SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference

SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference logoSABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have opened registration for the third annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference on September 10-12, 2021, at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois.

This year’s conference theme is “Breaking Barriers: Women in Baseball Around the World.”

  • Register: Click here to register online. The conference is open to all baseball fans.
  • Cost: In-person attendance is $100 per person, and includes access to all panels and presentations, social hour, reception/luncheon, pylon unveiling, goody bag, program, and 1 raffle ticket. Virtual attendance is $75 per person, and includes access to all panels and presentations, program, and 1 raffle ticket. 1 ticket to reception/luncheon only is $30 per person. Additional raffle tickets are $5 apiece. Deadline to register: September 3, 2021.
  • Schedule: Stay tuned for more details on panels and presentations.
  • Contact: For questions, please contact Leslie Heaphy or Kat Williams.

For coverage of the 2020 virtual conference, visit SABR.org/women-in-baseball-conference/2020.


Call for Papers

SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center have announced a call for papers for the third annual SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference. All topics related to women’s baseball are welcome for individual oral and poster presentations.

Please submit abstracts of approximately 200 words, along with contact information and a short biography, by July 12, 2021, to Leslie Heaphy at Lheaphy@kent.edu. All notifications will be made by August 2.


Yoseloff Scholarship

With generous funding from The Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation, Inc., SABR will award up to four scholarships to high school and college students who wish to attend the SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference on September 10-12, 2021, in Rockford, Illinois. This scholarship will pay for registration, transportation, and lodging (double occupancy) up to a total value of $1,250. Deadline to apply: August 2, 2021.

The objective of this scholarship fund is to encourage student engagement with the diverse scope of baseball, and to engender an active interest in baseball research and SABR. The Yoseloff scholarship is to assist young researchers who want to attend the SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference and to introduce them to fellow SABR members and professionals within the baseball community. Click here to learn more.


Golf Scramble

Coming to Rockford for the 2021 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference? Join our annual golf scramble to kick off the event! The scramble will begin at 9:30 a.m. on September 10 at Ingersol Golf Course in Rockford.

Individual registration is $100; a foursome is $400. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information, please contact Cathy Headley.


Local Travel and Arrangements

Click below to find details on our hotel room blocks, and travel arrangements to local Chicago and Rockford airports.

Rockford is one of the top 4 largest cities in Illinois, and the only one outside the Chicago metropolitan area. Located about 90 miles northwest of Chicago, Rockford can be reached from 3 local and regional airports: Chicago Rockford, O’Hare, and Midway airports. Only Allegiant Air flies into Rockford, but that’s the most convenient option for those who live close to Allegiant-serviced cities.

Next closest is O’Hare International Airport, which features almost every major airline, especially United and American. Rockford has convenient bus transport from O’Hare to either conference hotel. Midway does not have bus service to Rockford and travel from there to Rockford can take up to 2 hours depending on traffic around Chicago.

There are many activities, sights, museums, and dining options in Rockford for visitors including kids and families. Please refer to this link from the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for more travel information: https://www.gorockford.com/about/region/.


Air Travel

Chicago Rockford International Airport

866-359-7331
https://flyrfd.com/

Allegiant Airlines
702-505-8888
https://www.allegiantair.com/

Avis Rent-A-Car
815-962-8447 or 800-831-2847
www.avis.com

National Car Rental / Alamo Car Rental / Enterprise Car Rental
888-826-6890 or 815-965-4466
www.nationalcar.com
www.alamo.com
www.enterprise.com

O’Hare International Airport

Airport (includes list of airlines servicing airport): https://www.flychicago.com/ohare/home/pages/default.aspx

List of rental car companies at O’Hare: https://www.flychicago.com/ohare/tofrom/rentalcar/pages/default.aspx

Bus transportation from O’Hare to Rockford: https://www.coachusa.com/bus-schedules

Midway International Airport

Airport (includes list of airlines servicing airport): https://www.flychicago.com/midway/home/pages/default.aspx

List of rental car companies at Midway: https://www.flychicago.com/midway/tofrom/rentalcar/pages/default.aspx


Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Rockford

7550 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108
815-398-2200
Rate: $109.95
Group name: Women in Baseball Conference
Website: Kid-Friendly Hotels in Rockford, IL | Holiday Inn Rockford(I-90&Rt 20/State St) (ihg.com)

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center

200 S. Bell School Road, Rockford, IL 61108
815-226-2100
Rate: $124/night
Group Name: Women in Baseball Conference
Website: Book Radisson Hotels in Rockford IL | Radisson Hotels USA (radissonhotelsamericas.com)

Past coverage:

  • 2020: Click here for video replays from the virtual 2020 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
  • 2019: Click here for highlights and photos from the 2019 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference, held in conjunction with the Arizona Fall League

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