This year was the 4th year that PBA ran their winter elite camp on weeknights starting in November. We wrapped it up last week, and as a coaching staff the Prairie Baseball Academy couldn't be happier with this years camp. This year we changed the structure around a little. Monday to Thursday in our early group we had players from 8-11 years old. On Monday and Wednesday in our late group we had players 12-14 years old, and on Tuesday, Thursday we had players 15-18 years old. By changing our structure, we were able to accommodate more kids at the younger age group in hopes they continue playing this great game. Having two older groups allowed us as a coaching staff to focus on the specific needs of the older kids during their weekly sessions.
The improvement from our players this year was remarkable. The coaching staff did some base testing at the start of the camp in November, and by last week we were able to see how far some of the players have come. By long-tossing with correct form twice a week throughout the winter, we saw increases of 2 - 8 mph in most of the campers. In the last month we have had the campers throwing from the mound inside. Almost all of our campers pitch, and Coach Hubka had this to say about our pitching "Over the past four years, I have seen an increase in the amount of Lethbridge players being able to throw off the bump at younger ages. It really goes to show what as little as two sessions a week can do for these kids."
The hitting and fielding aspect of the camp were also a success. On day one we had some campers that were a little lost in those two aspects of the game. By the end of the camp our swings were much improved, and the defense and footwork that we saw on the fielding side of the camp was great.
The coaching staff at PBA looks forward to seeing our campers in games this spring. The PBA is hosting an Easter Spring Training Camp, April 7-9th outside (weather pending) at Lloyd Nolan Yard. If you are interested in having your son or daughter participate in this camp please click here for more information.
Lastly, the PBA hopes to see all of our campers back next year, and any new faces who are looking to improve their baseball skills.
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