The boys, primarily from the Forest Hills area, participate in the annual program to develop their baseball skills or to just have fun with their friends during the summer.
A typical day in the camp would go like this:
When camp formally starts at 9:30, the counselors gather up the kids on the baseball fields with the intention of working on the morning warm-ups and stretches.
One of the organizers of the camp, Evan Spilke,describes the initiative as” a typical warm-up any major leaguer would do. They’re all designed to make you a better baseball player both mentally and physically better to play the game”.
This gives you a hint on the quality and standard these instructors create for the children.
Once all the children are done with the warm-up process, they’re then filtered into groups according to age and skill level.
Each individual group specializes on an aspect of baseball’s fundamentals. For instance, the oldest group, filled with ten-to-twelve year-olds might concentrate on properly catching a ground ball, while the youngest boys, specifically five and six year olds, might practice running around bases or learn how to catch a ball. After the morning workouts, the kids head out to lunch and rest up for the afternoon finale.
The day ends, with the much-anticipated event of the day, the baseball game.
Kevin, age 6, proclaimed, “Playing the baseball games is my favorite part of the day”.
In these simulated games, the counselors incorporate all the drills and fundamentals performed earlier in the day, so that the kids would learn hands on, how to use these techniques during an actual game.
And before any one has noticed, it’s already 3:30 and an enjoyable day of baseball has finished.
Under the direction of Judy Chase, the Treasurer of the Forest Hills Little League and Evan Spilke, the Co- President of the Forest Hills Little League, this year’s camp has shown lots of promise by attracting more kids.
The Forest Hills Little League is one of more successful little leagues in the city, continuously winning district, regional, and sectional championships. Their impressive resume is due in part to the faithful organizers of this little league and talented children that participated.
Chase confessed her love of baseball, “We live, breathe and sleep baseball”. That being said, her love of baseball has reflected and shown with her dedication to the boys of the Little League and the Baseball Camp.
For many of these boys, it’s the first step in becoming baseball players. Many of these kids wait in awe and dream in playing for their favorite teams one day.
One fellow, Philip, 8 stated, “I want to play for the Mets when I grow up”. The Mets could use a player like Philip, whose fielding expertise has earned him a few awards.
However, the focus of the camp is not to make star players, but for the simple purpose of having fun, with baseball.
John, age 6, agreed, “I’m having fun”.
Forest Hills Little League conducts Soccer, Basketball, Softball and Baseball Leagues. Forest Hills Little League is also introducing a soccer program for the last two weeks in August.