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Thursday, 03 April 2014 08:45

Oyen Badgers mentoring youth at first minor baseball camp

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Registration was brisk for the first ever Badlands Badgers Minor Baseball Camp to be held this weekend in Oyen. More than 50 youth from ages six to 13 were set to take part in the two-day camp April 5-6 which helps kick-off the minor baseball season in the community.

“It’s a great opportunity for mentorship with the youth in the community and the existing Badger players,” says Christie Caskey, one of the organizers helping handle registration.
Youth in Oyen and area have to travel for hockey schools and other sports camps, so organizers thought it would be nice to be able to offer a baseball camp locally. It attracted not only Oyen youths, but also minor baseball players from Delia, Consort, Coronation and Youngstown.
These youth will spend two days with the Badlands Baseball Academy players learning the basics of baseball, honing some skills and having a lot of fun.
They will be split into two age groups: ages six to nine and ages 10-13.
“We’re trying to keep it fairly basic,” explains Jeff Amos, coach of the Badlands Badgers. “We’re going to play some mini-games and do some activities. We want them to have fun.”
The camp is a way for the high-school baseball players to have a chance to mentor younger-age groups.
“It gives them a chance to teach the thing’s they’ve learned over the years,” adds Amos.
The weekend will take place at the field house just outside of Oyen. It means participants will be able to make use of the Badgers’ indoor training facility at a time of year when they normally can’t get onto the outdoor baseball fields yet because of snowy or wet weather.
The camp is a way for players to give back to the community, but will also be used as a fundraiser for the baseball academy. The cost to take part in the camp was $100 per youth.
Sponsorships made the weekend possible including a donation from Nubista Energy which provided for every participant to receive a Badgers camp T-shirt and the use of ATCO Electric’s barbecue so lunch could be provided both days.
“I’m surprised by how many kids are coming,” says Amos, about participation in the camp. “I think it’s great. It shows a lot of support and interest (in the baseball academy).”

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