ABCA 2016 Recap

Another year is in the books for the American Baseball Coaches Association annual tradeshow and conference recently held in Nashville, TN. With over 5,600 coaches and 330+ exhibitors in attendance from all over the country, this was undoubtedly one of the most exciting and well-attended shows in several years.

The exhibit hall was packed each of the three days that the show was open. We are always amazed at the level of commitment and passion that all of the attending coaches display. Great conversation, education, and comradery seemed to be had by all. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining.

This year, the Association introduced a new ABCA 2016 phone app for use at the show by all the coaches and exhibitors, which turned out to be extremely useful for planning and organizing personal itineraries. Along with the Association’s extensive use of Twitter, which attendees could follow by using hashtag #ABCA2016, the app allowed for a very effective campaign of disseminating event information quickly and easily. We applaud the ABCA for their use of technology to improve the experience for all attendees!

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting and speaking with each and every coach that took the time to stop by our booth. We’re always so impressed by the dedication of these coaches, some who have traveled across the country to improve their coaching skills. As in previous years, our Tuff “L” Pitchers Protective Screen attracted a lot of interest due to its large size and durable construction. We also displayed and demonstrated our new Sweet Spot Tamp which has become a smash hit! (pun intended). If you’ve had a chance to try it out either at the show or on your own fields, you already know what we mean.

I’d love to hear back from you. What did you like best about the show this year?

See you again next year in Anaheim!


Brent Schroeder

Brent Schroeder

Brent is the national sales manager and product expert at Beacon Athletics. Prior to joining Beacon, Brent served as a full-time groundskeeper at the spring training stadium and player development complex for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. He has a degree is in Parks & Recreation Management as well as a Sports Turfgrass Management Certificate from the University of Georgia.