LEARNING the BASICS


First Posted: 4/8/2012

Girls between the ages of 7 and 14 had the opportunity to learn and practice fundamentals of softball while being instructed by members of the two-time district championship Dallas High School softball team and coaching staff at a developmental clinic held at the Dallas Middle School gymnasium.

The focus of the offensive portion of the clinic was to teach the basic hitting technique of fast-pitch softball with an emphasis on compact swing and bat speed. Players learned the fundamental of bunting and the short game.

On the defensive side, players learned the basic fundamentals of correctly throwing and fielding the ball.

In the pitching division, players were instructed through proper mechanics of windmill-style pitching. They were taught the fastball and other pitches dictated by their skill level as they were divided into groups and taught accordingly.

The clinic was conducted by Joyce Tinner, head coach at Dallas since 1997, who has taken the Lady Mountaineers to vie District II finals, coming away with back-to-back district championships in 2008 and 2009, along with a state final tour in 2007. Tinner graduated from Dallas in 1988 and Penn State in 1993 and was a four-year starter at second base. She was a Northeast All-American in 1991 and 1992.

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