.com Sales/service of recreation equipment

True Pitch, Inc....................1226 620 8th Street SW, Suite 101 Altoona, IA 50009 (800) 647-3539 callison@pitchingmounds.com Baseball mounds

Top 96, Inc./ Register 4 Baseball... 104 & 106 2 Hewes Circle Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 536-2022 dave.callum@top96.com Baseball camps

Tucson Sports/Tucson Invitational Games.. 1402 & 1404 100 S. Church Avenue Tucson, AZ 85701 vtrinidad@visittucson.org Host city/collegiate spring training

Total Control Sports..........1321 2000 South 25th Avenue, Ste C Broadview, IL 60155 (708) 486-5800 sales@totalcontrolsports.com Weighted training ball *Trackit & Wackit/ The HyperFocus Helmet......201 11425 SE 286th Street Auburn, WA 98092 (206) 257-9242 Craig@HyperFocusHelmet.com Baseball training helmet

Turface Athletics ...................Plaza 717 & 1622 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 750 Lake Cook Road, Suite 440 Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 (800) 207-6457 www.turface.com hrohde@profileproducts.com The Turface Athleticsâ&#x201E;˘ line of products maximizes sports field safety and performance. It features leading turf and infield conditioners as well as mound and box packing clays. See ad on page 9.

Twin City Knitting...............101 P. O. Box 1179, Conover, NC 28613 (800) 438-6884 Athletic socks, wristbands, headbands TXI/Diamond Pro . . Plaza 1417 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 1341 W. Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75247 (800) 228-2987 www.diamondpro.com diamondpro@diamondpro.com TXI/Diamond Pro offers professional groundskeeping products, infield conditioners, calcined clay, mound clay and bricks, marking dust, warning track mix, and infield mix. See ad on page 11. TYRUS Baseball Products..1410 16 The Plains Road Levittown, NY 11756 (516) 313-9680 Wood bats, pine tar & accessories U. S. Baseball Academy.....1132 13121 Eastpoint Park Boulevard Louisville, KY 40223 (800) 592-4487 National network of camps Under Armour..............Bay 801 1020 Hull St. Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 246-1801 Athletic apparel & footwear

Universal Sports Lighting..1004 P. O. Box 486 Atlanta, IL 61723 (217) 648-5201 X 102 mlogan@uslnet.com Sports Lighting USA Baseball........ 1600 & 1602 403 Blackwell Street Durham, NC 27701 (919) 474-8721 X 215 info@usabaseball.com USA Baseball National Teams Valle Baseball....................1333 954 Denise Road Rochester, NY 14616 (585) 349-7278 john@vallebaseball.com Baseball & softball products Vero Beach Sports Village............................1224 3901 26th St. Vero Beach, FL 32960 (866) 656-4900 www.vbsportsvillage.com jbiddle@vbsportsvillage.com This 79-acre sports and conference center provides your team with the ideal setting to grow and better prepare for your upcoming season. See ad on page 23.

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Victory Custom Athletic, Inc. ............................. 1205 & 1207 20725 Prairie Street Chatsworth, CA 91311-6011 (818) 349-8476 X 111 nick@victory-la.com Custom baseball uniforms & apparel

*Western Major Baseball League.................................153 2425 N. Parkside Drive Lethbridge, AB, Canada T1J 4W3 (403) 320-2025 X 23 president@wmbl.ca Promotion of summer college league

VIZUAL EDGE, LLC..............203 6 E. Philip Road, Suite 1110 Vernon Hills, IL 60061 (847) 816-3131 info@vizualedge.com Visual performance

Western Industries, Inc./ Brawler..............................1008 P. O. Box 428, Top of Yellowstone Hill Miles City, MT 59301 (800) 488-3592 x 821 bobbie@westernindustries.com Infield covers

W. A. Goodman.... 1330 & 1332 4030 W. Chandler Avenue Santa Ana, CA 93704-5202 (888) 729-9327 alexh@pawwear.com Athletic uniforms West Coast League...........1120 P. O. Box 8395, Portland, OR 93707 (503) 764-9510 wilson@westcoastleague.com Summer collegiate baseball West Coast Netting, Inc......207 5075 Flightline Drive Kingman, AZ 86401 (800) 854-5741 kwirth@westcoastnetting.com Backstop netting & sports equipment

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White Line Equipment Company...................Bay 749 1413 Meridian Rd. Jasper, IN 47546 (877) 717-2892 www.whitelineequipment.com service@whitelineequipment.com White Line Equipment manufactures some of the toughest-built field maintenance equipment. See ad on page 26.

