Hitting camp helping countless kids for a generation taking place this week
by Mike Slodki
Sugar Groveâ€”Many things that began in the 1980s are woefully out of style.
But if they offer a good product and rising returns every year, thriving is in the cards.
Such is the case with the hitting camp hosted by Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, now in its 25th year.
Kicking off on Monday and running through Thursday, June 11, the camp tutors athletes ages 8 through 14 in baseball and fastpitch softball.
â€œI think from our standpoint, we just want to give them a great experience,â€ Naperville Northâ€™s Mark Lindo said. â€œI can really see improvement from yesterday to today.â€
The camp teaches aspiring players the fundamentals of hitting with emphasis on basic mechanics of the game.
At the end of each session, the younger and older kids split off and show what theyâ€™ve learned in a scrimmage.
Balancing work and play is what keeps the camp going, and even camp alumni come back and help, like Lindoâ€™s son Sean, now an instructor.
â€œItâ€™s definitely something I want to do in the future, and I can see myself as a coach one day,â€ said the younger Lindo, who played at Oswego High School and now plays for the Chiefs. â€œYou really do see a difference in the kids from beginning to end.â€
Estimating that the price of the camp has gone up just $20 since its inception, WCC athletic manager and baseball coach Randall echoes his fellow instructors in what keeps parents and kids coming back.
â€œItâ€™s fun to see the kids progress from Monday to Thursday. We wanted something thatâ€™s reasonably priced and for kids to gain something out of it.â€
Photo: Sandwich resident Christian Latham takes his hacks during Day 2 of the 25th edition of Waubonsee Community Collegeâ€™s Hitting Camp in Sugar Grove. The camp, running through Thursday, June 11, is run by Waubonseeâ€™s Dave Randall and Mark Lindo of Naperville North. Photo by Mike Slodki