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A LABCA News and Updates
Our mission is to educate, honor and promote the state's amateur baseball players and coaches.
January 2019
The 10th Annual A LA BCA First Pitch Dinner & Silent Auction, which benefits the Miracles Leagues of Alabama, featured 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee, Jack Morris. The dinner’s proceeds goes to the 13 active Miracle Leagues and seven cities raising money to build Miracle League fields throughout the state. This year's dinner, held on January 31 in downtown Montgomery, sold a record 28 tables, which means more money can be given to the Miracle Leagues.
Jack Morris, center, looks back at his Montgomery Rebel team picture as Montgomery resident and former teammate, Shelly Burnside, points to the picture.
Ted Brazzell (far R), his bullpen catcher and Montgomery resident looks on and Ron Jackson (far L), former Boston Red Sox player and Birmingham resident, enjoys the reminiscing.
2019 A LA BCA Coaches Convention
The 24 th annual event, Thursday January 17-Saturday January 19, was once again held at the Birmingham Marriott. On Thursday night, we opened with two homerun speakers in our Hot Stove sessions—Steve Smith (Auburn) spoke about pitching and also what it means to teach baseball and coach people. Chris Prothro (South Alabama) led the hitting hot stove with some quality interaction and information.

Following the Hot Stove, high school and college coaches from all over our state united at our yearly coaches’ social.

Friday and Saturday were packed full of information. Speakers Jerry Weinstein (Rockies), Jerry Boatner (West Lauderdale HS, Mississippi), Matt Seymour (Faith Academy), Anthony DeCicco (North Alabama), Franklin Bush (Univ. of Montevallo), Cory Williams (Childersburg HS), Tim Fanning (More Than a Game US), Keith Madison (University of Kentucky and Score International), Tren Mongero (Glynn Academy, Georgia), and Matt Deggs (Sam Houston State). Friday also featured a panel of our 2018 AHSAA State Championship Coaches- Matt Cimo- 7A Auburn, Frankie Perez- 6A Hazel Green, Matt Seymour- 5A Faith Academy, Tyler Dent- 4A Andalusia, Talley Haines- 3A Mobile Christian, Drew Miller- 2A G.W. Long, and John Gluschick- 1A Sweet Water.

In addition to clinic speakers; networking; and vendor booths, the A LA BCA also honored four Hall of Fame inductees and two Distinguished Service Award recipients. The Hall of Famers include: Harry Walker (UAB), Adam Thomas (Chattahoochee Valley Community College), Terry Adkins (Edgewood Academy), and Harry Varnadore (Sylacauga High School). This year’s Distinguished Service recipients included Lou Thornton (AUM), and Sandy Jones (Dixie Baseball).
Featured Speakers
Matt Deggs, Sam Houston State Head Baseball Coach, and one of the most
sought after and inspirational speakers in the country, was a big hit
with the coaches in telling his personal story of pain, suffering and redemption.
The 2018 AHSAA State Champion Coaches panel was another
big hit this year.
Jerry Weinstein of the Colorado Rockies returned to speak at the
A LA BCA Convention after speaking in 2014. One of our country’s
finest men in the game. His passion and knowledge of the game 
are second to none!
SAVE THE DATES!

May 19: Unsigned High School Senior Showcase at Auburn University at Montgomery

May 28 - 30: Underclassmen Regional Workouts for classes of 2020 - 2024, Sites TBA

June 11 - 13: High School All-Star Event, Classes of 2020 - 2022 Players, Held at Troy University

June 23 - 24: Middle School All-Star Event, Classes of 2023 & 2024 Players, Held at Troy University

June 24 - 27: Team Alabama (Classes of 2020 - 2022) plays in the Southeastern Underclassmen Shootout, Held at Troy University

August 17: High School Showcase, Held at Lawson State Community College
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