In the winter of 2023 Last Raps Baseball will be offering Pitching Clinics that will take place on Monday evenings at Kerrisdale Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, and Wednesday and Thursday evenings in West Vancouver, BC, at Caulfield Elementary School. The Pitching Clinic will be 90 minutes in duration. The clinics are specific and are for those who are aged 8 to 17 years old.
Needs for Pitching Clinic
For the pitching clinic, players are required to bring their own glove, helmet and bat as required and indoor specific shoes. It is expected that participants are dressed appropriately for baseball. Baseball pants, track pants or sweat pants are acceptable attire. Blue jeans, cargo pants, shorts are not acceptable attire. Participants need to be ready for participation in an athletic event.
Structure of the Clinic
Our fall and winter clinics have two distinct structures. The fall is dedicated to throwing and a variety of different throwing exercises and drills. Will they be the same each year? Sometimes yes, and sometimes no. The winter starts similar to the fall programming, but then evolves into flat ground pitching exercises followed by bullpen sessions.
Further Information about this clinic
Attention parents: If you choose stop reading this after the second sentence because you may think this is a negative approach, please take the time to read the article below from USA Baseball in the link provided. If you cannot play catch, you cannot play. This is the most fundamental skill of the sport of baseball.
Many people say that the most difficult thing to do in any sport is to hit a baseball. This may be true. But the challenge to throw the ball properly can be even greater for most people. From our observation of local house league games, practices that we have observed, attending the 9/10 and 11/12 district tournaments hosted on the North Shore, we believe that you can never have enough pitching and good throwers within your infield and outfield. The purpose of the clinic is to prepare players for the nest season and give them the necessary tools to play the game at a better level then where they are at today. When you are better at something, it becomes more fun for the participant.
This link has changed a number of times over time, so we have linked the USA Baseball Develops website. The title of the article is simply, “If You Cannot Catch, You Cannot Play.”
Some Questions about this clinic
Question 1: What will you be doing in the clinic besides throwing, because that sounds kind of boring? Throwing for a lot of young people can be mundane. Baseball is a sport of repetition. But it has to be good repetition.
The winter clinic will build on our throwing exercises, to flat ground pitching exercises to simulated bullpens. Participants need to bring their helmets and bats to these clinics.
Question 2: Will my child have fun in the clinic? If fun is the number one purpose for you to put your child into this clinic, this may not be the clinic for your child. Enjoyment should not always be measured in the result, but should be found in the journey along the way to the goal of being a better thrower or pitcher. We want to prepare the young athletes to not only perform the skill, but to also challenge them through adversity to make them better at the skills they are working to learn and eventually master. Participants may experience disappointment and failure at times in this clinic. Failure now will better prepare them and condition them how to handle these feelings and to be able to help them cope with situations when they do have to perform in a game setting when they may experience similar feelings.
Question 3: Will there be competition? Absolutely. If you like to compete, this is the spot for you.
Question 4: Will there be physical activity in the clinic? You bet. Running. Core exercises. Leg exercises. When we are finished, we expect that the participants hats are to be filled with sweat or we haven’t done our job.