Fast-pitch softball players in Cincinnati, Ohio, looking to improve their skills don't have far to go to find a camp or clinic. Private facilities offer year-round instruction for fast-pitch players, and local organizations hold preseason camps to prepare players for school tryouts or their league seasons. In Cincinnati, you have no excuse to enter the season unprepared.
DNA Sports Center
The DNA Sports Center (dnasportscenter.com) caters to training in multiple sports, including softball. DNA Sports holds a two-day, fast-pitch camp in March that concentrates on fundamentals for ages 8 to 14. Players also can enroll in private lessons throughout the year.
Sports of All Sorts
Sports of All Sorts (sportsofallsports.com) in Cincinnati runs a softball academy. If you join the academy, you are eligible to take part in private lessons, small-group clinics, hitting leagues and camps. You also can take unlimited swings in the batting cages with an Unlimited Hitting Club membership.
Champions Baseball Academy
About 11 miles east of Cincinnati in Milford, players will find Champions Baseball Academy (championsbaseball.net). The academy isn't just for baseball; it runs an extensive softball program, as well. Fast-pitch players can work on their hitting, fielding, pitching or catching through private lessons. The facility also puts together a select team to take part in the Cincinnati High School Fall Softball League.
Coach John Zoellner operates Coach Z (fastpitchcoachz.com), and he will schedule lessons and clinics throughout the year. Coach Z is based in Cincinnati, but he holds his lessons and clinics 15 minutes south of the city in Wilder, Kentucky. His teaching focuses on fundamental skills with an emphasis on pitching and catching. Clinics are available for youth, teen and adult softball groups.
Lakota East High School, in the northern suburb of Liberty Township, offers clinics before each season begins. The clinics are for girls of all ages to learn the fundamentals of fast-pitch softball. Players pay the registration fee at the clinic. Ross High School, in Hamilton, offers a preseason clinic each spring with specialized segments for pitchers and catchers and for general skills. High school coaches and players lead the lessons, which they tailor to specific age groups.
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