2018 Clinic Schedule – Softball


6:30 pm: 

GRAND BALLROOM FOYER: Registration Opens

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm:

GRAND BALLROOM FOYER: MEET, GREET & EAT - The PA Coaches Clinic has built a great reputation for having a friendly, welcoming and entertaining event while still providing a nationally recognized roster of speakers and exhibitors. To further enhance your experience, we are excited to introduce "MEET, GREET & EAT." Enjoy a complementary ballpark style buffet while you relax, socialize and expand your network within the baseball coaching community. In addtion to the food, long-time sponsor Miller Lite will provide complimentary beverages to ensure no one leaves thirsty.

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm:

SALON B/C: TUNE UP WITH DENNY MCCLAIN - a flame-throwing fastball pitcher, collated an impressive list of accomplishments throughout his 11-year career. Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1962, McLain made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers a year later, shortly after his nineteenth birthday. His success took off during the 1965 season as he compiled a 16-6 record and struck out 192 batters, the third highest total in the American League. He recorded 20 wins and was honored with the All-Star Game starting pitching role for the American League in 1966, and in 1968, he became Major League Baseball’s first 30-game winner since 1934- an impressive record which he still holds today. Not only did his outstanding season lead him to his second All-Star Game, a Cy Young Award, and an American League Most Valuable Player Award, it also helped lift the Tigers to the World Series, where they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals and claimed their World Champion title.  McLain would appear in his third All-Star Game and win another Cy Young Award with the Tigers in 1969 before being traded to the Washington Senators. He went on to spend time with the Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves before retiring from the game in 1972. Although McLain’s post-retirement one was not one of ease, dotted with run-ins with the law, a rocky business, and a stint in prison, he has come out on the other side. Since his release, he has written an autobiography titled, I Told You I Wasn’t Perfect, and started his own radio show in the Detroit area, where he currently resides. The flamboyant former MLB pitcher will entertain the audience before taking questions from those in the crowd. Following the Q&A session, McClain will be available for photos and autographs.


9:30 AM:

GRAND BALLROOM FOYER: Registration Opens

10:40 am – 11:10 am:


11:20 am – 12:20 pm:


PATTY GASSO – Talk'n Softball with a Hall of Famer

12:35 pm – 1:00 pm:

SALON D: Michael Bosch – DRILLS SESSION: Daily Infield Drills

SALON E: Sheilah Gulas – DRILLS SESSION: Drills and Skills to Perfect Your Short Game

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm:

SALON D: Patty Gasso – Power of Empowerment: Coaching the Female Athlete

SALON E: Lori Cook-Baird – Building the Pitcher From the Ground Up

SALON 4: Julie Pratt – 1st & 3rd: Stop the Run & Score the Run

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm:

SALON D: Patty Gasso – Offensive Strategies

SALON E: Jennifer Patrick-Swift – Why You Can When Everyone Else Says You Can't: How to Prove the Naysayers Wrong

SALON 4: Sheila Gulas – Working With the Outfielder

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm:

GRAND BALLROOM SALON A: Prize Raffle in the Exhibitor’s Showroom

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm:

SALON D: Lori Cook-Baird – The Fastball, Drop Ball and Change-Up

SALON E: Jennifer Patrick-Swift – The Elite Swing: How the Best Really Hit and Why

SALON 4: Michael Bosch – Pitching: Using Video as an Extra Set of Eyes

4:30 pm – 4:55 pm:

SALON D: Lori Cook-Baird – DRILLS SESSION: Pitching: Proper Warm Up Drills

SALON E: Jennifer Patrick-Swift – DRILLS SESSION: The Elite Swing Hitting Drills

5:10 pm – 5:35 pm:

SALON D: Sheilah Gulas – DRILLS SESSION: Conditioning the Softball Player: Agility & Foot Speed

SALON E: Julie Pratt – DRILLS SESSION: Outfield Drills for Indoor Practice

SALON 4: Michael Bosch – DRILLS SESSION: Pitching Drills - Orange Style

5:35 pm – 7:05 pm:

DINNER BREAK: The hotel restaurant offers an excellent dinner buffet at an affordable price!

7:05 pm – 7:50 pm:

SALON D: Cool Down – Coaches Roundtable

SALON E: Cool Down - Coaches Roundtable

7:50 pm – 8:20 pm:

GRAND BALLROOM SALON A: Prize Raffle in the Exhibitor’s Showroom

8:20 pm – 9:20 pm:

SALON D: FEATURE PRESENTATION Mike Candrea – Talk'n Softball with a Hall of Famer


8:00 am:

GRAND BALLROOM FOYER: Registration Opens

8:30 am – 9:15 am:

SALON D: Sheilah Gulas – Working Competition Into the Practice Setting

SALON E: Jennifer Patrick-Swift – The Home Run Mindset - It's Intentional, Not Accidental

SALON 4: Michael Bosch – Pitching Workouts

9:30 am – 10:15 am:

SALON D: Mike Candrea – Simplifying the Hitting Process

SALON E: Lori Cook-Baird – The Screwball, Rise Ball and Change Up

SALON 4: Rachel Balkovic – The Myth of Sport Specific Training: Athleticism First, Skill Second

10:30 am – 11:15 am:

SALON D: Mike Candrea – Getting the Most Out of Your Practices

SALON E: Julie Pratt – Base Running, Stealing, and Sliding: Making the Average Runner a Threat On the Bases

SALON 4: Michael Bosch – Developing Character On and Off the Field

11:15 am – 11:45 am:

GRAND BALLROOM SALON A: Prize Raffle in the Exhibitor’s Room

11:45 am – 12:10 pm:

SALON D: Jennifer Patrick-Swift – DRILLS SESSION: A Grab Bag of Indoor Practice Drills

SALON E: Lori Cook-Baird – DRILLS SESSION: Spin Drills for Mastering Breaking Pitches

12:25 pm – 12:50 pm:

SALON D: Sheilah Gulas – DRILLS SESSION: Team Building Activities

SALON E: Julie Pratt – DRILLS SESSION: Catching - Getting the Strike and Drills to Develop a Backstop

SALON 4: Rachel Balkovic – DRILLS SESSION: Base Running Efficiency Drills

1:05 pm – 1:50 pm:

SALON D: Jennifer Patrick-Swift – The Old School Coach...Today

SALON E: Julie Pratt – Catching: Protect Your Home

SALON 4: Rachel Balkovic – Young Women's Empowerment Through Athletics