SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience

The SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience was held on Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.

This conference was focused on women in baseball, co-hosted by the International Women's Baseball Center, and held in conjunction with the Arizona Fall League (MLB.com/AFL), baseball's premier player development league.

On Friday, we heard talks from Stephanie Jarvis, Interim Director of Arizona State University's Sports Law & Business Program; and Elizabeth Benn, Coordinator of Labor, Diversity, and Baseball Development at MLB’s Office of the Commissioner. Michael Haupert  of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse gave a presentation on attendance and fan demand in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, while Callie Maddox of Miami University gave a presentation on the global growth of contemporary women’s baseball. Our Working in Baseball Panel featured Debbie Castaldo, Vice President, Corporate & Community Impact with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Executive Director of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation; and Jennifer Blatt, founder of the Women's Sports School and WISE Arizona who spent nearly 20 years in the Arizona Diamondbacks front office.

Saturday was highlighted by a panel previewing the AFL Fall Stars Game with Meg Rowley, Managing Editor of FanGraphs; Eric Longenhagen, Lead Prospect Analyst at FanGraphs; and William Boor of MLB.com and MLBPipeline.com. We also heard from Bridget Binsbacher, Executive Director of the Cactus League. Rebecca Herman of Purdue University Global gave a presentation on the top women's baseball national teams in the world, and author/umpire Perry Barber spoke about baseball pioneer and visionary Maud Nelson.

All baseball fans are welcome to attend the SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience. The IWBC, based in Rockford, Illinois, is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting all aspects of women's baseball, both on and off the field.

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2019 SABR Arizona Fall League Experience

 

2019 SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience
All panels and presentations at The Saguaro hotel, Scottsdale

Friday, October 11

  • 8:30-8:55 a.m.: Career Perspective: Stephanie Jarvis, Arizona State University Sports Law & Business Program
  • 9:00-9:25 a.m.: Michael Haupert and Lisa Giddings, "There’s a Girl on the Field, but Who’s in the Stands? The Demand for Professional Women’s Baseball"
  • 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Growing Women’s Participation in Baseball: Elizabeth Benn, Major League Baseball
  • 10:00-10:15 a.m.: Break
  • 10:15-11:10 a.m.: Working in Baseball Panel: Debbie Castaldo, Arizona Diamondbacks; and Jennifer Blatt, WISE Arizona
  • 11:15-11:40 a.m.: Callie Maddox, “People need to see this!”: The Global Growth of Contemporary Women’s Baseball"
  • 11:45 a.m.: Wrap-up

Saturday, October 12 

  • 9:00-9:25 a.m.: Rebecca Herman, "Comparative Analysis of the Top National Teams"
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: The Cactus League: Bridget Binsbacher, Cactus League Executive Director
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break
  • 10:30-10:55 a.m.: Perry Barber, "Maud Nelson: Baseball Visionary"
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Fall Stars Scouting Report Panel: Meg Rowley, FanGraphs; Eric Longenhagen, FanGraphs; William Boor, MLBPipeline.com
  • 12:00 p.m.: Wrap-up

 

Here was the complete schedule of events for the SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience:

Thursday, October 10

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Registration open at The Saguaro hotel lobby
  • 12:30-3:30 p.m.: Optional game: Surprise Saguaros vs. Scottsdale Scorpions (*game is at Salt River Fields)
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Registration open at The Saguaro hotel lobby
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Welcome reception/dinner at The Saguaro hotel

Friday, October 11

  • 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Panels and speakers at The Saguaro hotel; see above for details
  • 12:30-3:30 p.m.: Lunch on your own OR optional game: Salt River Rafters at Mesa Solar Sox
  • 4:00 p.m.: Golf cart leaves for Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (for hotel guests only)
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Pregame ballpark dinner at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
  • 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Surprise Saguaros vs. Scottsdale Scorpions (*game is at Salt River Fields)

Saturday, October 12

  • 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Panels and speakers at The Saguaro hotel; see above for details
  • 12:30-3:00 p.m.: Lunch on your own
  • 3:30 p.m.: Golf cart leaves for Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (for hotel guests only)
  • 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Fall Stars Game, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

 


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