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SUNDAY Softball Clinics: Pitching and Catching

Naturally, we recognize that the two most important positions on any softball team are the pitchers and catchers; so we are providing offseason instruction for girls playing these positions. We believe that fastpitch pitchers and catchers are made in the offseason! 


LocationEPHS Gym (8U, 10U, 12U) & EPHS Activity Center (Arctic Blast)

NOV 12 NOV 26    
DEC 10 DEC 17    
JAN 7 JAN 14 JAN 21 JAN 28
FEB 4 FEB 11    
MAR 4 MAR 18 MAR 25  


Pitchers Clinic Description:

If you are interested in becoming a fastpitch pitcher, or becoming a better one, then the EPFPA Clinics and Open Gym will help you achieve your goals. Girls will be organized by age, experience and ability to allow for more focused instruction. All pitchers must provide someone to catch their pitches. 

These sessions include professional instruction, which leads to proper mechanics, speed and accuracy. More advanced pitchers will learn the mechanics of various pitches when the instructor believes they are ready, ie- change, drop, rise and curve.

Pitcher Clinics


Age Group Clinics Location Open Gym Location
All 8U & Novice 10U 5:30-6:15pm Gym 5:15-7:00 Activity Center (Courts 3&4)
Advanced 10U & all 12U 6:15-7:00pm Gym 5:15-7:00 Activity Center (Courts 3&4)
Arctic Blast 6:00-7:30pm Activity Center    


Advanced 10U" pitchers will have pitched for at least one 10U summer season. If you are unsure where your 10U daughter should train, visit the 5:15 Clinic; when the instructor believes your daughter is ready, you will receive approval to train at the 6:00 Clinic. We reserve the right to move any girls to a different Clinic as deemed appropriate to their skill level. 

Open Gym is an opportunity for you and your daughter to continue to practice pitching without receiving instruction, subject to gym space availability. Those attending the Pitcher Clinics will be given priority of gym space; and we expect Clinics to be crowded. 

Pitching Clinician:

Ashley Walker

Ashley Walker was named the Head Softball Coach at New Prague High School in 2016.  She is a 2011 graduate of Shakopee High School where she was a 2X All-State pitcher for the Sabers and the 2011 Shakopee High School "Female Athlete of the Year".  She then attended Winona State University where she was a 4-year member of the Winona State University Warrior Softball team.  During her Warrior Softball career, she was All-Conference, All-Region, and was the National Division II Pitcher of the Week.  She was also honored as being the 2015 Winona State University "Female Athlete of the Year".

Ashley earned a degree in K-12 Physical Education/Health Education with D.A.P.E. certification.




Catchers Clinic Description:

If you are interested in learning to become a catcher, or becoming a better one, the EPFPA Catching Clinics and Open Gym will help get you there. Girls will be organized by experience and ability to allow more focused instruction.

These sessions include instruction on the key fundamentals of receiving, blocking, throwing and will also focus on conditioning drills specifically designed for the catcher. If you are a catcher but have never received any formal training, this clinic is a must. If you are a seasoned catcher, this will reinforce the fundamentals and take your catching skills to next level.

Catcher Clinics:

Age Group Clinics Location
10U & younger 5:30-6:15pm Gym
12U and older 6:15-7:00pm Gym

Open Gym will be an opportunity for catchers to catch live pitches from pitchers training at the Pitcher Clinic. 

Catching Clinicians:

Courney O'Connor

Courtney graduated from Shakopee High School in 2013. While playing for Shakopee she received All-Conference Honorable mention and All-Conference honors her senior year. After graduating in 2013, Courtney went on to play for Bemidji State University, where she was a 4 year starter behind the plate. While at Bemidji she was part of a program turn around from an 11- 31 freshman year to a 28-19 her senior year. Courtney was on pace to break the program putout record until an injury ended her senior season. She also boasted a career fielding percentage of .981. She graduated from Bemidji with a degree in Exercise Science and a Coaching Certificate. Courtney has been coaching girls fastpitch for 8 years, 3 of which were spent as a head coach.