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April 27th, 2009
April 27th, 2009

SMSA Hosts its 5th Annual SFU Softball Clinic

The Sechelt Minor Softball Association hosted its 5th annual Softball Clinic
with Simon Fraser Head Coach Mike Renney and his SFU Clan Women´s National Fastpitch varsity athletes. The 3 day clinic was open to all youth on the
Sunshine Coast ages 11-18 and we had a record turnout with 113 registered.
The generous donations from our community sponsors allowed us to subsidize
85% of the cost for our youth.
 
This year we held a free 3 hour introductory session for youth ages 5-10 years to teach them some basic softball fundamentals. SMSA President Sid Quinn said "for some of these kids it is their first opportunity to participate in this type of training and the SFU instructors kept it simple and fun and put smiles on their faces."
 
Mike Renney and his team provided instruction to the older athletes by breaking down the techniques and providing drills for pitching, hitting,catching, throwing, base running, bunting and made it enjoyable for all of our athletes. SFU catcher Meahgan Cumpstone has been coming here to instruct since it started in 2005 when we only had 34 participants. Unfortunately,this will be her last year as she is completing her studies and will be over-age to play on the SFU team. Quinn said "our athletes from the coast and SFU team have created a real bond over the years as many of the girls return and everyone is excited to be reunited and spend the weekend learning new skills and getting refreshers."  One of the aspects of the clinic is promoting the importance of higher education to our young athletes.
 
To show our appreciation the SMSA Directors hosted a banquet for our sponsors with the SFU team at the Seaside Centre.  We also presented the SFU team members a souvenir that symbolizes our area. The team members introduced themselves and gave a history of their road to making the SFU team, and their coach followed by providing some background on his recruiting of the players.  After dinner and the presentations we finished the evening with some interactive games with the Directors, Sponsors and SFU  team. Our hats go off to everyone who helps to bring this high level coaching to our youth on the Sunshine Coast.

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