In preparation for the upcoming season, West Stokes High School softball held a “Future Wildcat Softball Camp.”
The camp was divided into an all skills session and a pitchers and catchers session.
The all skills session ran from July 20 through 22 from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. The session was for ages 6 through 12.
The pitchers and catchers session ran from July 20 through 21 from 1 to 2:45 p.m. The session was for ages 8 through 12.
According to Jordan Stevens, head coach, the camp was held as a fundraiser to fund a trip for the team to Brunswick County Beaches over the upcoming spring break.
“It was just a way to give back to the community and to prepare them to give back to the community and to prepare future players to come to West Stokes,” Stevens said of the camp.
The all skills session focused on the fundamentals, Stevens said, adding that the session primarily focused on fielding and hitting, with some hitting drills thrown in.
Stevens said that the pitchers and catchers session was primarily intended to better the participant’s abilities and to increase the success of the team that they’re already on.
“It was the first time that we ever did this and I think if we continue to do this that it will grow,” Stevens said.
In addition to the softball camp, Stevens also coordinated a volleyball camp during the second week in July for grades 9 through 12.
The camp cost $50 and included a T-shirt and two same day sessions.
According to Stevens, the camp was particularly exciting because players from Catawba Valley Community College and coaches instructed the camp, including a West Stokes High School alumna who now play on the team at the college.
“It was great to get the girls together with the college coaches,” Stevens said.
The alumna player was Michala Bozman.
“It was great for Michala to give back to the same program that the girls are in,” Stevens said.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.