Baseball clinic keeps kids active

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Wed., Jan. 2, 2013
While most kids were at home on vacation, this young athlete was sharpening his baseball skills at the Parks and Recreation baseball clinic. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
While most kids were at home on vacation, this young athlete was sharpening his baseball skills at the Parks and Recreation baseball clinic. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

While most kids were setting up newly-received Christmas toys and beginning to get a seriously bad case of cabin fever during their winter break from school, a group of Windsor Locks children were happily running around and hitting baseballs at the Windsor Locks Middle School gymnasium. Thanks to the town’s Parks and Recreation Department and Dave Farr, a local high school coach and well-known supporter of Windsor Locks athletes, about 30 young students were burning off steam and sharpening their ball-playing skills at the same time on Dec. 26, 27 and 28.

“The clinic serves several purposes,” said Farr. “It’s for those that love baseball and it gives them an extra opportunity to play… It gives those that want to do something during school vacation an opportunity to play.”

“We’ve never held the baseball clinic before in December,” said Farr, as kids as young as 6 years old hit balls pitched by Windsor Locks High School baseball players. Farr said that raising a little money was admittedly a smart part of the motivation to hold the clinic early, but also that “some [parents] want [their kids] to have something to do over vacation,” he said.

Parents watching the last day of the three-day clinic were pleased their kids were being active and not stuck in the house. The young athletes seemed pleased, too.

“It allows me to gain new skills,” said fifth-grader Hunter Sopelak, who also likes to play basketball and soccer.

The benefits are not all on the young kids’ side either.

Several baseball players from the high school regularly volunteer to teach the youngsters, and they get a lot out of it, too. “I like helping kids out,” said Windsor Locks High School baseball co-captain Mike Gentile. “I like helping them be a better baseball player, a better person in general.”

The upcoming clinic in February will be held during vacation week, which will be the third week of the month. To register a child, in kindergarten through fifth grade, call Parks and Recreation at 860-627-1420.

“As long as it’s alright with the Parks Department, we’ll keep doing it,” said Farr.


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