Wilson Sporting Goods... Bay 937 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Chicago, IL 60631 (773) 714-6846 Baseball equipment & uniforms *Woodart.it snc/Italywood.. 415 Via Milano, 30 Malnate (VA) Italy 21046 (0039) 0332 427341 woodart@woodart.it Italywood wood bats & baseball furniture WSI Sports...........................401 1325 Eagandale Court, Ste 170 Eagan, MN 55121 (651) 994-9945 joel@wsisports.com Performance apparel X-Grain Sportswear .........1324, 1325, 1326 & 1327 8667 Kapp Drive Peosta, IA 52068 (800) 480-4821 X 146 pat@hero247.com Embroidered apparel

XONE, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . 1033 3385 Roy Orr Blvd. Grand Prairie, TX 75050 (469) 586-0446 www.xonesport.com rob.cleveland@xonesport.com XONE, LLC, founded by Rob R Cleveland, is the manufacturer and designer of high quality athletic apparel. The apparel is designed to exceed the expectations of the active athlete. XONE, LLC is the exclusive Licensee of Hillerich & Bradsby Co. USA, “Louisville Slugger.” See ad on page 2. *ZeaVision EyePromise.....1322 680-F Crown Industrial Court, Suite F Chesterfield, MO 63005 (866) 833-2800 sgierhart@zeavision.com Visual improvement dietary supplements Zephyr Graf-X....... 1636 & 1638 5443 Earhart Road Loveland, CO 80538 (888) 282-0994 nrosendale@zhats.com Headwear

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New and Improved

Sports Advantage’s newest line of ProGold Screens features new models, an improved frame, and a deluxe pneumatic wheeled version. The line offers two “mini” four-foot-wide pitching screens for baseball and softball, as well as a large eight-foot tri-fold screen. Improvements include a built-in hip saver on the L-screen, and a giant screen that is 10 feet tall. The frames are made with heavy-gauge round 1 5/8” Allied Flo-Coat galvanized steel, and there are two leg options—standard or wheeled. M.A.S.A. • 800-264-4519 www.sportsadvantage.com

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Proven and Tested

Mar Mound Clay, proven and tested to improve over time, holds together longer and reduces the amount of wear created by pitchers. A study shows it is easy to use immediately upon delivery, and with time will improve to create the ideal mound/plate area you desire. This product is easy to use and proven to last. Southern Athletic Fields is in ABCA 911, 913, 1010, 1012. Visit to see how the company can help you and your fields.

Southern Athletic Fields • 800-837-8062 www.mulemix.com

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Customized and Functional

Get custom headwear built your way. Create your team headwear from OC Sports’ endless array of possibilities. The most popular are fabricated from the bamboo charcoal/polyester (TGS1925C shown), for optimal wicking, cooling, and anti-microbial performance. Choose from a wide variety of colors and decoration options—or provide your own logo. Whether you prefer an adjustable, flex, or fitted crown—or a flat or pre-curved visor—OC Sports will make it happen.

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Increases Strength

The purpose of Mini-Chutes is to increase strength and utilize space. The patented design of Mini-Chutes gives the athlete a feeling of a real baseball with limited weight alterations. The Mini-Chute allows athletes to generate up to 10 times the power during the throw in a condensed area, which increases arm strength and keeps the same form as if they were throwing a real baseball. Mini-Chutes • 515-681-6532 www.minichutes.com

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Accurate and Easy to Use

Pocket Radar™ is a multi-purpose training tool designed and proven to help you win more games. Used by championship-winning teams across the country, including 2012 NCAA National Champions, the Pocket Radar can help improve your hitting, pitching, running, and fielding. As the world’s smallest full-performance radar gun, the Pocket Radar allows you to accurately make speed and quickness measurements easily on the field every day for under $200. Accurate to +/- 1 MPH, it has a 120foot range on a baseball, and gives over 10,000 readings on one set of two AAA batteries.

OC Sports • 866-776-6774 www.ocsports.com

The HomePlate pitching machine is the first programmable pitching machine designed for both batting cage and on-field use. Users can store up to eight different pitches—including fastballs up to 90 miles per hour, curveballs, change-ups, sliders, and more—in eight different programs, with only seven seconds between pitches. The programmed pitches in the HomePlate can be thrown sequentially for specific hitting drills, randomly for game conditions, or in a way that simulates an opposing pitcher. The HomePlate features a patented three-wheel pitching mechanism for greater pitch accuracy, along with an 80-ball auto-feed system for $6,595.

