Jackson High School’s Lady Devils last week hosted their annual summer youth softball camp.
More than two dozen children age 6 to 14 participated in the camp, as did a dozen or so members of the Lady Devils softball team. Organized by Lady Devils coach Charlie Biles for the 15th year in a row, the camp offers young players a chance to get coached by Jackson High players and their coaches.
The camp was held June 5-7 at the Butts County Athletic Complex, on the Lady Devils’ field, though activities had to be moved indoors to the Henderson Middle School gym June 6 due to rain.
“Out of 15 years I’ve never had a rainout — this is my first one — so we’re doing stuff in the gym today,” Biles said Thursday. “Which is not what you want, but we can still get some mechanical stuff done, so it’s going to be good for that. ... We’re still working hard on mechanics even though we’re inside.”
The camp includes instruction on throwing, catching, hitting, bunting, pitching, catching, and base running and sliding.
In the traditional end-of-camp activity, campers get to practice their sliding technique on a water slide.
“Yesterday we had a good workout on the field,” Biles said Thursday. “We worked hard on mechanics, teaching them our throwing program and our fielding mechanics. We taught a little bit about hitting and went through some drills. Then we played a little fun tee ball game at the end of camp ...
“It’s been a good group. They’ve been very energetic and enthusiastic and they’ve been very good about being coachable. And my instructors have done a great job,” Biles said.