The Enterprise Wildcats on Monday morning started their two-day summer camp for young baseball players around the area.
Held at Donaldson Park, the camp’s first day featured defensive drills covering pitching and fielding and a few hitting drills. It was led by coaches and players from Enterprise’s squad.
This is the first summer camp for head coach Lee Hyde, who in April just finished his first season at the helm of the baseball program. He was hired after last year’s summer camp.
Hyde said one focus of the camp is establishing a love for baseball in the young players.
“This is, I would say, one of the top two or three important things we could do to get involved with young kids in this area,” said Hyde. “It goes such a long way in not just building fundamentals, but building a love for the game. This is something they can carry on and hopefully want to come back for more. That’s what I’ve told people for a long time regarding my feelings on rec ball. Sure, you want to teach the players fundamentals and you want to teach them how to win, great, but you really want to teach them how to love it. That’s what’s going to stick, and hopefully we’re accomplishing that.”
Hyde also said the camp is beneficial not only for the attendees but for Enterprise players, as well.
“I told them last week when we were at a team camp, ‘We need a good group of guys out here ready to do some stuff,’” Hyde said. “I said, ‘You have no idea how cool you are to, say, a third-grade kid from Enterprise. You’re wearing the Enterprise baseball gear, and you’re really put on a pedestal for these young kids.’ I think that teaches the players respect for their position and helps them figure out how special it is to be a part of our program, because these kids look up to them. It’s about being able to give back and having these players understand their roles.”