2018/19 YMCA Pitching Clinics with Planet FastPitch
For the 13th consecutive year Newton Girls Softball will run pitching clinics with Planet FastPitch at the Newton West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church Street, Newton 02458. Brandice Balschmiter is returning as our instructor (Bio below).
We have 5 different class levels. We make every effort to group similarly skilled pitchers in the same hour. This is in the best interest of the pitchers and the instructor. Therefore our terms Level 1, Level 2, etc. are relative to the current group of pitchers with pitcher experience and skill set increasing with each level.
Beginner: Three 4-week sessions. Doug lead instructor.
Level 1: Two sessions. Session 1 is 6 weeks; Session 2 is 7 weeks. TBD lead instructor.
Level 2: Three 7-week sessions. Brandice lead instructor.
Level 3: Two 11-week sessions. Brandice lead instructor.
Level 4: Two 11-week sessions. Brandice lead instructor.
To ensure each pitcher/catcher has proper space and instructor-time, classes will be limited to 7 pitchers. Pitchers currently attending a class will have the opportunity to pre-enroll for the next session and move-up a level as openings become available.
To ensure your spot you must register with the YMCA for the class you feel is most
appropriate. The available slots are assigned on a first come, first served basis once you register with the YMCA.
(not the YMCA) with any questions
regarding the specifics of the class, concerns regarding the appropriate class for your daughter, etc. Please contact
at the YMCA should you have any problems with the YMCA registration system.
Doug Clott will review the registrations before the first class and reserves the right to make pitcher changes from one class to another based on the skill set of the registered pitchers. Should a class change need to be made and it does not work for you, for any reason, you will receive a 100% refund.
DATE & TIMES
Beginner 5:00 - 6:00 pm (SP 804)
Should the demand allow we will also offer a 4:00 - 5:00 pm class on the same dates. As pitchers in this group advance and space allows, they will be invited to attend the 6:00 pm session. Doug is the lead instructor.
Session 1 - YMCA 18EFA SP804: 4 Sundays - Sept. 16, 23, 30; Oct. 14 (No class 10/7)
Session 2 - YMCA 18LFA SP804: 4 Sundays - Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11
Session 3 - YMCA 19LSP SP804: 4 Sundays - March 17, 24; 31 April 7
Level 1 7:00 - 8:00 pm (SP805)
Nikki Meuse is the instructor.
Session 1 - YMCA 18LFA SP805: 6 Sundays - December 9, 16; January 6, 13, 27;
February 10 (No class 11/25, 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/3)
Session 2 - YMCA 19WIN SP805: 6 Sundays - February 14; March 3, 10, 17, 24. 31 (No
class 2/17) April 7 reserved for potential snow date.
Level 2 6:00 - 7:00 pm (SP806)
Brandice is the instructor.
Session 1 - YMCA 18EFA SP806: 7 Sundays - September 16, 23, 30; October 14, 21, 28; November 4 (No class 10/7)
Session 2 - YMCA 18LFA SP806: 7 Sundays - November 11, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13 (No class 11/25, 12/23, 12/30)
Session 3 - YMCA 19WIN SP806: 7 Sundays - January 27; February 10, 14; March 3, 10, 17, 24 (No class 2/3, 2/17) March 31 reserved for potential snow date.
Level 3 7:00 - 8:00 pm (SP807)
Level 4 8:00 - 9:00 pm (SP808)
Brandice is the instructor.
Session 1 - YMCA 18EFA SP807 & 18EFA SP808: 11 Sundays - September 16, 23, 30; October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9. (No class 10/7, 11/25)
Session 2 - YMCA 19WIN SP807 & 19WIN SP808: 11 Sundays - December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13, 27; February 10, 14; March 3, 10, 17, 24; 31. (No class 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17). April 7 reserved for potential snow date.
Beginner (4 week session)
1. Payable to YMCA - $45 YMCA member, $70 non-member.
2. Payable to Doug Clott at first class - $40
Level 1 - Session 1 (6 week session)
1. Payable to YMCA - $70 YMCA member, $105 non-member.
2. Payable to Newton Girls Softball - $90 (Newton resident or attend Newton Public Schools); $180 (non-Newton resident)
Level 2 (7 week session)
1. Payable to YMCA - $80 YMCA member, $120 non-member.
2. Payable to Newton Girls Softball - $105 (Newton resident or attend Newton Public Schools); $210 (non-Newton resident)
Level 3 & 4 (11 week sessions)
1. Payable to YMCA - $136 YMCA member, $202 non-member.
2. Payable to Newton Girls Softball - $275 (Newton resident or attend Newton Public Schools); $495 (non-Newton resident)
- All pitchers must supply their own catcher, preferably an adult.
- If enough Beginner pitchers enroll we will also offer a 4:00 pm class in the fall (session 1 & 2).
- Unfortunately we can not offer these classes on an a la carte basis.
- NGSoftball subsidizes the fee paid to Planet FastPitch enabling us to provide Newton residents with outstanding instruction. Non-Newton residents are welcome to attend but are requested to pay the non-subsidized fee after attending their first session.
The YMCA registration system (not the NGSoftball registration site) maintains the
"official” class count and ensures only seven pitchers can enroll in a class. Once the limit is reached you will be placed on a wait list. We will do our best to find a solution for as many pitchers as space allows.
To reserve a space you must first enroll at the YMCA first come, first served.
1. The YMCA registration fee can be paid on-line at www.westsuburbanymca.org or call their front desk 617-244-6050 with course # and credit card in-hand.
2. The NGSoftball portion of the fee can be paid on-line at www.newtongirlssoftball.org and click register (upper right-hand corner of home
The 6-1 right-hander finished her career at or near the top of the UMass record books in almost every pitching category. Her single-season record 34 wins in 2009 gave her 126 in her career, against just 33 losses. Her win total is the most in UMass history and ranks ninth in NCAA history. She also became just the 26th player in NCAA history to eclipse the 1,200-strikeout mark in a career, doing so in the Atlantic 10 Championship. Her 1,218 strikeouts are second to only Danielle Henderson in UMass history. Her 1,089 innings pitched are the most of any pitcher in school history. In 2009, Balschmiter was named a NFCA All-American and was taken with the fifth overall pick of the National Pro Fastpitch draft by the Chicago Bandits. The Newark, N.Y. native was named Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year for a record fourth time, while also earning her fourth-straight A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player, A-10 All-Conference First Team, NFCA All-Region First Team honors, and Easton All-American honors. Brandice is also USA Softball National Team member, winning a gold medal in the 2009 Pan American Games.
The Hudson, Massachusetts, native began her coaching career at Planet Fastpitch after a successful four-year career inside the circle at Clark University. During her time with the Cougars, the right-handed pitcher directed the circle in 71 contests, 341.2 innings, 33 complete games and nine shutouts. Her impressive 35 victories came behind 251 strikeouts and 3.20 career ERA. All of these numbers are good enough to be scattered throughout Clark’s record books highlighted by her Ks (251) and strikeouts per seven innings (5.14) sitting fourth.
After graduating from Clark in June 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Meuse has gone on to further her education at William James College, where she is working towards her Certification of Advanced Graduate Studies and Doctorate of Psychology in School Psychology. Throughout her coursework, Meuse has completed fieldwork and internships at various Boston Public Schools and Wellesley High School.
Doug developed the Planet FastPitch @ the YMCA Pitching Clinics with Denise Davis (PFP owner) in 2005. Doug runs the New Beginner pitching program and assists in the Level 1 - 3 classes. He is a past president of Newton Girls Softball as well as a Rec League and Panther coach