Super Skills Sunday sees softball spectacular in Trafford

Mon 16 Mar 2020

On Sunday, 8th March BaseballSoftballUK hosted a spectacular day for player development, running sessions for softballers of all ages keen to refine their skills and knowledge of the game.

First on the itinerary was a Slowpitch pitching course, lead by Great Britain pitcher David Lee and his expert assistant Yuki Ono. The pair travelled from Bristol to run the sold out course for 16 budding pitchers, ranging in level from new to the game to players with more than 10 years experience pitching, eager to up their game. The course was packed with four and a half hours of pitching techniques, advice for positioning and fielding, and how the role of pitcher fits in the game.

The afternoon stayed uncharacteristically dry for Manchester, allowing the pitchers to experience game-like conditions on Fives Trafford’s outdoor pitches. Feedback from the participants, who travelled from Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Guernsey was positive, with players leaving excited to put their new skills to practice.

Rachael from the Manchester Aces commented, “Three Aces went to perfect their pitching or at the very least improve their skills. Many thanks to BSUK for putting this course on and David Lee for passing on his expert knowledge to us willing sponges!”

The fourth of five scheduled FUNdamentals sessions started at 12:30 PM, lead by North West Coach Linni Mitchell. The session ran for an hour and a half and

 was set up for newer players eager to improve their skills with a back to basics approach – focusing on getting fundamental skills down solid. Each week, the FUNdamental participants take part in drills aimed to improve their throwing/catching techniques plus each week a specific element of the game is focused on. The first three sessions covered base-running, outfield and batting. This week, Luis Arrevillagas, Regional Development Manager and GB Men's National Slowpitch first baseman delivered a short clinic on first base, sharing his knowledge of the position, advising on technique and footwork and giving the players tips to improve their performance.

Linni Mitchell commented, “I think the players really appreciate the take-aways from this session – learning from someone with such experience will give the players an advantage over their opposition this summer. The majority of participants have played for less than a year, so highlighting the key elements of the first base position will really help most players. A big thanks to Luis for sharing his expertise.”

Finally, from 2-3 PM junior baseball and softball players age 8-14 had their weekly skills session. Attended by a mix of boys and girls, the sessions are also run by Mitchell. This week, players practiced double plays, with middle infielders focusing particularly on second base plays.

Mitchell said, “These kids are improving week by week. When we practiced these drills a few ago, they started slowly with players figuring out their roles in the play, while this week the drills ran like a well oiled machine. After a long winter indoors we are all looking forward to heading back outside next month.”

If you have children aged 8-14 who would like to join the juniors baseball and softball sessions, contact Linni via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information. Sessions are weekly on Sundays 2-3 PM and cater for all children, with no experience needed and with all equipment provided.

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