Wednesday, April 18, 2012
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, the St. John the Baptist Parish Parks and Recreation Department will hold a baseball clinic to work on basic skills and rules for children ages 5-13 participating in the 2012 summer baseball program. Field and hitting techniques, proper batting stance, base running and sliding tips will be taught. The free clinic will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at REGALA Park. Food and drinks will be provided.
Although the last day for registration was Friday, the Parks and Recreation Department will have registration applications available at the clinic for those interested in participating in this year’s baseball program. New applicants will be allowed to participate in the clinic once registered. “The baseball season will kick-off on April 28 and we want to provide our players with the opportunity to learn basic baseball techniques,” said Parks and Recreation Director Terrence Jones.
The clinic will be given by former Major League Baseball Player and local athlete, Lenney Webster who played with the Minnesota Twins. St. John Parish coaches and firefighters have also committed to work with the children at the clinic. “This is a special experience for our players to learn from a professional baseball player and prepare for the season. We anticipate a good turnout for the clinic and we look forward to a successful season,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
The Parks and Recreation Department will also hold a rules and regulations meeting with NCAA and College World Series umpire, Mark Chapman, for St. John the Baptist Parish coaches and umpires on Wednesday, April 25 at REGALA Park at 6:00 p.m. “I want everyone to be educated on the rules in preparation for the upcoming season. Having a professional umpire will bring a wealth of knowledge to our program and will be instrumental in providing the correct information to the leaders of our program,” said Jones.