DRILL IT UNTIL YOU’VE GOT IT — Participants in the Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff baseball clinic, held on March 25 at Boston Valley Elementary School, learned a series of drills to prepare them to play baseball. Photos by Leo Mrugala.
Boston Youth Baseball hosted a clinic on March 25, at Boston Valley Elementary School.
The clinic was the first of three that are being organized by League Coordinator Scott Overhoff. The clinics are taught by Buffalo School of Baseball instructors. Established in 1993, by former major leaguer Rick Lancellotti, the Buffalo School of Baseball has become Western New York’s foremost baseball instructional group.
CIRCLE UP — The boys who participated in the baseball clinic were taught by instructors who were former players, themselves.
The clinic held on March 25 was a fielding-only clinic. It was open to minors, majors and seniors. Instructors taught the individuals the basic fundamentals of fielding. The ball players had more than two hours to soak up as much knowledge as they could, from former players and instructors, who led the drills.
The last two clinics are scheduled for Saturday, April 13. There will be a rookies-only session, from 8:30 – 11 a.m. This session will cover fielding and hitting. From 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., there will be a session open to minors, majors and seniors. Pitching and hitting will be the focus of this session.
CATCH THAT BALL — Kids practiced throwing and catching, among other skills, at the clinic.
The last day to apply for these two clinics is April 6. For more information or to register, contact Scott Overhoff at 861-7160.
The clinics are being sponsored by the Trooper David C. Brinkerhoff Foundation. The foundation’s stated purpose is to provide financial assistance to Buffalo and Albany-area organizations and individuals. The foundation deals with post secondary educational purposes, scholarships, law enforcement and emergency responders, community organizations involved in youth sports and families who have a family member with special needs.
GO LOW — One clinic participant prepares to field a grounder.
“Giving back to the community that helped raise us, as kids, is our main goal,” said Foundation President Mike Brinkerhoff.
“We were actively involved in this community, when we were kids, and we know the struggles some families go through. Helping out, as much as possible, is the least we can do, in order to give back to this great community.”
READY AND WAITING — Clinic participants learned fielding skills during the day of baseball, the first of three.
The Brinkerhoff Foundation relies on community donations and fundraising events, like the Trooper Brinkerhoff 5K Run, to raise money. This year’s run will be the fifth annual event for the foundation and will be held on June 15, at Boston Town Hall.
“We are always looking for fun activities, to keep the community involved with one another,” said Brinkerhoff.
“We are working on a movie night in the park and many other events, that bring families together.”