Dothan, Ala (WDHN) — The annual Mackey Sasser youth baseball camp is taking place this week and this year’s turnout has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, nonetheless those who did show out were able to experience lessons from a former MLB catcher.
“We go through our drills in the morning and then we play games in mid-morning til lunch and then we send them home. But they’re tired, they understand it. But if they just get a few little things that we teach them each day and carry it along with them in their careers it’ll make them better baseball players,” Sasser said.
Each day the kids go over the basics like fielding, throwing motions, and their bat swing. Players come from all over the Wiregrass to come in and play ball.
Outside of the basics, the camp emphasizes on finding the fun in the sport.
“We try to make it fun. We want them to play baseball. We do not want to make it tough at this age, but we also want to teach too. So you have to have techniques you know I have some players and other coaches. They understand what it takes to get them to enjoy themselves,” Sasser said.
Normally, the amount of kids at the camp can range close to two hundred but this year given Covid-19, attendance was closer to one hundred.