By Maren Angus
The 2017 NFCA Convention kicked off on Wednesday with a rookie orientation at Bally’s in Las Vegas.
Rhonda Revelle, head coach at Nebraska, was the host for the largest First-Time Attendee Orientation in NFCA Convention history. She introduced her and presented three challenges to each person in the room. She called it the 3-2-1 challenge.
“I want everyone to bond with three new people, I want you to stretch beyond your comfort zone with two other people and I want you to be bold with one person,” said Revelle. “You only have one opportunity to make a first impression so have fun and be smart.”
First-year volunteer coach at UCLA, Rodney Davis, said sitting a table with other people who are new helped ease him into his first major softball event.
“It’s the first-time I felt really at home here,” said Davis. “Even though I have long experience in baseball, I’m new to softball so to sit with fellow newcomers and discuss and meet others was really fun.”
Revelle also joked around with everyone and said that if this event isn’t the best week of softball off the field then find Carol Bruggeman (NFCA ) and she will fully refund you. Bruggeman had just entered the room and turned red with laughter before taking over the podium.
The NFCA Executive Director reiterated the same message as Revelle, “Make sure you meet people outside your division and region,” she said. “You are about to have your world changed.”
Davis has accepted the challenges presented by both Revelle and Bruggeman.
“To accelerate my learning curve here is my primary focus here,” said Davis. “I know that there’s people in the country who are really good at what I’m doing so getting the opportunity to meet them and I’m looking forward to finding out how to become a great volunteer assistant, what some of the pitfalls of volunteering that I need to be aware of and different things like that.”
Next on the agenda at the convention is a discussion on issues across all off softball followed by the ‘First Pitch” Opening Welocme and Keynote Session with Jessica Mendoza.