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Jan '12 28

Clinics and Open House at the Swedish Academy

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Press Release Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation

This weekend the Sweden Baseball Softball Academy has scheduled an “Open House” in which coaches and players are welcome to see the training process of the players of the Academy. The purpose is to open the doors of the Academy and show coaches how the practices are set up and how the important winter practice sessions are carried out. Players who have applied to start the Adacemy this fall can also get a good start in their preparations for the Academy year 2012/2013.

On hand this weekend is Italian national team softball coach Paola Marfoglia, strength and conditioning coach Jared Elliott (Tampa Bay Rays), pitching coach Jerry Nyman (Kansas City Royals) as well as MLBI Academy Consultant Tom Gillespie. The Swedish Academy is run by Tony Klarberg, who oversees the day-to-day operations and practices.

During the five days of the “Open House” the players will have their normal weekday schedule (Thursday, Friday, Monday) and also have day-long clinics over the weekend. In wintertime, the Academy uses the indoor batting cage at the baseball field, tennis hall, and gym, for the practices. In a few weeks the players will also go outdoor and practice on the turf soccer field next to the baseball field.

The Swedish Academy differs somewhat from many other European Academies. It is integrated in the Swedish school system and is a three-year program at the Leksand Gymnasium in Leksand. The players all attend school in Leksand and practice between 8-10 times per week. The national program attracts student/athletes from all over Sweden since it’s accreditation (and funding) was approved by the Swedish Ministry of Education, starting with the 2011/12 school year. The accreditation assures the Federation that a prospective player – regardless of where he lives – has the right to get funding for his education from his home city when he is selected to attend the Academy in Leksand.

The Academy is a joint venture between the Swedish Confederation of Sports, the City of Leksand, and the Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation, with strong support from Major League Baseball International. It was started by the Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation in 2006 in co-operation with the City of Leksand.


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