STAARS to offer Holiday clinics

Gold, Cain among instructors

STAARS Training Academy is offering a “Basic Skills Camp” for Softball and Baseball on Dec. 28, 29, 30.

Leading instructor will be Luis Bolivar, hitting and infield coach for the Dayton Dragons, along with Connor Graham, Miami University/Colorado Rockies, and Rick Gold, Piqua High School/Russia High School/Wittenberg University.

Lead instructor for softball will be Dan Cain, head coach at Troy High School.

The softball camp will run from 5-7 p.m., while baseball will go from 7-9 p.m.

Cost of the camp will be $75.

For more information contact STAARS at 937-339-3330 or online at

For the more advance player, STAARS is offering four special mini-clinics:

Middle Infielder Clinic: On Dec. 30, Luis Bolivar, infield coach for the Dayton Dragons, will be holding a clinic for middle infielders. Infielders will go over basic fielding techniques, double plays, holding runners at 2nd, infield communication, etc.

The clinic is for grades 7-12 and is limited to eight pairs of infielders. If more than eight pairs are interested, then a morning session will be added.

Catching Clinic: On Dec. 28, Jay Lewis, head coach at Wittenberg University, and Ryan Schlater of Versailles will be holding a catching clinic from 1-3 p.m. Topics to be covered are receiving, blocking, throwing, calling pitches, and fielding bunts.

Pitching Clinic: On Dec. 28-30 from 2-3 p.m., pitching instruction will be offered by Connor Graham, Miami University and Colorado Rockies. Graham will cover pitching technique, grips, arm care, bullpen for the starter vs. the reliever, and pre-season training vs. in-season training.

Hitting Clinic: On Dec. 29 from 1-3 p.m., Bolivar, who is also the hitting instructor for the Dragons, and coach Lewis will be offering a hitting clinic, utilizing Hit Trax.

The Hit Trax uses a system of cameras and computer software to analyze each swing – exit speed off the bat, launch angle, distance, hard hit ball, etc.

The cost is $40 per session or $99 for any three.

Contact STAARS Training academy at 937-339-3330 for more information.

Gold, Cain among instructors