On Friday, the 1st annual Green and Gold Baseball Camp concluded at Bishop Hendricken High School in successful fashion.
The week-long camp was comprised of players from grades 5-8, with the youngest player being 10 years of age, and the oldest 15.
The camp was constructed by Hendricken assistant coach Chris Sheehan, who brought on an impressive group of instructors that included coaches, former and current collegiate baseball players and current Hendricken players.
Some of the instructors included: Hendricken head coach Ed Holloway, Hendricken assistant coaches Ian Smith and Bryan Leahey, Hendricken All-State shortstop John Willette, Boston College pitcher Mike King, former Rhode Island College and University of North Alabama pitcher Brad Van Fechtmann, Holy Cross pitcher Justin Finan and current Hendricken players Nico Salvaggio and Brian Cipolla.
There were also five guest speakers for each day of the camp. That group featured King, Salve Regina University head coach Eric Cirella, University of Rhode Island head coach Raphael Cerrato, Brown University centerfielder Rob Henry and former Harvard University pitcher Andrew Ferreira, who also pitched in the Minnesota Twins’ system.
Sheehan wanted to bring on a group of instructors and motivators who’ve acquired a plethora of baseball knowledge, but also individuals who’ve had a great deal of success in the game.
With the help of those highly-experienced baseball minds, Sheehan was able to carry out his vision, and he’s more than pleased with the flow of the first-year camp.
“Throughout the week we’ve worked on just about every baseball skill you can think of – all facets of the game,” Sheehan said. “Each day has been filled with drills and activities in the morning, then we usually play games in the afternoon.”
Throughout the week, each player was given the opportunity to better themselves at their primary and secondary positions, with the instructors setting aside time to assist each player with their selected spots on the diamond.
“We’ve really tried to emphasize all week fundamentals, hustle and playing the game the right way,” Sheehan said.
At the end of the day on Friday, the plan was to hold a skills competition, followed by an awards ceremony.
“Obviously we want the kids to get better, but it’s also about having fun, and we’ve done that this week,” Sheehan said.
Overall, the camp featured 51 players in year one, and Sheehan is hoping to expand in numbers next summer. There is even a possibility for the camp to stretch to two weeks.
If player development was the goal, the week was certainly a success.
“You can see before your eyes the improvement that the kids have made,” Sheehan said.