Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Although rain dampened the morning, it did not prevent the St. John the Baptist Parish sponsored baseball clinic from taking place. Thanks to the new REGALA Gymnasium, approximately seventy (70) 5-14 year olds and family members moved into the gym and continued with the clinic. “REGALA gym is a great back-up for weather conditions. It was part of our contingency plan for today and we are extremely pleased so many of our players took advantage of this teaching opportunity,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
Lenney Webster, local athlete and Former Major League Baseball Player and 1991 World Series Champion with the Minnesota Twins, was on hand as an instructor. All players received a blue or red camp t-shirt at registration before the clinic began at 9:30 a.m. Specific instruction was provided in throwing, fielding, and catching techniques. Joe Brockhoff, Former Tulane Head Baseball Coach (1974-1993) and Tulane Hall of Famer closed out the clinic by reviewing his Super 8 Hitting System. He and his wife provided instruction to players and their parents on “Stance, Coil, Stride, Drive, Contact, Extend, Extend Again, and Finish”. “We were limited on some of the things we could do; however, my main goal was to review the techniques so parents can work with the kids at home,” said Brockhoff. In addition to Webster and Brockhoff, Parish Coaches assisted with drills during the clinic and all participants and coaches received a Super 8 Hitting System handout as a practice guide. “It was a great opportunity for the kids having professionals to teach them the fundamentals of baseball. It made it exciting for them. A special thank you goes out to Lenney Webster, Coach Brockhoff, and our coaches for spending time with our players this morning,” said Terrence Jones, Director of Parks and Recreation.