Ex-Devils Host Softball Clinic

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A pair of former Arizona State University softball players who are the proud owners of championship rings from the Sun Devils’ 2008 season will be in Payson June 25 and 26 to host a youth skills clinic.

The two former Sun Devils, Brittney Matta and Renee Welty, will open the clinic at 9 a.m. with a coaches orientation of about 30 minutes and continue with two practice sessions.

Payson Little League minor division players are scheduled to practice 8 a.m. to noon and major division players train from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Both sessions are at Rumsey Park.

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Two former ASU Sun Devils softball stars are coming to Payson to train young players at a clinic to be held June 25 and 26 at Rumsey Park. Brittney Matta and Renee Welty will coach campers on the basics of fielding, throwing, base running, sliding, position play, fly balls, ground balls and tag plays.

Local Little League official Felica Moore stresses that the clinic is being sponsored by Payson Little League Softball Division and while both Matta and Welty once played for ASU, the camp is not associated with the university.

Registration fee is $75 per player, which Moore calls “a great deal for the girls; normally something like this would cost $250.”

A special one-hour session for pitching instruction will be available for an additional $30.

Moore stresses that all campers should bring with them to their designated session their personal softball equipment, including gloves, bats, helmets and closed toed shoes.

Also campers should have water and/or sports drinks to stay hydrated.

Camp curriculum will include basics on fielding, throwing, base running, sliding, position play, fly balls, ground balls and tag plays.

Following the final sessions on Saturday, the former Sun Devils “will stick around to answer any questions as well as take pictures with the girls and sign autographs.”

To register for the camp or for more information, call Moore at (928) 476-5440 or Tara Fuller at (928) 595-0737.

The coaches

So, just who are these two former Sun Devils coming to Payson to train young players?

A check of their biographies reveals the pair are seasoned veterans with coaching aspirations.

Here are their biographies from ASU:

“Brittney Matta entered ASU as a walk- on catcher in 2006 where she red-shirted her freshman year. Sophomore year she won a National Championship with Arizona State Softball. After her sophomore year she went through a knee injury and decided on becoming an undergraduate assistant for the team.

“She spent most of her time underneath Coach Robert Wagner working with the offense. She acted as the undergraduate assistant for two years until she graduated in May 2010 with her degree in criminal justice. Brittney then became a graduate assistant and is currently working on her master’s in higher and post-secondary education.

“She is looking forward to winning another National Championship as a staff member and her career goal is to become a Division 1 softball coach.”

“Renee Welty walked on to the ASU softball team after transferring from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, where she was All-American, All-Conference, and Catcher of the Year for NJCAA in 2007. In 2008, the year she walked on, she split time catching, earned the Most Inspiring Player Award for the team as well as a National Championship.

“Renee finished her playing career in May of 2009 with a Pac 10 Player of the Week award and a degree in business and communications. Currently, Renee is a graduate assistant with the softball team and is pursuing her master’s in higher and post-secondary education and leadership.

“She works directly under Coach Clint Myers and Volunteer Coach Casey Myers, working with offense and defense. She, too, is looking forward to another National Championship as a staff member.

“Her goal is to give back to the game by teaching young softball players the skills and techniques to be successful.”

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