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Area coaches volunteer time to conduct kids Spring Break baseball camp

Area coaches volunteer time to conduct kids Spring Break baseball camp

More than 150 children from the local area attended a two-day camp during spring break to learn about baseball. The camp was only a half a day from 9:00 a.m. until noon, but the attendees were tired and excited about baseball at the same time.

“It was a great success. I heard nothing but good things from the parents and kids,” commented Randy Culp, Head Baseball Coach, Harker Heights High School. “One kid went from the first day saying, ‘do I have to’ to wanting to pick out cleats and a glove for the second day of camp. Real success and the most kids I ever had come out. Coaches from all around town donated their time to help and teach.”

The Spring Break Baseball Camp was a joint effort between Killeen, Ellison, Harker Heights and Shoemaker High Schools. Head coaches from the schools volunteered to conduct the camp. Children were able to learn about the fundamentals of throwing, hitting, out-fielding, in-fielding, running bases, and pitching.

“I liked it a lot! The coach said I was a natural at bunting,” said Allison Schoel, age 10, Harker Heights resident. “I feel like I want to get on a baseball team. The coach said ‘if you can bunt, you will be a prized possession on a team.’ This gave me a chance to get better at things I had never tried.”

City League Coaches were encouraged to come out to the camp and get tips and practice ideas for the upcoming spring season. Coaches were also welcome to talk to attendees and their parents about leagues that are available to join.

“I think this camp is very good. Her first time ever playing baseball. She had only ever played soccer. I played baseball as a kid, not soccer,” commented Victor Landeros, parent of camper, Nolanville resident. “The coaches made it pretty fun. She tried this yesterday and said she loved it and wanted to come back. Now, I got her on a waiting list to play softball in Harker Heights. This was her first camp and she really liked it. And, it was a great price.”

The campers spent the days at different stations trying out all the different fundamentals of baseball. Campers ranged from kids who have played baseball since they could walk to kids who picked up their first baseball bat that Monday morning at camp. Each attendee got a t-shirt that was part of the camp package.

“It was very fun and long and tiring. I have been playing baseball since I was five and I get better every year,” said John Robert, age 9, Killeen resident. “I want to encourage a lot of people to play baseball, it is fun.”

Parents were able to drop the children off at camp and pick them up later, giving them a chance to have somewhere for their kids to be, while school is out. Parents were also welcome to stay and watch the kids and meet other parents and coaches. Some parents even got in the excitement and could be spotted “coaching” from outside the ball field.

“This was a pretty good camp. I learned a lot of different strategies my other coaches had never taught me. When I was in my first baseball league, I never learned about bunting and other strategies,” remarked Demetrious Delgado, age 9, Killeen resident. “I will now be a better player.”


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