The Major League Baseball season has been underway since April 3, but around southwest Oklahoma, the fun is just beginning. With a bunch of baseball camps opening up recently and in the next few weeks, there are plenty of options for Jackson County kids.
One of those is the 10th Annual Navajo Baseball Camp beginning June 13 and running through June 16, at the Navajo baseball field. For Kindergartners through second-grade, the camp is from 10 a.m. to noon. For third-grade through sixth-grade, the camp runs from 1-4 p.m.
Coach Weston Winters is excited to get this camp off the ground and is most looking forward to teaching the younger kids all about the game of baseball and spreading his love for the game.
Each year, Winters’ camp runs through 50-70 kids, and at $40 for a T-shirt and four days of quality baseball instruction, he anticipates seeing a larger crowd this camp and in the coming years. Winters has coached kids at his camp from all around Southwest Oklahoma. From Elk City to Lawton, Winters accepts anyone who is willing to work hard and stay motivated.
The camp focuses on the fundamentals, but also on so much more. Winters talks about work ethic, heart and hustle. He believes if a player comes onto the field and hustles and plays hard, it will give him a chance to be great. There are going to be a few competitions at the camp, such as timed running, timed throwing and a target competition. Winters will set out a trashcan and see who can hit it the best and who can hit it the most times out of ten throws.
Winters incorporates these drills to not only make the camp fun, but also to give batters a little extra work on their aim.
Winters’ motto is “hard work always pays off.” It is a motto he lives and coaches by, and his plan is to instill that into the camp attendees. Winters was named the Oklahoma Coaches Association Region 4 Coach of the Year in 2015 and has had tremendous success as the Navajo Indians baseball coach.
A graduate of Navajo High School, Winters is ecstatic at the chance to teach youngsters his love for the game and it is something he has enjoyed doing for a while now.
“I’ve been doing this long enough now that kids who I saw start this camp in the third- or fourth-grade are now graduating from Altus and Navajo and going on to play college ball,” Winters said. “It’s a really neat deal.”
For more information on the camp or for any other questions contact Winters at 580-301-4040.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221 ext. 2076.