BASEBALL CAMP GETS KIDS INTO THE SWING; THREE-DAY SESSION IN AGOURA HILLS STRESSES FUNDAMENTALS.Byline: Kevin F. Sherry sherry [from Jérez], naturally dry fortified wine, pale amber to brown in tint. The term sherry originally referred to wines made from grapes grown in the region of Jérez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain; today it may refer to any of the Daily News Staff Writer
A new set of baseball experts has been unleashed on the Conejo Valley The Conejo Valley is a region spanning both Southeastern Ventura County and Northwest Los Angeles County in Southern California, United States. It was discovered in 1542 by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and eventually became part of the Rancho El Conejo land grant by , after a three-day holiday camp at Baseball City.
The 48 boys and one girl completed the camp Tuesday, learning and drilling in important baseball skills such as sliding, throwing, hitting and fielding.
Some of them received a trip to the camp as a Christmas present, said camp coach Russ Stephans. Others just wanted to hone their skills before regular baseball training starts in the spring, said coach Armando Gomez, who also is head baseball coach at San Fernando High School San Fernando High School, located in San Fernando, California, is a secondary school that is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
The school colors are black and gold. All girl teams are referred to as Lady Tigers, all boy teams simply as Tigers. .
``All of these guys are getting a head start,'' Gomez said. ``Some of them are already in midseason form.''
Participants, who ranged in age from 5 to 11, took turns sliding into or rounding a base.
Others learned the fundamentals of fielding grounders: eyes on the ball, knees bent, glove glove, hand covering with a separate sheath for each finger. The earliest gloves, relics of the cave dwellers, closely resembled bags. Reaching to the elbow, they were most probably worn solely for protection and warmth. to the ground, throwing hand at the ready.
The youngsters got the opportunity to avoid picking up bad baseball habits that they could learn from their peers, Stephans said.
``We're going to make them do it right,'' he said. ``Most of them pick it up immediately.''
Such camps give players a chance to practice their skills in a relaxed atmosphere, rather than trying to learn under pressure while on a team, Stephans said.
``They don't have to learn it so much under fire,'' he said.
The individual attention makes sure that everyone is included in the action, Stephans said.
``There's no bench-warmers,'' he said. ``Everybody has to keep moving.''
Team coaches also benefit from getting players who have attended baseball camps, because they can begin coaching them at an advanced level, Stephans said.
``They're not just getting 12 guys who have never played the game,'' he said.
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color, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour Conejo only) Russ Stephans, top left, instructs Ryan Falck, 11, during a sliding drill. Above, Mike Glendenning lets kids field baseball trivia questions.
(3 -- Simi edition only) Ten-year-old Jamie Rose Jamie Rose (born November 26, 1959 in New York City, New York) is an American actress, possibly best known for playing Vickie Gioberti in the prime-time 1980s soap opera Falcon Crest. , center, participates in a throwing drill.