Clinic prepares juniors for softball season

SOUTHERN Districts Softball Association resumes its summer competition on Saturday, February 1, at Jacquie Osmond Softball Centre, Warwick Farm.

Association public relations officer Rae Knapp said they had 48 teams this season with 500 registered players.

A play ball clinic for juniors aged seven to 14 was recently run by the NSW Men's under-19s team at Jacquie Osmond Softball Centre.

This clinic is an annual event run by the association to help teach juniors basic skills such as batting, pitching, fielding and throwing, from the state's best players and coaches.

Knapp said there were now 50 juniors at the clinic. Southern Districts Softball Association has several members in the NSW Men's under-19s team, including captain Hayden Mathews, vice-captain Kieran O'Leary and vice-captain Mason Rossi.

Mathews said it was good to see juniors coming through the local association where he started playing.

He said the association had produced many talented softballers.

"I started playing softball when I was three," Mathews, 17, said.

Kenneth Wallis-Sutton, 13, said he enjoyed the clinic and loved playing softball.

Details: sdsa.softball.org.au.

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