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NFCA Portland Clinic

Clinic Info:

Date: January 12-13, 2018


Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220 | 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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Exhibitor Registration:


Clinic Registration Form

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.

The NFCA is an approved provider of Washington Clock Hours. If you have questions on earning clock hours for attending the Portland coaches clinic please contact us at  education@nfca.org.

2018 Speakers

Jess Allister: Head Coach, Stanford

Full Bio

  • First season at Stanford after seven years as Minnesota’s head coach
  • 2017 Gopher squad posted program best 56-5 record and first-ever No. 1 poll ranking
  • Captured 2017 Big Ten regular season title and third tournament championship in four seasons
Bill Edwards: Head Coach (ret.), Hofstra

Full Bio

  • 928 victories in 25 seasons as head coach
  • Led Hofstra to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances
  • 2009 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee
Matt Lisle: Assistant Coach, South Carolina

Full Bio

  • National hitting consultant and clinician
  • Head coach at Menlo college (2016)
  • Assistant coach at Cal State-East Bay and Santa Clara

Missy Lombardi: Associate Head Coach, Oklahoma

Full Bio

  • Has tutored Sooner pitchers and catchers the last 20 years
  • Coached Oklahoma battery to 19 NFCA All-America honors
  • Led NCAA Division I in ERA in 2012 & 2013, ranking in the top 25 seven of last eight years
Michelle Venturella: Head Coach, Washington University

Full Bio

  • Guided Bears to 27 wins and a 2017 Regional appearance in first season
  • Head coach at UIC from 2009-16
  • Eight-year member of U.S. National Team, winning gold in 2000
  • 2018 Clinic Schedule


    Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97220

    Friday, January 12, 2018
    11:30am-1:00pm Clinic Registration & Visit the Exhibits
    1:00-1:45pm Coach Missy Lombardi (Oklahoma)
    “Mental & Physical Drills to Sharpen Your Pitcher’s Performance on the Mound”
    1:50-2:35pm Coach Missy Lombardi (Oklahoma)
    “Keeping Runners in Check”
    2:35-3:00pm BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    3:00-3:45pm Coach Bill Edwards (Hofstra - retired)
    “Whatever Happened to the Playground?”
    3:50-4:35pm Coach Matt Lisle (South Carolina)
    “Swing Movement Spectrum”
    4:40-5:25pm Coach Michelle Venturella (Washington University)
    “Developing High-Level Catchers”
    5:30-7:00pm DINNER BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    7:00-7:45pm Coach Jessica Allister (Stanford)
    “Organizing Practices to Produce Game Day Results”
    7:50-8:35pm Coach Michelle Venturella (Washington University)
    “Recruiting Myths & Truths”
    8:40-10:00pm “Last Coach Standing” Contest & Social Hour
    Saturday, January 13, 2018
    8:00-8:45am Coach Matt Lisle (South Carolina)
    “Hitting Drills for Success”
    8:50-9:35am Coach Michelle Venturella (Washington University)
    “Winning the Mental Game”
    9:40-10:25am Coach Bill Edwards (Hofstra- retired)
    “If You Cannot Throw & Catch, You Cannot Play Softball”
    10:25-10:40am BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    10:40-11:25am Coach Matt Lisle (South Carolina)
    “Game-Day Hitting”
    11:30am-12:15pm Coach Jessica Allister (Stanford)
    “Outfield Skills & Drills”
    12:15-1:15pm LUNCH BREAK (Visit the Exhibits)
    1:15-2:00pm Coach Michelle Venturella (Washington University)
    “Solid Infield Defense”
    2:05-2:50pm Coach Jessica Allister (Stanford)
    “Baserunning 101 - Putting Pressure on the Defense”
    2:55-3:40pm Coach Bill Edwards (Hofstra - retired)
    “The Ball Tells You What to Do”
    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

    8235 NE Airport Way
    Portland, OR 97220

    Room Rates: $108/night +tax
    Booking: You may use the online registration HERE
    Hotel phone number: 503-281-2500

    Hotel Guests - Free parking in hotel lot on first-come, first-served basis

    * 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.