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The ABCA Convention heads to Dallas, Jan. 2-5. Highlights of the convention will include seven new individuals being inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame as well as 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 former Major League manager Tony LaRussa; 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Jack Leggett from Clemson University; and John Savage, Head Coach of the NCAA Division I champion UCLA Bruins.

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The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) heads to Dallas for its 69th annual convention, which is being held Jan. 2-5 at the Dallas Hilton Anatole. More than 4,000 coaches are expected to attend, and members are encouraged to arrive no later than Thursday, Jan. 2, as committee and division meetings, plus exhibits, will open the convention that day.

equipment, pitching machines, and software. Many will showcase new products being displayed for the first time. Other convention highlights include the Hall of Fame/ Coach of the Year Banquet on Friday, Jan. 3, at 6:00 p.m. and the Honors Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 12:15 p.m.

As always, the clinic session will be the heart of the event, and ABCA Second Vice-President Eddie Blankmeyer has arranged an outstanding line-up of coaching clinic speakers, who will begin their sessions on Friday, Jan. 3. Among those scheduled to speak are former Major League manager Tony LaRussa, UCLA Head Coach John Savage, and 2014 ABCA Hall of Famer Jack Leggett of Clemson University.

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During the 2014 Convention in Dallas, the ABCA will welcome seven coaches into its Hall of Fame. The Class of 2014 consists of Pete Dunn, Stetson University; Tink Larson, Waseca (Minn.) High School; Jack Leggett, Clemson University; Paul Mainieri, Louisiana State University; Jim Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, Los Angeles Harbor College; Augie Schmidt, Carthage College; and Jimmie Wasem, Eastern Washington University. Learn more about the inductees below.

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Pete Dunn has guided the Stetson University baseball program to great success over the last 34 years. He has led the Hatters to 1,228 victories, which PETE ranks eighth on the DUNN list of active NCAA Division I coaches. Under his direction, Stetson has won eight Atlantic Sun Conference titles, and he has been named conference coach of the year a record six times. His teams have 16 appearances in the NCAA Regional Tournament. He was inducted into the Stetson University Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. Dunn started his coaching career with a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Georgia Southern University. He then he served as head coach at Apopka High School for three years, before returning to Stetson, his alma mater, as an assistant coach in 1997. He took the head coaching reins at three years later. Coaching Management ABCA CONVENTION 2014 5


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Tink Larson was a head coach for 50 years at the high school, American Legion, VFW, and adult amateur levels. During those 50 years, his teams won TINK more than 2,500 LARSON games and numerous championships, including a state high school title in 1990. Larson was head coach at Waseca (Minn.) High School for 35 years. He was named the Minnesota High School Coach of the Year twice and was a three-time ABCA Regional Coach of the Year. He has been inducted into 11 other halls of fame and the Waseca baseball field is named after him. Larson is a past president of the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association and currently serves on its Advisory Committee. Jack Leggett has led Clemson University to 19 NCAA tournament appearances and six College World Series berths during his 20 years as head coach of the Tigers. His 887 JACK victories at Clemson LEGGETT (44.4 per season) ranks seventh-best among NCAA Division I teams. The Vermont native has been with the Clemson program since 1992, serving as an assistant his first two years. Prior to Clemson, Leggett served as a head coach at the University of Vermont for five years and Western Carolina University for another nine years. During his tenure at Western Carolina, the Catamounts won five consecutive Southern Conference titles. Leggett has a career record of 1264-716, seven conference championships, and 24 NCAA tournament appearances. Paul Mainieri is one of the few coaches to lead two different college programs to the College World Series—the University of Notre

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Dame in 2002 and Louisiana State University in 2008, 2009, and 2013. Prior to becoming head coach at LSU in June 2006, Mainieri had served as head PAUL coach at St. Thomas MAINIERI University, the Air Force Academy, and Notre Dame. In just his second year coaching the Tigers, he led the 2008 squad to Omaha. In his third year, the 2009 LSU team won the National Championship, posting a 56-17 overall record, including a 10-1 mark in NCAA tournament competition. Mainieri’s 31-year coaching career record is 1179-625-7, and he is one of only six active NCAA coaches to have won a national championship and 1,000 games during his career. Jim O’Brien’s coaching career began at North Torrance High School in Southern California, where he led the team to eight league championships and two 4A JIM CIF titles in 12 years O’BRIEN while compiling a 238-88 record. In 1976, O’Brien moved to Los Angeles Harbor College and converted the program into one of the best junior college programs in the country. In his first year, he led the Seahawks to the state championship game. Over 15 years as coach at L.A. Harbor, his squads had a 460-171-2 record. They won 11 conference titles and three state championships, while finishing as runners-up in the state three times and third twice. His 1990 club set the school’s all-time record for singleseason victories with a 51-5 record. He was named state and national Community College Baseball Coach of the Year three times. Augie Schmidt has been the Head Coach at Carthage College for the past 26 seasons and has transformed the program into a perennial national power. He has compiled a 798-344-5 record with nine conference titles; 16 NCAA regional berths,

including nine straight from 1992 to 2000; six NCAA regional tournament titles; and thirdplace finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships in AUGIE 1993 and 1994, and SCHMIDT fourth-place finishes in 1995 and 1997. Schmidt has been named the ABCA Division III Central Regional Coach of the Year nine times and the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Coach of the Year 10 times. In 2005, Schmidt was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Hall of Fame and in February of this past year he was inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Jimmie Wasem spent 33 years coaching baseball at the high school and college levels. He began his coaching career at Kinmundy-Alma (Ill.) High School in 1957 JIMMIE coaching baseball, WASEM basketball, and track while also serving as Athletic Director. From 1960 to 1962 he worked as baseball and basketball coach at Roxana (Ill.) High School. During his five-year high school coaching career, his baseball teams won four conference championships with an overall record of 154-23. From 1962 to 1967, he served as assistant baseball and basketball coach at Illinois State University. Wasem became head baseball and basketball coach at Monmouth College in 1967 and served in those capacities until 1972. His baseball teams won the Southern Division Championship of the Midwest League in each of his five seasons. From 1972 to 1981 Wasem was Head Baseball Coach at Northwest Missouri State University, where his record was 226-119, including four Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference titles. His 1975 team finished fifth in the NCAA Division II National Championships.

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From 1981 to 1990 Wasem coached at Eastern Washington University. He has been inducted into five halls of fame. Lefty Gomez Award

Arkansas Legend DeBriyn Honored 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 at the ABCA Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year banquet. Norm DeBriyn, former University of Arkansas coach, is this year’s recipient of the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award. In a head coaching career that spanned four decades, DeBriyn took over as head coach of Razorback baseball in 1970 at the age of 28. He guided NORM the Razorbacks DEBRIYN to two Southwest Conference titles, one Southeastern Conference title, one SEC Western Division title, 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, and four NCAA College World Series appearances. The Razorbacks had their best national finish in school history under DeBriyn in 1979 as they finished runner-up in the College World Series.

All-Americans, 58 All-Conference selections and 48 All-Conference tournament selections. DeBriyn was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1999 and earned SWC Coach of the Year in 1978, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, and 1990. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Razorback Hall of Honor in 1991.

Before joining the Razobacks, DeBriyn was a football, basketball, and baseball standout at DePadua High School in Ashland, Wisc. He continued his playing career at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and earned his degree there in 1963. In football he played split end and was a first baseman and outfielder on the diamond.

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Upon his retirement, DeBriyn ranked 14th all-time in career wins among NCAA Division I head coaches with a record of 1,161-650-6 and a career winning percentage of .641. He still ranks as the University of Arkansas’ all-time victories leader. In 33 years with Razorback baseball, DeBriyn coached 19 AllAmerica selections, six freshman

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He launched his coaching career with a five-year stint as Head Baseball and Assistant Football Coach at Hortonville (Wis.) High School. He then moved to the University of Northern Colorado, where he served as Freshman Baseball Coach while earning a master’s degree in physical education before heading to Arkansas in the fall of 1969. Since his retirement from coaching following the 2002 season, DeBriyn has served as a part-time scout for the Colorado Rockies and Associate Director of the Razorback Foundation. He has been instrumental in fundraising for multiple expansions of Baum Stadium. He was inducted into the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2003 and is also a member of the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Hall of Fame.

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Honors Luncheon

McElroy to Receive Meritorious Service Award 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 a Meritorious Service Award for Jim McElroy. A long-time fixture in New York City baseball, McElroy enjoyed success as a player, coach, and booster of the sport. He served the Cadet Baseball Club, the oldest amateur baseball organization in New York, in most every capacity imaginable, helping the program to thee national

championships. He was also coached freshman and varsity baseball at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, where he was intramural director and assistant athletic director as well. He was inducted into the St. Francis Hall of Fame in 1988. A printer by trade for 40 years, McElroy served as President of the All American Amateur Baseball Association and was inducted into the group’s Hall of Fame in 1993. He was also honored with USA Baseball’s National Volunteer Coach of the Year award in 1993. During his career, he coached a number of major leaguers, including Frank Torre, Joe Torre, Bob Aspromonte, Sal Campisi, Rico Petrocelli, Frank Tepedino, Rusty Torres, Matt Galante, Bob Quinn, and George Kalafatis.

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six seasons of professional baseball before launching his coaching career that has included stints as pitching coach at East Carolina University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Georgia. The criteria for the award were established by the ABCA and Baseball America and involves all aspects of coaching. Recruiting, loyalty to the program, coaching expertise, and respect for the players and the game are all considered in the selection process. Previous recipients of this outstanding honor are Dean Stotz, Stanford University; Tim Corbin, Clemson University; Brian O’Connor, University of Notre Dame; Jim Toman, University of South Carolina; Jim Lawler, Texas A&M University; Dave Serrano, Cal State Fullerton; Bob Wojick, Eastern Connecticut State University; Mitch Thompson, Baylor University; Fritz

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O’Brian Tabbed for 2013 Ethics Honor Fran O’Brian is one of the most respected and decorated coaches in New England history, touching lives of baseball players and their families for over five decades. His extraorfran o’brian dinary commitment to being a teacher of baseball and of life allowed him to impact hundreds of young peo-

Convention Schedule Thursday, January 2 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 3 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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Clinic Speakers & Topics Friday, January 3 8:40

John Savage, UCLA

Building a National Championship Team

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Tony LaRussa, Retired MLB Manager

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Ken Ravizza, Professor of Applied Sport Psychology,

Working the Mental Game When the

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Jack Leggett, Clemson University

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Dan McDonnell, University of Louisville

Louisville Base Stealing and Base Running Drills

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Armando Sedeno, Langham Creek H.S. (TX)

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Justin Dehmer, Martensdale-St. Mary’s H.S. (IA)

Offensive Systems of Success

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Ryan McGinnis, Kimberly H.S. (WI)

Developing Quality Teams, Players and People

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Neil Ioviero, Kean University

Everyday Pitching Drills That Lead to Sound Delivery

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Tracy Smith, Indiana University

