The Poland All Sports Boosters will host a youth softball clinic for girls ages 7 to 14 Feb. 15 and 22 in the old gymnasium at Poland Seminary High School.
"The clinic has been for the most part a yearly event for the Poland High School softball program," said softball coach Matt Campbell. "Former head coach Reid Lamport held the youth clinic for several years during his 23 year tenure. When Coach Lamport retired at the end of the 2012 season, I became the head coach prior to the 2013 season. Last season, logistically, we just couldn't find two available weekends prior to the start of our season, to hold the event. However it was a top priority for the program to reschedule the youth clinic for this season."
The clinics will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. both days. Participants should arrive at the gymnasium no later than 8:50 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring a glove, bat, helmet, tennis shoes and water. The Poland softball players and coaching staff will conduct the clinic and will assist participants in enhancing their softball skills by participating in various drills focusing on hitting, fielding, throwing and base running.
"We hope that the clinic will benefit all of the participants in developing their skills as softball players," Campbell said. "I am sure many of the girls will be Poland residents, but non-Poland residents are welcomed to attend as well. Any time high school athletes can serve as positive role models and assist our young athletes in our community, and in the neighboring communities as well, we welcome the opportunity."
The cost is $30 per child and $20 for each additional sibling. Checks are made payable to Poland All Sports Boosters and cash will not be accepted. Participants will receive a Bulldog Softball T-shirt at the conclusion of the clinic Feb. 22.
Proceeds will benefit the Poland Bulldogs Softball program.
To obtain an application for the program, contact Matt Campbell at 330-507-1006. Applications are due by Feb. 7.
According to Campbell, he event typically draws between 25 to 75 youth and whoever takes part will come away with new skills and a fun experience.
"We hope it has a positive influence in the development of their softball skills, but more importantly we want the clinic attendees to have fun," Campbell said. "We want the youth clinic to be an enjoyable experience where they felt like they learned some things about the game of softball and that they will want to attend every year."