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

Michele Smith talks clinic attendees through a drill.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – U.S. Olympic Softball Gold-medallist Michele Smith teamed up with Little League on March 13, 2004, to provide a clinic for Little League Softball managers and coaches at the Little League Southern Region Headquarters Complex in Ste. Petersburg, Fla.

The event covered training tips, skills, drills and more as Ms. Smith shared 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.

Each coach and manager attending received a 2004 Little League Softball Rule Book, as well as a clinic outline developed by Ms. Smith. Clinic attendees brought their own bats and gloves, as Michele encouraged participation during the course.

Michele Smith's two Olympic Softball Gold Medals caught the eye of those who attended.

“The individual attention is what I liked the most,” said one clinic attendee. “She knew how to teach all the coaches in a way everyone could understand. I would recommend it to anyone at any level of play.”

Little League is planning on offering more of these clinics at various locations in the future. Check back often at www.littleleague.org for more information.

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.