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NFCA Kansas City Clinic

Clinic Info:

Date: January 26-27, 2018


Overland Park Marriott
10800 Metcalf Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66210 | View Map

Clinic Cost:

On or before January 23, 2018: $139
January 24, 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.

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

Lonni Alameda: Head Coach, Florida State

Full Bio

  • Reached NCAA postseason every year, including two WCWS appearances in 2014 and 2016
  • Five straight ACC regular season and four consecutive tournament titles
  • Five-time ACC Coach of the Year and three 50-win seasons in the last four years
Melissa Gentile: Head Coach, Eastern Michigan

Full Bio

  • Entering fifth season at the helm of EMU
  • Over 10 years of Division I coaching experience
  • Spent seven years at owner/director of Powerline Softball
Lauren Lappin: Assistant Coach, UMSL

Full Bio

  • 2008 silver medalist and eight-year member of U.S. National Team (2003-10)
  • Entering sixth year as a collegiate assistant, second at UMSL
  • Five-year NPF veteran (USSSA Pride / PA Rebellion), retiring in 2015

Diane Miller: Assistant Coach, Nebraska

Full Bio

  • 35 offensive school records broken at Nebraska
  • Huskers have averaged over 50 home runs last nine seasons
  • Mentored seven All-America players
Beverly Smith: Head Coach, South Carolina

Full Bio

  • Since 2013, guided Gamecocks to five-consecutive NCAA Tournaments
  • Three regional finals appearances
  • Team has improved its RPI finish in each of the last five years (22nd in 2017)
  • 2018 Clinic Schedule


    Overland Park Marriott, 10800 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210

    Friday, January 26, 2018
    11:30am-1:00pm Clinic Registration & Visit the Exhibits
    1:00-1:45pm Coach Diane Miller (Nebraska)
    “Timing - How Do Hitters Get It & How Do You Teach It?”
    1:50-2:35pm Coach Lauren Lappin (UMSL)
    “Drills are Drills: Adapting Defensive Drills for Every Position”
    2:35-3:00pm BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    3:00-3:45pm Coach Beverly Smith (South Carolina)
    “The Game Within the Game: Calling a Game - Reading a Hitter”
    3:50-4:35pm Coach Melissa Gentile (Eastern Michigan)
    “Catching 360 - Developing High-Level Catchers”
    4:40-5:25pm Coach Lonni Alameda (Florida State)
    “Creating a Culture of Success - Managing People”
    5:30-7:00pm DINNER BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    7:00-7:45pm Coach Melissa Gentile (Eastern Michigan)
    “High Intensity Practice Planning”
    7:50-8:35pm Coach Diane Miller (Nebraska)
    “My Favorite Hitting Drills”
    8:40-10:00pm “Last Coach Standing” Contest & Social Hour
    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    8:00-8:45am Coach Beverly Smith (South Carolina)
    “Competitive Team Practices”
    8:50-9:35am Coach Lonni Alameda (Florida State)
    “The Journey of a Season in the Bullpen”
    9:40-10:25am Coach Lauren Lappin (UMSL)
    “Turning a Right-Hand Hitter into a Slapper”
    10:25-10:40am BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    10:40-11:25am Coach Beverly Smith (South Carolina)
    “Recruiting in Today’s World”
    11:30am-12:15pm Coach Lonni Alameda (Florida State)
    “Athletic Drills Build an Athletic Team”
    12:15-1:15pm LUNCH BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    1:15-2:00pm Coach Melissa Gentile (Eastern Michigan)
    “Developing the Millennial Hitter”
    2:05-2:50pm Coach Diane Miller (Nebraska)
    “Elite Catching Drills”
    2:55-3:40pm Coach Lauren Lappin (UMSL)
    “Creating Offense with Short Game & Baserunning”
    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)

    Last Coach Standing and Social Hour presented by AIST

  • Site & Travel Information

    10800 Metcalf Ave.
    Overland Park, KS 66210

    Room Rates: $97/night +tax
    Booking: You may use the online registration HERE
    Hotel phone number: 913-451-8000

    * Please make hotel reservations by Thursday, January 11, 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.
    • 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.