Indiana Hitting—Plain and Simple

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Eric Cressey, Cressey Training

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Bill & Ryan Harrison, Slow the Game Down

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Scott Forbes, University of North Carolina

Developing Roles Within Your Pitching Staff

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Steve Owens, Bryant University

Player Development—A Plan For Success

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Greg Beals, Ohio State University

Home to Second in Two Seconds

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Bruce Brown, Proactive Coaching

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Dave Serrano, University of Tennessee

Pitching 60’6’’ is the Difference Between Winning and Losing

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Josh Holliday, Oklahoma State University

Hitting Progression and Development

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Lou Yacinich, Grand View University

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Chris Burke, ESPN

5 Things Every Player Wants From His Coach

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Nino Giarratano, University of San Francisco

Connecting the Mental and Physical Parts of Hitting

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John Szefc, University of Maryland

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Phil Cundari, Seton Hall University

Pitching From Strength to Strength

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Brett Boretti, Columbia University

Building a Better Catcher—20 Minutes A Day

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Rob Cooper, Penn State University

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David Pierce, Sam Houston State University

The Unforgotten Position—Today’s Outfielder

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John Vodenlich, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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Message from the President The ABCA will be returning to Dallas, Texas, for the 69th Annual Baseball Convention, which will be at the Hilton Anatole in the city’s Market Center District, from January 2-5, 2014. Please join us once again for the greatest learning environment baseball has to offer. Second Vice President Eddie Blankmeyer has put together another tremendous group of speakers and clinicians. Third Vice President John Casey has a great group of high school clinicians as well. In addition to the clinic sessions, approximately 300 vendors will be sharing their ideas and products with our coaches. The convention will begin on Thursday January 2nd with business meetings of each division (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, High School, International, and Youth) gathering to discuss and decide relevant issues and rule changes within their respective group. Please make yourself available for these meetings, as they are informational and productive to our association.

I would also like to extend an invitation to all coaches and guests to attend the 2014 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! As my term as President comes to a close, I urge you all to continue your participation in all facets of the ABCA—youth, high school, college, and international. Continue to challenge yourself in learning environments like these to enrich the game and better the players you coach. I would also like to take this time and acknowledge one of college baseball’s greatest leaders as he steps down after this clinic. ABCA Executive Director Dave Keilitz has helped shaped this association for over 19 years. His admiration and care for the gentlemen who have served before him and his nurturing style for the young coaches

behind him will leave an indelible mark on all those he has come in contact with. When it comes to leadership in the world tim corbin of athletics, Dave’s unique and natural way of blending personal qualities into a leadership style separate him from others. His professionalism at the highest level, forthright honesty, and humility allow him to be followed, respected, admired, and celebrated simultaneously. He leaves a legacy of superior direction and influence among every level of baseball that will be hard to replicate. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as President during his final year. All of us at the ABCA look forward to seeing you in Dallas! Tim Corbin ABCA President Head Coach, Vanderbilt University

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ple throughout his career. His hallmark has been sharing his value system that runs steep in integrity and honesty. For this, O’Brian has been selected as this year’s recipient as the ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award. He has coached at all levels of baseball from; Babe Ruth, American Legion, high school, college and the Cape Cod League. O’Brian stared his coaching career at Randolph (Mass.) High School. While at Randolph he also coached the town’s Babe Ruth team to a state championship. From there he went on to coach baseball and basketball at MIT, leading the baseball team to the NCAA tournament. In 1990, he was named Manager of the Year in the Cape Cod Baseball League. From 1998 to 2004 O’Brian coached baseball at the College of the Holy Cross. Coach O’Brian’s message to his former players, coaches and family is

constant and clear: ”Make sure you always make time to give back to the sport and the kids who gave you so much.” The inaugural winner of the Ethics in Coaching Award was Mark Johnson, Sam Houston State. Since that time, this prestigious honor has been presented to Jerry Novosel, West Middlesex (Pa.) High School; Gordie Gillespie, University

of St. Francis; Steve Farley, Butler University; Sam Riggleman, Spring Arbor University; Stan Luketich, Desert Vista (Ariz.) High School; Pat Bailey, Oregon State University; and Tim Saunders, Dublin Coffman (Ohio) High School. Coach O’Brian will be presented the award by Tom O’Connell, Chair of the Ethics in Coaching Award Committee, at the Dallas Convention in front of over 4,000 of his coaching peers.

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The following companies are exhibiting at the ABCA Convention (as of Nov. 14, 2013). Company names are followed by their booth numbers at the convention. ABCA sponsors are specified in their listing. * Indicates new exhibitor. 3N2 LLC...............................412 1811 Chippewa Trail Maitland, FL 32751 (877) 362-1440 sales@3n2sports.com Athletic footwear, apparel & uniforms

Amateur Athletic Union .....437 P. O. Box 22409 Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 (407) 828-3459 debra@aausports.org Baseball tournaments & leagues

Baden Sports........ 1714 & 1716 3401 Lind Avenue SW Renton, WA 98057 (800) 544-2998 kirsten.shreve@badensports.com Baseballs, Axe Bats & equipment

Baseballsavings.com...1516, 1518 8851 E. 34th Street North Wichita, KS 67226 (316) 858-0453 smisunas@tgw.com Baseball apparel & equipment

A-Bat..................................1720 118 E. 1st Street Jamestown, NY 14701-5430 (716) 499-6887 stevet@promaplebats.com Wood baseball bats

*Americas’ Bat Co.... 371 & 372 201 S. Mesquite Avenue Loma, TX 78584 (956) 849-1919 Jaime@americasbat.com Wood bats

BATCO.................................815 5835 Verde Road Pueblo, CO 81004 (877) 462-2826 batcocage@gmail.com Batting cages

Adams USA..........................449 P. O. Box 489 Cookeville, TN 38503 (800) 251-6857 john.barlett@adamsusa.com Protective gear & field equipment

American Baseball Foundation...314 2660 10th Ave. South, Ste. 620 Birmingham, AL 35205 (205) 558-4235 abf@asmi.org Baseball reading programs

Ball Fabrics, Inc......... 204 & 206 510 S. Arizona Avenue DeLand, FL 32720 (866) 360-1008 info@ballfabrics.com Netting, windscreen, padding, banners, and bleacher covers

adidas...................... Plaza 1509 5055 N. Greeley Portland, OR 97217 (971) 234-2300 lauren.chamberlain@adidas.com Footwear, apparel & hard goods

American Legion Baseball...444 700 N. Penn., P. O. Box 1055 Indianapolis, IN 46206 (317) 630-1213 scloud@legion.org Amateur sports program for ages 11-19 & below

Aer-Flo, Inc..............440, 442 4455 18th St. East Bradenton, FL 34203 (800) 823-7356 www.aerflo.com info@aerflo.com Aer-Flo is the manufacturer of some of the highest-quality baseball field products, including WindWeighted® tarps, the BuntZone® trainer, Tuffy® windscreen, infield protectors, and wall padding. See ad on page 2 Akadema, Inc..............120 - 122 140 5th Avenue Hawthorne, NJ 07506 (973) 304-1470 X 222 kevin@akademapro.com Baseball equipment & apparel Alaska Baseball League.......353 P. O. Box 240061 Anchorage, AK 99524 (907) 561-2827 gm@anchoragebucs.com Summer collegiate baseball teams All-Star Ballpark Heaven......466 28995 Lansing Road Dyersville, IA 52040 (563) 875-7253 info@fodmoviesite.com National youth baseball/softball tournaments & training ALLSTAR Video Pitching Simulators/Joyner Tech....... Table 28 Suite 2G, 13 N. Broad Street Winder, GA 30680 (770) 867-1967 jjoyner@joynertechnologies.com Video pitching simulators

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*Ammo Bat Company..........165 1042 Brownlee Road Calhoun, LA 71225 (318) 355-7169 ross@ammobats.com Wood training/game bats Ampac Enterprises— All-Star...................... 500 & 502 P. O. Box 1356, 1 Main Street Shirley, MA 01464 (800) 777-3810 jurga@all-starsports.com Baseball protective & gloves

*BASE BY PROS..................136 3414 63rd Drive NE Marysville, WA 98270 (541) 760-8913 canham.mitch@gmail.com Sports education by professionals Baseball America.................200 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 4319 S. Alston Avenue, #103 Durham, NC 27713 (800) 845-2726 business@baseballamerica.com Baseball media The Baseball Bluebook........337 8373 N. Cedar Hills Lane Fair Grove, MO 65648 (417) 833-6550 eric@baseballbluebook.com Baseball directory Baseball Express.........Bay 1515 5750 Northwest Pkwy, Ste. 100 San Antonio, TX 78249 (866) 816-9892 kevin.udell@teamexpress.com Equipment, uniforms & apparel

ARMS Software.................1710 808 Moorefield Park Dr., Ste. 250 Richmond, VA 23236 (804) 325-1458 kelly.underwood@armssoftware.com Athletic department software

Baseball Factory... 1414 & 1416 9212 Berger Road, Suite 200 Columbia, MD 21046 (800) 641-4487 x 108 jason@baseballfactory.com Player developmen/college recruiting

AstroTurf, LLC.....................203 2680 Abutment Road Dalton, GA 30721 (800) 723-8873 ssquires@astroturf.com Synthetic turf

Baseball Racks.......... 108 & 110 2908 W. 99th Place Evergreen Park, IL 60805 (708) 636-1047 dave@baseballracks.com Helmet racks, two-tiered benches

ATEC...........................Bay 1001 655 Spice Island Drive Sparks, NV 89431 (800) 998-ATEC drew.black@wilson.com Training equipment, pitching machines, nets & screens

Baseball Seams Co....... Table 10 1604 W. LaQuinta Street Sioux Falls, SD 57108 (314) 606-4280 nate@baseballseamsco.com Baseball artwork & gifts

Athletes in Action Baseball.334 651 Taylor Drive Xenia, OH 45385 (937) 352-1000 baseball@athletesinaction.org Summer baseball

*BaseballDirectKonnect.com....Table 17 14802 S. 42nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85044 (602) 214-7644 JJSchwartz@gmail.com Social network connecting baseball players & coaches worldwide

Batting Cages, Inc......Bay 1111 401 Lincoln Street Everson, WA 98247 (800) 463-6865 vann@cnwnetting.com Baseball netting Batting Cages USA..............311 30 Pine Street New Rochelle, NY 10801 (800) 233-8396 sales@battingcagesusa.com Baseball netting & batting cages Baum Research & Development Co., Inc..........100 1155 Hastings Street Traverse City, MI 49686 (231) 929-0598 baumresearch@baumbat.com Baseball bats Beacon Athletics..................416 8233 Forsythia Street #120 Middleton, WI 53562 (800) 747-5985 lizb@beaconathletics.com Field equipment and maintenance Better Baseball....................321 132 Carruth Drive SE Marietta, GA 30060-3123 (800) 997-4233 adam@betterbaseball.com Baseball retail & custom netting Bishop Family Enterprises/ The Pitching Pad................1118 P. O. Box 991 Castroville, TX 78009 (210) 232-8392 pbishop@thepitchingpad.com Baseball/softball pitching aid *Blue Sombrero...................205 112 Krog Street NE, Suite 1 Atlanta, GA 30307 (866) 981-2583 x 274 shaina.horrell@bluesombrero.com Free online registration & Website services Boombah.............. 1520 & 1522 202 Boombah Boulevard Yorkville, IL 60560 (815) 941-1431 jeff@boombah.com Sports apparel & equipment

