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U.S. Olympic Softball Pitcher Michele Smith to Provide Little League Softball Coaching Clinic

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2004) – U.S. Olympic Softball Gold-medalist Michele Smith has teamed up with Little League to provide a one-day clinic for Little League Softball managers and coaches at the Little League Southern Region Headquarters Complex.

The March 13 clinic, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will cover training tips, skills, drills and more as Ms. Smith shares her experiences as a top pitcher for the U.S. Olympic Softball Team. Ms. Smith helped Team USA to back-to-back gold medals in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

The Southern Region Headquarters is located at 658 58th Street South, St. Petersburg, Fla., 33707.

Each coach and manager attending will receive a 2004 Little League Softball Rule Book, as well as a clinic outline developed by Ms. Smith. Clinic attendees should bring a glove and bat, as she encourages participation during the course.

“We’ve received requests from volunteers about this type of training in the past couple of years,” said Steve Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball. “If the response is as enthusiastic as we expect, Little League will consider offering similar clinics in other areas of the country.”

The registration fee is $20, which includes all training materials, and lunch. For more information on how to sign up, download the form here, or call the Little League Southern Region Headquarters at 727-344-2661.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program with nearly 2.7 million participants and 1 million volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and scores of other countries. Nearly 400,000 of Little League participants are girls playing in the various levels of Little League Softball.