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Softball clinic at Norway

'Yoda' Doug Gillis to work with coaches, parents and players

December 8, 2012
The Daily News

NORWAY - Michigan native Doug Gillis, called the "Yoda of pitching" by one Division 1 player, will conduct softball clinics for coaches and players Friday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 29, at Norway High School.

Instructional coaches clinic covering pitching and hitting will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 28. Parents are also welcome to attend.

For the players, open to all ages, sessions are slated for 10 a.m. to noon (hitting) and 12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (pitching) on Dec. 29. Clinics cost $50 for coaches; $40 apiece for the hitting and pitching or $60 combined.

Gillis, a six-time member of Team USA, serves as pitching consultant at the University of Missouri.

"I've run into a lot of good pitching coaches and there are a lot of them out there, but we feel like Doug is by far and away the best guy, not just in the United States, but in the world," said Missouri softball head coach Ehren Earleywine.

Pitchers can also sign up for an "iLesson" where Gillis will film a private mini pitching session. Cost is $25.

"Pitching style, pitching mechanics is very important," said Gillis, lead pitching instructor for the International Softball Congress. "Pitching mechanics takes a lot of time to learn."

For more information or a registration form, contact Scott Conery at



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