The 2017 NFCA Convention kicks off on Wednesday Dec. 6 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 9 at Bally’s Las Vegas. Over the course of four days, attendees have a wide array of opportunities to educate themselves, network, conduct business, be recognized for their achievements, discover innovative products and have fun.
To get those more acquainted with the on-going proceedings, this feature takes a look at our exhibitors and sponsors. In 2017, the exhibit hall includes over 125 companies, a NFCA record, and is open to convention attendees on Dec. 7 and 8. It’s an opportunity for members to discover innovative products, apparel and services, invest time with companies to create a positive relationship that can be beneficial in the future.
Speaking of positive relationships, the NFCA welcomes its 20 sponsors and partners to the convention, including our convention sponsors- Sports Attack, USSSA, Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF), Legacy Event Management, USA Softball and ScrapYard Sports. Additionally, Diamond Kinetics is the lead sponsor on our Convention App and a new technology scholarship and Traveling Teams is this year's convention lanyard sponsor.
Longtime partners- Wilson, Diamond, and Schutt Sports- sponsor events, Easton Baseball/Softball is the lead on our Assistant Coaches of the Year and academic awards. Additionally, New Balance sponsors our Golden Shoe award
The exhibit hall doors open at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. After checking all the latest products, apparel and services, enjoy free beer and wine during the ScrapYard Sports Happy Hour (5-6:30 p.m.). If you don’t get a chance to make it over on Thursday or if you want to return for a second go-around, doors open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
Be sure to stop by Sports Attack’s booths 215 & 217 for a chance at a Junior Hack Attack pitching machine, which will be raffled off on Friday between noon and 12:50 p.m. Additionally, members will have an opportunity to bid on some great items donated by our exhibitors during our annual silent auction, Friday from noon-12:50 p.m. Items range from T-shirts and DVDs to all-inclusive gift packages, mentoring packages and pitching machines.
ScrapYard Sports - Exhibit Hall Happy Hour (Thursday). Stop by and mingle with over 125 companies, while enjoying beer and wine.
Legacy Event Management – Brand new “after party” at the Beer Park in Paris following the NFCA Hall of Fame Reception on Friday.
Sports Attack- In addition to the raffle, Sports Attack is the official sponsor for all clinic sessions. Over four days, learn valuable drills and tips from some of the best speakers and smartest minds in our game today.
USA Softball – Title sponsor of the Softball Ball Summit- An open forum that affords the entire membership an opportunity to discuss business and relevant issues across the landscape of softball. Additionally, NCAA Secretary-Rules Editor Vickie Van Kleeck and NCAA National Coordinator of Softball Umpires Craig Hyde will present to the membership along with other softball dignitaries. The Association will also recognize our Donna Newberry "Perseverance" and Humanitarian Award winners.
Schutt Sports - Continental Breakfast (Thursday)
Wilson Sporting Goods- Hosting a reception on Thursday evening.
Easton Baseball/Softball- The Easton Baseball/Softball Assistant Coaches of the Year will be presented at the Champions Brunch on Saturday morning. The Easton Baseball Softball Academic winners will be recognized during the opening session.
USSSA - Hosts the Opening Reception on Wednesday following keynote speaker Jessica Mendoza
Diamond Kinetics- Sponsoring our 2017 Convention App, which will be your guide to everything going on during the week. Also announcing the winning of the brand new technology scholarship as well as the presenting sponsor of JT Gasso’s “Technology’s Role in the Building of Elite Hitters” session.
Traveling Teams - Lanyard sponsor
Triple Crown – Lead sponsor of Wednesday’s Rookie Orientation for first-time attendees
Additionally Mizuno, Netting Professionals, Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) and New Balance, along with partners- Bownet, Clell Wade and SDI Camps- can be found with our other sponsors in the exhibit hall.