Since August, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Recreation Department has hosted a free girls’ fast-pitch softball clinic at the Salt River Recreation Football Field. The clinic has attracted approximately 15 participants and will run into October or until further notice. The clinic is open to girls ages 8 to 12.
The head softball coach is Community member and softball player Priscilla “Beanie” Jay.
“She teaches the young girls the fundamentals of softball. They are starting from the beginning. A lot of the girls know of the game, but they don’t really know the specifics of the game,” said Recreation Coordinator II Marla James. “Priscilla is teaching them basics so that they can take what they learned here and [use it] in case they get on a softball team later on. She’s showing them the step-by-step fundamentals.”
Aside from learning the basics of softball, Jay also incorporates the O’odham language. She teaches the girls to how to count, different softball chants, and how to greet each other. She also teaches the girls softball lingo.
Athletic Recreation Leader and parent Antonio Andrews has two girls participating in the clinic, Alexis and Celia Andrews.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen girls’ fast-pitch, so it’s an amazing outcome,” Andrews said. “They should’ve been doing this a long time ago. So for the girls to learn fundamentals that they never knew, and they’re having fun, it’s really good. For Beanie to come out and teach what she knows, for her to give back to the Community, it’s wonderful.”
“This is my daughter’s first time ever playing softball, and she likes it. I also like how Beanie teaches them O’odham and how she’s really good with the kids. Beanie is a good coach. The kids like the clinic and they’ve all been coming back,” said Dawn Sinoqui, mother of participant Kerstin Johnson.
“The girls are really improving from what I’ve been seeing. Some of them are still having problems, but this is just a clinic to get them to learn the game of softball. A lot of the girls out here are Community members and they enjoy it. I think it’s a really great clinic that she’s doing,” added James.
The Girls’ Fast-Pitch Softball Clinic is held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Salt River Recreation Football Field. They are still inviting girls ages 8 to 12 who want to learn the fundamentals of softball in a fun environment.
For more information about the fast-pitch softball clinic, call Athletics Program Supervisor Michael Douglas at (480) 362-5770 or call the Salt River Recreation Department at (480) 362-6360.