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Pocket Radar, Inc. • 888-381-2672 www.pocketradar.com

Programmable Pitching

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The White Line Chalker family is now better than ever. White Line Equipment has maintained the same institutional strength and quality you have come to expect—but several new features have been added, making them more accurate and easier to use. Don’t be confused by low-quality, imported imitations—with more than 30 years of line-marking experience, White Line Equipment has produced some of the most durable, advanced, and user-friendly line of markers available. Professional teams, universities, schools, park and recreation departments, and leagues have used these markers extensively worldwide. White Line Equipment • 877-717-2892 www.whitelineequipment.com

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Durable and Functional

The 7’ x 7’ “L-Shape” Pitching Screen by Jaypro accommodates left- or right- handed pitchers or a pitching machine. The Collegiate Fielder’s Screens are 7’ x 7’ or 10’ x 10’, and all screens are constructed of heavy-gauge 1 5/8” O.D. galvanized steel tubing with a durable, green powder coated finish. The two-inch square galvanized legs provide extra rigidity and support to steady even the biggest screen. The pitching screens include weatherproof nylon slip-on net and two eight-inch wheels for easy transport. Jaypro Sports LLC • 800-243-0533 www.jaypro.com

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Works on All Fields

Turface Athletics™ Pro League Heritage Red™ provides a classic, rich cherry wood color for skinned infields, offering excellent ball visibility on wet and dry fields. Pro League® also absorbs its weight in water to prevent puddles on the infield and stave off rainouts. That absorbed moisture will later release to prevent a hard cracked field when it’s dry.

Profile Products, LLC • 800-207-6457 www.turface.com

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For Better Fields

Diamond Pro® has a complete line of professional groundskeeping products, including infield conditioners; calcined clay; mound and home plate clay; bricks; marking dust; and infield and warning track mixes. The company offers fast and convenient delivery. Diamond Pro’s vitrified red clay infield conditioner is available in bulk nationwide, and is easy to handle and apply. Truckloads are available in 10-, 15-, and 24-ton loads that save you both time and money. TXI/Diamond Pro • 800-228-2987 www.diamondpro.com

Quality Time

Vero Beach Sports Village provides the ideal setting to enable your team to grow together, and better prepare for your upcoming season. Everything you need is here at this 79-acre sports and conference center. The complex can be configured to accommodate a variety of sports. It features an abundance of competition and practice fields, along with on-site housing, dining, and recreation, allowing your team to spend quality time together on and off the field.

Vero Beach Sports Village • 772-257-8557 www.vbsportsvillage.com

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Custom Options

Old Hickory manufactures some of the game’s hardest wood bats—Premium Rock Maple, Northern White Ash, and Yellow Birch species are available. Old Hickory offers a complete line of in-stock Custom Pro Series Rock Maple bats, Diamond Series Rock Maple, and Northern White Ash bats. Custom options—including wood species, models, length/weight, colors, and team or player name engraved—are available on all Custom Pro Series bats. Team and League pricing is available. Old Hickory Bat Company, Inc. • 866-776-2287 www.oldhickorybats.com Circle No. 536

Three-Wheel Advantage

The TriplePlay Basic throws fastballs, curves, sliders, and sinkers at speeds from 30 to 80 miles per hour. Its design allows the baseball to be visible to the hitter from the moment it leaves the feeder’s hand until it is pitched. The three-wheel pitching mechanism is more accurate than conventional machines and allows you to change pitches more quickly. If you don’t have electric power on the field, an optional external battery pack is available to provide up to four hours of practice time. The TriplePlay retails for $1,995. Sports Tutor • 800-448-8867 www.sportsmachines.com

Manages Moisture for You

Regular old mound clay is simply dug out of the ground and packaged. Stabilizer® Ballyard Clay is a manufactured blend of clay, interlocking soil particles, and Stabilizer. This stabilized mound clay is designed to manage moisture for you—it remains stable during rain events and holds onto water longer in dry periods. Stabilizer ® Ballyard Clay is ready to pack out of the bag, so you don’t have to sacrifice player performance for time and budget. Stabilizer Solutions • 800-336-2468 www.stabilizersolutions.com

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Catch It While You Can

Customized Cages

M.A.S.A. is now carrying numerous lines of catcher’s gear from Schutt, Diamond, Worth, Wilson, and Rawlings. This catcher’s gear ranges from adult to youth and comes in a wide variety of colors. You can even order custom colors to match your school or organization.

CustomNetting.com, a division of BetterBaseball, now offers coaches the opportunity create their own customized batting cages online. To visit CustomNetting. com, just go to the site and click on the Custom Net Building. Guidelines are provided for grade of netting, indoor/ outdoor use, and the recommended area for everything from t-ball to collegiate or commercial use. Coaches may also request a free net sample from the site.

