2018 CSCCa Annual National Conference: Learn More Today!

The 2018 CSCCa National Conference will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, May 9-11, at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  We have a great conference planned with outstanding speakers. Conference presentations deal with various aspects of strength and conditioning applicable to all strength and conditioning coaches—no matter what sport or gender they coach.

As a reminder, the speakers have put a great deal of time and effort into preparing their presentations, and they have extremely valuable information and experience to share. Consequently, we ask that you please schedule all travel arrangements to allow you to remain at the conference until the last speaker sessions conclude at 1:30 pm on Friday afternoon so that you do not miss out on these valuable presentations!  We have an outstanding speaker line-up on Friday.  Be sure and check out the conference itinerary and the CSCCa website to learn more.

Exhibit Hall

We already have well over 300 confirmed exhibit booths this year. Please refer any potential exhibitors to the CSCCa National Office.  Exhibitor Registration forms can be found on the CSCCa website under “National Conference” and “Exhibitor Information.”

The Exhibitor/Member Coaches Opening Social will kick-off at 6:00 pm Wednesday evening in the exhibit hall.  Please schedule your arrival to allow you to be in attendance, if at all possible.  You won’t want to miss this exciting event, which includes food, beverages, and prizes.  It is a great opportunity to visit each of the exhibit booths in the exhibit hall, which showcase the latest strength training, conditioning, speed and power development, technology, and nutritional products.

Conference Registration

Conference registration can be completed on-line through the CSCCa website, or a conference registration form can be submitted to the CSCCa (additional forms available on the CSCCa website). As a reminder, the early-bird registration rate ended Thursday, March 15, 2018.  While it is no longer required to be a CSCCa member in order to attend the national conference, please be aware that CSCCa members receive a discounted national conference registration fee.  Please be aware that a non-compliance fee will be assessed after Monday, April 16, for those individuals who have not paid their annual membership dues but who have received discounted pricing for conference registration.   You can pay all dues and fees on-line or over the phone by credit card, or a check can be sent into the CSCCa National Office. Membership renewal forms should be completed annually online or by printing off a hard copy from the CSCCa website and submitting it to the CSCCa National Office. We require membership renewal forms (online or hard copies) in order to maintain current contact information for our members.

Registration Desk Hours @ 2018 CSCCa National Conference

  • Tuesday: 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. – noon

Conference Events RSVP Information

There are several food and beverage events that are included with the national conference fee.  We encourage all members to be in attendance at these events.  There are also two breakfasts for specific member groups of the CSCCa:  the MSCC Breakfast & Meeting and the Female Strength & Conditioning Coaches Breakfast & Meeting.  It is necessary to provide the caterers with accurate numbers for each of these events prior to the conference so they can adequately prepare.  Please keep in mind that the CSCCa is financially responsible for the number of attendees that we provide the caterers – whether or not that number is actually in attendance at the event.  An RSVP section is included on the conference registration form to help us determine our numbers.  Please indicate whether or not you will be in attendance at each of the applicable events, and please be in attendance if you indicate you will do so.

2018 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches (MSCC) Dinner & Ceremony

The 2018 Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches (MSCC) Dinner and Ceremony, which is the highlight of the National Conference each year, will be held Thursday evening, May 10, at 7:30 pm in the Texas Ballroom in the Omni Hotel. Please be seated in the Ballroom by 7:25 pm. Doors will open at 7:15 pm. The attire for this event is coat and tie for men and nice dress/skirt/dress pant for women. 

Award Nominations

The CSCCa is now accepting nominations for the Lance Vermeil Award.  Please see below for more information about this prestigious award and how to go about making a nomination for the 2018 Award.

The Lance Vermeil Award

This award was established in 2012 and was developed in partnership with MF Athletic/ Perform Better in memory of Lance Vermeil, who was an extremely qualified and dedicated young strength and conditioning coach.  Coach Vermeil was committed to the profession of collegiate strength and conditioning and, most importantly, to serving and protecting the student athlete.

