2017-07-13 / Sports

Grand Blanc builds baseball skills in youth

By Kylee Richardson
810-452-2632 • krichardson@mihomepaper.com


Grand Blanc’s Curtis Frye works with a group of first through fourth graders on their pitching skills on June 20. 
Photo by Kylee Richardson Grand Blanc’s Curtis Frye works with a group of first through fourth graders on their pitching skills on June 20. Photo by Kylee Richardson GRAND BLANC – The Grand Blanc varsity baseball program hosted its annual summer baseball camp last week, holding three sessions on June 19-20 for a total of 39 kids. Students entering first through ninth grade were invited to learn and develop fundamental baseball skills with current Grand Blanc coaches, players and alumni. But despite focusing on the fundamentals, the most important part was to make sure the campers were having a good time.

“My hopes for the camp are to get as many kids in Grand Blanc excited about the game of baseball,” said Grand Blanc varsity coach Kevin Hubbs. “We are trying hard to build something special here in Grand Blanc as a baseball program and it all starts at the younger levels and getting as many kids out playing baseball and excited about the game.”

The camp focused on the basic skills that any baseball player needs to learn at an early age and continue to develop as they progress through the sport. Coaches and players worked with small groups of kids on hitting, fielding, catching, pitching and base running.

Having current and former Grand Blanc baseball players at the camp offers a unique opportunity for both the kids and the players. The kids attending are able to witness where their hard work could eventually land them and develops a role-model relationship with the players while the players are able to cement their knowledge as they are passing it on to a younger group.

One of the pillars of the Grand Blanc baseball program is to give back to the Grand Blanc community. Hubbs added that “be it helping out at schools with younger children, or helping in the community, we want to give our players as many opportunities as possible to give back to the Grand Blanc community and develop them to be good people as well as good ball players.”

“We had a great time at camp, and the kids were having a great time as well,” Hubbs added. “We had about 40 kids this year but I’d like to have 200 next year and even more the year after. We charged a fee this year and it helps with costs related to running our program, but next year we are planning to offer the camp for free, and hope to get out as many kids as possible and give everyone the opportunity to have a great camp experience.”

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