Bruin Baseball Clinics to be Held at BHS
Head baseball coach Tony Uggen, his staff, and several 2015 Bruins will be putting on baseball clinics from 6-8pm on Monday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 25. The camp on the 23rd is for those ages 6-10 and the camp on the 25th is for those ages 11-15. The camps will be held in the BHS Gym. Cost is $10 per kid. Checks may be made out to Blackford High School. Please plan on arriving prior to 6pm so the clinic can start promptly on time.
In his second year at the helm of Bruin Baseball, Coach Uggen stared, “this is a fundamentals camp. We want to be able to show these kids the fundamentals we feel are important to developing Future Bruin baseball players and establishing an overall program of success. Many of the drills we will be using have been or will be used by the Bruins. It will also give the campers a chance to meet our staff and many of the current Bruins.”
Local coaches and parents may attend the clinics for free. Uggen stated, “we want to provide a few drills that coaches can incorporate into their practices and give parents a few drills they can use on a daily basis to help their son or daughter improve. Many of these drills can be used in the back yard or in small spaces, so we hope that many take advantage of these opportunities to learn the game. Whatever the sport, you can never gain enough ideas for developing athletes and finding ways for families to do something together is an added bonus. Monday will be geared towards the younger kids while Wednesday will be geared to more advanced players.”
Campers should bring a mitt. If they can bring a bat, that is a plus. Catchers are encouraged to bring their gear. “We ask that parents and coaches bring a glove as well so that they may participate if they wish. It’s more than just learning a new skill or drill. It’s learning by doing and that helps one mentally retain the drill and, more importantly, the fundamentals,” Uggen continued. Girls may attend if they wish. Many of these skills would transfer to softball.
Uggen added, “we will divide the kids among stations to increase hands on experience and reps. For the Bruins helping out it reinforces what we have been working on in open gym and helps us because our kids have to understand exactly what they are doing to be able to teach drill or skill.” After each clinic, Coach Uggen and his staff will hang around for half an hour or so to answer any questions about the fundamentals, the game, or Bruin Baseball.
In conclusion, Uggen added that “we want to try something else this spring. We hope to have Little League and Babe Ruth teams at Bruin Field to observe the end of a practice or two so they can see what the Bruins do then allow the teams to work out with the Bruins for 30 minutes after practice. Hopefully, what they see is similar to what they are seeing in their league practices. I guess you could say that those opportunities are like mini clinics. We want them to gain something out of the brief experience, but we also want to work on tying our leagues together to create a solid system of Bruin Baseball.”
Anyone with questions about the clinic or Bruin baseball in general may contact Coach Uggen at firstname.lastname@example.org.