First Pitch Florida 2020 - Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

How will I be kept updated on all conference details prior to the event?
All attendees are placed on an email list. Beginning in January, regular mailings will be sent out with important details, changes and opportunities to help shape the program. Typically, expect to receive about 4-6 emails up until a few days before the event. If you have not received an e-update within two weeks of your registration, contact us at support@firstpitchforums.com immediately.

What is the scheduling of the symposium?
You can see the program details here (preliminary, and subject to change). At a high level, the structure is basically:

  • Friday: evening welcome reception
  • Saturday: morning conference sessions, afternoon spring training game, evening drafts
  • Sunday: morning conference sessions, afternoon spring training game, evening wrapup event

Want to extend your visit and catch a few more games? No problem! Our hotel group rate is good for three days before and after the weekend.

When should I plan on arriving?
The first official event of the weekend is a welcome reception with appetizers and a cash bar on Friday evening at our host hotel. If you have the flexibility to arrive even earlier, there will likely be plenty of attendees around the hotel early enough to go to a ballgame on Friday afternoon before that reception.

Do I need to rent a car?
It's up to you. The hotel is two miles from St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport, and 12 miles from Tampa International Airport. We will coordinate ride shares to the Saturday and Sunday ballgames. Renting your own car really all depends upon how much flexibility you want to have.

Do you provide any discounts on airfare or car rental?
We do not. All travel arrangements are the responsibility of each attendee.

Can I bring my spouse/significant other?
You can certainly bring them; we may have a limited number of additional ballgame tickets available. However, they will be unable to attend the seminar sessions as space is usually at a premium.

Is there a way to find other attendees who might be willing to share a hotel room to save some money?
Feel free to drop us a note at support@firstpitchforums.com and we'll try to connect folks looking for roommates. Best to make your reservations, and if we can find you a connection, you can always cancel your reservation. Closer to the event, we will also set up a Facebook event page to facilitate direct interaction with other attendees.

What's the weather like in Florida that time of year?
February/March temperatures in St. Petersburg usually run in the high 60s to low 70s during the day. Dress is casual; jerseys and caps are welcomed! Note that the host hotel does have a swimming pool and fitness center.

Should I bring my team rosters?
Absolutely. There should be ample time for you to get some feedback on your teams from the speakers, as well as from fellow attendees. There is also always at least one session devoted specifically to roster analyses.

How is this event different from First Pitch Arizona?
First Pitch Florida is patterned after our signature Arizona event, which has been running for 25 years. We're bringing much of what works in Arizona to this event, with some new features as well. In particular, being so much closer to peak draft season and Opening Day lets us analyze the coming season with far fewer unknowns than we have in Arizona each fall. Additionally, joining this event with the annual LABR drafts allows us to see top-level players in action, and debrief with the competitors afterwards.

Are there any meals provided as part of the registration fee? 
Unlike First Pitch Arizona, all meals are on your own. There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar at the Welcome Reception on Friday night, and coffee/tea/soda available during the morning conference sessions. 

Can I blog and/or tweet from the conference?
Yes, you may send your audience general details and occasional excerpts from the program sessions. However, transmitting large portions of information learned at the event is prohibited. This is an exclusive paid program and distributing too much information devalues the event for future audiences. There will also may be sessions where proprietary information may be shared by baseball personnel; you will be informed that blogging and tweeting will be prohibited at those sessions. Attendees who are found to be transmitting excessive amounts of information may be barred from future events.

What is your cancelation policy?
We will provide a full refund for any registrations canceled prior to January 31, 2020. From February 1st to 18th, we will provide a refund of 50% of your registration fee. Due to the up-front costs we incur, we cannot offer any refunds for registrations canceled after February 18, 2020.

If I can't make it to the Symposium at the last minute, can I still receive all the freebies and handout materials?
Certainly, but we ask that you contact us as soon as possible to make sure we reserve a set of speaker handouts. Please contact us no later than the Wednesday prior to the event weekend.

Be prepared to be enlightened, challenged and overwhelmed. This event brings out the highest caliber of fantasy leaguers and we have put together a highly interactive, hands-on program. You will meet perennial champions in national competitions who are eager to share their secrets. Our speakers are experts in their fields, but often serve as no more than facilitators for the discussions that will take place. Guaranteed you will come out of First Pitch Florida with a more solid foundation than when you arrived, and you will have had an incredible time that will not be easily forgotten.