Baseball Program Hosts Annual Baseball Camp
Throughout the first week of summer break, the baseball program hosted their annual summer camp on June 3rd-6th. “The overall goal for the young kids in camp is for them to continue to love to play baseball and to get as many reps as possible to improve their skill set,”head baseball coach Jason Wilson stated.
Over 90 1st-6th graders and approximately 40 7th-9th graders attended camp this year. During the four day camp, campers rotated through six different stations that worked on hitting, throwing, fielding ground balls, catching fly balls, baserunning, and team defense. For the 7th-9th grade session, the camp was set up to simulate the high school practice sessions to introduce them to what high school practices are like. In the final hour of camp, campers played in a live scrimmage.“I love working camps and having so many kids attend,”Wilson said. “I get a lot of pleasure out of hearing and observing how much fun they have during the week playing baseball.”
Current high school baseball athletes volunteer to help out the high school baseball coaching staff in running the camp. Helping out at the fly ball station, high school baseball athlete Benjamin Nopper shares what the impact of the summer camp has had on him. “I really enjoy working with the younger kids because just a few years ago, I was participating in this camp as a player just like them,” Nopper said. “I remember how exciting it was to showcase my skills to the coaches and to play ball with my friends from school.” Nopper and other high school athletes who chose to volunteer are looked up to by the campers who attend.
After having a deep run in the playoffs this season, the Leopards are coming into next year’s season with the same goal. “We want to win district or get into the state playoffs and make a run to play at state,”Wilson stated.