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Pelham softball to host youth clinic

Published 2:54pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013

By DREW GRANTHUM/Sports Writer

PELHAM — The Pelham High School softball team will be hosting a youth softball clinic Oct. 15 from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

The clinic is open to any player from first-sixth grade, and will teach fundamentals while introducing younger players to the PHS softball program, said head coach Amy Sullivan.

“We want to (get) the high school program out there, to promote the kids, our program and our facility” she said. “(To show) how hard our kids work.”

The clinic will teach the basic fundamentals of softball, such as hitting, running, throwing and catching, and will serve as a fundraiser for the program.

With the growth of softball within the county, the coaching staff at PHS felt the need for a clinic to teach fundamentals was necessary. While due to AHSAA rules the actual varsity players for Pelham can’t participate, Sullivan said the staff at the clinic will be more than certified.

“It’s amazing how the sport has grown in the last 13 years,” she said. “We’ve got some good people coming. We’ve got (former Pelham and South Alabama standout) Christin Crocker and some former Alabama players coming to help, and we’ll have all of the Pelham coaches.”

The main objective of the camp is to teach players the fundamentals, but it isn’t the only objective, Sullivan said.
“Basically what the (goal of the) clinic is, is to have fun,” she said. “To go out and play and have fun. Sports (weren’t) created to be boring.”

The cost of the clinic is $25, and will include a T-shirt for participants. Sullivan said parents were invited to attend as well.

“Anybody’s welcome,” he said. “It helps us if people pre-register, but anybody can come. Any coaches that coach their kid’s teams can come and ask questions.”

For more information, or to register for the event, email Sullivan at asullivan@shelbyed.k12.al.us.

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