The annual Union City Baseball and Softball camps were held this past week on June 26th and 27th. Union City’s head baseball coach, Ludy Griggs, welcomed in 16 boys to his camp and head softball coach, Cody Schmidt, saw 16 girls attend the softball camp as well.
Coach Griggs, who was awarded Little All City Coach of the Year, assisted boys from the ages of 5 to 12 at his camp. Griggs’ and his older players attacked the game with an open mind. On the first day of camp Griggs’ says, “We were able to stress all parts of the game, from physically playing to the mental side as well.” The boys worked on proper throwing mechanics and incorporated many contests, which created a competitive atmosphere. On their second day of camp, they focused more on the offensive side of the game and also emphasized base running. To add some fun, the boys were taught proper sliding techniques, but on a slip-n-slide.
Coach Schmidt instructed girls from as young as 4, to as old as 13 at the softball camp. Schmidt, along with his high school athletes, set up their camp in stations. They had to separate girls by their age and their needs. The t-ball players were all put together so they could build their knowledge at the pace that fit them. The next age group was elementary girls, followed by junior high slowpitch and fastpitch. Each day started out with stretching as a team and then playing catch. On the first day, they focused on defensive drills. Each station was individualized to help the precise needs of every player. On day two, offense was the priority. They worked on everything from hitting drills to base running. Coach Schmidt says, “Camp was fun and rewarding. We worked on different fundamental drills and it was exciting to see the girls pick up on them so quickly. It was also great to see all the different age groups show up. Softball is really starting to get some exposure in Union City.”