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Upcoming Summer Baseball Clinics for 2017

The following is a list of upcoming clinics that are scheduled for the summer of 2017

(We will be posting the camps and clinics for the summer of 2017 this week.)

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Completed 2017 La Jolla Youth Baseball Clinics

The following is a list of clinics that have been completed.  Thank you to the great coaches for providing your time and expert knowledge for our league!

Reggie Smith and Ryan Lehr Hitting Clinic January 28th and 29th

The Pure Swings' Reggie Smith (17 year major league player, 7 time all-star, World Series Champion) and Ryan Lehr put on a great 2-day hitting clinic January 28th and 29th exclusively for La Jolla Youth Baseball players ages 7-14.  This was a great opportunity for kids to get ready for the 2017 season by learning from two of the best hitting instructors in Southern California.

“I learned that I need to have some bend in my knees as I am swinging.  It keeps me from coming up on the ball so I have more power and can hit the low and outside pitches a lot farther” – 12 year old after attending the clinic

Click Here for More Information on Reggie and Ryan's Clinics

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7th Annual LJHS Vikings Baseball Clinic - Sunday, March 5th 10:00 AM

Who:  LJYB players in Mustang, Bronco & Pony Divisions  (9-14 years old)       

When:  Sunday, March 5th  - 10am – 12:30pm

Where:  Ronnie Spelman Field  - 1056 Nautilus Street, La Jolla CA 92037
            (Muirlands Middle School campus)

Fee:  The clinic is FREE!!  The LJHS Vikings Coaches and Players are volunteering their time.  THANK YOU VIKINGS!

What to Bring:  All players must bring their own glove, bat, helmet, baseball shoes and lots of water.

About the Clinic:  The Varsity team is led by Head Coach Gary Frank, Assistant Coaches Steve Booth, Bob Allen, Tim Biers, Bill Busch & Brett Vogler, and JV Coach Greg Volger.  For this exclusive LJYB Clinic, the Viking Coaches & Players will conduct a two-hour clinic with multiple stations and drills for small group activities with a focus on baseball fundamentals and individual instruction.  Players will work on the basics of warm-ups, throwing, fielding, base running, hitting and for the more advanced players – pitching & catching.  All participants must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. 

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Tim Tisch (Chicago White Sox) Pitching Clinic - Sunday, March 19th 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM

Tim Tisch is one of the premier pitching coaches in San Diego County.  His professional baseball career has spanned nearly two decades.  He was drafted out of Mesa College by the Chicago White Sox.  His early success included a no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals organization.  While with the White Sox Tim learned from their best pitching coaches.  Tim's passion for coaching began after his professional career ended.  He has worked with some of the elite travel ball organizations including the San Diego Saints and the Del Mar Powerhouse. Tim is currently the Varsity Pitching Coach at The Bishop's School in La Jolla.

What the Clinic Covers

  • Proper Warm up and Stretching - understand the importance of preparing to pitch with proper warm up and stretching drills
  • Developing a Training Routine - how to develop a training routine to maximize your pitching performance
  • Pitching Mechanics - covering the basics elements of every good pitching motion including common mistakes of young pitchers
  • Mound Presence - a look at the important aspects of pitching besides throwing the ball - mental attitude, pitching strategy, fielding, pick offs and more.
  • Next Steps - building a plan so that you continue to improve on the mound

Items to Bring:  Glove, Hat, Cleats

Where: Cliffridge Park - La Jolla Youth Baseball Bronco Field

Clinic Date: March 19th 4:15 PM

Clinic Fee: FREE! - Thank you Tim!!

Ages: 9-14

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Ben Grieve (1998 AL Rookie of the Year) Hitting Clinic - Sunday, March 12th 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM

La Jolla Youth Baseball has been privileged to have Ben Grieve participate as a manager in the league for the last 4 years.  Ben's Bronco team won the championship last year and he will be managing again this year.  In his nine-season major league career, he played with the Oakland Athletics (1997–2000), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001–2003), Milwaukee Brewers (2004), and Chicago Cubs (2004-2005). Ben won the 1998 American League Rookie of the Year award while playing for the Oakland Athletics.  In 2000 Ben blasted 27 HR, had 104 RBIs, and hit .279.  This promises to be one of the most exciting clinics of the year and a chance to learn from one of the best!

What the Clinic Covers

First Half

  • Hitting Approach - Ben is going to talk about the basics of hitting including having an approach and plan when you step up to the plate, bat selection, stance, swing mechanics, practice drills, etc.

Second Half 

  • Outfield Positioning - understand how to position yourself correctly for each outfield position
  • Fielding Ground balls - taking the proper angles, how to charge a ground ball, how to keep the ball from getting past
  • Catching Fly balls - getting to the ball properly, staying behind the ball, running catches 
  • Throwing from the Outfield - different types of outfield throws, charging and throwing, staying on top of your throw
  • Outfield Communication - communicating with other outfielders, infielders, terminology
  • Outfield Strategy - how to get a good jump, backing up your teammates, when to throw behind runners

Items to Bring:  Glove, Hat, Cleats, Bat

Where: Cliffridge Park - La Jolla Youth Baseball Bronco Field

Clinic Date: Sunday, March 12th 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM

Clinic Fee: FREE! - Thank you Ben!

Ages: 7-14