MLB Academy Field Maintenance Clinic
It was a beautiful day in Compton, California for the First MLB Urban Youth Academy Field Maintenance Clinic. It was attended by over 60 students and local residents from the municipal area. What made this event different from many field clinics, schools and institutes …is that it was absolutely FREE.
Barney Lopas, Anaheim Angels Head Groundskeeper, Kyle Waters, Director of field operations at the Home Depot Center, Chad Olsen, Director of STS field operations and myself demonstrated baseball field maintenance techniques throughout the day that included interactive participation from the attendees. Darrell Miller, Executive Director of the Academy was all smiles as he also took a spin on one of the John Deere mowers used to cut the grass at the facility.
The event is one of many that will be held at the facility over the next few years. Plans are already underway for quarterly field day clinics that will showcase MLB and Professional groundskeepers giving back to the community. A series of Future clinics will outline field maintenance techniques for all levels of baseball field play.
Being able to witness the excitement from the teenagers and adults as they listened to the presentations was truly rewarding. The academy provides a great location for the development of future baseball or softball groundskeepers in the sports turf industry. Internships are planned for the summer at the Academy and several students inquired about the positions. A very special thanks to Chad, Barney and Kyle for taking time to be a part of this program . Sharing information about experiences with those that are eager to learn about the sportsturf business is the the core of our industry. Stayed tuned for the next session which is slated to be held in February.