Athletics

Amherst Instructional Clinics

The purpose of our instructional clinics is to teach individual players baseball skills and techniques.  Players will participate in small groups and will be given individual attention and instruction by college coaches.  We are looking for players who are sincerely interested in working to improve their individual baseball skills. We teach by having participants physically perform the various techniques so they can develop feel and muscle memory.

The clinics are held at the same facilities used by the Amherst College Baseball Team. 

Fall Instructional Clinic

Baseball Fall Instructional Clinic
  
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Memorial Field, Amherst College

The fall instructional clinic is designed to provide college bound players with a playing experience that will develop their skills and understanding of college baseball. Players will participate in instructional drills, agility workouts, games, live batting practice, and a general college-recruiting seminar.

The purpose of the instructional clinic is to teach baseball skills and techniques. Players will participate in small individual position groups and teams, and will receive individual attention by college coaches. This is a player participation clinic; we are looking for players who are sincerely interested in working to improve their individual baseball skills. We teach by having participants physically perform the various techniques so they can develop feel and muscle memory.

The clinic will take place at historic Memorial Field at Amherst College. The Amherst College Baseball Program played the first college baseball game in 1859 and has a storied baseball tradition. Memorial Field’s facilities make it an ideal setting for an instructional baseball clinic. In the event of inclement weather, the clinic will be held in Calvin Coolidge Cage, which is located next to Memorial Field. Built in 1905 and recently renovated, Coolidge Cage is one of the best indoor baseball facilities in New England. The facility fits a regulation size infield and multiple batting cages. Ted Williams, Johnny Sain and many other professional baseball players have used this historic facility. Players must wear sneakers (no spikes) to protect the indoor playing surface.

In past years, the instructional staff has been made up of coaches from Amherst College, Harvard University, UMass, Springfield College, University of Hartford, and Phillips Academy

Information
Location: Memorial Field, Amherst College (Coolidge Cage, in the event of inclement weather)
Times: 9 A.M. – 5 P.M (1 ½-hour lunch break)
Ages: 16-18 years old
Fee: $150 per session
Deposit: $50 - Please make check payable to "Amherst College Baseball" and send it to:

Amherst College Baseball Office
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002

Typical Schedule
9:00 - 9:30.........Registration and personal preparation (Coolidge Cage)
9:30 - 10:00.......Player warm-up / Meeting for parents (Coolidge Cage)
10:00 -12:30......Position-specific skill work
12:30 - 1:15........Lunch (provided)
1:15 - 1:45..........Talk: [General Recruiting and Admission Process]
1:45 - 2:15..........Skills Session
2:15 - 5:00.........Game

Players should wear full baseball attire and bring all personal equipment, including spikes and turf/gym shoes.

  • Report to Coolidge Cage in Alumni Gymnasium for registration. Coolidge Cage and Memorial Field are located at Amherst College, 266 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA
  • Parking near the two facilities is free

To register for the fall clinic, please fill out and submit the online registration form that can be found at:

Register for the Fall Instructional Clinic

Winter Instructional Clinic

January 13 & 15, 2014
Coolidge Cage, Amherst College

For the 22nd consecutive winter, our coaching staff and players will be conducting an instructional clinic for two different age groups. The purpose of the instructional clinic is to teach individual players baseball skills and techniques. This is a player participation clinic—there are no lectures. We are looking for players who are sincerely interested in working to improve their individual baseball skills. We teach by having participants physically perform the various techniques so they can develop feel and muscle memory.

The clinic will take place in Calvin Coolidge Cage at Amherst College. The facility fits a regulation size infield and multiple batting cages. Ted Williams, Johnny Sain and many other professional baseball players have used this historic facility. Players must wear sneakers (no spikes) to protect the indoor playing surface. Participants in the hitting session should bring their personal bat and batting helmet if they have one. There will be live hitting stations.  

Session 1 Hitting Clinic

Ages 9 - 16: Monday, January 13 (6:15 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
* Clinic will be divided into two sections for age groups 9 - 13 & 14 - 16

Session 2 Pitching & Positional Play Clinic (infield, outfield, catcher)

Ages 9 – 16: Wednesday, January 15 (6:15 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
* Clinic will be divided into two sections for age groups 9 - 13 & 14 - 16


With the younger age group (ages 9 - 13), we concentrate on basic techniques to help participants develop proper mechanics and to build their confidence. There will be competitive and fun games for the participants to use what they have learned and to challenge their skills.

With the older group (ages 14 - 16), we concentrate on individual techniques and skills they will need to master in order to compete at the college level. We will teach techniques and drills that participants can practice at home or in small groups, as well as use in game situations.

We encourage parents and coaches to attend and observe the instruction and drills. This way, parents and coaches can reinforce correct fundamentals of the player.  

To register for the winter clinic, please fill out and submit the online registration form that can be found at:

Register for the Winter Instructional Clinic

Accommodations: There are numerous hotels in the Amherst area. Many hotels in the town of Hadley are located 5-10 minutes from the Amherst College campus. Find out more about the Amherst area, including directions to campus and information about local hotels and restaurants.