Rockford Thunder host April 14 softball clinic

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At about this time every year, thousands of area youth finish exchanging their winter gloves for their ball gloves. As the equipment begins to make its way from the basements and garages to the back seats and back yards, children of all ages begin to prepare for another season of recreational and competitive softball.

This year, the Rockford Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch league wants to make sure our area’s youth are better prepared than ever. The Thunder will host a spring skills clinic Saturday, April 14, at Sportscore One.

The clinic will be divided into two sessions. The session for youth ages 7-12 will start at 10 a.m. and go until 12:30 p.m. The afternoon session is for participants ages 13-18 and will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m.

The cost to attend the clinic is $45 per person. Each registered participant will receive two and a half hours of instruction from Thunder veterans Erin Evans and Kristen Zaleski, as well as former Chicago Bandit Mackenzie Vandergeest. Attendees will also get a special clinic T-shirt and a ticket to the Rock River Raptors game that evening. They will also receive a ticket to the Thunder’s double-header June 12.

Interested youth ages 7-18 can download the registration form online at or they call the team office at (815) 965-7000.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the April 11-17, 2007, issue

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