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Winter Training Opportunities

Keep your skills sharp in the off-season! Several winter training opportunities through RUG's partnership with BASE by Pros in Lynnwood or other local organizations.

Emeralds Winter Training - Open to RUG Players ages 8-14

RUG Little League has partnered with BASE by Pros to offer a 10-week winter training program for softball and baseball players. Softball players train on Saturdays and baseball on Sundays. The program runs from December through February. Registration is now closed. Contact [email protected] to inquire if your player is interested in joining mid-session.

Softball Clinics by Local High School Teams

Throughout the spring, local high school softball teams offer clinic to youth players. Check out the following opportunities:
- Saturday, February 10th, 10am to 12pm = Ballard High School Softball Clinic.
- Sign up at this link -

Batting & Pitching Skills Classes with Baseball Positive (January-March)

Baseball Positive is operated by Mark Linden, who runs our coach training clinics every spring. He's a great partner to little league and a highly enthusiastic instructor. Check out Baseball Positive winter training opportunities at

Winter Break Holiday Training at The Hive

Northwest Sting operates an indoor baseball/softball training facility in Interbay and is offering a special holiday membership for $35 from December 17 through January 2. The membership includes unlimited holiday access to their indoors facility which offers batting cages, space to throw/catch/pitch, etc. Register at this link. Private lessons with high quality coaches also available in 4-packs. For more information, call 206-861-6698.

Winter Training and Private Lessons with BASE by Pros

In additional to the Emeralds winter training listed above, BASE by Pros offers individualized instruction and frequent camps and clinics at an of their three facilities in Lynnwood, Lake Stevens, and Skagit. More information at this link.

Video Training by Local Experts

Link - Baseball Hitting Clinic with Ray Atkinson

Ray Atkinson is the head baseball coach at Lincoln High school in Seattle and led the varsity team to a 3A state championship in 2023. Ray was a three-sport athlete at Lincoln from 1979 to 1981 and went on to play baseball at Lewis-Clark State College, and became a NAIA College World Series champion in 1987. Ray has been involved with youth baseball for over 25 years.

Link - Softball Pitching Clinic with Danielle Lawrie

Danielle Lawrie pitched at the University of Washington and was named Most Outstanding Player for the championship team that won the 2009 Women's College World Series.  She's an Olympian, professional softball pitcher, and current sports commentator. With the Canada women's national softball team, she won a bronze medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Link - Baseball Pitching Clinic with Bill Krueger

Bill Krueger is a former Mariners pitcher and played in the MLB from 1983 to 1995. Bill played for the Athletics, Dodgers, Brewers, Mariners (twice), Twins, Expos, Tigers, and Padres throughout his career. Today, Bill is a senior baseball analyst for Root Sports NW, covering the Seattle Mariners.

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