CHHS hosts camp
Published 10:02 pm Thursday, January 24, 2019
The U.S. Baseball Academy is hosting a four-week long camp at Charles Henderson High School where they plan to teach the fundamentals of the game to the youth of Pike County.
The camp is slated to run for the next three Sundays.
The camp began last Sunday and 34 kids showed up despite the poor weather.
“It was good,” said Trojan head coach Matt Whitton. “We missed a few because of the weather. Having an indoor helped us. We can go inside and drop down both cages and hit. We utilized the gym as well. Overall, I was pleased. Not ever running the camp, you’re not sure what kind of turnout you’re going to get.”
The camp is for children in first grade all the way to 12th grade. The majority of the kids thus far have been kids from the first grade to eighth grade.
“It’s more or less designed for the younger age groups,” Whitton said. “The majority of the kids were third, fourth, or fifth grade.”
Coach Whitton, along with his assistant coaches, instruct the participants in the camp. The camp is broken down into three 90-minute sessions. Session one includes pitching, catching and hitting. Session two is for defense, where campers will work on infield, outfield and base running. Session three is the same as session one, but the grade levels flip.
“It gives the guys the chance to experience everything in the camp,” Whitton said. “You have plenty of time to coach things and teach new things and focus on the little things and fundamentals of baseball.”
Apart from teaching the game to the kids, Whitton and his staff want to continue building relationships with the youth of Pike County.
“The whole deal is about building relationships with the younger kids, building relationships in the community,” Whitton said. “My goal and our staff goal is to give back to the community. We are fortunate enough to coach the kids of Pike County, but we want to reach out and give back to some kids that may not be in our program yet.”
Anyone interested in camp prices and registration can find out more information at www.usabaseballacademy.com.