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Local youths receive pointers on pitching

Published 5:42pm Monday, November 4, 2013

Thirty-eight boys between the ages of 9-16 spent this past weekend honing their craft on the mound under the tutelage of Mark Fuller and Cedric Buckner.
Fuller and Buckner hosted a pitching camp for youth baseball players at McKelvey Park in Dadeville, and those who attended were able to fine-tune their mechanics as they look to get back into the swing of things with baseball season approaching in the next couple of months.
“It was a great experience,” Fuller said. “We had a great group of kids out there, and there were more kids out there than I originally expected. You never know what’s going on on Saturdays but the weather was perfect, and everything came together for us.”
Fuller, who works through the Sports Academy in Auburn, said the camp was one of hopefully several that he and Buckner hope to host.
The future camps would cater to boys and girls.
“It was a great opportunity for us to give back, as well as to help the kids get ready for the youth leagues and the upcoming baseball seasons,” Fuller said. “We want to do multiple baseball and softball camps, and Cedric and I are going to talk more about when we can do our next camp. We want to get the kids as much work as we can.”
Fuller said the foundation of pitching was the focus of the camp, adding that when the kids are able to sharpen their mechanics, the other aspects of pitching could fall into place.
“The mechanics are really the heart and soul of it,” Fuller said. “The biggest thing is teaching the kids how to throw properly. If they can become mechanically sound, then the rest of it is easy. After that, we have to make sure that they are getting better. It’s hard to get better when you’re not throwing, so we have to get the kids away from the video games and get them outside to play catch, so they can work on it.”
Fuller also credited Buckner for the camp’s success.
“He has a heart that wants to see the kids get better in the various sports they play,” Fuller said. “He does as much as he can to build excitement for baseball and softball in the area.”
Fuller said he and Buckner would know by Thursday when the next skills camp would be.
Anyone who wants more information in regards to upcoming camps or the Sports Academy can visit sportsacademyauburn.com or contact Fuller at (334) 559-4575.

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