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Learn baseball from one of the greats of the game – ex-Hawks player offering classes



Heath Gray lives and breathes baseball and has played the game professionally around the world, and now he’s offering Hawkesbury youngsters a way to learn the game without the pressure of every weekend lessons.


Heath’s originally from South Carolina in the US and after playing internationally he came out to to play for the Hawks, falling in love with the area and his now wife, Hawkesbury local Carrie-Anne.


Heath began his pro baseball career with the Waterloo Whiskey Jacks in the US before moving to Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) in Ontario, Canada.


Heath Gray about to smash one out the park...


For the 2015-2016 winter he came over to Sydney and played for Baulkham Hills Kookaburras which competes in the New South Wales State League, a league which acts as a feeder to the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League.


“After playing around the world as well as with the Hawkesbury Hawks I felt I was supposed to make an impact on the baseball scene over here,” Heath told the Post.


“I’ve done plenty of clinics and private lessons but I’ve set my mind on making more of an impact now especially for kids that may not be fortunate enough to be in clubs that have the resources to teach kids how to play the game properly,” he says.


“I’ve always had a passion for baseball and a passion for teaching kids so to me this is the best way to do what I love and make a difference in the community at the same time.”


Heath will be teaching all aspects of baseball...


And with the classes, Heath’s trying something new and very flexible.


The program will be run as a membership class style program. All you do is purchase the credits/hours and then book in whenever you would like to use them each Saturday.


This gives budding players the option of having weekends off without losing money.


“It also gives you the chance to have multiple hours in different classes each weekend as well,” says Heath.



The best part is, you can still get your baseball fix in each weekend around different sports or activities that may come up on a Saturday morning all throughout winter.


“It gives kids the freedom to pick how much baseball they want and when they want it throughout the winter without paying and feeling guilty if they miss sessions for any reason, or feel like they are stuck only getting an hour a week of baseball,” Heath says.


To book, you can print out the form below, or if you’d like more details, or have any questions, you can email Heath on Wombatwoodco@gmail.com


Here's some detailed info on the classes, and the form.



Baseball Development Programs

Winter 2021 All Ages



CampProgram

Each day we will focus on baseball fundamentals: Throwing, Fielding, Hitting, Pitching, and Athletic Development.


Equipment Needed:

Please wear appropriate clothes

T Shirt, Baseball Pants or Shorts, Hat and Cleats. All players should bring a baseball glove, bat and batting helmet.


Locations/Dates

Program 1 (week 1-10)

May 1- July 3

Bensons Lane baseball ground

4 Bensons lane, Richmond Lowlands 2753


Program 2 (week 10-20)

July 10 – Sept 11

Bensons Lane baseball ground

4 Bensons lane, Richmond Lowlands 2753


Daily Format week 1-10 (depending numbers)

Warmup/Stretching prior to each session

7:00-8:00 Beginner Throwing and Fielding

8:00-9:00 Beginner Hitting

9:00-10:00 Athletic Development

10:00-11:00 Hitting Stations

11:00-12:00 Advanced Hitting


Daily Format week 10-20 (depending numbers)

Warmup/Stretching prior to each session

7:00-8:00 Beginner Throwing and Fielding

8:00-9:00 Athletic Development

9:00-10:00 Throwing

10:00-11:00 Fielding

11:00-12:00 Advanced throwing/pitching


To Register (See Form)

Program prices:


$30 for one hour credit of training


$250 for 10 hour credits of training + T-Shirt


$400 for 20 hour credits of training + T-Shirt

+ Custom Mini bat (or $25 credit towards store)


$500 for 30 hour credits of training + T-Shirt

+ Custom Award bat (or $75 credit towards store)


$750 for Unlimited hour credits of training + T-Shirt

+ Custom Mini bat (or $25 credit towards store)

+ Custom Award Bat (or $75 credit towards store)