M.A.S.A. • 800-264-4519 www.sportsadvantage.com

CustomNetting.com • 800-997-4233 www.customnetting.com

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Realistic, Reliable Practice

The e-Hack Attack Programmable Baseball Pitching Machine has quickly become one of the most reliable electronic machines on the market. It allows you to easily input any change in speed, location, and pitch type to deliver any fastball, right- or left-hand curveball, slider, or split finger. Set pitches in any sequence—weighted or random—to work on weaknesses or prepare for an upcoming pitcher. This unit is an electronic version of the tried and true Hack Attack and will provide one of the most realistic batting practices your team has ever experienced. Sports Attack • 800-717-4251 www.sportsattack.com

TESTIMONIAL

One-Stop Shop

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Meeting Your Specs

Memphis Net & Twine makes its products in the U.S., and offers batting cages and backstops to meet customers’ exact specifications. The company also fabricates custom windscreens out of vinyl-coated polyester in 11 different colors. These windscreens can be made to any height or width. Memphis Net & Twine also sells benches, stadium bleachers, and tip-n-roll bleachers.

Memphis Net & Twine Co., Inc. • 800-238-6380 www.memphisnet.net

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Built to Last

These heavy-duty double frames are built to last. Double frames share center poles to allow side-by-side installation— eliminating the need for extra poles and ground footings. Frames are constructed using four-inch square, steel poles that have a baked-on polyester powder coat finish. Each pair of poles is reinforced using 13-gauge steel crossbars. The frame can be adjusted to fit custom net widths and lengths, and it includes everything needed to install and hang net. Plus, it features a five-year warranty. National Sports Products • 800-478-6497 www.nationalsportsproducts.com

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Proper Conditioning

M.A.S.A. is your one-stop shop for field maintenance and training aid needs. The company has products for baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. Just some of the programs that have used M.A.S.A.’s products include: • Notre Dame • University of Louisville • Cal Poly University - Pomona • Franklin College • North Central Missouri College • East Texas Baptist University • Barstow Community College • Neumann College • Mid-Pacific Institute • Davenport University • University of Evansville • Walla Walla Community College • Fairleigh Dickinson University • State University of New York at Brockport • Liberty University

Game-On is a sports field soil conditioner that will not break your budget and will provide excellent results. It is a lightweight, expandedshale product that absorbs more than 20 percent of its weight in water. Game-On is more durable than clay products and tends not to break down into fine particles. The Game-On product line also includes Game-On Red topdressing, Game-On warning track mix, and Game Dry drying agent. Take advantage of Early Bird Buy Specials if you purchase between now and March 1, 2013. DiGeronimo Aggregates • 888-593-0395 www.hayditegame-on.com

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Comfort and Warmth

The LS1455 / Louisville Slugger ® Cold Weather Dugout pull-over is designed for comfort and warmth. It is brushed on the inside for warmth, and manufactured from X-Dry™ moisture management technology fabrics. The over-size cut allows for a comfortable fit—and, inserted in the shoulder seams are stretch fabrics to allow for full motion during workouts. It is made in both Youth and Adult sizes.

Louisville Slugger Apparel (XONE, LLC) • 469-586-0446 www.xonesport.com CoachesNetwork.com

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COMPANY NEWS

Premium Quality

Exclusive features, premium quality, and economical pricing make the Osborne Flip-Top Pitcher’s “L” Screens a favorite choice for top programs across the country. The “L” top rotates for right- and left-handed players. Double-netted for maximum protection, the screen is constructed of #72 braided nylon for unequalled durability, while the frames are constructed from heavy-gauge Flo-Coat galvanized steel.

M.A.S.A. • 800-264-4519 www.sportsadvantage.com

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Lasts for Years

The Tuffy ® Windscreen will last for years because it’s made of Aer-Flo’s exclusive VIPOL® Matrix. This windscreen is used by all levels of baseball—even the MLB. It is available in 20 standard colors, including purple, brown, burnt orange, and scarlet. Aer-Flo’s durable Chroma-Bond® imprinting technology produces multi-color logos that do not fade like digital printing. Superpremium, but surprisingly value-priced, it is the Official Windscreen of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association. This product is sold only by Aer-Flo dealers and comes with a five-year warranty. Aer-Flo, Inc. • 800-823-7356 www.aerflo.com

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Easy to Use

Pro’s Choice has added new mound clay and bricks to its line of pitching mound clays. Easy Mound is an easy-to-install deep reddish-brown pitching mound and batter’s box clay. It is moist from the bag, for easy use when building and repairing pitcher’s mound and batter’s box areas. Easy Bricks are also available, made from the same clay. They are packaged with eight bricks per bag.

Pro’s Choice • 800-648-1166 www.proschoice1.com

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Net Gains

SPI Nets’ full-service net building facility offers top-quality nets at unbeatable prices. The company stocks and custombuilds a wide variety of nylon and poly batting cage nets, protective screens, and deflective barrier netting products. All custom nets are guaranteed to be of the highest quality, and are built in the USA to meet all your needs. Call the company toll-free or go online to learn more.

