Little Fillie camp emphasizes basics

Coach Mike Reed instructs a player on her swing with a softball placed on a tee.

TIFTON — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College head coach Jennifer Walls and staff passed on softball knowledge to a small, but dedicated crew of youngsters at the Fillies’ field.

The Little Fillie Softball Camp took place Thursday morning and early afternoon, bringing together youth from several area communities. Among those, Walls noted players from Worth County, Lee County and Crisp County.

A handful of players were in for the one-day camp. That worked well, as Walls said this gave coaches “more one-on-one instruction,” which is a definite positive. She said they mostly ranged from 8-12 years of age.

The camp’s instruction was aimed at beginning players. “Girls are being exposed to all positions,” she said. Near the end of camp, she was going to work with players who specifically wanted to pitch.

The camp emphasized fundamentals and techniques in hitting and fielding.

“I am all about the basics,” said Walls. She said few players had truly learned softball basics, so she and coaches Mike Reed and Kelsey Steller took essentials, such as throwing, “down to the foundation.”

The campers’ youth worked well for the training. “The girls don’t have bad habits,” said Walls.

One of the biggest challenges was beating the heat. Walls was going to set up a Slip ’N Slide for the players at the end of the day, but upon inspection earlier this week, discovered a hole in the plastic. Outfield sprinklers were turned on instead at the end of the session.

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