Softball to host Elementary & Secondary Academies starting Nov. 3

Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern State Softball program will host both Elementary and Secondary Academies this winter for grades 1-12. The Elementary academy will be for players in grades 1-7, while the Secondary academy will be for players in grades 8-12. Elementary academy dates will be on November 3, 10, 17 and 24, while Secondary Academy dates will be on December 1, 15, 22 and 29.

The Missouri Southern State University Softball Academy wil give student athletes the opportunity to develop their hitting, pitching or catching skills in a cost effective manner. Players will receive instruction on the skill of power hitting and bunting. The Hitting instruction will be led by Missouri Southern State University head coach, Bill Gray. Pitchers will be instructed in leg drive, arm speed, wrist snap and total pitch development. Pitching instruction will be led by assistant MSSU coach Nicole Hudson. Catchers will be instructed on framing, blocking and throwing skills. Instruction will be led by members of the MSSU softball team.

Elementary Academy: The Elementary Academy is for all softball players in grades 1-7. The one-hour sessions will break down the basic skills of hitting, pitching or catching. Hitters will learn the importance of stance, balance and swing mechanics. Pitchers will work on generating power and accuracy. Catching will emphasize blocking, framing and throw downs.

Secondary Academy: The Secondary Academy is for all softball players in grades 8-12. No exceptions will be made. The one-hour sessions will break down the skill of hitting from stance, balance and swing mechanics at a more competitive level. The high school athlete will be given instruction on the intricacies of the skill of hitting including: hitting to the opposite field, hitting for power versus average, and the understanding of having a strategy before stepping into the batter's box. Pitching will emphasize the movement of the four primary pitches in the game of fastpitch. Emphasis will also be placed on change of speed. Catching will emphasize blocking, framing, throw downs and keys to calling a game from behind the plate.

Each of the four dates will feature three one-hour sessions of hitting and pitching starting at 1, 2 & 3 p.m. In addition, there will be two one-hour catching sessions at 1 and 2 p.m. Players may participate in one hitting, one pitching and one catching session per week. Each session costs $20. Players that sign up for the whole-four week session will receive a $10 discount, while players that sign up for multiple sessions in one day will receive a $5 discount. Each session is limited to 12 players per session to insure individual attention.

To register, visit  Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 28 for Elementary Academy and at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 24 for Secondary Academy.