A winter baseball camp geared for Dorval and Pointe-Claire kids swings into action for another edition this weekend.
Baseball West Island’s first session of its indoor winter camp opens Sunday and is aimed at kids ages 5 to 12 who may not have any playing experience in this traditional summer time sport.
“The four weeks is for kids who want to try baseball but in a less formal situation,” said Jerrod Cannon, who heads Baseball West Island and coaches a team during the summer.
“Everyone is welcomed but we try to target kids who have never played before who would like to just come try it,” he added. “We do the fundamentals, hitting, throwing and catching, some about the game. It’s also about having fun. We do the fundamentals, but we try to do it in drills so we keep the kids moving, keep them exercising. We do a few minutes of theory and then work that into some fun drills or games.”
Cannon noted kids, who are asked to bring a glove and running shoes, can show up for the first training day and that pre-registration is not required.
“We usually don’t even charge if they want to try it just once before they commit to the four sessions,” he added. “If a kid doesn’t have a glove to try one week, we usually have a few extra gloves around to accommodate the odd child. The main thing for this first camp is to target kids who want to come try it. We want to give kids a chance.”
For the indoor camp, baseballs with rubber inside are used for throwing and plastic wiffle balls are used for hitting drills, Cannon said.
A more intensive second session, open from novice to midget levels, will run six weeks and begin mid-March.
“The second session is more of a spring camp. It’s really a marching ground to the outdoor season, “ Cannon said.
About 40 kids are expected at the first session of the winter camp and 70 at the second session.
Baseball West Island has about 140 kids registered during the summer season, ranging from novice to midget levels.
“Our numbers have been growing slowly the last few years,” Cannon remarked.
The first session of the camp, to be run by Baseball West Island’s technical director Fred Majeur, will be held on four consecutive Sunday mornings at Lindsay Place High School’s gym in Pointe-Claire, an hour for novice/atom starting at 9 a.m. and 90 minutes each for mosquito or peewee at 10 a.m. The cost for the first session is $25 for the two youngest age levels and $35 for the older ones.
For more information, email email@example.com or check the club’s website.