Winter Skills Clinic
Session 1: 8:00AM - 9:45AM
Session 2: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Session 1 Cost: Pitchers & Catcher $60
Session 2 Cost: Offense & Defense $70
Both sessions for $110
Location: Lund Gym (located on the north side of campus in the Lund building)
Prices include a Gustavus Softball T-Shirt
Session 1: In this session, athletes will have the opportunity to work with the Gustavus Head Coach and pitching coach, Britt Stewart and current pitchers on proper fundamentals necessary for success on the mound. We will develop better form through emphasis on the powerline, leg drive, spin, arm circle and timing. Athletes will also learn new drills to help them improve their pitching on a daily basis to start building muscle memory and a pitching routine. This hour and forty-five will fly by as we learn new drills and spend time with the current pitching staff. In this session, we will also review the mentality of a pitcher and what it takes to become great.
The catching portion of the camp will be run by assistant coach, Kyhl Thomson and current Gustie catchers. Catchers will learn how to block, frame, receive and transfer the ball, throw downs, and positioning. They will also work on leadership behind the plate and the mentality to work with your pitchers. Catchers will also learn new drills to help them improve their fundamentals and have fun while doing so! The second half of this session, catchers will catch live and get to work on skills that they have learned with positive feedback.
Session 2: Session two will consist of both offense and defensive work. We will teach athletes our hitting progression and philosophy. Then, current Gusties will work with athletes on different hitting drills through stations. We will also discuss our hitting mentalities and work on the mental approach at the plate. In addition to getting to improve their offensive skills, campers will also have an opportunity to expand their defensive knowledge. We will touch on the fundamentals and work through drills to help each athlete improve their throwing and fielding mechanics both in the outfield and infield. We will also use this time to work on agility and communication on the field. Our hope is that all athletes learn one new thing in this afternoon of fun.
Note: There will be a small break in which athletes can grab a snack in between sessions.
Equipment Needed: Pitchers please provide your own catcher. If you are attending session 1 as a catcher, please bring your own gear. We will be blocking and using this for all of session one. Other gear needed for session two: bat, tennis shoes, glove, helmet, batting gloves, water bottle.