Curt Bly Summer Baseball Camp Gives Students A Taste of Varsity Baseball
Indranshu Das | Staff Writer
As another seasons flies by, Mason Baseball turn towards the younger generation to hit one out of the park.
The Curt Bly Summer Baseball Camp is for students in grades 3-9 and provides a sample of what life as a varsity baseball player at Mason High School is like. The camp runs from Monday, June 24 to Thursday, June 27.
Head coach Curt Bly said that running camps like these can give a learning experience for students, as well as provide insight on the incoming classes’ players. Along with that, he described how he helps prepare these students for high school baseball.
“First of all, we want it to be a teaching camp, so we give them the opportunity to learn the fundamental stuff that we would hope they’d know by the time they get into high school,” Bly said. “We also get them accustomed to the terminology and the way me and my coaching staff like to run things.”
In addition, Coach Bly said that he integrated the culture of Mason Baseball into the camps and immersed the kids in an environment where they could learn and be inspired.
“We want the young guys to get a feel of what it’s like to represent our school and that’s why you see the zip code on the camp shirts,” Bly said. “Being proud of who you are, where you’re from, dreaming about being on the big field one day, and representing 45040 is what I think our young players want to do when they get older.”
Senior Teddy Tolliver, a varsity player, took the opportunity to volunteer for the camp after participating in it throughout middle school. Tolliver said that the future generations have a bright future and is impressed by the intensity of play from them.
“It was a lot of fun getting to see the future of this program,” Tolliver said. “I especially enjoyed working with the kids that you can tell are going to make a big impact when they get to the high school level.”
Coach Bly said that he was pleased with the level of competition the kids brought each day to the camp along with their motivation to work hard and improve.
“We want it to be a teaching/learning experience, but we also want them to have fun too,” Bly said. “Watching the kids compete and come out here is great and we want to keep growing the game in Mason as much as possible.”
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Photos by Archie Barton.