Raiders focus on fundamentals at baseball camp

Scott Murphy watches as nearly 50 baseball players between the ages of 8 and 14, many with dreams of one day playing at the high-school level and beyond, take the field for another day of camp.

Murphy recently announced he was stepping down as the head coach of the Raiders after a two-year run but loves the game as much as anyone and wouldn’t miss the chance to be outside on a sun-splashed morning in June to lead the team’s annual camp.

“This is the reason I got into coaching years ago,” Murphy says as he points to the players on the field who seem eager to commence the drills that will help improve their skills. “It’s not about the games, it’s about teaching kids how to play, how to do the little things right.”

Murphy has 33 years of coaching experience and is also Navarre’s athletic director. The focus of his camp is teaching the fundamentals of a game that requires patience, skill and the willingness to accept failure while finding the will to overcome it.

“For some kids, the skills come easy,” Murphy said. “For others, it takes them a little longer to learn. It’s all about learning the fundamentals. We don’t have this camp to make money. We have it to teach these young men the great game of baseball and let them take it from there.”

The camp provides the players with plenty of opportunities to learn. They are in the batting cage swinging at pitches, on the field learning the proper way to field a ball and turn a double play and running down balls in the outfield.

Read more  in the June 16 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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