Photo Provided: The youth baseball camp provides an opportunity for the next generation to learn the fundamentals of the game as well as for the high school students to give back to their community
Photo Provided: The youth baseball camp provides an opportunity for the next generation to learn the fundamentals of the game as well as for the high school students to give back to their community

 By Codey Emerson

codey@thetimes24-7.com

CARMEL – Potentially the next generation of the Carmel Greyhound baseball team was on display these past few days at the Greyhounds hosted their annual Youth Baseball Camp at Gray Road Park in Carmel. The camp concluded yesterday with three days of instruction from the Greyhound coaches and players.

The camp consisted of kids grades 1-6 and was split up into two two-hour sessions. From 10 a.m. until noon the 1st-3rd grade students were being taught, then from 12:30-2:30 is when the 4th-6th graders got their turn.

According to head baseball Coach Matt Buczkowski in total there were roughly 120 kids that attended the camp, making it the biggest attended youth baseball camp in Buczkowski’s three years at the school. Buczkowski talked about what he hoped the kids would take away from the camp.

“We do a variety of drills with the kids,” he said. “We do everything from infield drills, outfield drills, base running, pitching, and hitting. We split those drills up into five 20-minute sessions so that the kids get a well-rounded experience. But most importantly, especially with the younger kids, we just love to play catch with them. Playing just a simple game of catch can teach them so much and let them develop their other skills as they get older.”

Around 14-15 high school players came out and helped the run the camp with the coaching staff. Buczkowski talked about what it meant for his players to help the kids and give back.

“The guys were absolutely phenomenal with the kids,” he said. “The fact that they take time out of their busy summer schedule to help out and give back to their community is something special. That is one of the biggest things that we emphasize is giving back and these guys are doing a great job with that. I just think it makes them overall better people when they help out with something like this. It truly a great for the entire baseball program.”

As the camp concludes maybe the Greyhounds will see these campers suit up for them when they reach high school level.