Monday, March 30, 2009 |14:41 |Age: 5 yrs
ISG Baseball Coaches' Clinic in Germany, January 16-18, 2009
Louisville Slugger, Diamond Sports, Easton Sports and Major League Baseball
For the 7th straight year, ISG clinicians staged a clinic in Germany. The year, the clinic was again held at the T-Mobile Hotel and Training Center in Darmstadt (near Frankfurt) under the auspices of the German Baseball Federation. The first five years the clinic was sponsored by the Bavarian Baseball Federation.
The clinic featured Kirk Champion, minor league pitching coordinator for the Chicago White Sox, Dana Cavalea, Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New York Yankees, Greg Frady, German National Team Coach and the head coach at Georgia State University, and team leader, Tom O’Connell.
Cavalea brought two of his business associates with him and together they led the German coaches in attendance through a series of drills and exercises designed to show them how to make maximum use of muscular efficiency in their baseball movements. The coaches were invited to become active participants in the drills and many were huffing, puffing and sweating when sessions ended!
Champion’s down to earth teaching style imparted information that most coaches could use immediately to help prepare their pitchers. He exhibited an excellent grasp of the problems most European coaches face and gave them simple drills that they could use without having to get a Masters Degree in pitching.
O’Connell and Frady combined forces for a couple “dueling-coaches” sessions looking at the pros and cons of situational baseball and the running game.
About 45 baseball coaches were in attendance for most sessions, but when Cavalea presented, softball coaches also joined the audience bringing the total to 80. Several major German and Dutch sporting goods dealers exhibited a variety of equipment from baseball and softball gear and uniforms to equipment for umpires. A representative of CEB (Confederation of European Baseball Federations) was also in attendance as well as local politicians.
The German Federation chooses to run an all-encompassing clinic and also offered certification classes for scorekeepers, umpires and club officials. Besides the baseball presentations, coaches also heard from insurance representatives and an auto/van leasing firm.