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Baseball camp will focus on the basics

Sunday, July 3, 2011

SIKESTON -- Starting July 11, Scott County Central baseball coach Matt Limbaugh will be hosting the YMCA Baseball Camp for boys ages 6-12.

The camp will focus on such basic aspects of the game such as hitting, fielding and base running

"We're trying teach kids the fundamentals of the game," Limbaugh said. "We're not going to make you an all-star after one week, but we're trying to teach you the (basics) of the game.

"We're trying to get the kids interested in the sports to were they will want to go out and play summer ball and have at least a little bit of knowledge once they get into the competitive programs of Junior Legion ball and things like that."

The camp will take place at the Junior Babe Ruth baseball field at the Sikeston Area Youth Baseball Complex from 1-3 p.m. and runs through Friday.

With the help of his Scott Central players, who will be assisting at the camp, Limbaugh said the focus will be improving the kids skills while making sure the kids have a good time is also a goal of the camp.

"We'll work on everything from fielding to hitting to base running to just any type of fundamental thing you can think of," he said. "We try to work on it everyday. I know it's going to be hot out there so we try to get you in there as quick as possible and keep the kids entertained.

"That's the main thing. We don't want them to be bored. We try to keep them as entertained as possible."

With many baseball leagues wrapping up this month, Limbaugh said now is a good time for a skill building camp since parents and coaches have had a chance to see what each kids strengths and weakness are.

With the parents input, the camp staff can then work with each kid on their particular needs.

"They had a chance to play Little League and their parents kind of know what they need to work on," Limbaugh said. "So they can come up to us say 'Johnny needs to work on his hitting.' So we'll write down emphasis on hitting for little Johnny.

"We'll take them in there, evaluate them and figure out what's best for them."

Cost for the camp is $30 for current YMCA members and $40 for non-members.

"We had a good turnout last year and hopefully we'll have an even bigger one this year," said Limbaugh.