SPI Nets, Inc. • 866-243-6387 www.spinets.net

Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon uses the Junior Hack Attack Pitching Machine to implement vision training with major league hitters. At a 33-foot distance, he adjusts the Junior Hack Attack to use a small ball that comes up at an angle and reaches hitters at a high speed. Maddon’s theory is that the hitter has to focus on the smaller ball, and shorten the stroke to get the head of the bat to the ball. The objective is hard focus and quick connection to the ball. Maddon has been using this drill for many seasons, believing that hitters rapidly adjust their swing to make contact. His insight has led to this novel way of teaching high-profile hitters. “Their entire ‘hack’ improves without me saying a word,” Maddon says. “It takes about three rounds and then instead of the initial frustration, it’s a line drive.”

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Sturdy and Versatile

The Bullet L Jr. Screen from BetterBaseball.com is made from high-quality 1-5/8-inch tubular steel. It features #42-grade nylon netting and can meet the needs of both baseball and softball programs. BetterBaseball.com • 800-997-4233 www.betterbaseball.com

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What baseball coaches should know: M.A.S.A. has been in the field maintenance and training aid business for 30 years. Visit their booth to… Speak to one of the company’s knowledgeable representatives for all your baseball needs. What’s new this year: M.A.S.A. has a new Pro-Gold L-Screen with built-in head saver.

What baseball coaches should know: Sports Attack proudly manufactures its pitching machines in the U.S. Plus, now every MLB team is a Sports Attack customer. Visit their booth to… Understand why the company’s three-wheel baseball pitching machines have made such a difference in how teams of all levels take batting practice. The company’s line includes the Junior Hack Attack, Hack Attack, and a new electronic version—the e-Hack Attack. What’s new this year: A strong history of consistent, uninterrupted performance has moved the new e-Hack Attack to the top of the electronic pitching machine market.

What baseball coaches should know: Turface Athletics™ is the number-one conditioner on some of America’s most playable fields. Visit their booth to… Learn about effective field management and see how Turface conditioners can help manage moisture on your field.

M.A.S.A.

Sports Attack

Turface Athletics

What baseball coaches should know: For 30 years, Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. has researched the interaction of water and soil. This knowledge helps coaches get the most play out of their fields. Visit their booth to… Coaches should visit booth 462 to find out how to gain an edge over the competition with cutting-edge, play-saving technologies. What’s new this year: New to the booth is Stabilizer® Ballyard Clay, a manufactured blend of clay and interlocking soil particles stabilized against moisture—all at a great price.

What baseball coaches should know: Mini-Chutes is driven towards developing the student athlete year round. The company’s products allow athletes to gain strength while effectively practicing indoors or outside. Visit their booth to… Check out the Mini-Chute in action. While you’re there, also talk with one of the company’s sales reps about the benefits Mini-Chutes will provide to your team. What’s new this year: Mini-Chutes are a revolutionary training aid. They allow the athlete to train with a real ball—and require only a fraction of the space needed by traditional balls.

What baseball coaches should know: RightView Pro is the only video analysis software company licensed by MLB, and is a must-have video analysis tool for coaches at every level. Visit their booth to: Test-drive the RVP software or hardware products and see why it is a top video analysis training tool of championship coaches. What’s new this year: Check out the Branded Academy to streamline your lesson and camp business. Reach your current and future students worldwide through the RVP App.

Stabilizer Solutions 800-336-2468 www.stabilizersolutions.com

Mini-Chutes

RightView Pro

800-264-4519 www.masa.com Bay No. 749 Circle No. 517

Booth No. 462 Circle No. 520

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800-717-4251 www.sportsattack.com Booth No. 808, 810, & 812 Circle No. 518

515-681-6532 www.minichutes.com Booth No. 465 Circle No. 537

800-207-6457 www.turface.com Plaza No. 717 & 1622 Circle No. 519

770-401-8642 www.rightviewpro.com Booth No. 1230 & 1232 Circle No. 538

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What baseball coaches need to know: Osborne Innovative Products manufactures some of the most innovative protective equipment in the industry. Visit their booth to… See what quality netting and craftsmanship looks like. What’s new this year: Osborne Innovative Products has a new Total Protection Screen with pop-up roof.

What baseball coaches should know: Aer-Flo is a leading supplier of baseball tarps and windscreens for Little League, high school, college, and Major League teams. Yet its products are surprisingly value-priced. Visit their booth to… See the Wind Weighted® Rain Cover, BP Zone® Turf Protectors, and Tuffy® Windscreen with its five-year factory warranty. All of them can be Chroma-Bond® imprinted. What’s new this year: More Tuffy® Windscreen colors, wind-proof infield turf protectors, and padding for chain-link fences.

