White Sox are coming back here

The visit of pro baseball team the
Chicago White Sox has become an annual staple of local little league. The
latest growth in that relationship will be seen soon.

The Field of Dreams facility in
George Town will host coaches affiliated with the White Sox 20-24 January,
2011. All will be coming down as members of the BullSox Training Academy in
Chicago. The organization is a youth sports development outfit that focuses on
nurturing basketball and baseball talents through over 450 camps each year. It
is owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, the same man that owns the White Sox and National
Basketball Association team the Chicago Bulls.

As usual the camp is being
organized by the Cayman Islands Little League. Last year the little league
hosted the visitors in January and October.

The last trip featured five coaches
in Mike Huff (a former pro player from 1989 to 1996), Dan Schaffer (a top
academy trainer), Pete Caliendo (a US youth coach who has been to some 30
countries), Marty Kobernus (the lead pitching instructor) and Justin Stone
(general manager for baseball operations at the academy and a touted hitting
instructor). Some 70 odd kids, between the ages of seven and 18, came to the
field to receive instruction from the group.

News of the trip means the
partnership between the local little league and Chicago group is into its sixth
year. Little league Fund-raising Coordinator Sara Mackay has been around the
camps in that time and states the idea is to elevate Cayman’s baseball talent.

“Officially we are calling this
month’s camp the Season Kickoff of Player Development and Coaches Clinic with
Chicago trainers,” Mackay said. “We are so excited to be starting the 2011
season with help from the White Sox. We think it will really strengthen the

All of the clinics we’ve had here
before have been excellent. In the past they were mostly for the older and more
elite players.

“Our thinking now is to boost the
entire program, from T-ball up, with professionals helping our coaches teach
fundamentals. These trainers have an amazing way of teaching skills effectively.
The kids learn a lot, work hard and have a blast doing it.”

To register for the
White Sox camp e-mail [email protected]


Caption: Pete Caliendo is a White Sox coach
Photo: Matthew Yates