Park district plans winter hitting clinic

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

The Washington Park District will host the Panther Winter Hitting Clinic for fifth through eighth grade Central Illinois baseball players. 

Participants in this year’s clinic will attend four one-hour sessions: 9 a.m. Jan. 24; 1 p.m. Jan. 25; 9 a.m. Feb. 7; and 1 p.m. and Feb. 8. 

This is a hitting-only clinic with all time devoted to the necessary fundamentals of hitting a baseball.

“I’m very excited about what we are going to offer,” said instructor Lance Escue.  “There are some choices out there for baseball players looking for winter camps. We are doing some unique things with our clinic, things like offering video swing analysis.”

The clinic also will include a parent instructional session for those who wish to attend.

“I work with a lot of kids, and some of those kids I spend a lot of time with. However, parents are the ones that are with them the most, watching them hit off the tee in the garage during the winter, watching them at ballgames.

“If I can get parents to understand and embrace proper hitting fundamentals, then there is always a ‘swing doctor’ on site. Ultimately though, the intent is for the player to become

his own swing doctor. I also discuss how summer baseball works when you get older and into high school, and what things a player should be doing once he is in high school if he is interested in playing baseball in college.

“Another thing that sets our clinic apart is that we keep our numbers down so there is a lot of individual attention and we use baseballs, not Wiffle balls or tennis balls.” 

This year’s hitting clinic will be limited to the first 16 players who sign up. The cost is $75.  

To enroll or for further information call the park district at 444-9413.