To promote the game of baseball and help kids develop a love for the sport at a young age, the Minot Hot Tot, in partnership with the Minot Health Clinic, began hosting youth baseball camps at Corbett Field Wednesday morning.
Throughout the day, campers will receive a variety of instructions from Hot Tots head coach Mitchell Gallagher, as well as a variety of Hot Tots players and coaches as they head to Corbett Field to help support the community.
“I love doing these camps. I grew up going to camps like this with older kids or ex-pros. For me, that’s where I learned that I love the game. Just being around kids my age, playing baseball and getting a good education, but ultimately I love doing the games because that It’s a backyard baseball lesson. Everyone hits. said Gallagher.
Not only are the camps providing a great opportunity to learn from coaches with deep baseball experience and college athletes playing the game at the highest level, but through their partnership with Minot Health, they are learning all of this for free. Clinic.
“The free camp is a great idea. I think baseball can be a costly game especially as they get older and travel ball is involved. Some families can’t afford it.” said Gallagher.
Gallagher added, “So when you can provide something free where there’s a good education and a good foundation, it helps you raise the game and keep kids from falling behind at a young age.”
When the two camps were announced, the Minot community responded positively, and spots filled up quickly. While Gallagher wishes everyone could participate, he said it’s exciting to see how quickly the camps fill up.
“That’s hard to hear because you want to get everyone involved, but it’s great to see that there are so many people who want to have their kids play baseball and interact with these college kids in their community for the summer.”
Wednesday was the first day of camp, which is for ages 9-12 and runs from 8am to 3pm at Corbett Field. Splitting the camp into two groups, Gallagher said the morning session had plenty of instruction and instruction, making way for fun games with the kids in the afternoon.
“We split it into two sets. It was very educational in the morning trying to give each kid something to take away from the day. I’ve seen a lot of improvement from just catching and throwing. That’s one of the most important skills to learn in baseball to me because we focus on that. Gallagher said.
Gallagher added, “We’re looking for an afternoon of fun. For me, the two biggest things I said at the beginning of camp are I want them to learn something, and I want them to have fun.
In Wednesday’s camp, Gallagher noticed his kids improved throughout the day. It was a rewarding feeling for him and the Hot Tots players in attendance to see them make those adjustments and apply what they learned so quickly.
“A lot of parents ask how they can improve their kids, and the answer to me is always repetition. The more ground balls we can get them, the more throws they can make, the better they are. Knowing that we weren’t just watching the kids here, when you saw the growth pay off in the short term. We were here to grow the game. And helping these kids get a little better. I think every kid here got better today.
Following Wednesday’s session, the campers had the opportunity to receive a presentation from the Hot Tots players, and the excitement didn’t end there as they were able to win free tickets to last night’s game.
The team treated the campers and the rest of the fans to a 10-6 win over the MoonDogs later that night.
Using home runs from Tristan Moore (two-run) and Brannon Mondragon (three-run), as well as a three-RBI night from Drew Woodcox and one RBI each from Karson Evans and Ryan Recio, Minot’s balanced attack proved to be more than enough. to pick up their sixth win of the season.