Oct. 30, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Winter may be approaching, but don't let that stop you from sharpening your softball skills. Purdue softball is offering its annual Black & Gold Winter Camps on Jan. 5 and 6 and signups are open now.
The January 5 all-skills youth camp is open to children from kindergarten to fifth grade. The camp, which will last from 8-11 a.m., will cover all aspects of the game, including hitting fundamentals, defense (infield and outfield), pitching and catching. Attendees will need to bring their own bat and glove and wear running shoes. Catchers should bring their own catching equipment, while pitchers should bring their own catcher. Cost of the all-skills clinic is $60.
A hitting session and a defensive session also will be available for youth in grades six to 12. The hitting session, which will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m., will focus on the fundamentals of hitting, bunting, slapping and base running. All participants must bring a bat and wear tennis shoes. The defensive session, which will last from 3-5 p.m., will feature specialized skill instruction on throwing, catching infield, outfield, team defense and game situations. All participants must bring a glove and wear tennis shoes. Cost of each session is $100.
The January 6 camp is open to players grades six through 12. The cost for each of the four sessions is $100. A hitting session (9-11:30 a.m.) will offer instruction in hitting, bunting, slapping and base. Participants must bring a bat and wear tennis shoes. A defense session (noon - 2:30 p.m.) will offer instruction in throwing, catching, infield, outfield, catching, team defense and game situations. Participants must bring a glove and wear tennis shoes.
A pitching session and a catching session will be available from 3-5 p.m. The pitching session will offer instruction on pitch accuracy, balance, increasing velocity, leg drive off the mound, endurance, pitch movement and the teaching of movement pitches for those who want to learn more pitches. All pitchers must bring a catcher. The catching session will offer specialized skill instruction including blocking, framing bunt defense, communication, throwing pick and steals, reading a batter and calling your own game. All catchers must bring catching gear.
Registration for both the January 5 and 6 camps is available on purduesportcamps.com. All registration payments must be paid in-full at the time of registration. Any questions should be directed to assistant coach Stephanie DeFeo at email@example.com.