LEICESTER, Mass. — Leicester High School student Ryan Petrone eats, sleeps and breathes baseball. And this August, he will share his love for the game with younger players by coaching a baseball camp at Double Play Sports & Fitness.
It will be his second year as a coach. The camp is a great way for players to learn about the game or to sharpen their skills, Petrone said. It is aimed at children ages 6 to 13.
"The camp builds character, confidence and knowledge of baseball while having a fun time," he said. "We will cover everything from hitting to fielding to base running to the fundamentals of throwing."
College-bound baseball players work at the camp as coaches. They are young — 17 and 18 years old — but have years of experience in playing the game.
"The kids also relate to me because I'm a senior in high school," said Petrone. "They see us do something, and they want to do it. We become sort of like role models."
The camp may also include a special surprise appearance by players from the Worcester Tornadoes.
Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 to 9 at Double Play Sports & Fitness and costs $125.
At the end of every session, parents are invited to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to watch a Wiffle Ball game, which will conclude each day. On Thursday, the camp will run until 12:30 p.m. and include a pizza party for the campers.