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Bownet.........................Bay 701 4690 Calle Quetzal Camarillo, CA 93012 (805) 322-8844 jack@bownet.net Nets BSN Sports.................Bay 1601 1901 Diplomat Drive Farmers Branch, TX 75234 (800) 527-7510 svarn@bsnsports.com Baseball equipment & apparel Burbank Sport Nets...........1615 P. O. Box 16198 Fernandina Beach, FL 32035 (866) 349-0057 eli@burbanksportnets.com Netting, batting cages & backstops BWP Bats...........................1318 80 Womeldorf Lane Brookville, PA 15825 (814) 849-0089 josh@bwpbats.com Wood bats C&H Baseball, Inc...........335 10615 Technology Terrace Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211 (800) 248-5192 www.chbaseball.com sales@chbaseball.com C&H Baseball, Inc. is one of the industry’s most trusted names with more than 45 years of experience in athletic field equipment and stadium netting—as well as stadium padding design, production, and installation. See ad on page 24 Cages*Plus...........................221 518 Fair Lane Nampa, ID 83686 (866) 475-9148 brdecloss@cagesplus.com Portable batting cages Carrera Sports.....................211 4857 Palm Beach Blvd, Unit 4 Fort Myers, FL 33905 (239) 689-8313 miguelr@carrerasports.com BBCOR, wood, fungo & training bats Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing........... 240 & 242 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road Auburndale, FL 33823 (863) 551-4722 ryan@centralfloridasports.com Sports Commission

Cocoa Expo Sports Center.. 426 500 Friday Road Cocoa, FL 32926 (321) 639-3976 brad@cocoaexpo.com Sports complex/spring training destination Collegiate Directories...Table 18 P. O. Box 450640 Cleveland, OH 44145 (800) 426-2232 info@collegiatedirectories.com The National Directory of College Athletics

DeMarini Sports.........Bay 1001 6435 NW Croeni Road Hillsboro, OR 97124 (800) 937-BATS demariniconsumerservice @demarini.com Bats, apparel, bags & batting gloves

Colorado Time Systems.......158 1551 E. 11th Street Loveland, CO 80537 (800) 279-0111 tinaw@coloradotime.com Scoreboards

DeMarini Top 96..................343 2 Hewes Circle Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 536-2022 dave.callum@top96.com College prospect camps

Combat Sports, Inc./ BCS Diamond............ 1512 & 1514 6651 S. 216th Street Kent, WA 98032 (253) 395-7000 jmccraw@combatsportsgroup.com Baseball equipment & bats

*Demosphere International..326 306 N. Washington St. Falls Church, VA 22046 (800) 949-9440 srose@demosphere.com Website, registration & scheduling services

Cooperstown All Star Village... 916 4158 State Highway 23 Oneonta, NY 13820 (800) 327-6790 X 360 mpatton@mycasv.com Youth baseball tournament resort

*Diamond Charts, LLC.........446 18983 Course View Road Noblesville, IN 46060 (317) 617-9474 hurst@DiamondChartsLLC.com Advanced spray charts & scouting analysis

Cooperstown Bat Co...........248 P. O. Box 415/118 Main Street Cooperstown, NY 13326 (888) 547-2415 connie@cooperstownbat.com Professional bats & awards gifts Gerry Cosby & Co., Inc.......101 11 Pennsylvania Plaza New York, NY 10001-2006 (877) 563-6464 gcsmsg@cosbysports.com Team travel bags & protective equipment Crossover Symmetry.....510 & 512 5450 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit B Arvada, CO 80002-3715 (719) 351-4409 info@crossoversymmetry.com Rotator cuff & scapular-strengthening system DAPs Enterprises, LLC......1321 75 Saint David Way Wellington, FL 33414 (561) 248-8809 fprieto@mbakercorp.com Bat warming system

Clell Wade Coaches Directory.. 301 P. O. Box 177 Cassville, MO 65625-0177 (877) 386-4840 x 100 karan@coachesdirectory.com Coaching directories & data

D-Bat Sports............. 346 & 348 2101 Midway Road, Suite 300 Carrolton, TX 75006 (972) 398-1000 joe@dbat.net Wood bats, gloves & batting gloves

Coaching Management.. 329 20 Eastlake Road Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 257-6970 mg@momentummedia.com Coaching magazines

Dartfish ...................................506 6505 Shiloh Road, Suite 110B Alpharetta, GA 30005 (888) 655-3850 justin.hanzlik@dartfish.com Video analysis software

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Delong Sportswear... 365 & 365A 91 6th Avenue West Grinnell, IA 50112 (877) 820-0916 clombard@delongsports.com Outerwear/activewear

Diamond Pro.......Plaza 901 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 1112 E. Copeland Rd. Arlington, TX 76011 (800) 228-2987 www.diamondpro.com diamondpro@diamondpro.com Diamond Pro offers professional groundskeeping products, infield conditioners, calcined clay, mound clays, marking dust, drying agents, and green divot sand. See ad on page 9 Diamond Sports............Bay 801 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 1880 E. St. Andrew Place Santa Ana, CA 92705 (800) 366-2999 x 225 info@diamond-sports.com Baseballs, mitts, bags, protective, field equipment, & apparel Diamond Yards Engraved Bricks...................129 4609 Saybrook Drive Evansville, IN 47711 (812) 430-2725 timturp15@aol.com Engraved bricks & black granite fundraisers Dinger Bats..........................129 P. O. Box 88, 109 Kimbro Street Ridgway, IL 62979 (866) 9-DINGER info@dingerbats.com Wood bats, gloves & batting gloves

Disney Baseball...................223 P. O. Box 470847 Celebration, FL 34744 (407) 938-3802 Kyle.C.Cantrell@disney.com Tournament/spring-training destination Dominican Baseball Camp...117 1117 River Court Charlottesville, VA 22901 (434) 466-2128 sam@dominicanbaseballcamp.com Baseball camp Dream Bat Company.........1722 64 Field Road, Unit 4F Somers, CT 06071 (860) 490-6220 tim.mayo@dreambats.com Baseball bats & equipment DreamSeat/Seating Solutions.. 448 60 Austin Boulevard Commack, NY 11725 (631) 656-1066 X 55 abeyda@dreamseat.com XZipit Furniture/Stadium seating Easton Sports, Inc..... Plaza 919 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 7855 Haskell Avenue, Suite 200 Van Nuys, CA 91406 (818) 947-5782 lortiz@eastonbellsports.com Baseball bats, gloves, batting gloves & apparel *Eli’s Springback Tee... Table 11 728 Twin Rail Drive Minooka, IL 60447 (815) 483-7667 elisbaseballarena@sbcglobal.net Batting Tee Elite Baseball Training.......1420 2524 W. Argyle Street Chicago, IL 60625 (800) EBT-9282 justin@elitebaseballtraining.com Lessons, teams, camps & online lessons *Elmcreek Enterprises.........116 4530 S. Sheridan Road, Ste 201 Tulsa, OK 74145 (918) 663-9124 elmcrkent@sbcglobal.net Team photography Epic Sports Products/ The Hitting Jack-It.........308 23011 Doris Way Torrance, CA 90505 (310) 486-7646 www.hittingjackit.com cdunbar@hittingjackit.com Epic Sports Products, Inc. is the exclusive licensee of the Hitting Jack-It, the only variableweighted hitting training tool on the market. See ad on page 20 EvoShield, LLC.......... 404 & 406 300 Commerce Boulevard Bogart, GA 30622 (770) 725-2724 dklipp@evoshield.com Game-changing protective apparel

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Fair-Play Scoreboards..........207 1700 Delaware Avenue Des Moines, IA 50317 (800) 247-0265 dweidner@fair-play.com Scoreboards & digital displays

The Fish Net Company........210 P. O. Box 462 Jonesville, LA 71343 (318) 339-9655 sales@fishnetco.com Sports netting

G Tee Batting Tees..............548 1721 NE 19th Avenue Ocala, FL 34470 (877) 448-4833 james@thegtee.com Batting tees

*Fan Cloth...........................214 2895 113th Street Grand Prairie, TX 75050 (866) 897-3349 greeves@fancloth.com Fundraiser

Frank’s Sports Shop. 439 & 441 430 E. Tremont Avenue Bronx, NY  10457 (718) 299-9628 ytejada@frankssports.com Baseball equipment

The Game, LLC......... 244 & 246 16 Downing Drive Phenix City, AL 36869 (800) 723-5656 starla.turner@2thegame.com Headwear

FieldLevel...................... Table 7 604 Arizsona Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401 (888) 816-8220 ssabran@fieldlevel.com Technology

Front Rush...........................455 287 S. Main Street, Suite 12 Lambertville, NJ 08530 (215) 489-2100 x 7030 jsmith@frontrush.com Web-based recruiting software

FieldTurf................... 428 & 430 7445 Cote-De-Liesse Road, Suite 200 Montreal, QC, Canada H4P 2L7 (800) 724-2969 X 2646 idisanza@beynonsports.com Artificial turf/sport surfaces

FungoMan, LLC...................132 6434 Quinn Church Road Shreveport, LA 71129 (318) 775-0000 christine.cucjen@fungoman.com Automated baseball practice machine

Game Day USA..................1419 603 Diehl Rd. Naperville, IL 60567 (630) 664-4263 x 104 moyz@gamedayusa.com Sports event management company

Fisher Athletic.. 249, 251 & 253 P. O. Box 1985 Salisbury, NC  28145 (800) 438-6028 Padding, windscreen & field maintenance

Futures Collegiate Baseball League...................264 46 Chestnut Hill Road Chelmsford, MA 01824 (617) 593-2112 futuresleague@yahoo.com Summer collegiate baseball

*Game Day Vision.............. TBA 1147 Oberlin Ave. SW Navarre, OH 44647 (336) 833-6738 ehelmick@weldmaster.com Facility enhancement *Game Manager Solutions...328 4354-A Old Shell Road, Ste. 112 Mobile, AL 36608 (251) 209-9873 Dave@GameManagersolutions.com Lineup cards, scorecards & other game management products

Game Signs..........................508 265000 Agowa Road #102-540 Calabasas, CA 91302 (877) 719-8903 egan530@gmail.com Signal enhancement stickers for catchers Game Time Sports Systems.. 532 3015 White Pine Drive Northbrook, IL 60062 (800) 520-0512 d.stern@gametimesportssystems.com Athletic field maintenance products GameChanger/Media.463 & 464 86 Chambers Street, Suite 202 New York, NY 10007 (202) 642-5333 jeff@gamechanger.io Sports software GameMaster Athletic..........538 1624 Dolwick Drive Erlanger, KY 41018 (859) 746-9800 x 111 mike@gamemasterathletic.com Baseball training aids Glover’s Scorebooks............552 P. O. Box 355 Forestville, CA 95436-0355 (707) 887-2812 tom@scorebooks.com Scorebooks & accessory items