+ One half hour 1 on 1 lesson


Inquire about Group/Team /Family Discounts


Program Director Heath Gray


4 year starter at Erskine College (South Carolina) 2009-2013

Kitchener Panthers in IBL (Canada) 2015

Baulkham Hills Kookaburras (Australia) 2015-2016

Hannover Regents (Germany) 2016

Jánossomorja Rascsls (Hungarian championship) 2016

Attnang A’s (Finkstonball tournament Austria) 2016

International Stars (Prague Baseball Week Tournament

Champions, Czech Republic) 2016

Hawkesbury Hawks (Australia) 2017

Baulkham Hills Kookaburras (Australia) 2016-2020

DH of the year 2019

Baulkham Hills Kookaburras 2nd grade head coach 2019


Over 10 years of experience in coaching including teams, camps, and private lessons.

Multiple captaincies and league all-star nominations as well as team and league awards while playing.


Message from the Program Director:

I would like to personally invite you to attend our 1st year of local Baseball Development Programs. This training is open to all ages and the purpose is to teach and improve on fundamental baseball skills. Our goal is to give each player an opportunity to become a better athlete and to prepare them for play in any level of baseball they play. The coaching staff is made up of local state league players and coaches who will work with you personally to improve your knowledge of the game and fundamental skills. Our coaches have many years of experience with various levels of baseball achievements and are eager to share our knowledge with you. I am sure that you will find these programs to be both challenging and fun. Our coaches look forward to meeting you, answering questions, and helping you to improve your game.

Yours in Baseball, Coach Heath Gray


Registration Form Winter Baseball Development Programs

Please Select Program Attending (if more than one check all that apply)

(___)hours -____ 10 hours -____ 20 hours -____ 30 hours -____ Unlimited -____

Name __________________________________________

Address________________________________________

Suburb ______________State ________ Postal Code ________

Age ____Club__________ T-Shirt Size ______Position______

Phone ____________________Email_____________________

Payment Information:

Any owed Balance will be due prior to participation

All programs are non-refundable. Only program credits will be given for future camps except in unforeseen circumstances, such as injuries or other unique situations.

Permission Slip/Parent Waiver

I give ___________________________

Participant’s name

my permission to participate in Winter Baseball Development Program. My child has had a recent physical exam and is physically able to participate in all clinic activities. I certify that my child has adequate medical insurance and I relieve the Directors of the clinic, the student helpers, the park owners, or municipality of any responsibilities or liability should any accidents occur. I give consent for the camp staff to treat my child in case of injury or illness. I also understand that any serious violation of camp regulations will result in removal of my child from camp and no refund will be given.

FOR PARTICIPANTS OF MINORITY AGE (UNDER AGE 18 AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION) This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian, with legal responsibility for this participant, have read and explained the provisions in this waiver/release to my child/ward including the risks of presence and participation and his/her personal responsibilities for adhering to the rules and regulations for protection against communicable diseases. Furthermore, my child/ward understands and accepts these risks and responsibilities. I for myself, my spouse, and child/ward do consent and agree to his/her release provided above for all the Releasees and myself, my spouse, and child/ward do release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees for any and all liabilities incident to my minor child’s/ward’s presence or participation in these activities as provided above, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THEIR NEGLIGENCE, to the fullest extent provided by law.


________________________Parent Signature


_______________Emergency Contact Person _______________Phone During Camp Hours


WAIVER/RELEASE

FOR COMMUNICABLE DISEASES INCLUDING COVID-19

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY CHECKING THE BOX ON THE REGISTRATION FORM, AND ACKNOWLEDGE FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.


ASSUMPTION OF RISK / WAIVER OF LIABILITY / INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT

In consideration of being allowed to participate on behalf of (Winter Baseball Development Program) athletic program and related events and activities, the undersigned acknowledges, appreciates, and agrees that:

1. Participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to MRSA, influenza, and COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist; and,

2. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,

3. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation as regards protection against infectious diseases. If, however, I observe and any unusual or significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official immediately; and,


4. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS (Winter Baseball Development Camp) their officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the event (“RELEASEES”), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL ILLNESS, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.



_______________________Parent Signature


Email Registration to Coach Heath Gray: Wombatwoodco@gmail.com Mobile 0490249482



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