Spots Remain Open for ISU Softball Winter Clinics
The Redbird Softball coaching staff will provide instruction at each clinic
The Redbird Softball coaching staff will provide instruction at each clinic

Nov. 29, 2007

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head softball coach Melinda Fischer and her staff still have spots open for their upcoming winter hitting, pitching and development clinics. Interested clinic participants can find downloadable forms for each clinic by clicking on the camps link on the left sidebar of the front page of, or by clicking on the links in the table directly below.


Each hitting and pitching clinic will be conducted Sunday, Dec. 16, with instruction to be given by Fischer, as well as ISU softball assistant coaches Tina Kramos and Bill Kennedy. The trio of coaches has a combined 56 years of coaching experience between them, with Fischer having led the Redbird softball team as its head coach for the past 23 years. All clinic participants will receive a camp T-shirt, while lunch will be provided for those who register for both the hitting and pitching clinics.

The Redbird Development Clinic will take place Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, and will help campers develop the fundamental skills necessary to be a successful softball player. Clinic participants will be under the tutelage of Fischer and her assistant coaches, as well as volunteer assistant coach Bill Dickson, the ISU softball team and select Redbird softball alumni. All participants will receive a camp T-shirt, along with lunch.

The hitting and pitching clinics will be split into four separate sessions, each taking place Dec. 16, inside Horton Field House on the Illinois State campus. A hitting clinic for participants in grades six through eight will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a pitching clinic for participants in the same age group from 1-4 p.m. A pitching clinic for high school-age softball players will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a hitting clinic for that same age group from 1-4 p.m.

Cost for participation in one of the hitting/pitching clinics is $100 per clinic, or $180 for both clinics. The deadline to register for either the hitting or pitching clinics is Dec. 7.

The Redbird Development Clinic will be an all-day camp for participants in eighth grade or younger. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, inside Horton Field House, and will be followed by various instructional sessions throughout the day. The clinic will conclude at 4 p.m.

The Redbird Development Clinic costs just $70, but is limited to 150 participants. The registration deadline for the clinic is Jan. 16, 2008.

For more information on any of the upcoming Illinois State softball winter clinics, please contact softball secretary Laurie Retzer at 309/438.3633, or by e-mail at

High school softball players interested in participating in the Redbird Softball winter hitting and/or pitching clinics are urged to contact Retzer as soon as possible, as no more than two high school players from the same high school are allowed to participate in the clinic, per Illinois High School Association rules. Available clinic spots for high school players are filling fast.