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|Softball stars conduct Legacy Softball Coaches Clinic|
|News - Sports|
|Tuesday, 15 April 2008 18:28|
Two members of the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame, Richard ‘Lion Heart’ Johnson and Douglas ‘Dougie’ Smith spent last weekend on Grand Bahama working with coaches and select players at a coaches clinic sponsored Legacy.
In addition to some coaches from Grand Bahama there were also two coaches from Andros who participated in the event which covered a wide cross section in theory and practice.
Yvonne Lockhart, softball coordinator for the Legacy programme for girls said that this edition was the third one conducted by Legacy as a part of its Bahamas Telecommunications Ltd. programme to address the need for more trained coaches and more emphasis on preparing our junior and senior girls for possible educational opportunities down the road.
“Last year, in the first instance, we had the coaches and team from Indian River Community College conduct some exhaustive sessions, and then we had Richard Johnson and Edmund ‘Binks’ Bethel of Eleuthera come to continue the training exercise.
“We hope to follow-up with another session this summer, again with the coaches from Indian River Community College in Florida,” said Ms. Lockhart.
Ms. Lockhart, who is also a Bahamas Softball Federation Junior Girls National Team Coach, said that she hopes more local coaches will take advantage of these opportunities to enhance their skills when it comes to passing on the knowledge gained to the younger students in school and other leagues.
This past weekend’s event began with a classroom session at the YMCA and followed up the following day with practical sessions at St. Paul’s Playing Field.
The Legacy softball programme takes place at Grand Bahama Catholic High School playing field on Saturday mornings. Team play begins at 10:00 am and continues with games at 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.
Young girls between the ages of 7-18 who are interested in softball and are not a part of the programme can become involved by registering on Saturday mornings at the field beginning at 9:00 am.
Photo 1: Following a workout with a select group of young girls some of the coaches in the Legacy Coaching Clinic pose for a photograph. From left to right are Trudy Wilson, Richard Johnson, ‘Dougie’ Smith, Churchill Knowles-Tener, David Wallace and Donald Saunders of Andros, and Yvonne Lockhart, Legacy Softball Director and BSF National Junior Girls Coach.
Photo 2: Richard ‘Lion Heart' Johnson observes as former National Men’s Team Manager, Douglas ‘Dougie’ Smith demonstrates the mechanics in the pitching position. Looking on are some of the coaches and young girls involved in the practical session.
Photo 3: Douglas ‘Dougie’ Smith works with two young players during the practical session of the Legacy Coaches Clinic held this past weekend in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Grand Bahama coaches and two from Andros participate in the event which is a part of the Legacy Softball programme sponsored in part by Bahamas Telecommunications Company.
Photos by Grechris
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