Sechelt Minor Softball

girls and boys ages 5-19

May 7th, 2009
May 7th, 2009

Super Skills Shown at SFU Clinic

*Story appeared in the May 1, 2009 edition of Coast Reporter
* Reproduced with permission of and courtesy of Coast Reporter, IAN JACQUES, EDITOR
Sechelt Minor Softball and the Simon Fraser University Clan women´s softball
team put on their fifth annual skills clinic at Kinnikinnick Park last weekend.

Sechelt Minor Ball hit a home run last weekend with their fifth annual Simon Fraser University (SFU) softball clinic. A total of 113 players, ranging in age from 11 to 18, took advance of the sunny weather to hit the fields at Kinnikinnick Park to learn from the SFU women´s softball team and coach Mike Renney, now in his 12th season with the squad. The clinic started on Friday night with a free, introductory session for players 10 and under. Sechelt Minor Softball president Sid Quinn said the new addition to the weekend clinic was a huge hit with the younger players. “It´s awesome. We´re up a bit from last year and it´s great that we still have the enthusiasm from all the kids, parents and coaches. It´s great that SFU is here they´re like celebrities when they come to the Coast,” said Quinn. “This is a great sport for our youth. Our whole mission is to promote an active lifestyle with mentorship with adults and other kids to enjoy the game of softball. It keep the kids active and that is such a big thing nowadays with computers and video games.” Another clinic for 10 and younger players is set for May 9. Details can be found at Quinn added that he has seen a huge improvement in the players´ abilities who attend the clinic. “This clinic helps make the ball more exciting,” said Quinn. “It helps the players develop their techniques and skills to create a foundation to make them better players. It´s a real good feeling seeing the kids having fun and learning the sport from some of the best.” Renney said he´s happy to be involved and the weekend is now a big part of their season. “Having an opportunity to come back over the years has been a fun experience for us,” said Renney. “We we´re a little concerned this year because of our post-season schedule. We´ll go home Sunday night and be on a 6 a.m. flight to Georgia on Monday for our  playoff qualifier. Our girls just finished exams and the spring semester, so it´s a bit of break, but it´s also an opportunity to put the books aside and give backto the community.”

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