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Gumbee Cords...................1323 941 Windemere Court Aurora, IL 60504 (630) 659-4123 Sweeney@gumbeecords.com Upper & lower body stretching device Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League...................504 1625 County Road 39 Southampton, NY 11968 (631) 335-4339 info@hamptonsbaseball.org Collegiate summer baseball league Heads-Up Performance.......202 12852 Big Sur Drive Tampa, FL 33625 (813) 968-8863 DrTomHanson@gmail.com Bookâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Heads-Up Baseball *Hellas Construction, Inc.....103 12710 Research Blvd, Ste. 240 Austin, TX 78759 (512) 250-2910 nhisle@hellasconstruction.com Sports construction & turf *Herff Jones Company........265 150 Herff Jones Way Warwick, RI 02888 (800) 663-0501 jmmediate@herffjones.com Championship rings & jewelry

Hilton Worldwide............. 265A 5701 Vicksburg Place Frisco, TX 75035 (972) 377-2470 mike.hill@hilton.com Hotel accommodations

Hudl/Agile Sports................208 151 N. 8th Street, Suite 250 Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 817-0060 X 139 brandon.gries@hudl.com Video editing software

Jaeger Sports.............. Table 14 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Ste 102 Los Angeles, CA 90045 (818) 652-2764 alan@jaegersports.com DVDs, books, & surgical tubing

Historic Dodgertown.. 341 3901 26th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960 (772) 257-8557 www.historicdodgertown.com jbiddle@historicdodgertown.com Historic Dodgertown, longtime spring training home of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, is a unique venue offering accommodations, dining, training facilities, and recreation all on their 80-acre sports resort. See ad on page 21

Human Kinetics....................201 P. O. Box 5076 Champaign, IL 61825-5076 (217) 351-5076 info@hkusa.com Human Kinetics is the premier publisher for sports & fitness

J-DUB........................ 350 & 352 P. O. Box 9026 Calabasas, CA 91372 (877) 887-6281 sarahmendoza@hotmail.com Caps & travel bags

*Hit Zone Sports.................155 5 Raritan Road Oakland, NJ 07436 (800) 822-1602 ken.stern@metrovacworld.com Baseball/tennis training aid Hoosier Bat Co....................216 P. O. Box 432 Valparaiso, IN 46384 (800) 228-3787 baseball@netnitco.net Wood baseball bats

Humphrys CoverSports.......400 5000 Paschall Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19143 (800) 445-6680 sbrenner@coversports.com Field covers, windscreens, padding & fence top InMotion Systems/HitTrax.1801 173 Ruggles Street Westborough, MA 01581 (508) 353-3756 mikedonfrancesco@yahoo.com HitTrax Baseball Simulator Insiderbat............................536 P. O. Box 2405 Spring, TX 77383 (281) 610-6349 info@insiderbat.com Baseball hitting tool

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*Lewis & Clark Baseball League........... Table 20 1014 Kennett Place St. Louis, MO 63104 (202) 246-4516 nicholas@lewisclarkbaseball.com Summer college baseball league LIDS Team Sports..... 307 & 309 7555 Woodland Drive Indianapolis, IN 46278 (317) 407-0170 quinn.moore@lids.com Sport uniforms, apparel, footwear & equipment Little Caesars Pizza.............234 2211 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201 (888) 452-5487 Sylvia.Donohue@PizzaKit.com Fundraising-pizza & breads Little League Baseball.........918 539 US Route 15 Highway Williamsport, PA 17701-0485 (570) 326-1921 x 2223 dvelte@littleleague.org Youth baseball Lizard Skins........................1708 358 S. Mountain Way Drive Orem, UT 84058 (801) 229-9099 brad@lizardskins.com Bat wrap

Louisville Slugger.....Plaza 1201 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR P. O. Box 35700 Louisville, KY 40232-5700 (800) 282-2287 www.slugger.com kevin.uhrhan@slugger.com Louisville Slugger is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, and is a name that is synonymous with Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pastime. Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats have graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball history. See ad on page 17 *Louisville Slugger Custom Uniforms by Shirts and Logos.................... 1803 301 W. Vogel Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53207 (414) 727-0415 jason@shirtsandlogos.com Custom uniforms & apparel M.A.S.A., Inc........Plaza 1013 1413 S. Meridian Road Jasper, IN 47546 (800) 264-4519 www.sportsadvantage.com service@sportsadvantage.com M.A.S.A. is a leading source of quality athletic field equipment, baseball equipment, and training aids. Shop 24/7 at: sportsadvantage.com. See ad on page 8

Majesticâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;VF Licensed Sports Group........ 1421 & 1423 2320 Newlins Mill Road Easton, PA 18045 (800) 955-8555 elena_rebmann@vfc.com Athletic apparel, uniforms & outerwear Markwort Sporting Goods..230 1101 Research Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63132-1711 (800) 280-5555 sales@markwort.com Game Face, Heart-Gard, C Flap, Total Control Marucci Sports..............Bay 711 5818 McCann Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70809 (225) 291-2552 lindsey@maruccisports.com Baseball equipment Massaging Insoles ..............121 4848 E. Cactus Road, #505-130 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (602)993-0461 Ray.V@cox.net Therapeutic insoles & related products Master Pitching Machine...420 & 422 4200 NE Birmingham Road Kansas City, MO 64117 (800) 878-8228 X 305 joeg@masterpitch.com Arm-style pitching machines & batting cages

Memphis Net & Twine....461 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 Miller Net Company, Inc......320 1674 Getwell Road Memphis, TN 38111 (800) 423-6603 miller@millernets.com Sports net Mizuno USA............... Plaza 913 4925 Avalon Ridge Parkway Norcross, GA 30071 (800) 966-1234 cindy.peters@mizunousa.com Sporting goods Momentus Sports.......Bay 1219 500 N. Lincoln Street Mount Pleasant, IA 52641 (319) 385-2233 jsorenson@momentussports.com Speed hitter training bats

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More than ERA....................312 11038 Hildreth Court Santa Rosa Valley, CA 93012 (805) 491-3379 morethanera@yahoo.com More Than ERA pitching performance products Muhl Tech............. 336 & 338 503 Ogden St. Wharton, TX 77488 (888) 766-8772 www.muhltech.com wesley@muhltech.com Muhl Tech offers training gear for coaches, training aids, hitting aids, fielding aids, and batting cages. See ad on page 10 National Alliance College Summer Baseball.................212 3022 Liberty Way Atlanta, GA 30318 (770) 490-7912 bobbybennett27@yahoo.com Summer baseball leagues National College Baseball Hall of Fame......... 1315 & 1317 1517 Texas Avenue Lubbock, TX 79401 (806) 749-2233 contact@collegebaseballfoundation.org

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National Sports Products...................................435 3441 S. 11th Avenue Eldridge, IA 52748 (800) 478-6497 www.nationalsportsproducts.com sales@nationalsportsproducts.com National Sports Products offers a full line of baseball equipment that includes batting tunnels, protective screens, windscreens, field covers, helmets, catcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gear, bats, gloves, training aids, and equipment holders. See ad on page 34 Netex Netting....... 1523 &1622 5128 Central Avenue Delta, BC, Canada V4K 2H2 (800) 936-6388 m.wilson@dccnet.com Backstops, batting cages, pitching screens New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.......Bay 1101 20 Guest Street Boston, MA 02135 (303) 828-4654 Mike.Schenbeck@newbalance.com Footwear, apparel & uniforms New England Collegiate Baseball League...................414 28 Kately Lane North Adams, MA 01247

(413) 652-1031 smcgrath@necbl.com College summer baseball New Era Cap Company.......330 3950 Broadway Depew, NY 14043 (888) 685-2313 linda@newerapark.com Baseball caps Nokona................................226 2650 S. 46th Street, Suite 105 Phoenix, AZ 85034 (800) 433-097 csivak@nokona.com Baseball gloves & accessories Oakley, Inc................ 123 & 125 One Icon Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 (800) 733-6255 janets@oakley.com Eyewear & apparel Oates Specialties.. 1120 & 1021 151 FM 1696 Road East Huntsville, TX 77320 (936) 295-4459 Robert@OatesSpecialties.com Athletic fitness conditioning equipment OC Sports.............. 401 & 403 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 1200 Melissa Drive Bentonville, AR 72712 (866) 776-6774

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www.ocsports.com customsports@ocsports.com OC Sports is a baseballfocused headwear company providing performance headwear for all levels of play. OC Sports is the Official Headwear of the ABCA. See ad on page 20 Old Hickory Bat Co.......424 P. O. Box 588 White House, TN 37188-0588 (866) 776-2287 www.oldhickorybats.com copley@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 On Deck Sports..........209, 167, 266, 267A, 186, 270 & 271 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 88 Spark Street Brockton, MA 02302 (800) 365-6171 neil@ondecksports.com Baseball equipment *OurFund...........................1806 3 Gresham Landing Stockbridge, GA 30281 (888) 892-3331 sindy@ourfund.us Online team fundraising

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Own The Zone Sports.........402 2100 Hampton Ct. Carrollton, TX 75006 (972) 975-0629

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Baseball software

Paul Pryor Sports Bags.......526 12401 66th Street North Largo, FL 33773 (727) 531-8400 Athletic travel bags *Pax Sports LLC ......... Table 16 1215 Charles Drive Shawnee, OK 74804 (405) 788-8568 kjpaxson@sbcglobal.net Baseball training bat Pickle-Ball, Inc......................314 810 NW 45th Street, Suite 2 Seattle, WA 98107 (800) 377-9915 janet@pickleball.com Plastic heavy-duty balls Pitch Pro Mounds/ Aeroform.................. 451 & 453 5301 E. 9th Street Kansas City, MO 64124 (800) 345-2376 gavin@aeroform.com Portable pitching mounds

Pocket Radar, Inc...... 349 & 351 3535 Industrial Drive, Suite A4 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (707) 544-6096 info@pocketradar.com Pocket-sized radar gun Portolite Products, Inc.........813 2950 Nelson Road Delano, MN 55328 (800) 315-8115 portolite@citlink.net Pitching mounds *PowerMax/Porter Athletic/ Litania Sports Group.........1623 P. O. Box 1790 Champaign, IL 61824-1790 (855) 232-4666 sales@powermaxequipment.com Sports performance & field equipment Prep Gear Headwear...........310 1001 Avenida Pico, #C San Clemente, CA 92673 (800) 279-7060 sales@prepgear.com Custom caps, visors & beanies Pro-Line Cap Company........546 3950 Fossil Creek Blvd #202 Fort Worth, TX 76137 (800) 227-2456 x 202 charris@prolinecap.com Baseball caps

