2015 - 2016 ALABCA Scholarship Recipients honored May 21, 2016 during the 2nd game of the AHSAA 7A State Championship Final Series at Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium. Recipients holding plaques, L to R: Jacob Rogers (Benjamin Russell HS), Ryan Crockett (Wetumpka HS) & Riley Shaw (Alexandria HS), are joined by the ALABCA Scholarship Committee and their families.
ALABCA 2015 - 2016 Scholarship Recipients honored during 2nd game of the AHSAA 7A State Championship Final Series at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium, May 21, 2016. Front Row L to R, Scholarship Recipients: Jacob Rogers (Benjamin Russell HS) $2,000 Award/ALABCA 2015 - 2016 Student-Athlete of the Year/Joe Mason Scholarship Recipient, Ryan Crockett (Wetumpka HS) $1,500 Award, Riley Shaw (Alexandria HS) $1,500 Award, Barry Dean (ALABCA Executive Director), Back Row, Scholarship Committee Members, L to R: Clark Bruner (State Health Planning & Development Agency, retired), Tony Harris (AL. Dept. of Transportation), Joe Mason (Arizona Diamondbacks Scout) and Dr. Ed Pappanastos (Troy University)
8th Annual Professional Baseball Scout School: Tommy Jackson (L), current New York Mets Scout, had three high school baseball coaches shadow him for 48 hours June 13 - 15 during the ALABCA All-Star Event. Great learning experience for our states amateur baseball coaches! And it’s free.
Barry Dean, ALABCA Executive Director, pictured with Tyrus Moss, Head Baseball Coach of Parker High School in inner city Birmingham. The ALABCA donates two sets of Mound and Plate Tarps ($1,200 per set) to financial needy baseball programs each spring. Parker and Vigor High School in Mobile were the 2016 recipients.
January 2016 Coaches Convention - First time ever having the AHSAA State Champion Coaches of all 1A - 7A classes on stage for a hot stove session. (L to R): Jason Anderson (1A - Shoals Christian), Brent Patterson (6A - Cullman HS), Mike Good (3A - Madison Academy), Ken Whittle (4A - Trinity Presbyterian), Chris Heaps (5A - Russellville HS), & Mike Ferry (7A - Smiths Station HS), Not present: Talley Haines (1A - Mobile Christian)
Butch Thompson - new Auburn University Head Baseball Coach kicked off the 2016 Coaches Convention with a Hot Stove Session on Pitching Thursday night, then as seen here, the opening talk on Pitching the next morning.
Pat Williams, Orlando Magic Assistant General Manager and best selling author and nationally renowned motivational speaker, filled the room both times when he addressed our coaches. He also was the guest speaker at our Convention Awards Banquet on Friday night and our Saturday morning “faith talk.” Very inspirational and engaging each time!
2016 Hall of Fame Class and Distinguished Service Award Recipient Honored Friday night January 22 during the Coaches Convention….. Read More…. (take them to the Awards Page here) Pictured L to R: Morris Phillips, ALABCA Awards Banquet Director/Fayetteville HS Head Baseball Coach, Darrell Hobson, HoF - Bibb Co HS/Clarke Prep Academy, Joe Elliott, DS - Bibb County American Legion, Gerry Ledbetter, HoF - Snead State Community College, Lawrence Logan, HoF - Ramsay High School, Barry Dean, ALABCA Executive Director/Awards Director
The ALABCA January Coaches Convention Awards Banquet not only inducts a new Hall of Fame Class & recognizes a Distinigusihed Service Award Recipient, it also honors our states high school and collegiate head and assistant baseball coaches and pitchers and position players who have had special seasons the past year. We honor Umpires from both levels as well.
ALABCA June All-Star Event (ASE) Speaker Lou Thornton, former MLB player and current AUM Wellness Center Director/HPER Instructor, points out to the 120 ASE Underclassmen & their Parents the importance of getting their college degree and the small percentage of a chance they have to make it to the big leagues by the numbers.
The ALABCA host 2 Free Unsigned Senior Workouts for high school baseball players in late May/early June. The June 7, 2016 workout at Calhoun Community College had over 50 players take advantage of this offer, while 6 Community College Coaches looked on. The June 2 workout was held at LBW Community College where the turnout of college coaches and players were about the same.
2016 Team Alabama played in the 1st Annual Southeastern Underclassmen Shootout (SUS) held at Troy University,
June 27 - 30, 2016. Teams Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi & Tennessee competed along with Alabama for
the Gold Cup (overall Champion), and the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Teams participants received. 32 Colleges and 9 Professional Organizations attended this first-year event.
ALABCA Offers Free Youth League Coaches Clinic throughout Alabama. Inner city clinic held in Mobile, Alabama
All-Star Event Banquet helps educate the parents of the 120 players from around the state on each collegiate level of Academic Requirements and Athletic Guidelines. Pictured here: Huntingdon College Head Baseball Coach D.J. Conville enlightens the parents about the Division III Level.
The 2014 Fall Fundraiser set a new record in money brought in at $180,310 (18,310 tickets sold) by 53 schools and the ALABCA. Pictured here with ALABCA Executive Director Barry Dean is Carmen Ruise, one of the seven winners. Click Picture for more info.
Lindsay Lane & Guntersville High School Baseball Teams volunteer at the Huntsville Miracle League on the same day. Linday Lane Head Coach Matt Stockman pictured here with his Miracle League "buddy," along with a Guntersville player and his "buddy." Click picture for more info (and it goes to the Miracle League web page of ours)
2015 December 12 High School Winter Clinic: Record number of 2-Year and 4-Year Colleges/Universities work the camp. 11 Community Colleges: Alabama Southern, Calhoun, CACC, CVCC, Faulkner State, Lawson State, LBW, Snead State, Shelton State, Southern Union, Wallace-Selma. 16 Four-Year College/Universities: Alabama, UAB, Alabama A & M, Alabama State, Auburn, AUM, Birmingham Southern, Huntingdon College, Miles College, Montevallo, Samford, South Alabama, Stillman, Talladega, Troy University, West Alabama. 3 Professional Scouts: Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox & Minnesota Twins. Players were charged $75 for this Instructional Clinic and Showcase.
2015 December 12 Winter Baseball Clinic & Showcase drew 110 High School Baseball Players from around the State. Players were charged $75 to be taught baseball and to showcase their Fielding, Throwing & Hitting skills, by and in front of 16 Four-Year College/University and 11 Community College Baseball Coaches from around Alabama, as well as three Professional Scouts.
7th Annual First Pitch Dinner (FPD) Benefits the 13 Miracle Leagues around the Alabama: Fred "The Crime Dog" McGriff poses with Sammy and Susan Frichter and their son Michael, a Miracle League baseball player from Dothan, AL. Sammy is also a Board Member of the Dothan Miracle League.
7th Annual First Pitch Dinner (FPD) is another big hit: Fred "The Crime Dog" McGriff (far L) FPD Special Guest, pictured here with former Big Leaguers (L to R) - Craig Brazzel, Lou Thornton & Terrance Long. The January 28, 2016 dinner raised enough money to sponsor one team or outfield sign at each of the 13 Miracle League's located throughout Alabama.