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Story published: 03-06-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Baseball clinic for ages 7-12 this Saturday

The annual Johnson County baseball clinic will be held this Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 AM at the Johnson County High School baseball field. Open to children ages 7 through 12, the event provides a unique opportunity for young fans who are interested in learning more about the sport. Participants will be rotated through several stations giving them valuable practice pitching, hitting, base running, working on infield defense, outfield defense, and in the catching position.  Coach Nicholas Perkins, who has been one of the key organizers for the past few years, commented on the clinic’s may benefits, both for the children and for the members of the Longhorn Baseball team, who serve as mentors.

“The privilege of running baseball clinics for young players in Johnson County has been a blessing to me,” Perkins said. “It allows them to learn the fundamental principles of the game and have a great time doing so. The clinic allows young players and their families to see our ballpark and facilities, and allows our JCHS players to feel a sense of giving back to the game and the community.  On top of all of this, it does serve as a beneficial fundraiser for JCHS Baseball.”

As a fundraiser the cost to enroll is $20, and goes to support the Johnson County High School baseball program. In addition to the various stations the kids will play, catch and stretch with the JCHS baseball club, who will be in full uniform. The Longhorn coaching staff along with several special guest instructors will also be on hand to work with the players and provide invaluable lessons about the sport.

Along with the activities, each child will receive pizza courtesy of Teammates Pizza, and for those who sign up before the day of the clinic, and for as long as supplies last on the day of the event, a Johnson County Longhorns Baseball t-shirt courtesy of True Value Hardware. 

For first time players, clinics like these can be an open door into the world of baseball, while even those returning to the game can begin to learn some of the valuable tools they need to get the upper hand on the competition. Even more importantly, the kids get the opportunity to learn alongside players who were once in their shoes. Anyone who is interested in baseball is encouraged to participate in the clinic and applications can be picked up directly at the high school.