Pro Look Sports..1617 & 1619 P. O. Box 971180 Orem, UT 84097 (801) 374-8530 www.ProLook.com info@prolook.com Since 1996, Pro Look has developed award-winning uniforms for title-chasing athletes. The company is proud of its innovation and attention to detail. See ad on page 14

ProNine Sports......... 405 & 407 P. O. Box 1765 Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (714) 892-0809 jrhardy@pronine.com Baseballs, bats, bags, bases & protective equipment

ProBatter Sports...... 225 & 227 49 Research Drive, Suite A Milford, CT 06460 (203) 874-2500 abattersby@probatter.com Pitching machine

Pro’s Choice......Plaza 1013 27221 Twin Pond Barrington, IL 60010 (847) 650-9015 www.proschoice1.com dave.cygan@oildri.com Pros’ Choice premium line has products for all field conditions. Pro Mound pitching mound clay is preferred for pro sports. See ad on page 12

ProGrass, LLC......................534 960 Penn Avenue, 8th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (866) 270-6003 aklotz@prograssturf.com Synthetic turf

Protime Sports..... 1415 & 1417 17600 W. Valley Highway Seattle, WA 98188 (800) 575-1603 amy@protimesports.com Baseball apparel

Promats.................... 413 & 415 P. O. Box 231 Delhi, NY 13753 (800) 617-7125 doliver@sportsfieldspecialties.com Padding—wall, gymnasium & stadium

Pukka Headwear...... 237 & 239 P. O. Box 773, 337 S. Main St. Findlay, OH 45840 (855) 722-5232 nhulvey@pukkainc.com Custom headwear & custom phone cases

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Radar Pitching Trainer...434 & 436 3 Witherbee Lane Southborogh, MA 01772 (508) 875-1670 jbizbarletta@gmail.com Pitching aid Rain Out, LLC......................229 2780 S. Jones Boulevard #3399 Las Vegas, NV 89146 (888) 609-1163 mbaker@rainoutproducts.com Ballfield drying agent/field conditioner Rawlings Sporting Goods .................Bay 257 & Plaza 159 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 510 Maryville University Drive, Suite 110 St. Louis, MO 63141-5842 (800) 729-5464 bcorrenti@rawlings.com Baseball hard goods/soft goods *RBI Repetitive Batting Instructor................153 445 E. Carmel Street, Suite B San Marcos, CA 92078 (855) HIT-4RBI janjay@rbivortex.com Baseball/softball swing trainer & tee

Ready Set Register..............345 2 Hewes Circle Peabody, MA 01960 (978) 536-2022 Jason@readytsetregister.com Camp registration software & management system *Red Lion Hotel Anaheim....152 1850 S. Harbor Boulevard Anaheim, CA 92802 (800) 733-5466/ many.irizarry@redlion.com Full service hotel at Disney Resort Red Roof Inn........................127 210 East Cambourne Ferndale, MI 48220 (248) 398-0274 jmurray@redroof.com Hotel accommodations Reef Industries, Inc..............452 9209 Almeda Genoa Road Houston, TX 77075 (800) 231-6074 pwest@reefindustries.com Field & mound covers *Reflex LLC..........................342 3544 Eastoaks Dr. Salt Lake City, UT 84124 (801) 953-4378 todd@reflextrain.com Reflex Training Software

How It Works The new Three Piece Tee® balance trainer promotes the proper foundation for younger players through muscle memory and hip rotation — consistently improving performance results on the field at any age and skill level. At the core of every successful baseball or softball player is a foundation of strong mechanics and what makes for strong mechanics is proper balance. A properly balanced position is the first, and most important, building block for any player that wants to achieve their true potential and make it to the next level of competition.

Richardson Athetics.. 323 & 325 160 Parkinson Drive Richland, MS 39218 (800) 895-2902 chad@richardsonathletics.com Athletic field, training & facility equipment RightView Pro.......... 427 & 429 27 Middleridge Lane South Rolling Hills, CA 90274 (310) 377-9221 don@rightviewpro.com Software Ripon Athletic......................438 290 Junction St., P. O. Box 25 Berlin, WI 54923 (920) 361-1500 luke.ott@riponathletic.com Custom athletic uniforms, jackets & fleece RIP-IT........................ 912 & 914 4210 L. B. McLeod Rd., Ste. 117 Orlando, FL 32811 (407) 649-4104 mike.beck@ripitsportinggoods.com Bats, helmets & bags Rixstine Recognition..313, 315 , 317 2350 ‘O’ Street Lincoln, NE  68510 (800) 347-3810 x 229 marketing@rixstine.com Trophies, awards, promo products & novelty

Ron Wolforth’s Pitching Central.... 1019 & 1021 5451 Honea-Egypt Road Montgomery, TX 77316 (936) 588-6762 info@pitchingcentral.com Pitching DVDs, camps & workshops Russell Athletic.............Bay 907 1 Fruit of the Loom Drive Bowling Green, KY 42102 270-781-6400 x 2549 Sladana.Markovic@fotlinc.com Apparel Salsbury Industries (Lockers.com)......................105 1010 E. 62nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90001 (323) 846-6700 salsbury@lockers.com Lockers & storage solutions Schutt Sports............ 220 & 222 2233 Holly Hill Lane Denton, TX 76205 (217) 710-3037 dbaker@schutt-sports.com Baseball helmets, catching gear & training devices SCORE International.423 & 425 P. O. Box 9994 Chattanooga, TN 37412 (423) 894-7111 trey@scoreinternational.org Baseball mission trips

Balance is Power® A common misconception among athletes is the source of speed and power. Bat speed and power begin with a player’s balanced core and feet, not their arms and shoulders. Superior balance creates stability and allows a player to powerfully pivot the load foot towards the ball, squaring the hips to the target and increasing the player’s bat speed. The result = using stronger core muscles and the entire body — not just arms and shoulders — to generate maximum bat speed and hitting power.

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Shaw Sports Turf...... 149 & 151 185 S. Industrial Boulevard Calhoun, GA 30701 (866) 703-4004 todd.britton@shawinc.com Synthetic turf

Slow The Game Down.........920 1100 S. Coast Highway #203 Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (866) 627-5400 Sales@SlowTheGameDown.com Visual performance

Shock Doctor Sports & Cutters Brands.......... 250 & 252 110 Cheshire Lane, Suite 120 Minnetonka, MN 55305 (800) 233-6956 jotto@shockdoctor.com Batting gloves, protective equipment & tape

*Soft Hit LLC.....................1308 3009 Queen Street Missoula, MT 59801 (406) 543-6858 john@softhitbaseball.com Training baseballs & softballs

Shoeless Joe............. 236 & 238 600 Main Street/P.O. Box 935 Hays, KS 67601 (785) 625-4586 support@shoelessjoellc.com Leather baseball/softball gloves *Silverleaf Resorts ............................213 & Table 1 2514 Tarpley Rd. #110 Carrollton, TX 75006 (214) 797-8566 spragginsg@silverleafresorts.com Texas travel Skillshow, Inc.......................303 1201 First Ave. South, Ste. 333 Seattle, WA 98134 (206) 652-1288 act@skillshow.com Sports video specialists

Southern Athletic Fields...................Plaza 1213 1309 Mainsail Drive Columbia, TN 38401 (800) 837-8062 www.mulemix.com bill@safdirt.com Southern Athletic Fields is a locally owned company that sells athletic field products and accessories for various sports nationwide. See ad on page 22 *Spessard Manufacturing....228 747 W, Orchard Road Mercersburg, PA 17236-8463 (301) 491-4002 Eagle Eye Electronic Home Plate

SPI—South Padre Island Nets, Inc..............331 2001 Amistad Drive San Benito, TX  78586 (866) 243-NETS (6387) www.spinets.net joer@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 18 Sports Attack LLC ......................... 520, 522 & 524 2805 U.S. Highway 40 Verdi, NV 89439 (800) 717-4251 www.sportsattack.com info@sportsattack.com Manufacturers of professional sports training equipment for baseball, softball, football, volleyball, tennis, and soccer equipment for all levels from beginner to pro. See ad on page OBC Sports Sensors, Inc.......470 11351 Embassy Drive Cincinnati, OH 45240 (888) 542-9246 www.gloveradar.com adilz@cinci.rr.com

C&H Baseball has been the preferred choice of professionals since 1968. What’s on your Field? • Portable Batting Cages • Poly & Vinyl Tarps • Pitching Machines & Platforms • Fielding Screens

A leader in affordable doppler radar for sports applications, Sports Sensors offers inexpensive training aids and specialty radars for coaches, players, and parents to measure speed and improve performance. See ad on page 25 Sports Tutor, INC....572-582 3300 Winona Avenue Burbank, CA 91504 (800) 448-8867 www.sportsmachines.com orders@sportstutorinc.com Sports Tutor is a leading manufacturer of pitching machines for baseball and softball. See ad on page 19 Sports Venue Padding.322 & 324 16444 Manning Way Cerritos, CA 90703 (877) 599-6855 michelle@svpadding.com Field padding, gate pads & rail pads St. Baldrick’s Foundation...1422 1333 S. Mayflower Avenue, Suite 400 Monrovia, CA 91016 (626) 792-8247 X 43 Hector@stbaldricks.org “The most meaningful thing your team will do this season.”

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St. Petersburg Clearwater Sports Commission... 241 & 243 13805 58th St. N, Ste. 2-200 Clearwater, FL 33760 (727) 464-7200 info@sportsspc.com Training/tournament destination Stabilizer Solutions.....316 33 S. 28th Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 (800) 336-2468 www.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, as well as infield and warning track mixes. See ad on page 18 Stalker Radar.......................231 2609 Technology Drive Plano, TX 75074-7467 (972) 398-3780 X 130 sales@stalkerradar.com Sports Radar speed measurement equipment SwingAway Sports... 817 & 819 1235a Kennestone Circle Marietta, GA 30066 (800) 999-1968 jflading@swingaway.com Training equipment

Swing Strong, LLC...............224 1980 NW 94th Street, Suite C Clive, IA 50325 (800) 962-8850 Training bat

functional and durable teamcentered, portable, dugoutorganizing products for softball and baseball teams at every level of play. See ad on page 13

*Team Defender.... Table 19 230 Industrial Drive Muscle Shoals, AL 35661 (256) 710-6515 www.team-defender.com info@team-defender.com The Team Defender Catchers Thumb Guard is a patentpending protective device that fits around the central surface of the thumb to prevent injuries that occur while catching the ball or applying a tag. See ad on page 25

Three Piece Tee® Balance Trainer....465, 467 650 West Bough, Ste. 150-150 Houston, TX 77024 (713) 481-7315 www.threepiecetee.com jhoward@threepiecetee.com Three Piece Tee® is a durable and portable training tool that increases power by improving balance in a player’s swing and throwing motions that can be used both in the cage and pre-game. See ad on page 23 Throw It Right, LLC..... Table 15 1 Renard Pass O’Fallon, MO 63366 (636) 294-1290 ebert.melissa@yahoo.com Baseball throwing technique aid TOI Gear/ Glove Guardian..... 1609 & 1611 1621 War Admiral Drive Bluffdale, UT 84065 (801) 201- 4034 david@toigear.com Device to save gloves