CSCCa-approved mentors are encouraged to submit nomination letters for students, interns, or part-time strength and conditioning coaches on their staffs who they believe are deserving of receiving this $1500 scholarship. Submissions should be emailed to the CSCCa National Office at info@cscca.org. Nominations are due each year by April 15th. Because the 15th falls on a Sunday this year, however, the deadline has been extended to Monday, April 16th.  These individuals must have shown a commitment to pursuing a career in the field of strength and conditioning on the collegiate and/or professional level and must have demonstrated tremendous potential and inclination for this unique profession. In addition, this individual must be SCCC Certified or planning to sit for the SCCC Certification Exam at the upcoming National Conference.

We are excited to announce that this year we will be awarding two strength and conditioning coaches with Lance Vermeil Scholarships: one scholarship for a male strength and conditioning coach, and a second one for a female strength and conditioning coach. This addition has been made possible by the generosity of Rickard Blomberg of Eleiko Barbell, a CSCCa Platinum-level sponsor.

Room Reservations @ Omni Fort Worth Hotel and Official Overflow Hotels

We have filled our room blocks at the Omni Hotel and the Fairfield Hotel. There are a few rooms still available at the Sheraton and there are plenty of rooms available at the Courtyard Blackstone. All conference hotels are located in close proximity to the Fort Worth Convention Center. We encourage you to make your room reservation as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the discounted rate. Please be aware that these discounted rates are only available until Monday, April 16, 2018, or until our room block is full, whichever comes first.

Rooms may be reserved at the discounted rate 3 days before the National Conference and 3 days after at any of the official conference hotels subject to room availability. 

*** Important Information regarding Required Room Guarantee***

Please be aware that in accordance with hotel policy, each individual room reservation must be confirmed and guaranteed by the attendee with a deposit equal to the full price of the room for one night.  Please also be aware that each hotel has its own cancellation and early departure policy. Please make sure you are aware of your hotel’s cancellation policy. More information can be found here.

WARNING: Please be aware of “room poachers”—third-party organizations that fraudulently pose as affiliates of organizations hosting conferences and other events.  Their method of operation is to trick conference attendees into reserving rooms through them instead of through the official methods offered by the host organization.  These groups often offer nonexistent rooms or false pricing.   The CSCCa and its affiliated conference sites will NEVER solicit you for room reservations.  Do not book hotel reservations through any third parties that may contact you. Please only book hotel reservations for the conference by calling the official conference hotels directly or through the official link provided on the CSCCa website.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the CSCCa National Office at 801-375-9400.

Shuttle Information

Book Your Shuttle: CSCCa 2018 National Conference

The official shuttle for the conference will be Super Shuttle. Please click on the link above for instructions and booking. The CSCCa has secured special discounted rates as follows:

ONE WAY$ 15$ 31
ROUND TRIP$ 28$ 62

FREE Pre-Conference: “Three Experts; Three Hot Topics in Athlete Health” Fueled by Gatorade

Wednesday, May 9 @ 2:00pm-5:00pm

As coaches, keeping your athletes safe and healthy is one of your top of priorities. This pre-conference will focus on the hottest topics in athlete health – from nutrition to injury prevention – and how you can use the findings from our experts to maximize your team’s performance.

2:00pm-2:50 pm: “The Non-Contact Injury: Exploring Prevention Techniques & Reducing the Risk”
Presented By: Daniel A. Schaefer II SCCC, RSCC, CSCS*D; Research Assistant in the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory

3:00pm-3:50pm: “Fueling Athletes’ Dietary Restrictions”
Presented By: Dana White, MS, RD, ATC; Sports Dietitian at Quinnipiac University

4:00pm-4:50pm: “How to Create a High Performing, Healthy Athlete”
Presented By: Andrea Hudy; Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance at University of Kansas