29th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference

March 2-5, 2022

The NINE Spring Training Conference is a multi-disciplinary academic conference, featuring presentations on a wide range of baseball topics, including history, analytics, law, media analysis, literature, architecture, cultural studies, rhetoric, and more.

In 2022, will also honor and recognize the contributions of women to the game of baseball.


Jean Fruth is a traveling photographer for La Vida Baseball, a digital media company that tells the story of Latino baseball across the United States and Latin America through original video, written and social content. Her book, Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin, was released in June 2019. 

Anika Orrock is an award-winning illustrator, writer, designer, cartoonist, storyteller and author of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (2020) and the illustrator of Birdie Can, Too! by Malaika Underwood (2021).




All registered presenters and attendees will be required to produce proof of vaccination for Covid-19 or a negative Covid-19 test conducted within three days of the start of the conference. Additionally, the conference will require masks for everyone attending the conference sessions. Those who are presenting will be permitted to remove their masks, as the podium will be more than six feet away from the audience.

Please keep in mind that this policy is only in effect for the conference room in which the presentations will be held. The Hilton DoubleTree Resort does not currently require either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test. And while they suggest that guests wear masks, there is no mask mandate in the hotel at this time. 


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