Baseball team hosts Little League coaches’ clinic
03.02.2016 | By Rob Vanya
San Jacinto College Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington and pitcher Hunter McClellan (foreground) demonstrate proper pitching techniques to Little League coaches who attended a recent coaches’ clinic. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
19 coaches representing 14 teams learn from San Jac coaches
San Jacinto College hosted a clinic for coaches of the NASA Area Little League, with the College’s baseball coaches and players giving demonstrations on proper pitching, hitting, and fielding techniques.
San Jacinto College Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington welcomed the coaches with a summary of his coaching philosophy. “Some coaches tend to guard secrets, but I prefer to freely share information,” he commented. “Baseball is a complex and demanding sport, and I believe sharing information is the key to continually improve.”
Nineteen coaches representing 14 teams attended the clinic, the first of its kind for the NASA Area Little League. Cody Corley, NASA Area Little League president and coordinator of the clinic, said the clinic proved to be extremely beneficial. “We are a non-profit organization run by volunteers,” he commented. “Most, if not all, of our coaches are parents of players and often have varying levels of baseball experience. In order to equip all our coaches with the right tools to teach proper fundamentals, run interactive, useful practices, and display sportsmanship at all times, we felt like having a professional level clinic was necessary for continued success.”
Corley said the NASA league coaches got what they hoped for, and more. “The clinic far exceeded expectations,” he remarked. “Afterwards, our coaches talked about how impressed they were that Coach Arrington, his staff, and players committed so much time to answer questions and provide demonstrations for drills and techniques that we should be teaching.”
Corley said the coaches learned tips about proper techniques, but they also heard sound advice about serving as positive mentors for young people.
“Receiving advice and instruction from college coaches on the proper way to do things means our coaches can instill fundamentals and techniques that don’t put any player in jeopardy of long-term injury,” he commented. “Also, the entire San Jacinto staff displayed a calm demeanor and spoke to us on the value of patience and setting realistic expectations for our players. It was apparent that although everyone at San Jacinto wants to win, the bigger goal is to develop players into successful young men. We believe that is exactly our job as Little League coaches, to inspire, develop, and mentor kids to become all they can be.”
San Jac began the 2016 season ranked 10th in the nation and is 10-1 through the first 11 games. For more information, please visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.