What baseball coaches should know: Pro’s Choice mines and manufactures long-lasting soil conditioners. The company’s calcined clays have the color, water management capabilities, and stability you are looking for. Visit their booth to… Meet Chad Mulholland of the Marlins and learn about how he uses the company’s products. What’s new this year: Easy Mound Pitcher’s Mound Clay and Easy Bricks. They feature deep reddish-brown clay and are easy to use.

Osborne Innovative Products

Aer-Flo, Inc.

Pro’s Choice

800-264-4519

Bay No. 749 Circle No. 521

800-823-7356 www.aerflo.com Booth No. 901 & 903 Circle No. 522

800-648-1166 www.proschoice1.com Bay No. 749 Circle No. 523

Increase arm strength and UtIlIze space This patented design of Mini-Chutes gives the athlete a feeling of a real baseball with limited weight alterations. The Mini-Chutes allow the athlete to generate up to 10 times the power during the throw in a condensed area, increasing arm strength and keeping the same form as if throwing a real baseball. For more information and special coaches price, visit our website.

www.mInIchUtes.com 515.681.6532 708 13th S t., S W, Altoona , Iowa 50009 ABCA Booth No. 465

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HELP YOUR ATHLETES TO SUCCESS From the Publishers of Coaching Managment

What baseball coaches should know: C & H Baseball’s dedicated staff prides itself on making sure your equipment needs are met with the efficiency and care you deserve. Visit their booth to… Pick up the newly designed catalog, check out material samples, and talk with the company’s experts. Remember to visit booths 1116 and 1118 for your product needs. What’s new this year: C & H Baseball has revolutionized your soft toss sessions with its innovative and uniquely designed ergonomic soft toss screen. Check it out in the company’s catalog.

Athlete’s Guide To Nutrition TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE: ❚❘ The amount and kinds of calories athletes need ❚❘ How to make sure athletes are properly hydrated ❚❘ "When" athletes eat is as important as "what" they eat

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❚❘ Recovery nutrition ❚❘ A close look at nutritional supplements

C & H Baseball

800-248-5192 www.chbaseball.com Booth No. 1116 &1118 Circle No. 539

GREATER DISCOUNTS available for orders of 20 or more. Call 877-422-5548, ext. 11 to receive more info. NOTE:We can customize the cover and content of the guide for your team or athletic department. ORDER FORM

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MAG, Inc. • 20 Eastlake Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850

Code CM 20.12

Name: Street Address: City: State: Zip: What baseball coaches should know: Old Hickory specializes in custom turned pro grade bats for players of all age and ability levels. Team and league pricing is available on all Old Hickory products. Visit their booth to… Order their own customized fungo, complete with their name and in their team’s colors. Special pricing is available for orders taken during the ABCA Show.

Daytime Phone:

(To be used if there’s a problem with your order)

Email address: PAYMENT METHOD

SHIPPING PRICES

❑ U.S. check made payable to MAG, Inc. enclosed (sorry, only US orders)

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Expiration date: _____/_____ 3 or 4 digit code: _______ Cardholder Name PRINTED: Cardholder Signature: ITEM TITLE Athlete’s Guide To Nutrition

Old Hickory Bat Company, Inc. 866-776-2287 www.oldhickorybats.com Booth No. 251 Circle No. 544

PRICE $7.95

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Fax this order to 607-257-7328 or Mail this order to MAG, Inc., 20 Eastlake Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850

Subtotal $ + Shipping $ NY residents add sales tax $ = TOTAL $ Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

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DIRECTORY

PRODUCTS FOR THE SEASON

Advertisers Directory Circle #. . . . Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page #

Circle #. . . . Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page #

100 . . . Aer-Flo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC

103 . . . Muhl Tech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

133 . . . Athlete’s Guide to Nutrition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

114 . . . National Sports Products. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

107 . . . Athletic Management Program Services. . . . . 15

122 . . . OC Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

104 . . . BEAM CLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

126 . . . Old Hickory Bat Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

125 . . . C&H Baseball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

121 . . . Osborne Innovative Products. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

108 . . . CustomNetting.com (a div. of Better Baseball).10

116 . . . Pocket Radar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

109 . . . Diamond Pro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

102 . . . Pro’s Choice Sports Field Products. . . . . . . . . . . 4

105 . . . Florida State University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

111 . . . RightView Pro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

127 . . . Game-On Sports Field Conditioners. . . . . . . . . 25

120 . . . Southern Athletic Fields. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

132 . . . Gatorade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC

113 . . . SPI Nets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

117 . . . Gourock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

131 . . . Sports Attack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC

119 . . . Jaypro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

118 . . . Sports Tutor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

101 . . . Louisville Slugger® Apparel (XONE, LLC). . . . IFC

115 . . . Stabilizer Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

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110 . . . M.A.S.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

