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Feb, 2018

University of San Diego baseball team hosts over 300 PONY players for President's Day Clinic

La Jolla Youth Baseball board member Tyler Lawton said the one thing that really stood out at the University of San Diego's President's Day Clinic for local PONY leagues was the number of smiling faces. Lawton, one of the event's organizers, said when the USD players saw that more than 300 kids had come to learn baseball from them, their smiles were almost as wide as the kids' smiles. To say the kids were excited, as they walked out on to the lush grass of Fowler Park and got to stand side-by-side with Torero players, would be an understatement. Joining in the excitement were the hundreds of parents who braved the unseasonably cool weather while sitting in the stands watching as their kids ran from station to station.

The clinic consisted of 12 different stations that covered every aspect of the game, from pitching to catching to fielding, hitting and even diving catches! All the while, clinic organizers Rich Hill (USD head coach) and Mike Ramazzotti (USD assistant coach) used a wireless microphone to spontaneously interview the kids while upbeat music played over the Fowler Park loud speakers. 

Coach Hill wrapped up the clinic by giving the participants a very motivating speech about what it takes to be a good teammate and why it is so important. He used a stack of nickels to show a good strong team and then showed a bent nickel to the captive audience that ranged in ages from seven to 14. The bent nickel represented the teammate that wasn’t a good teammate. Coach Hill ended the clinic by giving each of the 300+ kids a shiny new nickel and encouraged them to be good teammates in sports and in life.

Coach Hill will be the main speaker at Opening Day for La Jolla Youth Baseball this Saturday, with festivities starting at noon.

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