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American Baseball Coaches Association

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The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) is the world's largest amateur baseball coaching organization. It was founded in 1945 as the American Association of College Baseball Coaches.[1][2][3][4] Now, the ABCA comprises over 8,300 baseball coaches from all levels of amateur baseball, including youth, high school, travel ball, NJCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA, and NCAA Divisions I, II and III, among others.[5]

American Baseball Coaches Association
Formation 1945
Headquarters Greensboro, North Carolina
Executive Director
Craig Keilitz
Website http://www.abca.org

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HistoryEdit

The organization was founded as the American Association of College Baseball Coaches.[1] Presidents have come from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA, junior college, and high school.[1][2][3] The association was behind the start of the creation of the College World Series, which now is conducted by the NCAA.[1]

MembershipEdit

As of 2016, the association has over 8,300 members with members hailing from nearly 25 different countries, and includes coaches from all ranks of amateur baseball. The membership year for the ABCA runs from September 1 through August 31.[5]

National ConventionEdit

The ABCA hosts the world's largest baseball convention every January.[5] The convention features coaching clinics, trade show, meetings, several awards presentations, cand honors.[6] Over 5,600 coaches attend the convention, which lasts for four days.[7]

The convention is on a rotating schedule with the 2017 convention scheduled for Anaheim, California, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana and the 2019 convention in Dallas, Texas.

A major draw are the nearly 30 clinic speakers each year. These include some of the most knowledgeable baseball coaches and minds in the world and are on-hand to share their experiences and expertise with fellow coaches. Attendees receive each clinic video for free at the end of the convention on ABCAvideos.org.

At the ABCA Trade Show, over 330 companies fill up over 130,000 square feet of exhibit space and are on hand to display state-of-the-art equipment and products, including coaching aids, apparel, field equipment, pitching machines and software. Many products are displayed for the first time and some items are even raffled off as prizes.

Hall of FameEdit

For members by year of induction, see footnote.[8]

Induction to the ABCA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the ABCA organization.[9] The ABCA Hall of Fame was established in 1966 with the inaugural 18–member class. Each year's Hall of Fame class is inducted during the Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet at the annual ABCA Convention in January.

AwardsEdit

See also: College baseball awards and High-school baseball awards.

All-America TeamsEdit

The ABCA has selected All-American Teams in each division of the ABCA, as well as an All-American/Coach of the Year Committee, as well as All-Region Teams.[1] Each division also selects a National Player of the Year, as well as All-Region Coaches of the Year and National Coaches of the Year.[1] Each year, over 1,700 All-Region Players and 336 All-American Players are selected.[1]

Lefty Gomez AwardEdit

The ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award has been presented since 1962. The award goes to an individual who has distinguished himself amongst his peers and has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, nationally and internationally. This award is sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods.

Honor AwardEdit

  • ABCA Honor Award - The American Baseball Coaches Association's Honor Award is presented annually to individuals involved in baseball who have distinguished themselves and are recognized for achievements in their profession. It is presented during the Honors Luncheon on the third day of the convention. Former honorees include Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, Tony LaRussa, John Smoltz, David Price and Rob Manfred.

Meritorious Service AwardEdit

  • ABCA Meritorious Service Award - The Meritorious Service Award is presented to a person who has proven himself/herself in service to amateur baseball and the ABCA, and whose actions and involvement have resulted in a notable impact on the sport. Service may include years of participation, administration, contribution, innovation, or exposure/advancement of amateur baseball through media coverage.

Ethics in Coaching AwardEdit

  • ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award

ABCA/Diamond Coaches of the YearEdit

  • ABCA/Diamond Coaches of the Year:
    • NCAA Division I National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NCAA Division II National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NCAA Division III National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NAIA National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NJCAA Division I National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NJCAA Division II National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • NJCAA Division III National and Regional Coaches of the Year
    • Pacific Association Division Coach of the Year
    • High School National and Regional Coaches of the Year[10]
  • ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year (college) (since 1999)[11]

ABCA/Rawlings Players of the YearEdit

  • ABCA/Rawlings Players of the Year:
    • NCAA Division I Player of the Year
    • NCAA Division II Player of the Year
    • NCAA Division III Player of the Year
    • NAIA Player of the Year
    • NJCAA Division I Player of the Year
    • NJCAA Division II Player of the Year
    • NJCAA Division III Player of the Year
    • Pacific Association Division Player of the Year
    • High School Player of the Year[12]

ABCA/Rawlings All-AmericansEdit

  • ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans:
    • NCAA Division I All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NCAA Division II All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NCAA Division III All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NAIA All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NJCAA Division I All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NJCAA Division II All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • NJCAA Division III All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • Pacific Association Division All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)
    • High School All-Americans (first, second, and third teams)[13]

ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove AwardsEdit

  • ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Awards:
    • NCAA Division I Gold Glove
    • NCAA Division II Gold Glove
    • NCAA Division III Gold Glove
    • NAIA Gold Glove
    • NJCAA Division I Gold Glove
    • NJCAA Division II Gold Glove
    • NJCAA Division III Gold Glove
    • Pacific Association Division Gold Glove
    • High School Gold Glove[14]

ABCA/Rawlings All-RegionEdit

  • ABCA/Rawlings All-Region:
    • NCAA Division I All-Region
    • NCAA Division II All-Region
    • NCAA Division III All-Region
    • NAIA All-Region
    • NJCAA Division I All-Region
    • NJCAA Division II All-Region
    • NJCAA Division III All-Region
    • Pacific Association Division All-Region
    • High School All-Region[15]

ABCA/Turface Athletics Field Maintenance AwardsEdit

The ABCA and Turface Athletics present the ABCA/Turface Athletics Field Maintenance Award each year to a college and a high school.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "This is the ABCA". ABCA. June 29, 1945. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Baseball in Florida – Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Alexander Joins ABCA All-America Committee". CSTV.com. September 19, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  4. ^ "The Leader – Serving the communities of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Mayport and Ponte Vedra Beach". Beachesleader.com. February 20, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "ABCA Membership Benefits". ABCA. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "2015 ABCA Convention". ABCA. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  7. ^ About the American Baseball Coaches Association. ABCA website. Retrieved on 2016-12-02.
  8. ^ By Year Inducted. ABCA Hall of Fame website. Retrieved on 2016-12-02.
  9. ^ Award criteria and nomination information. ABCA Hall of Fame website. Retrieved on 2016-12-02.
  10. ^ Coaches of the Year
  11. ^ Assistant Coaches of the Year
  12. ^ Players of the Year
  13. ^ ABCA All-Americans
  14. ^ ABCA Gold Gloves
  15. ^ All-Region Teams
  16. ^ ABCA/Turface Athletics Field Maintenance Awards. American Baseball Coaches Association. Retrieved on 2016-12-27.

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