106 . . . Turface Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

123 . . . Memphis Net & Twine Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

124 . . . Vero Beach Sports Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

129 . . . Mini-Chutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

128 . . . White Line Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Products Directory Circle #. . . . Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page #

Circle #. . . . Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page #

522 . . . Aer-Flo (exhibitor snapshot). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

503 . . . OC Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

514 . . . Aer-Flo (Tuffy Windscreen). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

536 . . . Old Hickory Bat Co. (Custom Pro Series). . . . . 28

527 . . . BEAM CLAY® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

544 . . . Old Hickory Bat Co. (exhibitor snapshot). . . . . 33

542 . . . BetterBaseball (Bullet L. Jr. Screen). . . . . . . . . 30

521 . . . Osborne Innovative Products. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

539 . . . C&H Baseball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

502 . . . Pocket Radar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

547 . . . CustomNetting.com (a div. of Better Baseball).28

524 . . . Power Systems (Power Stepper™). . . . . . . . . . 34

512 . . . Diamond Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

532 . . . Power Systems (Power Throw-Ball™). . . . . . . 35

528 . . . Florida State University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

545 . . . Power Systems (Power Training Rope). . . . . . 35

543 . . . Game-On Sports Field Conditioners. . . . . . . . . 29

515 . . . Pro’s Choice (Easy Mound/Easy Bricks). . . . . . 30

525 . . . Gatorade (Energy Chews). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

523 . . . Pro’s Choice (exhibitor snapshot). . . . . . . . . . . 32

530 . . . Gatorade (Recovery Beverage). . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

508 . . . Profile Products (Turface Athletics™). . . . . . . . 28

549 . . . Gold Medal Products Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

538 . . . RightView Pro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

529 . . . Gourock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

501 . . . Southern Athletic Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

533 . . . Jaypro (Dugout Bench with Shelf). . . . . . . . . . 36

516 . . . SPI Nets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

540 . . . Jaypro (“L-Shape” Pitching Screen) . . . . . . . . 27

513 . . . Sports Advantage (Osborne “L” Screens). . . . . 30

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548 . . . Louisville Slugger Apparel (XONE, LLC). . . . . 29

500 . . . Sports Advantage (Pro-Gold Screens). . . . . . . 27

546 . . . M.A.S.A. (catcher’s gear). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

511 . . . Sports Attack (e-Hack Attack) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

517 . . . M.A.S.A. (exhibitor snapshot). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

518 . . . Sports Attack (exhibitor snapshot). . . . . . . . . . 31

534 . . . M.A.S.A. (Pro-Gold Rebounder). . . . . . . . . . . . 36

504 . . . Sports Tutor (HomePlate). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

535 . . . Memphis Net & Twine Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

507 . . . Sports Tutor (TriplePlay Basic). . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

505 . . . Mini-Chutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

510 . . . Stabilizer Solutions (Ballyard Clay). . . . . . . . . . 28

537 . . . Mini-Chutes (exhibitor snapshot). . . . . . . . . . . 31

520 . . . Stabilizer Solutions (exhibitor snapshot) . . . . . 31

531 . . . Muhl Tech (Advanced Skills Tee) . . . . . . . . . . . 35

519 . . . Turface Athletics™ (exhibitor snapshot). . . . . . 31

526 . . . Muhl Tech (Power Bag) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

509 . . . Vero Beach Sports Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

541 . . . National Sports Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

506 . . . White Line Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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Quick First-Steps

Develop strong firststep quickness with the Power Stepper™. This is a great tool to develop strong lateral movement for players who want to enhance their game. Start with intermediate resistance to teach and perfect skill— then graduate to advanced and elite resistance. Padded ankle cuffs are extra-long to accommodate more users. Each unit includes a 10-inch tube and padded cuffs with Velcro® straps. The price for the Power Stepper ranges from $20 to $25.

Power Systems, Inc. • 800-321-6975 www.powersystems.com Circle No. 524

Pre-Game Fuel

G Series Energy Chews are a pre-game fuel in a convenient form. They are designed to be used about 15 minutes prior to training or competition to provide energy from a concentrated blend of carbohydrates to fuel athlete performance. G Series Energy Chews help make carbohydrate energy rapidly available to working muscles for the start of activity, so athletes might feel the difference at the beginning of training or competition.

Gatorade • 800-884-2867 www.gatorade.com Circle No. 525

All In the Hips

Hitting for power? Try the Power Bag. It was designed to teach hitters to use their lower half when hitting the ball—not just to rotate the hips, but to use them as a power source when driving through the ball. The Power Bag allows hitters to power through contact and finish the swing. Use good point-of-contact mechanics and the bag will swing higher for a visual reward. Use lazy hips, rolled wrists, or swing around the ball and the bag will not move nearly as much.