Tech Mesh Apparel, LLC......550 P. O. Box 702357 Tulsa, OK 74170 (918) 492-1193 jbarrettinc@aol.com Tech Mesh moisture management The Bench Coach...........128 912 Bristlewood Drive McKinney, TX 75070 972-740-5417 www.TheBenchCoach.com The BenchCoach® focuses on designing one of the most

Tomark Sports.......... 215 & 217 (800) 959-1844 LynnC@tomark.com Sales & service of athletic equipment *Top Recruit.........................150 7437 S. Eastern Avenue #264 Las Vegas, NV 89123 (702) 336-9575 ian@toprecruit.com Online recruiting profiles Total Control Sports............304 2000 S. 25th Avenue, Unit 1 Broadview, IL 60155 (708) 486-5800 sales@totalcontrolsports.com Weighted hitting ball & hole ball for hitters Trigon Sports.......................305 488 Cumberland Street Memphis, TN 38112 (888) 313-1303 X 102 chris@trigonsports.com Batting cages, netting, screens True Pitch, Inc......................327 106A 1st Avenue South Altoona, IA 50009 (800) 647-3539 info@pitchingmounds. com Portable game mounds

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TURFACE Athletics...Plaza 1301 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 750 W. Lake Cook Rd., Ste. 440 Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 (800) 207-6457 www.turface.com adibble@profileproducts.com The Turface Athletics line of soil conditioners maximizes sports field safety and performance. See ad on page 7 Twin City Knitting................340 P. O. Box 1179 Conover, NC 28613-9727 (800) 438-6884 fbdavis@twincityknitting.com Athletic socks, wristbands & headbands *Two Five Apparel...............109 7164 Graham Road, Suite 25 Indianapolis, IN 46250 (317) 436-7169 rbucher@twofiveapparel.com Custom uniforms & apparel TYRUS Baseball Products....450 16 The Plains Road Levittown, NY 11756 (516) 313-9680 kfazio@tyrusbaseball.com Wood bats, pine tar & accessories

U. S. Baseball Academy.....1306 13121 Eastpoint Park Boulevard Louisville, KY 40223 (800) 592-4487 info@baseballacademy.com Baseball instruction & evaluation Under Armour............Bay 1307 1020 Hull Street Baltimore, MD  21230 (410) 246-1801 ccrogan@underarmour.com Athletic apparel, footwear & accessories USA Baseball............ 300 & 302 403 Blackwell Street Durham, NC 27701 (919) 474-8721 X 215 info@usabaseball.com USA Baseball National Teams Valle Baseball......................135 4659 Ridge Road West Spencerport, NY 14559 (585) 349-0217 sales@vallebaseball.com Baseball gloves Victory Custom Athletic, Inc.............. 409 & 411 20725 Prairie Street Chatsworth, CA 91311-6011 (818) 349-8476 X 111 nick@victory-la.com Custom baseball uniforms & apparel

C-flap® Facial Protection Easily mounts to batter’s helmet to help prevent cheek and jaw injuries Game Face® Safety Mask Ultra lightweight and extremely strong polycarbonate construction provides complete facial protection

Vs. Cancer Foundation........306 1605 Iredell Drive Raleigh, NC 27608 (336) 209-2187 chase@vs-cancer.org Community service program to cure kids’ cancer *Warbird Training Academy.344 409 N. Gridley, Apt. F Bloomington, IL 61701 (309) 826-1288 warbirdacademy@gmail.com Arm strengthening bands, books & training services Warstic Bat Company ......................... 601, 603 & 605 9660 Audelia Road, Suite 123 Dallas, TX 75238 (855) WARSTIC info@warstic.com Wood bats Western Industries, Inc./ Brawler..............................1413 P. O. Box 428, Top of Yellowstone Hill Miles City, MT 59301 (800) 488-3592 x 835 ashley@westernindustries.com Field tarps

Wilson Sporting Goods ...................................Bay 1001 ABCA OFFICIAL SPONSOR 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Chicago, IL 60631 (773) 714-6846 Drew.Black@wilson.com Baseball equipment & uniforms *Woodart.it snc/Italywood..254 Via Novaro S Malnate (VA) Italy 21046 (0039) 0332 427341 italywood@italywood.com Italywood wood bats & baseball furniture WSI Sports...........................235 1325 Eagandale Court, Ste 170 Eagan, MN 55121 (651) 994-9945 joel@wsisports.com Apparel/performance wear XONE Global/GSM.. 1207 & 1209 3385 Roy Orr Boulevard Grand Prairie, TX 75050 (469) 586-0428 rob.cleveland@xonesport.com Louisville Slugger Apparel XProTeX Sport Group.......1720 28010 Industry Drive Valencia, CA 91355 (661) 705-8000 pvitiello@xprotex.com Protective gear

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TOP-NOTCH HEADWEAR

Now today’s top players can compete in MLB branded headwear throughout their amateur career with the new MLB Elite Series line of headwear. MLB Elite Series has been designed for the serious, competitive baseball player. This headwear incorporates the iconic MLB brand on custom team headwear that utilizes top-of-the-line performance fabrics as worn by today’s top players.

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QUALITY INVESTMENT

Personalize your facility with the high-quality UV digital printing process that allows you to print directly on the material being used. There’s no white back, like you get with other digital printing companies, so your printing and logos become part of the material. Plus, the type or logo will not crack, peel or tear like vinyl decals. NSP’s elite printing process allows for more detailed multi-color capabilities and has a quick turnaround and greater accuracy than its competitors.

National Sports Products • 800-478-6497 www.nationalsportsproducts.com

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A FAVORITE AMONG PITCHERS

Diamond Pro® Professional Mound Clay is a screened heavy clay with a natural yellowish-brown color. This heavy clay has a higher clay content than Diamond Pro’s Red Mound/Home Plate Clay and will require more attention. Professional Mound Clay can be used in conjunction with other products, or as a stand-alone everyday maintenance clay. This clay can be used to construct, rebuild, or repair pitcher’s mounds, as well as catchers’ and batters’ boxes. In a recent independent study by Virginia Tech, Diamond Pro’s PMC was voted “Favorite Product” in the comparison baseball mound clay study. Diamond Pro • 800-228-2987 www.diamondpro.com

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THREE-PIECE PURE COMPOSITE

The Raid model no. BBRD14-RR from Louisville Slugger is the first threepiece pure 360 Composite/AC-21 alloy bat. Its patented TRU3 transition technology provides maximum durability, trampoline effect, and sting elimination. Louisville Slugger • 800-282-2287 www.slugger.com

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WINNING THE DRAG RACE

The Original Infield Erasers Mat Drags are one of the most sought after fieldgrooming devices made in decades. The Erasers will even work in adverse, damp soil conditions as opposed to the standard metal drags which can “load up” and actually make your playing surface unlevel or unsafe. As you pull the mat drags, they will percolate and dry your material while leveling and finishing your field to a professional finish. The Erasers are so unique in design that they will not harm your grass, mounds, or home plate if they inadvertently come into contact with them. They’re so remarkable, you can also use them to level and finish warning tracks, as well as to level and groom synthetic turf surfaces. M.A.S.A. • 800-264-4519 www.sportsadvantage.com

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DURABLE VALUE

Made of VIPOL® Matrix, Tuffy ® is unquestionably one of the world’s toughest windscreens. It has more than 50 percent or more micro-fibers than normal windscreen materials and is used by MLB, NFL, NCAA D-I, and high school teams nationwide. This windscreen is available in 20 colors and has optional Chroma-Bond® imprinting that does not fade like digital and lasts as long as the fabric. Plus, it’s backed by a five-year factory warranty. Surprisingly, this windscreen is value-priced from authorized Aer-Flo dealers. Aer-Flo, Inc. • 800-823-7356 www.aerflo.com

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SPI Nets’ full-service net building facility offers top-quality nets at unbeatable prices. The company stocks and custom-builds 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.

Historic Dodgertown provides the ideal setting to enable a team to grow together and better prepare for its upcoming season. Everything needed is provided at this 80-acre sports and conference center. The complex can be configured to accommodate a variety of sports and features an abundance of competition and practice fields, along with on-site housing, dining, and recreation allowing teams to spend quality time together on and off the field.

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

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MANAGES MOISTURE FOR YOU

Regular 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 rainy 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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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’ exhibit at ABCA is located at Plaza 1213. 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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Pre-Assembled Base Foundations

NEW!

 Fits ALL major manufacturer’s bases  The quick and easy way to install bases • Includes rubber platform with built-in anchor • Just bury and tamp in place - you are ready to insert bases and play • No messy concrete or forms • Sold in sets of 3 or singles • Economical

Ask about our other recycled rubber products to reduce labor on baseball fields: Batters Box and Pitchers Mound Foundations, Field Drain Covers

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 engraving—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. 510

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 Circle No. 511

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ALL IN THE HIPS

Are you 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. If you use lazy hips, rolled wrists, or swing around the ball, the bag will not move nearly as much.

ORGANIZE YOUR BENCH

The BenchCoach® is one of the most complete, team-centered portable dugout organizers available. The BenchCoach provides professional-style organization for baseball teams at every level with compartments for 12 to 16 players that hold their hat, helmet, glove, water bottle, and other items like sunglasses, batting gloves, etc. The BenchCoach also includes two accessory pockets for game balls or personal items, a lineup card-holder, and a rigid bat-hanging frame for 16 bats. The BenchCoach • 443-745-3607 www.TheBenchCoach.com

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REALISTIC PRACTICE

Muhl Tech • 888-766-8772 www.muhltech.com Circle No. 512

The e-Hack Attack Programmable Baseball Pitching Machine has quickly become one of the most reliable electronic machines on the market. 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 to prepare for an upcoming pitcher. This unit is an electronic version of the tried and true Hack Attack and will provide the most realistic batting practice ever.

READY FOR ATTACK

Sports Attack • 800-717-4251 www.sportsattack.com

Louisville Slugger’s Attack Model no. BBAT14-RR is the first threepiece pure 360 Composite bat, with patented TRU3 transition technology for maximum trampoline effect, sting elimination, and feel. Louisville Slugger • 800-282-2287 www.slugger.com Circle No. 513

ASSESS AND INCREASE PITCHING ACCURACY

New from M.A.S.A., the 9 Hole Pitcher’s Pocket is perfect for assessing and increasing a pitcher’s accuracy and precision. Nine individual pockets cover the entire strike zone and provides a range of targets pitchers can use to improve and evaluate their accuracy around the strike zone. It’s like having a catcher that tells you exactly where the pitch was thrown. Made with #60 nylon netting, high grade 1-5/8” steel, and foam and vinyl padding, the 9 Hole Pitcher’s Pocket is built to last. Height is fully adjustable to accommodate youth players and adults, and is available in 10 colors. It measures 3’4”W x 4’2”H. Contact the company for more information.

