Payson Little League softball officer Felicia Moore is urging aspiring players, 16 years and younger, to take advantage of the softball clinic to be offered Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26.
“We really want to encourage the girls of Payson to sign up for the clinic, “ she said. “This is a great opportunity to learn skills by great players.”
Former ASU players
Moore is referring to Brittney Matta and Renee Welty, both former Arizona State University softball players, who are the proud owners of championship rings from the Sun Devils’ 2008 season.
Matta enrolled at ASU as a walk-on catcher in 2006 where she red-shirted her freshman year. Her 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 assisting coach Robert Wagner working with the offense. Matta worked as the undergraduate assistant for two years until she graduated in May 2010.
Welty also 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 at ASU, she split time catching, earned the Most Inspiring Player Award for the team as well as a National Championship.
Welty 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, she is a graduate assistant with the softball team and is pursuing her master’s degree in higher and post-secondary education and leadership.
Matta and Welty, will open the clinic at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 25 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.
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.
ASU did host a softball camp in Payson two years ago, but has not held one in the Rim Country since.
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 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.