SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience

Join us for the 2019 SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience on Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12, 2019, in Phoenix, Arizona.

This conference is 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. In past years, attendees have been treated to sneak peeks at MLB stars like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg, Nolan Arenado, Gerrit Cole, Gary Sanchez, Peter Alonso, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Ronald Acuña Jr. before they hit the big leagues.

All baseball fans are welcome to attend the SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience.

  • Registration: Click here to register online. Registration is $199 for all SABR members and guests; $219 for non-members. Single-day rates are available for $90 on Friday (includes breakfast and game ticket) or $110 on Saturday (includes breakfast and game ticket).  
  • Student rate: $20 per day or $35 for both Friday/Saturday sessions; click here to register at the student rate or contact Deb Jayne for details. 
  • Hotel: SABR's recommended hotel is The Saguaro (4000 North Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Please e-mail Ally Bascom at abascom@thesaguaro.com or call 480-385-4800 and mention "SABR" to book your room at our special group rate of $189/night (plus tax). Please note: The deadline to book your room at the discounted SABR group rate is 5:00 p.m. MST on Friday, September 20.
  • Schedule: Click here for the full schedule of events at the 2019 SABR/IWBC Arizona Fall League Experience

Your registration fee includes access to all programming at The Saguaro hotel; reception/dinner on Thursday night, ballpark dinner on Friday night, two game tickets including the Fall Stars Game on Saturday night; and bus transportation to ballgames on Friday and Saturday. Tickets to the optional games on Thursday and Friday afternoons can be purchased at MLB.com/AFL or at the ballpark ticket windows.

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.

Here is some more information about our featured panelists and speakers:

  • Elizabeth Benn, Coordinator of Labor, Diversity, and Baseball Development at MLB’s Office of the Commissioner
  • Debbie Castaldo, Vice President, Corporate & Community Impact with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Executive Director of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation
  • Jennifer Blatt, founder of the Women's Sports School and WISE Arizona who spent 20 years in the Arizona Diamondbacks front office
  • Bridget Binsbacher, Executive Director of the Cactus League
  • Stephanie Jarvis, Interim Director of Arizona State University's Sports Law & Business Program and founder of SJarvis Consulting
  • Meg Rowley, Managing Editor of FanGraphs and The Hardball Times
  • Eric Longenhagen, Lead Prospect Analyst, FanGraphs
  • William Boor, Reporter/Producer, MLB.com and MLBPipeline.com
  • Perry Barber, professional umpire, author, and Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award recipient
  • Michael Haupert, Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Lisa Giddings, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Callie Maddox, Assistant Professor in the Sport Leadership and Management Program, Miami University
  • Rebecca Herman, Graduate Professor of Leadership, Purdue University Global

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

 

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.: 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.: Featured Panel: Bridget Binsbacher and more speakers TBA
  • 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 is 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
  • 5:00 p.m.: Bus leaves for Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
  • 5:30-6:30 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.: Bus leaves for Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
  • 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Fall Stars Game, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

 


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