Campers learn baseball fundamentals
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Feb. 28, 2013
As children and fans watch Major League Baseball players report to spring training in Florida and Arizona to prepare for the regular season, many up north are stuck staring out the window hoping the snow will melt and the weather will warm up so they can get to the diamond as soon as possible. Baseball players in grades one through five got a chance to get back in the game a little sooner, as part of the Windsor Locks Recreation Department’s "Winter Break Fundamental Baseball Clinic" run by Windsor Locks High School head coach Dave Farr and his varsity players from Feb. 19 through 22 at the Windsor Locks Middle School gymnasium.
“It’s for them to have fun and keep busy during vacation,” Farr said. “Luckily most of the kids here really love baseball, so it gives them another opportunity to play. They get a chance to get extra repetition here. The more times they can swing a bat, the better off they are; the more times they can field a ground ball, the better they will become.”
The camp is designed for all children - those who play in Little League to those who have never played baseball but want to learn. It teaches them the fundamentals of the sport; throwing, fielding, hitting, base-running and catching. The fundamentals may seem repetitious and mundane, but Farr said without these basic fundamentals, you cannot grow as a player and succeed at each new level you reach, using the high school players as an example.
He stressed key points within each fundamental, from keeping your shoulders pointed straight and stepping toward the target while throwing, to keeping your backside low to the ground while fielding, as well as moving toward the ball and catching it with two hands. Farr noted that hitting is difficult in the younger ages and he encouraged the children to do what is comfortable as long as they are balanced at the plate. The fundamentals are practiced and perfected during drills, stations, games and practice.
“I hope they take some of the drills we do here back and do them with their parents or with their friends,” Farr said. “Everyone has to be trained to help build up the players and the program, and that starts from the Little Leagues and clinics all the way up until high school.”