The Pucks are Coming Back – TeaZa Tobacco-Free Pouches
Guess what TeaZa fans…the pucks are coming back by popular demand! TeaZa gave attendees at the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Convention first dibs on the new pucks featuring sleek new designs and filled with the TeaZa Tobacco-Free Pouches you all know and love.
The new pucks will start showing up in select retail locations in January and be available online soon after.
Pitching TeaZa Tobacco-Free Pouches at ABCA
TeaZa’s Operation Tobacco Free (OTF) staff and volunteers pitched the benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle, and handed out samples and swag to a crowd of more than 6,600 high school and college baseball coaches and players at the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Convention January 3-6 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. This year’s four-day event was the largest ABCA Convention in its 75 year history.
ABCA 2019 Highlights
At the ABCA Trade Show, TeaZa was among some 300 companies displaying the latest innovations in baseball for a packed crowd.
Among the highlights of the 2019 ABCA Convention were more than 50 clinics featuring guest speakers including 2018 NCAA Div. I National Champion head coach Pat Casey of Oregon State University, NCAA Div. II national champion head coach Tim Huber of Augustana University, four-time NJCAA Div. III national champion Doug Wren of Tyler Junior College, who presented alongside Patrick Murphy (Alabama Softball) and Jeff Petty (Canes Baseball).
Other speakers included Dan McDonnell of University of Louisville and Darren Fenster of the Boston Red Sox among others.
Award celebrations, such as the ABCA Diamond Hall of Fame Banquet awarded the 2019 ABCA Wilson Lefty Gomez Award to Jim Darby.
Momentum Builds for Tobacco-Free Baseball
Last April, Seattle joined the growing list of Major League cities to take tobacco out of baseball, making half of all major league stadiums (15 out of 30) going tobacco-free. Other Major League cities covered by similar local or state laws include Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels), Boston (Red Sox), Chicago (Cubs and White Sox), Los Angeles (Dodgers), Milwaukee (Brewers), New York (Mets and Yankees), Oakland (A’s), San Diego (Padres), San Francisco (Giants), St. Louis (Cardinals), St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay Rays) and Washington, D.C. (Nationals).
With the 2016 collective bargaining agreement between players and owners prohibiting new MLB players from chewing and dipping, more tobacco-free stadiums only adds momentum to the national campaign to take tobacco out of baseball. Some say it’s only a matter of time before baseball becomes completely tobacco-free.
Operation Tobacco Free
The OTF initiative is focused on reaching some 8 million adult smokeless tobacco users in the US as well as an estimated 535,000 kids age 12-17 who try smokeless tobacco for the first time each year. Launched in 2015, OTF donated thousands of dollars in product and sponsorship of youth athletic and health programs in its first year.