ELITE LEVEL INSTRUCTION AT 10TH JENNIE FINCH EXTRAVAGANZA
By Bob Behre
The 10th Jennie Finch Extravaganza kicks off the winter season in style on Dec. 1 and 2 at Next Level Arena in Flemington, N.J.
Olympic softball gold medal teammates Jennie Finch and Crystl Bustos will be joined by Jennie’s dad Doug Finch the inventor of the Finch Windmill. The trio of softball stars brings an elite level of training to the camp setting.
The Jennie Finch Extravaganza is suddenly a decade old and a fixture among to top instructional programs offered by Diamond Nation.
“I always love heading up to Diamond Nation for the Extravaganza in December,” said Jennie Finch. “A perfect way to get in the holiday spirit is to share the game with the next generation.”
The two separate one-day camps for 8-to-15 year olds run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features clinical type stations in which Jennie, Crystl and Doug will provide hands on instruction for the campers, be they infielders, outfielders, pitchers or catchers trying to improve their play or hitters working to fine tune their swing.
Jennie Finch, of course, is the face of women’s softball in the world. Jennie, in fact, has crossed over into popular culture as evidenced by her recent performance on the television show “Dancing With The Stars.” But Jennie’s main focus remains on softball and elevating the game through her instruction of young athletes.
The U.S. Olympic softball team won the gold medal in 2004 and the silver medal in 2008 behind the remarkable pitching of Finch. She was a three-time First Team All-American at Arizona and her 2001 Arizona team won the NCAA College Softball World Series.
She owns the NCAA record for consecutive pitching wins at 60. Jennie is a two-time Pan American Games gold medalist, a two-time world champion (’02 & ’06) during her non-Olympic years and a two-time World Cup champion (’06 & ’07).
Bustos, recently named to the Softball Hall of Fame, preceded Finch in the Olympics, winning the gold medal in softball in 2000 and then again, with Jennie, in 2004. She was also on the 2008 Olympic softball team that won the silver medal. Bustos was also a star on the U.S. World Champion team in 2006, the two World Cup championships in ’06 and ’07 and is a winner of three Pan-American gold medal teams (’99, ’03 & ’07).
It’s not too late get your registration in for the Jennie Finch Extravaganza, which, at $199, also includes a Questions and Answer sessions with the stars and an autograph session. Each camper will also receive a tee shirt.