Mansfield to hold Christmas baseball clinics

MANSFIELD – Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for your favorite baseball player?

Due to popular demand, the Mansfield University baseball program will host an expanded 18 sessions of its Christmas Baseball Clinics this year, including a mini camp option for those seeking a more intensified experience.

A long-time stocking stuffer tradition, the seven sessions are broken down into age groups of 5-6, 7-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18 are offered Dec. 27-29. Registration for all clinics will be held in Decker Gymnasium. Indoor facilities include Decker Gymnasium and Kelchner Fitness Center.

Under the direction of long-time Mountaineer head coach Harry Hillson, assistant baseball coach Andy Chalot, Mansfield High School baseball coach Matt Perry and the Mountaineer baseball team, the clinics have proven to be one of the most popular post-Christmas activities for area baseball players.

The MU baseball program has been one of the most successful in the nation in the last two decades and has earned a national reputation for hitting. Over the past 15 seasons, the Mountaineers have finished in the top 10 in hitting in NCAA Division II six times, including winning the national batting title in 1994 with a .371 team batting average. Traditionally, the Mountaineers are regarded as one of the top hitting teams in the PSAC.

The hitting clinic provides participants with one-on-one instruction, drill work and live hitting in the area’s only indoor batting cages along with drill work and videotape analysis.

The pitching clinic is designed to work on breaking down the mechanics of pitching, along with instruction, drill work, live mound work, videotape and radar gun analysis.

The mini-camp provides a full day of hitting, defense, specific position development, base running, strength and agility training as well as the mental aspects of the game.

The Elite Defensive Skills features infield, outfield or catching instruction. Each player will receive intensified instruction in basic and advanced concepts relating to their position.

There is a cost for the 3 hour clinic and the full day mini camp. Registration is available by calling Harry Hillson at 570-404-2632. Call for team rates.

You also may register on the MU baseball webpage at and click on the baseball page and then on the camp and clinic page.