(Riverton, Wyo.) – Area kids aged 11 to 15 years-old who have not played organized baseball before are invited to what is being termed a “Late Bloomers” baseball camp August 20-22, a Wednesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The camp is being sponsored by the Riverton Police Department and all costs are being borne by the Riverton Police Foundation.
“We want to capture those late bloomers who might have played T-ball, but not any organized baseball,” said Chief Mike Broadhead, who will run the camp along with a few of his officers. “The idea is to spend three days at the Little League fields for the kids to gain enough knowledge and confidence in themselves to join an organized team next year.”
Broadhead said the leap between Little League and Babe Ruth, for example, is a big one. “Suddenly kids go from a 60 foot baseline to a 90 foot baseline and it can be intimidating. The play is a notch above too and if kids aren’t well-versed in baseball, they may not go out for a team,” Broadhead said. “Maybe the youngster grew into his/her body late, but whatever the reason we want to build some confidence with these kids so they can play next year.”
Broadhead said the camp is not affiliated with any organized group, but it is an outreach by the police department to give kids a safe thing to do and to build relationships.
To register for the event, call Mike Broadhead at 857-7603.
“It won’t all be skill drills, we’ll ask the kids to bring a brown bag lunch and then we can talk baseball while eating. If we get enough kids we can even have some practice games in the afternoon,” he said. “Just to make the kids comfortable with the game.”