Johnson County’s Little League softball team consisted of only four teams in 2017 but nobody is complaining. That was one more than the previous season after they didn’t play two seasons ago.
Johnson County High School’s softball coach Angela Blevins knows the value of her up-and-coming players and so does middle school coach Greg Reece. Both are determined to step in and help the cause.
Blevins and her coaching staff will hold a camp starting Monday, July 17th.
Blevins, who was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame where she played college softball, is determined to elevate the program to another level. To do so means installing a love for softball to all the girls at a young age beginning with the elementary school athletes.
“We want to help and we want them to learn,” added Blevins. “It’s going to be a four-day skills clinic with the focus being on teaching fundamentals. We’ve invited several former players to come back and work as instructors. Some of those will have played college softball.”
Blevins added that something will be there that might catch anyone’s eye who wants to participate.
“We’re going to work on pitching, catching, fielding and hitting,” stated Blevins. “Each player will receive hands-on instruction that should help them improve their game. We are very interested in getting the Little League players hooked on softball. It’s vital to the junior high and our high school program.”
The cost of the camp is $30 and is for players age 8-12. Each participant will receive a camp tee shirt. There will be no preregistration. Signups will take place beginning at 5:00 on Monday with the camp kicking off at 6 pm.
“They tried to have something like this in the past but only a dozen kids showed up,” added Blevins. “Our goal is to get all the Little League softball players to come out and learn more about the game. We encourage those that played in the league and some of the coach pitch girls moving up to come out and participate.”