MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan head baseball coach Steve Jaksa and juniors William Arnold and Rick Dodridge lent their expertise at a free youth skills clinic at the NCAA Men's College World Series earlier this month.
The trio traveled to Omaha, Neb., site of the annual College World Series, to participate in the Powerade NCAA Youth Clinic. More than 300 young baseball players and their parents took part in the clinic, which was directed by a contingent of coaches and student-athletes from across the country.
The clinic, open to youth ages 8-16, is part of a community-outreach program that connects under-served populations in conjunction with select NCAA championships. CMU's representatives took part in both the Special Olympics Clinic and the Community Clinic as part of the event.
The youth clinic included drills in infield and outfield play, hitting and base running. Youth players also received educational tips on fitness, healthy lifestyles and sportsmanship from the coaches and student-athletes working in attendance.
Youth clinic participants were grouped by age and position and assigned to a student-athlete, who accompanied the youngsters throughout the drill stations. While the youth clinic focused on the fundamentals of the game, parents were invited to attend instructional sessions that covered recruiting and issues related to academics and eligibility.