Press Release
14-U National Team Teaches at Pan-Am 'A' Regional Qualifying Event

January 25, 2007

GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – In the spirit of international competition and growth of the game of baseball, the USA 14-U National Team offered a clinic to the participants of the Pan-Am 'A' Regional Qualifying event being held this week in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The clinic, held on Wednesday, January 24th, was attended by players and coaches from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua and was in conjunction with the Guatemalan Baseball Federation, led by President David Molina. Approximately 300 participants and fans attended the event at Enrique "Trapo" Torrebiarte Stadium, just down the road from Galvez Sobral Stadium. The team's coaching staff, including head coach Tom Succow (Glendale, Ariz.) and assistant coaches Tim O’Brien (Columbia, MD), George Sanchez (Gilbert, Ariz.), and Dave Webb (Gilbert, Ariz.) instructed on hitting, fielding, and pitching as members of the team demonstrated for the Central American youngsters. The attendees also participated in several drills and learned about the mental foundations of the game of baseball.

"It was a rewarding experience for all involved," said Coach Succow. "We taught not only baseball fundamentals, but also the cultural exchange between the USA and the Central American countries. We learned as much from them as they did from us."

Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball’s Champions Program Director, also included that "the clinic was truly in the spirit of USA Baseball's mission of service to others and the improvement of this beautiful game."

The 14-U National Team also learned on Wednesday that its opponent in the semi-final on Friday, January 26th will be Guatemala. The game will be held at Galvez Sobral Stadium at 6:30 p.m.