This past Wednesday at the YMCA, Legacy Baseball provided the opportunity for its young players to take part in a one-day clinic. The three-hour clinic was hosted by a duo of collegiate players.
Ural Forbes who attends Franklin Pierce University, and former East Georgia College attendee Ashton “Chumpy” Pratt, each interacted with over 20 Legacy players on the basics of the game and advanced skills.
With the summer break winding down, Forbes said that it was important to ensure that athletes in the baseball arena had another platform to practice and stay sharp before the new academic year commences.
“This clinic is just really to give the kids something to do for a day in the summer and try to get them better. Baseball in The Bahamas is getting bigger and we need to try and get the youth better and give them better opportunities than we had when we were young.”
Forbes is equipped with a wealth of experience from competing locally, nationally and internationally and said he embraces the opportunity to help younger players develop and wishes to continue that approach in the future.
“I just want to give them what I’ve learned playing baseball in The Bahamas and overseas, teach them what I’ve learned. Hopefully I can give back one day in a bigger way.
“Maybe one day I could fix the fields for the kids to better Legacy in Grand Bahama. Baseball is big in The Bahamas. We’re all one. That’s what it’s about. We compete against each other but we’re all one at end of the day. Even if you go abroad you’re going to say you’re from The Bahamas. It’s all about making baseball in The Bahamas what it once was.”
Pratt disclosed that the clinic was all about teaching the up-and-coming baseball players of tomorrow the fundamentals of the game.
“We just wanted to show them the fundamentals of the game. In America we learned a little bit more so I really just wanted to come out here and share a little bit of knowledge. We wanted to show them how much fun the game is and how to do things right.”
Being mentally prepared for sports or any aspect in life is key, according to Pratt. He furthered that on his end, he wanted to ensure that the campers found their confidence, which would pay dividends moving forward.
“Mentally it’s all about being tough, being confident. It’s not always all about ‘I have to do this right or do that right.’ It’s just about having confidence in your abilities in what you need to do because everyone plays the game differently. The game is mostly about getting to know yourself more than others.
“From a team aspect, it’s about them just having fun every day and to carry that on for the rest of their lives. We wanted them to see how much fun the game could be and understand that when you are at your best, you can accomplish much,” he concluded.