The Lamar University softball team will host several one-day camps between June 20 and August 27. All camps will be held at the Lamar Softball Complex and be conducted under the guidance of the Cardinal coaching staff.

Camps are available for players ages 9 and up seeking to improve their all-around abilities, as well as camps concentrating on pitching and hitting.

“We have a regular skills camp, where we focus on offense, defense, pitching and catching,” Lamar Head Coach Holly Bruder said. “We have the same type of camp for the elite level, as we do for the youth camp.”

A camp participant takes batting practice under the watchful eye of the Lamar coaching staff during the Lamar Cardinals Elite softball camp held June 20, 2017, at the Lamar Softball Complex.

A camp participant takes batting practice under the watchful eye of the Lamar coaching staff during the Lamar Cardinals Elite softball camp held June 20, 2017, at the Lamar Softball Complex.

Two scrimmage camps will also be held at the elite level, which give the Lamar staff an opportunity to look at prospects in a live game situation, a practice permissible under NCAA regulations.

“We put them into teams, they play each other on our field,” Bruder said. “It’s an opportunity to see them in a live game situation. By elite level, we mean 9th grade through junior college and four-year college transfers who may want to come to Lamar.”

Small group hitting and pitching camps will be also be available for elite-level players, with one-on-one attention given by the staff.

“We limit those camps to 15 athletes at the elite level,” Bruder said. “Personal attention is given to each participant, so we needed to keep the groups smaller.”

Camps are also a way for the softball program to give back to the fans and community.

“We want to give back,” Bruder said. “All camp fees go right back into the program, so we can purchase a pair of cleats, or maybe some on-deck circles for the field. It’s a way for us to give back to the community that supports us every fall and spring.”

Giving back is something that motivates current Cardinal softball players.

“We have an opportunity to give our knowledge to these younger athletes,” Moore, OK, senior Sable Hankins said. “They give of their time to be here, as we do, and they want to get better. Them wanting to get better is what pushes us to get better. It’s a blessing for us, to be here for them.”

Hankins said that if the younger players can do it, then there’s no excuse for a college athlete not to show the same drive and determination.

For more information and complete camp schedules, contact Allison Honkofsky at 409-880-7448 or allison.honkofsky@lamar.edu.

 

Story package by UP staffer Bill Warrington

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