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2008 GCAA National Convention

October 18, 2007

Welcome

The GCAA National Advisory Board (NAB) is pleased to announce that the 2008 GCAA National Convention will be held January 13-16 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. We hope you all can join us in Orlando as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the GCAA.  The Coronado Springs Resort is conveniently located approximately 20 miles from the Orlando International Airport. This year?s convention dates will again coincide with the PGA Merchandise Show held January 17-19 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Once again in order to allow coaches the opportunity to sign up for the convention at the time they pay their membership, we have included information on your invoice statement. Let me encourage you to take advantage of this at your earliest convenience.

Events
This year the Hall of Fame dinner will open the convention with the awards dinner on Monday, January 14 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Join us as we honor our members for their outstanding contributions to our profession for 2007.

The Kermit Blosser Memorial Golf Classic will again be presented by E-Z-GO and will be held on Wednesday afternoon, January 16 a Disney's Palm Golf Course. In this year?s golf tournament each player will again play his or her own ball counting the two low scores per hole. Your entry fee (included in the ALL SESSION FEE) will include cart, green fee, range, box lunch, soft drinks and awards ceremony.

 

 

This year's schedule will allow for additional time for general discussion on topics pertinent to improving college golf at all levels. As in years past we are scheduling divisional breakout sessions which will be held on Tuesday, January 15. We anticipate NCAA Division I, II, and III golf committee members as well as NAIA and NJCAA representatives in the respective breakout sessions. NCAA, NAIA and hopefully NJCAA staff liaison will also be in attendance to address questions and concerns. The current status of topics such as regional selections, regional championships, national championship seeding, etc. will be updated for the membership. Those in attendance at the convention will have the opportunity to provide direct input to the individuals conducting your championships.

 

The convention schedule will include panel discussions led by top coaches around the country. Additional topics and speakers will be added in the coming months. Back again to lead a breakout session V-1 Golf, our corporate technology partner, who will be onsite to present an interactive training session. This has been one of the top breakout sessions at the last two conventions. 

 

Our Corporate Partners Exhibit Night will be held at the Coronado Springs Resort on Tuesday, January 15 from 4:00 p.m. ? 8:00 p.m. Great food and drink will be provided as always.

  

Coronado Springs Resort

As the Coronado Springs Resort is located within Walt Disney World Resort there are various benefits you can take advantage of.  Some of these benefits include discounts on park tickets, dining and night life, golf and recreation and guest services.  If you wish to do so your GCAA hotel rate can be extended January 10-12 (three days before) or January 17-19 (three days after).  For more information on the various activities available while at Disney, please visit www.disneyconventionears.com.

 

  

Registration 

This year?s convention fee will be $400.  When making reservations at the Coronado Springs please request the group rate for the Golf Coaches Association of America.  The resort has also created a registration website for GCAA attendees and registrants at http://www.disneyurl.com/2008GCAA. The convention rate is $146 + tax (single or double). The room block cut off date will be December 21, 2007 or when our group block is sold out. Once our room block is filled, there is no guarantee of additional room availability at our convention price.  This year's convention fee will be $540 for the All Session (includes golf) and, as mentioned, $400 for the General Convention (does not include golf).

  

 

 Transportation

For those attendees who will be flying to into Orlando International, Disney provides a free shuttle to and from the airport direct to the Coronado Springs Resort.  As a guest of the resort, you are able to take advantage of Disney's Magical Express, which provides complimentary transportation and luggage delivery.  To utilize Disney's Magical Express gather your flight information and call 407-827-6777 or visit www.disneyconventionears.com to book your reservation.  If you do wish to rent a car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the preferred rental car for our organization.  Toll free reservations can be made by calling 800-953-0505.  As a reminder, our corporate account is GCAA001. 

  

See You in 2008

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando for what we anticipate being one of our largest conventions.  We hope that this new venue will serve as a great host for another informative, fast-paced and exciting convention.

  

Convention Registration Form

 

 

2007 GCAA Convention
Jan. 13-16

Orlando, Fla.
Schedule of Events

 

 

 

Sunday, Jan. 13
GCAA Rules Workshop
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14
GCAA Rules Workshop
8 a.m. - 12p.m.

Registration
11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Coaches Congress Meeting - All Divisions
1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

NCAA Division I Breakout Session
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Dinner
7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Hall of Fame Breakfast
6:30-8 a.m.

 

Registration
7-9 a.m.

Division Breakouts
8-11 a.m.

General Business Meeting/Open Forum
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

NCAA Rules Seminar
1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Corporate Partners Exhibit Night
4-8 p.m. - Convention Center (Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres)

Wednesday, Jan. 16
Panel Discussion/Workshop
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
-Speaker/Topics Forum
-PGA Educational Session
-V1 Interactive Frontiers Coaching System

Kermit Blosser Memorial Coaches Tournament
12:30 p.m. - Disney's Palm Golf Course

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