CORTLAND, N.Y. – Youths ages 11-18 will have the opportunity to hone their baseball skills at the 26th annual SUNY Cortland baseball clinic on Saturday, February 13.
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The clinic will run from 3-6 p.m. (registration at 2:30 p.m.) and will be conducted at Cortland's Lusk Field House, located next to the school's baseball field.
The cost for the clinic is $45 per player, and each participant will receive a t-shirt. High school teams sending six or more players will receive a special rate. This discount must be arranged ahead of time with the Cortland baseball office.
Pre-registration is recommended and can be done by e-mail to [email protected]. Information requested includes name, age, school and primary position. The clinic fee is payable at the door. Walk-ins are also welcome, if space permits. The clinic will be capped at 75 participants.
Cortland Head Coach Joe Brown and the Red Dragon players will be staffing the clinic, along with assistant coaches Nick Cenatiempo, Max Rosing, Brandon McClain, Mike Zaccardo and Shawn May.
The clinic consists of hitting stations for one hour and 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of defense specialty work, a 10-minute weight training demonstration and 25 minutes of baserunning drills. The clinic will conclude with a 15-minute infield demonstration by the Cortland players. Participants are requested to bring their own sneakers, glove, bat, baseball pants or sweats, and hat with them to the clinic, and are also encouraged to bring a snack for the break at the midway point of the clinic.
For more information on the clinic, call the Cortland baseball office at (607) 753-4950.
Cortland won the 2015 NCAA Division III title and finished the season with a school-best 45-4 record. Since 1990 the Red Dragons have been the most successful team in New York State, and one of the best in the nation, with a combined record of 892-262-4 (.772). The Red Dragons have qualified for the NCAA Div. III playoffs each of the last 23 years - the longest active streak nationally in Div. III and the fourth-longest among all NCAA divisions behind Miami (Fla.), Florida State and Cal St. Fullerton.
Cortland has made 13 Division III World Series appearances, the most by any school since the Series adopted an eight-team format in 1991. In addition to their 2015 national championship season, the Red Dragons were national runners-up in 2010 and 2005, finished third in 1997 and 1998, and placed fourth in 2007 and 2012. Since 1994, Cortland has had 10 players drafted professionally and 11 others who have signed professional free agent contracts.
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