The Marietta College girls softball staff will be offering its annual winter softball clinic on Sunday January 12th and although pitching will continue to be the main focus, participants will also get a taste of the conditioning that the Pioneer players undergo to maximize their performance.
This year's participants will be introduced to the Pioneer Softball Strength and Conditioning Program featuring Pioneer assistant coach Mike Sigmund along with current Pioneer players.
Sigmund will take area freshman through seniors through a conditioning workout consisting of dynamic warm up, running mechanics, speed and agility circuit, as well as the Pioneer Strength program.
"Mike (Sigmund) does a tremendous job of getting our team conditioned and this clinic will be similar to the ones our players do," said Pioneer head coach Jeannie Arbuckle. "It will be a good chance to show them what is expected of them at the next level."
The annual clinic has been a winter mainstay for more than 15 years and as always the 2014 version will be very beneficial to local pitchers both beginners and experienced.
"Our pitching coach Jenn Castle will conduct the pitching clinics with help from our current pitchers and catchers," said Arbuckle. "She does an amazing job with kids of all levels of experience. She is an outstanding teacher."
The pitching sessions will be split into three categories.
Session I is for beginning pitchers and is designed to introduce the windmill pitching motion. This session is intended for those who are just starting out with little or no pitching experience.
Session II is for intermediate pitchers and will review the windmill motion as well as help the pitcher gain velocity on their fastball.
Session III is for advanced hurlers who have mastered basic mechanics and already have good command on their fastball.
Among pitches to be covered in the final session are the change-up, curve ball, drop and rise balls.
"It's a great opportunity for local pitchers to gain extra instruction and coaching," said Arbuckle.
In addition to the instruction gained by the local talent that elect to participate in the clinic it also gives Arbuckle and her staff a chance to get a first hand look at some up and coming local talent.
"We always look forward to seeing the local players and getting to show them a taste of what it takes to play at the next level," said Arbuckle.
"Its a good opportunity and a win-win situation for all of us."
The clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last through 2:30 p.m.
Area players interested in participating should register in advance by calling Arbuckle at 376-4668 or by visiting the Marietta College Athletic web site (www.marietta.pioneers.edu) to print off a clinic brochure.