LOGAN — Registration for the Steve Johnson Elite Softball Experience 2019 Summer Skills Camp is now open.
The series of five mini-clinics will be held on Wednesday, June 18, and Thursday, June 19. The camps are open to athletes from age 10 to seniors in high school. Each session is $55 with a $20 discount available for players who sign up for four or more sessions. These clinic sessions will focus on the fundamentals of the game and provide each camper with instruction and drills to improve their game. Clinic instruction will be provided by USU softball head coach Steve Johnson and assistant coaches Laura Heberling and Jo Koons.
The Summer Skills Camp will open with the pitcher/catcher clinic on June 18, from 9-11:30 a.m. This clinic is limited to 25 pitchers and 15 catchers. Pitching instruction will focus on form, leg drive, mechanics of the fastball and change-up. Rise, drop, curve and screw pitches will be shown and grips for each will be taught. The last 20 minutes of camp, pitchers will throw to catchers to work on what they have learned.
Catching instruction will include framing, blocking, footwork for throw downs to bases, throwing from knees, giving signals, fielding bunts, retrieving wild pitches, making tags at the plate and footwork for force plays at home. In the last 20 minutes, catchers will catch pitchers to work on what they have learned.
Later that day, the hitting technique and drills clinic will run from 12:30-3 p.m. Open to 40 players, this clinic will instruct players on the proper mechanics of hitting, including stance, balance, stride, swing and follow through. In addition, participants will learn drills to use back at home to become a better hitter. Players will need to bring a helmet and bat for this segment.
The first day of the camp will conclude with the slapping clinic from 4-6:30 p.m. This clinic will help players work on the art of the left-handed short game. Players will be instructed on the drag bunt, soft slap and power slap. Athletes will also work on speed out of the box, as well as base running and stealing. The slapping clinic is limited to 25 players.
The Summer Skills Camp will continue on June 19, beginning with the infield/outfield clinic from 9-11:30 a.m. This clinic will focus on defensive skills including throwing instruction, footwork and glove mechanics for each position. Defensive strategy will also be discussed and practiced. The infield/outfield clinic is open to 25 infielders and 15 outfielders.
The final session of the Summer Skills Camp will be a hitting-for-power clinic, which will run from 12:30-3 p.m. This clinic will work on mechanics and drills that will help increase power and consistency for the hitter. The clinic will focus on several drills, all to work on improving the hitter. This camp is open to 40 participants.
Check-in for each session will open 30 minutes before the start of camp. For the pitching/catching clinic, check-in will take place inside the Laub Indoor Complex, located at the north end of campus. For both hitting clinics, the slapping clinic and the defensive clinic, registration will take place at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field located on the north end of campus.
More information about the 2019 camp season is available at aggiesoftballcamps.com. Registration can also be completed on that site.