St. Marys The last three years in a row, the attendance at the annual Toronto Blue Jays clinic held in St. Marys has set a record for southern Ontario. So, instead of bursting the field at the seams, or allowing the instructor:player ratio to get too high, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame together with the Blue Jays have decided to conduct the clinic on back-to-back days, as their outstanding team of clinicians has agreed to stay overnight.
Players aged 10 & over (born in 1999 or earlier) will attend from 5:00-9:00pm on Saturday, April 25, while the youngsters aged 7-9 (born in 2000, '01 or '02) will participate from 10:00am-2:00pm on Sunday, April 26th. Both clinics will take place on Rotary Field at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Unfortunately, the General Motors sponsorship has ceased, and thus the fee for the clinic will be thirty dollars, to be paid in advance.
The participants will receive four hours of top notch instruction, along with a Blue Jays cap, a Blue Jays T-Shirt, and a free lunch.
Boys and girls, baseball or softball players, seven years and older, of all skill levels, even beginners, are encouraged to attend.
If the Blue Jays or the Hall can somehow come up with a sponsor between now and April 25th, we'll reduce the fee back to twenty dollars as it has been in the past. GM supplemented ten dollars per player for the past several years.
“If that were to be the case, anybody who registers in advance for the thirty dollars will be rebated ten dollars on the day of the clinic,” confirmed Ball Hall president & CEO Tom Valcke.
“This is an amazing opportunity for area youngsters, as this is the best team of instructors you will find in Canada, and the reason we keep increasing attendance each year is because the kids go home and tell their friends how much fun it was.”
“It is a day of positive reinforcement and fun combined with constructive improvement where the players need correction.”
Participants should dress in their uniform or comfortable clothing, and bring their own ball glove and whatever other equipment they wish. Parents are highly encouraged to please put their child's name on ALL of their equipment..
“There is nothing better than the annual full house we get in St. Marys,” says Blue Jays head clinician John Milton.
“Just like the players on our major league club, the youngsters that show up there from all over the Huron-Perth-Middlesex region are full of passion and enthusiasm.”
Due to the limited number of spots available, players must pre-register and must pre-pay by cash, cheque or credit card by dropping in or mailing the Hall's administration office located at 140 Queen St. E. Registration by phone or email or is also acceptable, as long as a credit card is given.