Muhl Tech • 888-766-8772 www.muhltech.com Circle No. 526

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Develop Power

Rope training is an effective way of developing power and explosiveness in muscle strength. The Power Training Rope by Power Systems is designed to provide overall conditioning, by pushing the user’s stamina and grip strength. The Power Training Rope is available in two colors and four different lengths ranging from 30 feet to 100 feet. Power Systems also offers two different diameters—this contributes to weight differentiation, and provides a variety to suit the user’s needs. The price for the Power Training Rope ranges from $125 to $498. Power Systems, Inc. • 800-321-6975 www.powersystems.com

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Everything for Your Infield

Everything you need to maintain and improve your infield is supplied by BEAM CLAY®, makers of infield mixes, mound and batter’s box clays, and red warning tracks for every state and climate from regional plants nationwide. BEAM CLAY® also supplies more than 200 other ballfield products from bases to windscreens, and has supplied every MLB team, most minor league and college teams, and thousands of towns and schools from all 50 states and worldwide. BEAM CLAY • 800-247-2326 www.beamclay.com

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Get an Edge with FSU

Interested in advancing your coaching career or breaking into this highly rewarding field? Then the Florida State University Graduate Certificate in Coaching is a promising place to start. The program, which requires 12 credit hours over four online courses, provides advanced coaching education to give you an edge in this extremely competitive field. Visit FSU online for program requirements, admissions, cost, and course descriptions.

Florida State University • 850-644-4298 www.coe.fsu.edu/sportcoaching

Gourock provides reliable commercialstrength netting applications featuring topnotch craftsmanship and excellent service. Fast turnaround and multiple twine/mesh size combinations are available. The company specializes in providing high-quality materials and expert design and production. Its products can be customized to any dimensions.

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G Series Protein Recovery Beverage is a protein and carbohydrate beverage formulated with the consistency of a thirst quencher. It has an effective amount of protein that contains essential amino acids needed to help support muscle rebuilding after training or competition. G Series Recover should be consumed within about 60 minutes after exercise for maximum muscle benefit. Gatorade • 800-884-2867 www.gatorade.com

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Feedback Matters

Want to give your hitters instant feedback? Look no further than the Advanced Skills Tee, the choice for more than 3,000 high school and college programs. Its unique forward arm design and outside barrier give instant visual and physical feedback. Eliminate casting, looping bats, and dropping shoulders with this portable and extremely durable batting tee. It comes with a two-year warranty. Muhl Tech • 888-766-8772 www.muhltech.com

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Develops Dynamic Strength

Strengthen and rehabilitate the shoulder with the Power ThrowBall™. These durable, small weighted-balls help develop dynamic strength through the throwing motion and can also be used for upper-body rehabilitation exercises. The Power ThrowBall™ is available in two sizes for softball and baseball, and three different weights in each category. Made of rugged vinyl shell with filler, Power Throw-Balls are color-coded by weight. Prices for this product range from $10.95 to $33.95. Power Systems, Inc. • 800-321-6975 www.powersystems.com

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Net Gains

Gourock • 877-803-5123 www.gourock.com

Supports Muscle Rebuilding

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Sell More Popcorn

Now the taste that customers love has 30-percent less sodium than the regular Flavacol®. The new Flavacol RS® is a “Heartfelt Popcorn Seasoning” with four percent of the recommended daily value of dietary fiber. It’s the perfect blend of ingredients—without trace minerals—to give popcorn a bright, appealing yellow color for maximum sales with less sodium. Worldwide, more popcorn is popped with Flavacol® Seasoning Salts. Gold Medal Products Co. • 800-543-0862 www.gmpopcorn.com

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Pro-Gold Rebounder

M.A.S.A. 800-264-4519 www.sportsadvantage.com Circle No. 534

Dugout Bench with Shelf Jaypro Sports 800-243-0533 • www.jaypro.com Circle No. 533 Unique features:

Benefits for the user:

• 10-inch-wide non-skid aluminum planks • 2”x2” heavy-duty galvanized steel legs for superior rust resistance • 20-inch-wide shelf for helmets, gloves, water, or other items

• Can be used in the dugout or on the sidelines • Powder-coat your bench in team or school colors • Available in 7.5-, 15-, 21-, or 27-foot lengths

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Benefits for the user:

• The Pro-Gold Rebounder is a 7’ x 7’ multi-position rebounder • The Rebounder adjusts 45 degrees in either direction • Simulates ground balls, line drives, and pop flies

• Heavy-gauge round 1 5/8-inch Allied FloCoat galvanized steel • The Rebounder can be used from either side

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