Learning from the pros

The Cayman Islands Little League opened their season with a professionally organised three-day training camp operated by the Chicago White Sox Training Academy.

The academy sent seven of their top coaches and scouts, some of whom are former Major League professional ball players, to hold the camp at the Field of Dreams.

In three days of intense, top quality training, the 70 participants, aged six to 16, were taught drills, batting stances, throwing techniques and other things.

The coaches also held a two hour coaches clinic for the parents/coaches of the Little League programme.

The three-day camp ended with a skills competition for each age group.

The winners of the event were Zachary Scott, Kyle Frasier, Tyler Lee and Justin Wright, who have been invited to Chicago in September to represent the Cayman Islands in a skills competition.

The competition will take place at Cellular Field, the home field of the 2005 World Series champions Chicago White Sox.

The coaches were impressed with the talent they saw in Cayman and the academy has already invited some of the players to take part in showcase games to compete for scholarships and college placements abroad.

Coaches commented that Cayman had the advantage of a good climate all year round so there was no reason why the country should not produce a Major League player one day.

The league extends a special thank you to Caren Wright and Stuart Knox for organising the event and to Cayman Airways, Comfort Suites, Bank of Butterfield, Pizza Hut, Progressive Distributors, Fosters Food Fair, Avis, Hard Rock Café and Too Hot.