December 08, 2015

SIU to host two winter athletics clinics for youths

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale is hosting two winter athletics clinics for youths. 

The Jump, Throws or Vault Clinic is Jan. 2, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. The clinic is open to any junior high or high school male or female student who would like to learn or improve skills in long jump, high jump, triple jump, shot put, discus or pole vault events. 

Terry VanLaningham, associate Saluki head coach and J.C. Lambert, assistant coach, will provide instruction. The cost is $100 for jumps, for throws, or for pole vault. Coaches are welcome and lunch is provided. 

The Baseball Winter Hitting Clinic is set for Jan. 23-24, 2016, at the Garden Grove Event Center (formerly Sports Blast), located at 115 E. Walnut St. in Carbondale.  The session from 1-3:30 each day is for ages 6-12 while participants ages 13-18 will attend from 4 to 6:30 p.m. 

The baseball clinic will cover all aspects of the Saluki hitting approach, using the same drills the SIU players use daily. Participants will learn specific hitting concepts, including proper swing path and mechanics, situational hitting, the two-strike approach, bunting and much more. 

The registration fee is $125. Each session is limited to the first 25 people to register. 

SIU Conference and Scheduling Services offers several options for registering. Sign up online at or call 618/536-7751 and pay by credit card. Or, fax the registration form, available online, along with payment information, to 618/453-5680.

In order to participate, all youths must also have a completed Athletic Camp Medical Release Form on file with the office a few days prior to the clinic they will be attending. Find the form online at

For more information about any of these youth athletic clinics, contact Jackie Welch at or by calling 618/453-5672.