Thursday, July 3, 2014

Reds Baseball Camp is a grand slam at MHS

Juliana Discher I Staff Writer

The Cincinnati Reds are sliding into our home base with their annual baseball and softball camp from June 30-July 4 at Mason High School.

Boys and girls ages 6-14 with all levels of experience will receive training from certified instructors. The camp focuses on pitching, hitting, and catching techniques.

Second grader, Ethan Gallegos, from Indian Hill said he is enthusiastic about his camp experience so far.

"Learning how to slide and knee pinch has been my favorite part,” said Gallegos. “I’m excited to meet the Reds players on Friday. [The Cincinnati Reds] are my favorite team.”

Since most of what happens in a swing is missed by the human eye, trainers utilize video motion analysis, an interesting system. Every camper’s swing is recorded, analyzed, and shared with the player and their parents.

Scott Johnson, a parent of a camper said he has nothing but praise for the camp.

“[The trainers] sure know what they’re doing,” said Johnson. “My son has gone to this camp for two years and we brought players from his team so they could benefit too.”

On the last day, kids get to compete and use their newly acquired skills. Scores from the competitions are posted online so parents can see how their children rank up.

30 hours of instruction, a full Reds uniform, and VIP tickets to a Reds game aren’t the only thing gained by attendees. According to athletic trainer James Muncy, the camp instills a passion for the game.

 “We have a solid coaching staff whom are all very passionate,” said Muncy.  “I want players to not only work hard and learn the fundamentals, but to have fun and love the beautiful game”