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DEBUTING AT ABCA

The Aer-Flo® Bleacher Covers are made of either solid vinyl or VIPOL® Matrix Material, while custom-fitting assures pleasing aesthetics and good wind resistance. These covers are available in up to 20 vibrant school colors. The optional Chroma-Bond® Imprinting offers super-large multi-color lettering/logos that do not fade like digital. These highquality covers add a professional touch to any facility. Aer-Flo, Inc. • 800-823-7356 www.aerflo.com

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INSTANT FEEDBACK

Why is the Advanced Skills Tee from Muhl Tech used by more than 2,000 high school and college programs? You get instant feedback with every swing. Its unique forward arm and outside barrier help develop a nice swing path—and keep the hands inside the ball. The tough polyurethane construction will give you years of worry-free use. Try one this season and if you don’t like it, the company will buy it back. Muhl Tech • 888-766-8772 www.muhltech.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 easyto-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

TRADITION MEETS INNOVATION Combining the latest in materials and tackle twill technology with the ability to create any style uniform for one low price, Pro Look Baseball offers an unmatched uniform ordering experience. Pro Look uniforms are backed with a limited lifetime manufacturing warranty. Pro Look Sports • 800-PRO-LOOK www.prolook.com

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INCREASE BAT SPEED & POWER

A MUST FOR CATCHERS

The Team Defender Catchers Thumb Guard is a patent-pending protective device that fits around the central surface of the thumb to prevent injuries that occur while catching the ball or applying a tag. It offers support to the thumb and limits hyper-extension of the joint when force is applied without restricting movement or flexibility.

The Hitting Jack-It Training System is one of the only variable-weighted hitting training tools that is used for any hitting drill, including live batting practice. The patented product helps to develop proper swing mechanics, improve ball exit speed, and increase bat speed, strength, and power. Players at all levels, including those in NCAA Division I colleges, use this product daily.

Team Defender • 256-710-6515 www.team-defender.com

Hitting Jack-It, LLC • 877-452-2548 www.hittingjack-it.com

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American Baseball Coaches Association Membership In 1945, a group of college baseball coaches gathered in New York City to formulate ideas for the promotion and improvement of collegiate baseball. That group founded what is known today as the American Baseball Coaches Association. Over the past 68 years, the association has grown to include membership in every division of amateur baseball and is recognized as the world’s largest baseball association. The main objective of the ABCA is educational in nature, helping to improve the level of coaching. The ABCA helps to promote rapport among the coaches and the divisions within baseball and recognizes deserving players and coaches through several sponsorship/award programs. Membership for the ABCA is only $30 per year for US residents (plus $3 handling fee), $35 for Canadian members (plus $3 handling fee), and $40 for international members (plus $3 handling fee). All memberships must be paid in US funds. The ABCA does not accept purchase orders.

Send payment to: ABCA Membership, 108 South University Avenue, Suite #3, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858-2327 Phone: (989) 775-3300 Fax: (989) 775-3600 Web site: www.abca.org

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PROPER FOUNDATION

The new Three Piece Tee® trainer lays the proper foundation for younger players through muscle memory and grip training. This consistently provides successful performance results as they advance in age and skill level. At the core of every successful baseball or softball player is a foundation of strong mechanics; what makes for strong mechanics is proper balance. A properly balanced position is the first—and most important—building block for players that want to achieve their true potential and make it to the next level of competition.

TPT Baseball, LLC • 713-481-7315 www.threepiecetee.com

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Game-Like Pitches, Out of the Box

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PROMOTE WATER INFILTRATION

Game Changer with KT3 technology delivers a premium three-stage surfactant blend to your infield mix, promoting fast infiltration of applied water or rainfall. This product eliminates the need to make additional applications with sprays or injectable products; instead, it is included in the normal application of your conditioner. Independent third-party research proved that the addition of the surfactant blend improved the infiltration of applied water to the infield dirt and its ability to take moisture much more quickly.

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

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LIVE PITCHING IN A BOX

The HomePlate pitching machine is unlike most pitching machines. The ability to program different pitches allows the HomePlate to simulate any pitcher you are likely to see. With the HomePlate you can program a 90 MPH fastball, followed by a 75 MPH curve, followed by a change-up or slider. And it is done automatically, with only seven seconds between pitches. HomePlate can throw pitches you have programmed in sequential or random order, or you can practice repeatedly against any single pitch. Programming HomePlate requires only a couple of simple steps, and you can store up to eight different pitches in each of eight different programs. HomePlate features a patented three-wheel pitching mechanism for greater accuracy. You also get an auto-feed system with an 80-ball capacity. It’s like having a batting practice pitcher that never gets tired.

Sports Tutor • 800-448-8867 www.sportstutorinc.com

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WIRELESS SPEED DATA

The new Radar Data Link™ by Sports Sensors, Inc. provides wireless capability for the company’s sports radars, including its Swing Speed Radar® used for measuring bat swing speed. The unit has a transmission range of 100 feet and any Bluetooth-enabled Android device such as a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer can receive the data. The Radar Data Link can be purchased in conjunction with the Swing Speed Radar or installed in previously purchased units.

Sports Sensors, Inc. • 888-542-9246 www.sportssensors.com

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Coach Fred Heatherington in Steubenville, Ohio wasn’t sure what to expect from the computerized e-Hack Attack Baseball Pitching Machine or how long it would take to get the hang of using it. “When the switch goes on, you just follow step by step,” he says. “The e-Hack Attack is ready to go out of the box.” Coach Heatherington has the machine in use three hours a day, five days a week from October through May. One of the many features he finds most useful is that the e-Hack Attack automatically changes to the next pitch in a given sequence he creates. “When you put a sequence in, the hitter doesn’t know what is coming next,” he explains. “This is especially helpful during bad weather or around tournament time. We can have the e-Hack do a sequence of fastballs, leftor right-hand curves, and any other pitch in one of our cages while our Hack Attack is in the other cage doing only right-hand curves. “It’s also very game-like,” Heatherington continues. “If the first pitch is a fastball, I tell the batter to step out of the box. When he steps back in, the next pitch is ready. The e-Hack Attack is unbelievable. It’s a great tool.”

NEW CONDITIONER COLOR

New Pro League® Champion Brown™, a superior conditioner with a rich brown color, is the fourth color to join the respected lineup of infield conditioners from Turface Athletics™. Its patented particle size ensures the ultimate fielding and sliding surface to keep skinned infields safe and playable. All four Pro League colors now feature a new, advanced dye and production process that allows for longer wear. Turface Athletics • 800-207-6457 www.turface.com

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EXHIBITOR SNAPSHOTS

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.

What baseball coaches should know: OC Sports, Official Headwear of the ABCA, offers exceptional customer service, stock headwear, and custom headwear programs with delivery as fast as 14 days.

Visit their booth to: Pick up the catalog, check out material samples, and talk with the company’s experts. Remember to visit booth 335 for your product needs.

Visit their booth to: Check out the latest styles, custom headwear programs, and receive a special offer on purchasing 2014 team headwear.

What’s new this year: C & H Baseball has redesigned its Web site to offer easy online ordering of standard products. Check it out at chbaseball.com.

What’s new this year: MLB Elite Series is designed for the serious player and incorporates the MLB brand on custom team headwear utilizing top performance fabrics as worn by today’s top players.

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OC Sports

800-248-5192 www.chbaseball.com Booth No. 335 Circle No. 524

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

Sports Attack

800-717-4251 www.sportsattack.com Booth Nos. 520, 522 & 524 Circle No. 527

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800-826-6047 www.ocsports.com Booth Nos. 401 & 403 Circle No. 525

What baseball coaches should know: M.A.S.A. is the source for anything baseball and field maintenance. Visit their booth to.... Check out all of the new items introduced by the company has added for 2014. There are some revolutionary new items. What’s new this year: New at M.A.S.A. is Eli’s Springback Tee, the 9 Hole Pitcher’s Pocket, and the Revolutionary Original Infield Eraser Mat Drags.

M.A.S.A.

800-264-4519 www.sportsadvantage.com Plaza 1013 Circle No. 528

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 Florida 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 reddishbrown clay and are easy to use.

Pro’s Choice

800-648-1166 www.proschoice1.com Plaza 1013 Circle No. 526

What baseball coaches should know: The BenchCoach® is one of the most complete, team-centered portable dugout organizers available that provides the same functionality as builtin compartments. Visit their booth to… Check out how simple it is to set up or take down The BenchCoach and see it loaded with player equipment. What’s new this year: The new BenchCoach R12x features the flexibility to be converted from 12 compartments to either 14 or 16 compartments for teams with larger rosters.

The BenchCoach

443-745-3607 www.TheBenchCoach.com Booth 128 Circle No. 529

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What baseball coaches should know: The Turface Athletics™ line of soil conditioners maximizes sports field safety and performance. Visit their booth to: Visit the Turface booth and match Turface® Pro League® colors with Major League ballparks—and you could slide home with an LG 47-inch LED highdefinition television. What’s new this year: New Pro League® Champion Brown™, a superior conditioner with a rich brown color, is the fourth color to join the respected lineup of infield conditioners from Turface Athletics™.

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

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What baseball coaches should know: Sports Tutor is a leading manufacture of pitching machines, including its most advanced machine, the HomePlate. Visit their booth to. . . See their full lineup of pitching machines in action. What’s new this year: The programmable TriplePlay Premier has been improved and is now the HomePlate Premier.

Sports Tutor

800-448-8867 www.sportstutorinc.com Booth Nos. 572, 574, 576, 578, 580, 582, 1900 & Table 29 Circle No. 533

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What baseball coaches should know: Aer-Flo baseball products are used by major colleges and the pros—and the same highest-quality products are all supplied to high schools through the company’s dealers.

What baseball coaches should know: Pro Look Sports leads through innovation and attention to detail. Their tackle twill technology feels soft and is strong, durable, and virtually unstoppable.

Visit their booth to: See samples of all Aer-Flo baseball products and to confirm that your favorite sports equipment supplier is an Aer-Flo authorized Dealer.

Visit their booth to. . . See the new Pro Stretch Mesh Soft Tackle Twill and InFused Twill options.

What’s new this year: Aer-Cushion™ Stadium, Wall, and Fence Padding Systems; and Aer-Flo Bleacher Covers.

Aer-Flo, Inc.

800-823-7356 www.aerflo.com Booth Nos. 440 & 442 Circle No. 531

What baseball coaches should know: The Three Piece Tee® balance trainer helps players of all levels improve their balance in the batter’s box and on the mound. Visit their booth to... See the latest version of the Three Piece Tee® balance trainer

What’s new this year: Pro Stretch Mesh Soft Tackle Twill and InFused Twill options.

Pro Look Sports 800-776-5665 www.prolook.com

Booth Nos. 1617 & 1619 Circle No. 532

What baseball coaches should know: The Team Defender Catchers Thumb Guard is a patent-pending protective device that fits around the central surface of the thumb to prevent injuries that occur while catching the ball or applying a tag. The Team Defender Guard is made of rigid polymer that is glued inside a glove, supporting the thumb and limiting hyper-extension of the joint when force is applied.

