Source: SKLZ

CARLSBAD, CA - August 7, 2012 - SKLZ, the global leader in athletic skill and performance training products, announced today its new partnership with Little League® Baseball and Softball. As the Preferred Training Partner, SKLZ will assist the nationwide youth sports program advance coach and player expertise through online content, training programs and products focused on the development of baseball and softball players' skills, athleticism and knowledge.

"SKLZ is proud to partner with one of the largest and most prestigious youth sports organizations in the world," said SKLZ CEO, John Sarkisian. "We're not only helping millions of young athletes get better at their sports, but also delivering products and content to coaches-especially new ones-that will give them a great head start in improving their players and building solid programs."

SKLZ will incorporate knowledge and instruction from its extensive brand ambassador lineup of players and coaches into its customized programs for Little League. Current ambassadors include Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels, Florida Pride catcher Megan Willis, University of San Diego Head Baseball Coach Rich Hill and Long Beach State Head Baseball Coach Troy Buckley. These ambassadors will help in the creation of video series for Little League, with a special emphasis on supporting coaches in tee ball and early player development.

Additionally, SKLZ will be supporting Little League Baseball and Softball with training products at all levels of the organization. The product assortments will be focused on enhancing hitting, fielding, and throwing, as well as the overall athleticism of the players. Products will be offered individually to players and their families, as well as in kits to give coaches a full set of items to kick-start their training regimens.

"Fundamental skill development and training of Little League players is important and necessary in the resources we offer to our coaches and players," said Stephen Keener, President & CEO of Little League Baseball and Softball. "By partnering with SKLZ, we are excited to provide additional tools content and programs to help our participants learn the game and develop their own skills."

SKLZ baseball and softball training products are available at sporting goods retailers nationwide, including Little League official sponsor DICK's Sporting Goods and online at SKLZ.com. SKLZ provides online instructional content from its brand ambassadors free of charge to help athletes of all levels improve their game.

About SKLZ SKLZ is committed to elevating the athlete in each of us by guiding and serving athletes on their journeys to be their personal best. As the flagship brand of Pro Performance Sports, SKLZ develops innovative athletic performance and skill development training products, technology and knowledge for serious athletes of all ages, skill levels and sports. Based in San Diego, California, SKLZ delivers durable, high-performance trainers that can be found around the world at major sporting goods retailers, specialty shops, and mass merchants, as well as on the SKLZ web site at www.sklz.com. About Little League Baseball and Softball Little League Baseball and Softball is the world's largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.5 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.