Pitching Clinic with USA Pro Kelly Barnhill

Mechanics for Power & Consistency

    Join Wellington Softball Association and USA Softball legend Kelly Barnhill for a day to develop your skill as a pitcher! Kelly Barnhill is a former 3x NCAA Divison I All-American and competed for Team USA in multiple international competitions. Kelly has played professionally in the USA, as well as competing in multiple international seasons in the likes of Taiwan, Italy, the Netherlands, and is currently playing with Howick Softball Club in Auckland. Kelly will be joining us to help teach, challenge, and inspire our young pitchers. Registration will include an hour of instruction with a short q&a session and demonstration to follow.

    10:00am-11:15am: U11-U13 Girls

    11:30am-12:45pm: U11-U13 Boys

    1:30pm-2:45pm: U15+ Boys

    3:00pm-4:15pm: U15+ Girls

    Location: Ngati Toa Domain, Field 5

    Cost: $10

    REGISTER HERE

    Please be advised there are a limited number of openings in each session. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


    Pitching Academy

    Programme Description: 

    Focus: Accuracy & Strength

    This programme is aimed to help our pitchers continue to develop strength and accuracy throughout the season. We will work through some basic mechanics, location/accuracy, and building position-specific explosiveness and patterning. 

    Week 1: Explosiveness, Deceleration, Power

    Week 2: Powerline, Direction, Height

    Week 3: Accuracy, Repeatability

    Week 4: Spin, Offspeed, Pitch Sequencing

    Central/Southern Hub

    Dates: Mondays, Feb 13 - Mar 6

    Location: Hataitai Park

    Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Northern Hub (Hosted at Kapiti)

    Dates: Wednesdays, Feb 15 - Mar 8

    Location: Kapiti (Te-Atiawa Park, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast, Wellington 5032)

    Times: 

    5:00p,-6:00pm: Beginners Pitching (U11-U13)

    7:20pm-8:20pm: Advanced Pitching (U15+)

    Cost: $40, 4-week development programme, 1x 1-hour session / week.

    To register for the programme please click the link here which will take you through to the Sporty Registrations and payment site:

    REGISTER HERE

    Please be advised there are a limited number of openings in each session. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.​​​​​​​

    Catching Academy

    Programme Description: 

    This programme is focused on building our catchers from the ground-up. Catchers will drill and improve skills such as balance and mobility, stance, receiving, blocking, and throwdowns.   

    Week 1: Stance, Balance, Receiving

    Week 2: Transfer, Throws

    Week 3: Throws, Blocking, Recovery

    Week 4: Tags, Bunts

    Central/Southern Hub

    Dates: Mondays, Feb 13 - Mar 6

    Location: Hataitai Park

    Time: 6:15pm - 7:15pm

    Cost: $40, 4-week development programme, 1x 1-hour session / week.

    Northern Hub (Hosted at Kapiti)

    Dates: Wednesdays, Feb 15 - Mar 8

    Location: Kapiti (Te-Atiawa Park, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast, Wellington 5032)

    Time: 6:10pm-7:10pm: Catching 

    Cost: $40, 4-week development programme, 1x 1-hour session / week.

    To register for the programme please click the link here which will take you through to the Sporty Registrations and payment site:

    REGISTER HERE

    Please be advised there are a limited number of openings in each session. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


    PROGRAMS COMING SOON:

    Wellington Regional Development Camps

    Our Regional Development Camps will be returning in 2023!

    The camps will give participants the opportunity to develop as overall athletes. Participants will take part in sessions throughout the programme that focus on the following:

    • Technical/Tactical Softball Skills (Infield, Outfield, Offense, Baserunning)
    • Mental Skills
    • Strength & Conditioning


    Capital Stars (All-Girls Programme)

    We would like to say a big thank you to Tū Manawa and Nuku Ora for funding the growth, visibility, and development of our female athletes in the Wellington Region. Because of thei contribution, we are able to deliver our Capital Stars Development agenda free of cost to our athletes, supporting a more inclusive and accessible programme.

    Dates & Locations: 

    Northern Hub - TBA, Central Hub - TBA, Southern Hub - TBA

    Cost: FREE OF CHARGE, 3-week development programme, 1x 1.5-hour session / week.

    Programme Description: 

    Come join us for an opportunity to give focus to the girls of the game! This is an all-girls program that is designed to help build skills, confidence, and knowledge of the game.   

    Week 1: Defensive Skills, Gameplay

    Week 2: Offensive Skills, Gameplay

    Week 3: Pitching/Catching, Gameplay

    Please be advised there are a limited number of openings in each session. Spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Accelerator's Programme

    This programme is for those new to the sport or looking to develop their individual skill-sets. Delivering fundamentals for all aspects of the game and athletic movement development. Future preseason dates TBA! (September 2023)

    If you have any questions, please reach out to development@wellingtonsoftball.org.nz.

    Coaching Staff

    Amber Schisler

    Amber is Wellington Softball's Development Officer.  Amber came to us from the University of San Diego where she was an assistant coach. Prior to that she was in Austria where she was on the coaching staff for the Womens National team and junior national programme.

    Amber attended Campbell University where she capped off her collegiate career as one of Campbell’s best, earning NFCA All-Region and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, while rewriting the record books. Amber finished the year ranking in the top 10 for batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs, walks, and more. She also set a new NCAA record for the most consecutive plate appearances having reached base with 26, breaking the previous record set back in 2014.

    Development Coaches Wanted!

    REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE

    We are looking for coaches that would be interested in helping out at our upcoming summer development programs. If you are a coach that is interested in helping grow our youth and developing softball, please fill out the form above or reach out to Amber at development@wellingtonsoftball.org.nz