Learning to love the game
The plan each time Burleson baseball coach Daniel Bruce holds a camp is for the campers to have fun and learn at least the fundamentals of baseball.
“The younger kids had fun playing baseball and the older ones got a taste of what to expect when they come to our program,” Bruce said. “The young ones have to know the game is fun and then start with the working on the fundamentals from there.”
Bruce said the camp went well and the 111 campers was the largest attendance since he took over the program.
“The last two years the camper totals have been the highest since I’ve been here,” Bruce said. The bigger numbers are another sign that Burleson High’s student-athlete pool is growing back to pre Centennial High split numbers.
Bruce was most interested in seeing what the 20 campers in the incoming seventh- through night-grade group had to offer talent wise.
“To get a look at those guys before they get here is good for us as a coaching staff,” Bruce said. “It’s nice to have the number of freshmen that tried out last season. To have more options when picking the team’s is better.”
On the first day of camp last month, Bruce and his coaches put the older campers through drills to see what their basic fundamental skill level was and then pushed them the next few days to see where their potential level might be.
“I thought there was a good core group of freshmen coming in that we can build something around,” Bruce said. “Just getting them into the program is going to be really good for the next few years. I’m especially excited about getting them involved with the group that we have coming back.”