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NFCA Advanced Charlotte Clinic

Clinic Info:

Date: January 12-13, 2018


Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel
3315 Scott Futrell Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28208 | View Map

Clinic Cost:

On or before January 9, 2018: $139
January 10, 2018 and after: $149
*For student pricing of $75 OR to register 10+ Coaches please contact the NFCA at 502-409-4600

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Coaches, if you want to stay on TOP OF YOUR GAME and be “cutting-edge”, the NFCA Coaches Clinic is a must-attend event!

Surround yourself with the BEST in the sport and learn new ideas and teaching methods in all aspects of the game.

Our Coaches Clinics are two-day events and provide an “up close and personal” setting to learn from world-class speakers. The Advanced Charlotte clinic takes the game to the next level with advanced strategies and skills and more of an emphasis on the mental aspects of the game.

You also do not want to miss our newest activity- the “Last Coach Standing!”

Sign up today to secure your spot at this prestigious softball event.

2018 Speakers

Mickey Dean: Head Coach, Auburn

Full Bio

  • First year at Auburn after last five as James Madison’s head coach
  • Guided programs to seven NCAA Tournaments, one Super Regional & nine league championships
  • 543-177 (.754) overall record in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach
Caryl Drohan: Associate Head Coach, Northwestern

Full Bio

  • Entering 23rd season as a Division I coach, 17th at Northwestern
  • Catalyst behind the Wildcats’ emergence as a top offensive program
  • 11 Wildcat batters have earned NFCA All-America honors
Deb Hartwig: Owner & Founder, Just SOFTBALL

Full Bio

  • World renowned softball instructor
  • Served as National Operation Manager for the PFX Tour
  • Former assistant coach at San Diego State (1995-98)

Shonda Stanton: Head Coach, Indiana

Full Bio

  • First year at Indiana after 18 seasons as Marshall’s head coach
  • All-time winningest coach in Thundering Herd history with 560 wins
  • Guided Marshall to school record 42-12 mark and a 2017 NCAA at-large bid
John Tschida: Head Coach, University of St. Thomas

Full Bio

  • Guided St. Thomas to three NCAA Div. III National Championships
  • Enters 17th season at St. Thomas and 23rd overall as a head coach
  • Compiled an 856-157 record (.845)
  • 2018 Clinic Schedule


    Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel, 3315 Scott Futrell Dr., Charlotte, NC 28208

    Friday, January 12, 2018
    11:30am-1:00pm Clinic Registration & Visit the Exhibits
    1:00-1:45 pm Coach Shonda Stanton (Indiana)
    “Play Catch Well = Play Well. Throwing & Catching with a Purpose”
    1:50-2:35pm Coach John Tschida (University of St. Thomas)
    “Combining Physical & Mental Practice for Hitters”
    2:35-3:00pm BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    3:00-3:45pm Coach Mickey Dean (Auburn)
    “Pitching Mechanics for Success”
    3:50-4:35pm Coach Caryl Drohan (Northwestern)
    “Turning a Right-Hand Hitter into a Slapper”
    4:40-5:25pm Coach Shonda Stanton (Indiana)
    “Ballplayer Turned Athlete - Putting Skillsets in Motion”
    5:30-7:00pm DINNER BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    7:00-7:45pm Coach Deb Hartwig (Just Softball)
    “Catching: Throwing Runners Out - Know the Math”
    7:50-8:35pm Coach Mickey Dean (Auburn)
    “Outfield Skills & Drills”
    8:40-10:00pm "Last-Coach Standing" Contest and Social Hour, presented by Connect Sports
    Saturday, January 13, 2018
    8:00-8:45am Coach Shonda Stanton (Indiana)
    “The Next 60 Feet - Train Like a Lion”
    8:50-9:35am Coach Caryl Drohan (Northwestern)
    “Solid Infield Defense”
    9:40-10:25am Coach Deb Hartwig (Just Softball)
    “Umpire - Friend or Foe?”
    10:25-10:40am BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    10:40-11:25am Coach John Tschida (University of St. Thomas)
    “Spice Up Your Bullpen Sessions”
    11:30am-12:15pm Coach Caryl Drohan (Northwestern)
    “Defensive Positioning & Strategy for Game Situations”
    12:15-1:15pm LUNCH BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    1:15-2:00pm Coach John Tschida (University of St. Thomas)
    “Practice Planning Gems”
    2:05-2:50pm Coach Mickey Dean (Auburn)
    “Year-Round Transition Training for Pitchers”
    2:55-3:40pm Coach Deb Hartwig (Just Softball)
    “Hitting - Let the Drills Do the Teaching”
    3:40-4:00pm Drawings/Giveaways for all equipment on stage
    Bownet Bodyguard Net ($229.99); Utilitee ($89.99);
    Bownet Big Mouth X Net ($149.99); Fungo Bat ($69.99);
    1 dozen softballs with NFCA logo ($60.00)
  • Site & Travel Information

    3315 Scott Futrell Dr.
    Charlotte, NC 28208

    Room Rates: $103/night +tax
    Booking: You may use the online registration HERE
    Hotel phone number: 704-392-1200

    * Please make hotel reservations by Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

  • Refund Policy

    Refunds will only be considered if submitted via email to Jamie@nfca.org.

    • 14 days prior to the event: Full refund minus $20 administration fee.
    • 13-8 days prior to event: one-half refund.
    • 7 days prior to event: No refunds for any reason.
    Weather Policy:

    In the event of inclement weather, that results in cancellation of the event, a full refund minus $20 administrative fee will be provided.

  • Exhibitor Information

    Welcome to the newly expanded – NATIONWIDE -- NFCA Coaches Clinics. This is the perfect opportunity to get your product or service in front of hundreds of local high school, travel ball and youth coaches in various settings across the country. Our speaker schedules have built in breaks for exhibitor-only time, as well as an evening social hour for each event. Attendance varies across the country with anywhere from 250-500 coaches at each event.

    • One (1) 6’ table
    • Two (2) chairs
    • Booth placement will be first-come, first-served after our Official and Clinic Sponsors

    Please note: These are table-top set-ups, NOT 10’x10’ booth spaces.


    $350 for one table
    $450 for two tables
    *A discount of 10% will be given to companies who register for three or more clinics. 


    If you require electricity, internet or any other special needs please contact the hotel staff directly. Each exhibitor is responsible for any additional fees associated with hotel services.


    Please do not ask our speakers to endorse any of your products/services. This puts them in a very difficult position.


    Videography is ONLY permitted inside of your booth/table with the consent of those being interviewed. Videography of any other vendors OR the clinic OR the speakers themselves is not permitted.


    Interested in advertising to our attendees at every clinic? Click here for more information.


    Please contact our Manager of Marketing, Emily Allard, if you have any additional questions: emily@nfca.org.