Baseball is a game of superstitions: hitters don't wash helmets while on a streak, and managers don't brush their teeth for weeks after a great argument with an umpire. Discover your own diamond rituals with today's GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get one ticket to the Atlantic Coast Baseball Parent, Player, and Coaches Convention. which takes place at the DoubleTree Monroeville Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on January 21 (a $40 value). See the schedule for presenters' topics and speaking times.
Atlantic Coast Baseball furnishes the diamond playing grounds of American's pastime by providing consistent and competitive leagues and tournaments for children of different age levels. At this winter's festival, players, parents, and coaches can strengthen their knowledge of the sport by absorbing wisdom and posing questions before eight different speakers each presenting a different topic. University of Pittsburgh head coach, Joe Jordano, heads the lineup of college coaches, sports-medicine practitioners, strength-and-conditioning coaches, and bleacher spectators who brazenly bare-hand home-run balls. Topics include developing a championship-caliber player, molding a winning catcher, caring for throwing arms, honing offensive approaches, enhancing infield skills, and navigating the waters of the college recruitment process. Coach Jordano and his sunflower-seed-spitting brethren will each speak for 20 minutes and reserve 10 minutes for Q&A.
Also onsite, vendors from Louisville Slugger, Mizuno, Easton, Wilson, and other gear manufactures showcase their latest products, including an exclusive new line of neon semaphore flags for easy-to-see "steal" signs. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the festival breaks for lunch, and organizers encourage guest to pop in for whatever speakers and topics most tickle their fancy.