March was a busy month for the Slugger coaches and players. The older Slugger players entered the spring season competing with their respective high school teams. Meanwhile, Slugger coaches conducted a Managers’ Clinic for our rec coaches. Coaches Jodi and Sean Swiatkowski coordinated the 3 hour clinic. Coach Andrea Starr, a former Slugger and North Central graduate, taught the pitching and outfield sessions. “Coach Andrea did an excellent job of providing ways we can help our rec players,” said Coach Nate Apple. Sessions included the areas of hitting, throwing, fielding grounders, and fielding fly balls.
Also in March was a hitting clinic, coordinated by Slugger Coach Dan Long. “We attempted to give all who attended the clinic, drills to do that would center on particular movements, focus, and speed of the bat,” said Coach Dan. 15 Slugger coaches and several Slugger players participated in the event. Two sessions, each going for 90 minutes, were held at the Slugger Training Center for National Champions.
Finally, our Rec Tournaments Teams were able to use the Slugger Training Center for hitting practice. Coach Blake began the 2 hour session by presenting information to his parents and players. After warmups, the 14u team broke into groups and worked on various hitting skills. “My favorite drill was the speed drill, where I had to rapidly swing and hit 20 balls in a row. I was so quick that Coach Hill had to come and do the throwing. He hates to lose,” said TT player Ryan. Several players liked the bunting challenge, where players tried to bunt balls into target buckets. “Cianna and I had a great deal of fun at the practice, especially with doing all those pushups!” said Lily. After the 14’s completed their practice, the 10u Tournament Team began their practice. They, too went over several drills for hitting. Coaches were able to use the facility for 2 Saturdays.
April will begin the spring season with the Sluggers conducting players’ clinics the first week in April. After that, outdoor season begins for the younger teams. Hopefully the weather makes outdoor play happen.