Softball hosts Secondary Academy for grades 8-12 starting Dec. 2

Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern State Softball program will host the Secondary Academy for grades 8-12 on December 2, 9, 16 and 23. 

With instruction from MSSU softball head coach Bill Gray, the one-hour sessions will break down the skill of hitting from stance, balance and swing mechanics at a more competitive level. The high school athlete will be given instruction on the intricacies of the skill of hitting including: hitting to the opposite field, hitting for power versus average, and the understanding of having a strategy before stepping into the batter's box. With instruction from MSSU assistant softball coach Jenna Smart, pitching will emphasize the movement of the four primary pitches in the game of fastpitch. Emphasis will also be placed on change of speed. Catching will emphasize blocking, framing, throw downs and keys to calling a game from behind the plate.

Each of the four dates will feature three one-hour sessions of hitting and pitching at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. In addition, there will be two one-hour catching sessions at 1 and 2 p.m. Players may participate in one hitting and one pitching session per week. Each session costs $20.

To register, visit  Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday evening.