What’s new this year: The company has improved the Three Piece Tee® balance trainer with a cushioned artificial turf surface—and a new design to improve golf swings, as well.

Visit their booth to: Try on the Team Defender and buy or order it for your catchers.

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Team Defender

713-481-7315 www.threepiecetee.com Booth Nos. 465 & 467 Circle No. 534

What’s new this year: Team Defender is a new company and this is a chance to try out its Catchers Thumb Guard. 256-710-6515 www.team-defender.com Table 19 Circle No. 543

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101 . . . Aer-Flo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

106 . . . Muhl Tech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

127 . . . BEAM CLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

128 . . . National Sports Products. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

120 . . . C&H Baseball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

114 . . . OC Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

126 . . . California University of Pennsylvania. . . . . . . . 28

121 . . . Old Hickory Bat Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

102 . . . Coaching Management Program Service. . . . . 4

129 . . . PowerPlay™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC

105 . . . Diamond Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

109 . . . Pro Look Sports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

100 . . . Gatorade. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

107 . . . Pro’s Choice Sports Field Products. . . . . . . . . . 12

131 . . . Glove Radar/Swing Speed Radar. . . . . . . . . . . 25

117 . . . Southern Athletic Fields. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

124 . . . Gourock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

111 . . . SPI Nets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

116 . . . Historic Dodgertown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

130 . . . Sports Attack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC

115 . . . Hitting Jack-It. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

113 . . . Sports Tutor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

123 . . . IthacaSports.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

112 . . . Stabilizer Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

110 . . . Louisville Slugger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

122 . . . Team Defender. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

104 . . . M.A.S.A.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

108 . . . The BenchCoach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

125 . . . Markers, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

119 . . . Three Piece Tee® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

118 . . . Memphis Net & Twine Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

103 . . . Turface Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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517 . . . Aer-Flo (Bleacher Covers). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

510 . . . Old Hickory Bat Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

531 . . . Aer-Flo (Exhibitor Snapshot). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

540 . . . PowerPlay™ (cold/compression therapy). . . . . 35

506 . . . Aer-Flo (Tuffy Windscreen). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

538 . . . PowerPlay™ (pain/swelling reduction). . . . . . . 35

537 . . . BEAM CLAY® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

545 . . . PowerPlay™ (product launch). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

524 . . . C&H Softball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

532 . . . Pro Look Sports (Exhibitor Snapshot). . . . . . . . 33

539 . . . California University of Pennsylvania. . . . . . . . 35

520 . . . Pro Look Sports (uniforms). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

502 . . . Diamond Pro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

519 . . . Pro’s Choice (Easy Mound). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

535 . . . Gatorade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

526 . . . Pro’s Choice (Exhibitor Snapshot). . . . . . . . . . . 32

547 . . . Glove Radar/Sports Sensors, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . 31

522 . . . Southern Athletic Fields (Game Changer). . . . . 31

536 . . . Gourock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

509 . . . Southern Athletic Fields (Mar Mound Clay) . . . 28

507 . . . Historic Dodgertown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

503 . . . SPI Nets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

548 . . . Hitting Jack-It, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

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

541 . . . IthacaSports.com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

527 . . . Sports Attack (Exhibitor Snapshot). . . . . . . . . . 32

513 . . . Louisville Slugger (BBAT14-RR). . . . . . . . . . . . 29

533 . . . Sports Tutor (Exhibitor Snapshot). . . . . . . . . . . 33

504 . . . Louisville Slugger (BBRD14-RR). . . . . . . . . . . 27

523 . . . Sports Tutor (HomePlate). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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514 . . . M.A.S.A. (9 Hole Pitcher’s Pocket). . . . . . . . . . 29

508 . . . Stabilizer Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

528 . . . M.A.S.A. (Exhibitor Snapshot). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

544 . . . Team Defender (Catchers Thumb Guard). . . . . 30

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505 . . . M.A.S.A. (Mat Drags). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

543 . . . Team Defender (Exhibitor Snapshot). . . . . . . . 33

546 . . . Markers, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

515 . . . The BenchCoach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

511 . . . Memphis Net & Twine Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

529 . . . The BenchCoach (Exhibitor Snapshot). . . . . . . 32

518 . . . Muhl Tech (Advanced Skills Tee) . . . . . . . . . . . 29

521 . . . Three Piece Tee® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

512 . . . Muhl Tech (Power Bag) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

534 . . . Three Piece Tee® (Exhibitor Snapshot). . . . . . . 33

501 . . . National Sports Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

542 . . . Three Piece Tee® (product launch). . . . . . . . . . 36

525 . . . OC Sports (Exhibitor Snapshot) . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

530 . . . Turface Athletics™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

500 . . . OC Sports (MLB Elite Series). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

549 . . . Turface Athletics™ (New Pro League®). . . . . . . 31

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PRODUCTS FOR THE SEASON

ACHIEVE THEIR BEST

Give it everything you’ve got. Gatorade is dedicated to providing high school athletes with the fuel they need to achieve their best during practice and competition. That’s why Gatorade offers G Series performance packages to high school coaches and athletic trainers at a significant discount. To get the most out of every play and every player, visit the Web site to learn more and place your order.

Gatorade • 800-88-GATOR www.gatorade.com/coaches

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. Circle No. 536

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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COLD AND COMPRESSION THERAPY

Get a jump on pain and swelling reduction with PowerPlay™. Lightweight and portable, PowerPlay delivers cold and compression anywhere your game takes you. One affordable unit lets you treat up to three athletes or sites at once, using form-fitting, re-freezable gel wraps for pain reduction. PowerPlay’s intermittent, sequential compression reduces pain and swelling while optimizing tissue healing, blood flow, oxygen delivery, and lymphatic drainage. Recover faster and boost performance with PowerPlay. PowerPlay • 918-744-1078 www.powerplay.us CoachesNetwork.com

The 12-month, 36-credit Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion program at California University of Pennsylvania is 100-percent Web-based. The flexibility of the online program allows professionals or military personnel, who would be precluded from attending graduate school in the traditional sense, to complete their M.S. while still maintaining full-time positions. California University of Pennsylvania • 866-595-6348 www.calu.edu/go Circle No. 539

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NET GAINS

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

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TREAT ATHLETES ON THE GO

PowerPlay™ is a portable cold and compression therapy system for joint relief and muscle recovery. At approximately one pound, PowerPlay goes wherever your game takes you. One affordable unit lets you treat up to three athletes or sites at once, and delivers cold through form-fitting, re-freezable gel wraps. PowerPlay’s intermittent, sequential compression reduces swelling while optimizing tissue healing, blood flow, delivery of oxygen, and lymphatic drainage. Recover faster and boost performance with PowerPlay. PowerPlay • 918-744-1078 www.powerplay.us

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TRAIN, PLAY, RECOVER

IthacaSports.com carries safety, training, and first aid products. The Game Face sports safety mask proactively reduces the risk of facial and dental injuries. C-flap Jaw Protection is worn by batters to prevent injuries to the cheek and jaw. HeartGard protects the heart from impact by thrown or batted balls. And, Prohitter Batting Aid helps players learn proper grip to increase hitting performance. IthacaSports • 800-716-9382 www.IthacaSports.com/baseball.html

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A BASE HIT

Markers Inc.’s Recycled Rubber Base Anchor Foundations eliminate the messy, labor-intensive job of building forms and pouring concrete for base installation. These rubber anchors won’t deteriorate as concrete will, can be easily relocated, and will last for years. Plus, installation takes only minutes. These anchor foundations work with all 1.75” female and 1” male configured bases, and they are offered in single units or sets of three. Markers, Inc. • 800-969-5920 www.markersinc.com

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PRODUCT LAUNCH

TESTIMONIAL

Advancing Evolution of Natural Soil

Three Piece Tee® Balance Trainer TPT Baseball, LLC www.threepiecetee.com 713-582-1488 Circle No. 542 Unique features:

• Lightweight and portable, but sturdy • Turf and/or tape surfaced for user safety • Useful for hitting, pitching, and baseball/fastpitch softball catchers

Benefits for the user:

• “T” shape allows the back foot to load, unlike a plank • Promotes balance and proper hip turn • Requires users to transfer their bodyweight and energy in a straight line back toward the pitcher

Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. is advancing the evolution of natural soil for baseball and softball fields. The company offers advanced mound clays, as well as infield and warning track mixes in both its Stabilizer® organic and Hilltopper® waterless product lines. Stabilizer® “Pro Red” Infield Mix and Hilltopper® Waterless Mound Clay save time while providing protection from the elements. Learn what their customers have to say. “My Hilltopper Warning Track saves me 500 man hours a year.” -Grant Trenbeath, Head Groundskeeper Arizona Diamondbacks

“Hilltopper Mound Clay saves me two days of prep work when building a new mound and two hours a day on daily maintenance.” -Mike Clark, Tempe Diablo Sports Complex, Home of L.A. Angels Spring Training

Portable Compression Therapy PowerPlay™ www.powerplay.us 855-797-7529 Circle No. 545 Unique features:

• Weighs less than one pound • Eight hours of battery use • Three ports for cold and compression

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Benefits for the user:

• Accelerates removal of lactic acid following training and improves circulation curing swelling, soreness, and fatigue • Reduces severity and duration of injuries • Treat up to three athletes or locations at once power

“Our softball league operates in a neighborhood park and our relationship with the neighbors that border the park has been strained over the years...Our plan to remediate Field 3 needed their approval and had been shot down for many years due to environmental issues and inconvenience to the neighbors adjacent to our complex. Stabilizer Solutions and its products were the solution to our challenge. Stabilizers’ polymer infield mix Hilltopper is nearly dust free. Dust is our biggest challenge in operating the league within the community where homeowners literally border the fields on all sides. We are big fans of Stabilizer Solutions and its products.” -Andy Hermann, President of the Los Alamitos Girls Softball League Board of Directors

Stabilizer Solutions, Inc.

33 S. 28th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 800-336-2468 www.stabilizersolutions.com info@stabilizersolutions.com CoachesNetwork.com


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CHANGE-UP 60-70 MPH

BASEBA LL PITCHING MACHINE Improve focus and the ability to make adjustments with the Hack Attack’s three-wheel design that provides complete ball vision. Alternating between a fastball and a change-up effectively develops timing and sense of location, teaching the hitter to make solid contact at changing speeds. With a quick turn of the dials, you can effortlessly throw fastballs, change-ups and right- or left-hand breaking pitches. P.O. Box 1529 | 2805 U.S. 40 | Verdi, NV 89439 tf 800.717.4251 | ph 775.345.2882 | w sportsattack.com ABCA Booth Nos. 520, 522, 524

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Top Left 6± 1 Top Right 6± 1 Bottom 9± 1 Turn the elevation handle 1.5 turns in a clockwise direction and lock throwing head in place before pitching a ball.


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