Ball players get back to the basics

Royals host their annual ball clinic in Parksville

Royal Mackenzie Parlow was up at Springwood helping out at the long-running camp he attended as a young player.

Royal Mackenzie Parlow was up at Springwood helping out at the long-running camp he attended as a young player.

“The game is simple. Hit, run, throw and catch.”

It was back to the basics for Royals’ skipper Dave Wallace and company as they took to the field that bears his name up at Springwood Park recently for the 18th annual Parksville Royals Baseball Clinic.

Sponsored by Quality Foods and Dairy Queen since year one, “we had 37 kids out, which was up substantially from last year — we were quite pleased with the numbers,” Wallace said after the clinic, held last Tuesday.

The 90 minute clinic stresses fundamentals and featured 11 Royals’ players and three coaches — Wallace, pitching coach Jim Seredick, and associate head coach Bruce Biro.

The kids ranged in age from 5-12, and there were a number of girls in the mix.

“More and more each year,” said Wallace. “Lots of enthusiasm,” he said of the kids; “willing to learn and very typical of previous years. It’s always fun to go out there — it’s really good for our players to work with the younger kids, it’s a tremendous experience for them, and they enjoy it.”