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NFCA Chicago I Clinic

Clinic Info:

Date: 11/30/18 - 12/1/18


6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018 | View Map

Clinic Cost:

On or before November 27, 2018: $139
November 28, 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.

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

2018 Speakers:

Gayle Blevins: Head Coach (ret.), Iowa & Indiana

Full Bio

  • 31 years as a Division I head coach, the final 23 at Iowa
  • Recorded 1,245 wins, eighth amongst DI head coaches
  • Four WCWS appearances, eight Big Ten titles and 13 40-win seasons
  • NFCA Hall of Fame member
Mickey Dean: Head Coach, Auburn

Full Bio

  • Guided Tigers to 41 wins in first season as head coach
  • Steered three different programs to eight NCAA Tournaments, one Super Regional & nine league championships
  • 584-194 (.751) overall record in 13 seasons as a collegiate head coach
Kenny Gajewski: Head Coach, Oklahoma State

Full Bio

  • NCAA Regional appearances in first three seasons
  • Cowgirls have won 109 games over last three seasons
  • 2017 NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year

Yvette Healy: Head Coach, Wisconsin

Full Bio

  • Led Badgers to NCAA Regional appearances last two seasons
  • Owns program’s highest career winning percentage
  • Tutored program’s first NFCA All-American in 2017
Beverly Smith: Head Coach, South Carolina

Full Bio

  • Guided Gamecocks to six straight NCAA Tournaments, including 2018 Super Regionals
  • Hosted and won 2018 NCAA Regional
  • Improved program’s RPI last six seasons, including ninth in 2018
  • 2018 Clinic Schedule


    The Westin O’Hare 6100 N River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018

    Friday, November 30, 2018
    11:30am-1:00pm Clinic Registration & Visit the Exhibits
    1:00-1:45 pm Coach Yvette Healy (Wisconsin)
    “Strong Arms Win: Throwing Progression & Drills”
    1:50-2:35pm Coach Gayle Blevins (Iowa-retired)
    “Mental Game of Champions”
    2:35-3:00pm BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    3:00-3:45pm Coach Mickey Dean (Auburn)
    “High-Level Pitching Mechanics”
    3:50-4:35pm Coach Beverly Smith (South Carolina)
    “Recruiting in Today’s World”
    4:40-5:25pm Coach Kenny Gajewski (Oklahoma State)
    “Infield Skills & Drills”
    5:30-7:00pm DINNER BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    7:00-7:45pm Coach Yvette Healy (Wisconsin)
    “Creating Dynamic Practices”
    7:50-8:35pm Coach Mickey Dean (Auburn)
    “Hitting Drills for Success”
    8:40-9:00pm Coaches Panel (Q & A with all speakers)
    9:00-10:30pm Coaches Social Hour
    Saturday, December 1, 2018
    8:00-8:45am Coach Beverly Smith (South Carolina)
    “The Game Within the Game: Pitch Calling-Reading a Hitter”
    8:50-9:35am Coach Kenny Gajewski (Oklahoma State)
    “Developing a Complete Offense”
    9:40-10:25am Coach Gayle Blevins (Iowa Retired)
    “Defense Wins Championships”
    10:25-10:55am BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    10:55-11:40am Coach Mickey Dean (Auburn)
    “Year-Round Training for Pitchers”
    11:45am-12:30pm Coach Kenny Gajewski (Oklahoma State)
    “Aggressive Baserunning Wins Games”
    12:30pm-1:45pm LUNCH BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    1:45-2:30pm Coach Beverly Smith (South Carolina)
    “Competitive Team Practice”
    2:35-3:20pm Coach Gayle Blevins (Iowa Retired)
    “Offensive Strategies: Putting Pressure on the Defense”
    3:25-4:10pm Coach Yvette Healy (Wisconsin)
    “Situational Action Plans: Creating Opportunities to Win”
    4:10pm Drawings/Giveaways for all equipment on stage
    Bownet Bodyguard Net ($229.99); ProMag tee ($99.99);
    Bownet Big Mouth X Net ($149.99); Fungo Bat ($69.99);
    1 dozen softballs with NFCA logo ($65.00)
  • Site & Travel Information

    6100 North River Road
    Rosemont, IL 60018

    Room Rates: $109/night +tax
    Booking: You may use the online registration HERE
    Hotel phone number: 847-698-1320

    Hotel Parking - $5/per vehicle

    * Please make hotel reservations by November 16, 2018.

  • 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.
    • 8-13 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.

  • Clinic Exhibitor Specific Information

    The NFCA Coaches Clinics are the perfect opportunity to get your product or service in front of hundreds of grassroots coaches across the country. Our speaker schedules have built-in breaks for exhibit-only time, as well as an evening social hour. Attendance varies anywhere from 250-500 coaches at each location.

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

    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(when registering with the same email address).


    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 Marketing and Sponsorships Specialist, Emily Allard, if you have any additional questions: emily@nfca.org.