White Sox return to boost dreams

Little Leaguers always get excited at this time of the year with the annual visit of the Chicago White Sox coaches.

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Kids train with White Sox. Photo: Ron Shillingford

It will be the fifth year running that the pros come for the weekend camp at the Field of Dreams.

The Chicago White Sox Training Academy is again sending a mixture of coaches, trainers and marketing executives while running a pre-season camp for local Little Leaguers.

This year’s enhancement is a free coaches clinic, offered to all, experienced or interested first-timers. It is tomorrow from 6-8pm at the Field of Dreams.

Coming from Chicago are Michael Huff, former MLB player (White Sox, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Indians) who is the current Vice-President of Sports at the Bulls/Sox Academy overseeing all sports for the company who run over 450 camps annually for boys and girls in basketball, fastpitch and baseball.

Other White Sox personnel include Dan Schaffer, Coordinator of Player Development, Travis Kerber, White Sox Academy Director – Tinley Park and Phil Fox, White Sox Academy Director – LaGrange.

The camp is on Saturday and Sunday 15-17 January, with start times of 4pm, 8:30am and 3pm respectively.

Little League actually reduced the cost of the camp this year. For five and six year olds there is a ‘Little Sluggers’ camp to introduce the basics of the game. The seven to 18 year olds will be grouped by age and ability with an 8-1 student to coach ratio.

Advertised on the White Sox web page, with a link to Cayman’s Department of Tourism, this year for the first time there are five eight to ten year old ballplayers travelling from the Chicago area to participate.

A supporting crew of wives and girlfriends will join the entourage and will be enjoying a few activities such as Stingray City, compliments of Cayman Little League.

This camp will boost Cayman’s sports tourism. It is a win-win situation all round, with a professional sports team organization involved with helping keen youngsters.

The White Sox get to help Little League on a tiny Caribbean island and escape from the freezing Chicago cold for a few days.

Still free for kids, Cayman Little League’s 20th season is starting this month, with a full complement of seven divisions: T-ball, pony, A, AA, AAA, Jr-plus and senior girls.

The season ends in all divisions on 29 May with the traditional all-star games and awards.

  • For more information on the camp or season, contact Daryn Lansdell 916-5643 or email: [email protected]