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2017/18 YMCA Pitching Clinics with Planet FastPitch

For the 12th 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 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, Level 3 are relative to who signs up for that session.  To ensure each pitcher has enough space and instructor-time, classes will be limited to 7 pitchers.  Pitchers who attended the previous session have the opportunity to pre-enroll for the next session. 

Please sign-up with the YMCA for the class you feel is most appropriate.  The available slots are assigned on a first come, first served basis when you register with the YMCA. Registering and making a payment on the NGSoftball website is also part of the registration process … but it does not ensure you a spot. Only registering and making your payment to the YMCA will ensure you a spot.

I will review the registrations a few days before the first class.  I reserve the right to make pitcher changes from one class to another based on the skill set of the pitchers who register for that session.  I will notify you if a class change needs to be made a day or two before the first class.  Should a class change need to be made and it does not work for you, you will receive a 100% refund. 

Please contact , not the YMCA, with any questions regarding the specifics of the class, concerns regarding the appropriate class for your daughter, etc. Please contact Kim Benzan at the YMCA should you have any problems with the YMCA registration system. 


"New Beginner" 5:00 - 6:00 pm (SP 805)
Prerequisite: Pitchers who are new to our pitching clinics, typically in grades 3-5. May have pitched numerous rec league games but have not attended organized pitching clinics other than the 90 minute session provided by Newton Girls Softball before the beginning of the rec league season. If you have attended pitching clinics with another instructor and are "new to us" please contact Doug to discuss. 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 for this class, sorry no Brandice.

Session 1 - YMCA 17EFA SP805:  4 Sundays - Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1.

Session 2 - YMCA 17LFA SP805: 4 Sundays - Oct. 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5.

Session 3 - YMCA 18ESP SP805: 4 Sundays - March 18, 25; April 8, 22 (No class 4/1, 4/15)

Level 1 "Advanced Beginner-Intermediate" 6:00 - 7:00 pm (SP806) Sorry, this clinic is sold out.
Prerequisite: All grade 6 and older pitchers new to our pitching clinics. Pitchers who have attended one or more seven-week sessions in the past but either due to personal scheduling conflict or lack of available space in the 7:00 pm class. As pitchers in this group advance they will be invited to attend the 7:00 pm session. Brandice is the lead instructor.

Session 1 - YMCA 17EFA SP806:  7 Sundays - Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29. (No class 10/8)

Session 2 - YMCA 17LFA SP806: 7 Sundays - Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3, 10, 17; Jan. 7 (No class 11/26, 12/24, 12/31)

Session 3 - YMCA 18WIN SP806: 7 Sundays - Jan. 21, 28; Feb, 11, 25, March 4, 11, 18  (No class 2/4, 2/18)

Level 2 “Intermediate-Advanced Intermediate" 7:00 - 8:00 pm (SP807) Sorry, this clinic is sold out.
Level 3 "Advanced Intermediate" 8:00 - 9:00 pm (SP808) Sorry, this clinic is sold out.

Prerequisite for Level 2: Attended a minimum of two 7-week pitching sessions last year and as space allows. As pitchers from Level 2 advance (and space allows) they will be invited to attend the 8:00 pm class. Brandice is the lead instructor.

Session 1 - YMCA 17EFA SP807 & 17EFA SP808:  11 Sundays -  Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3. (No class 10/8, 11/26)

Session 2 - YMCA 17LFA SP807 & 17LFA SP808: 11 Sundays -  Dec. 10, 17; Jan. 7, 21, 28; Feb. 11, 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25  (No class 12/24, 12/31, 1/14, 2/4, 2/18, ).  April 1 reserved for potential snow date.


New Beginner
1. Payable to YMCA - $45 YMCA member, $70 non-member.
2. Payable to Doug Clott at first class - $40

Level 1
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 2 & 3
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 "new-beginner" pitchers enroll we will also offer a 4:00 pm class in the fall (session 1 & 2). Unlikely that we will have that opportunity in the spring (session 3). 
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 seven or eleven week 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 LINK Coming Soon (by August 25th)


Doug Clott
Brandice Balschmiter

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.