Claycutters bring the beautiful game to the Scouts
It was a busy day for the Claycutters today. We started training early to finish marking out our pitch for the upcoming opening game against Taunton Muskets on April 14th. We had a really strong turn out for training too which is great to see especially just before the season starts.
We then had the pleasure to show Unit 72 South Best Scouts from Cornwall and Jersey the basics of the beautiful game. The Scouts are taking this half term week to learn all they can of the American culture before joining the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA.
We set up three stations for the 34 Scouts from Cornwall and Jersey. Marcus Reilly (Coach, Pitcher) was helping the Scouts to better understand the basics of playing the game and teaching them to pitch to a strike zone. He taught them the 4 seam fastball and the importance of holding the ball correctly.
Marcus was really impressed by everyone's enthusiasm to learn the basics of baseball and definitely saw potential for some future stars of the game.
Chairman and 2nd Baseman, James Shaw, got the Scouts on the road to hitting those balls out of the park. He took the Scouts through the basics of batting and gave them the opportunity to hit off of a tee.
It's harder than you think, but the Scouts showed their determination and willingness to learn, and before they knew it, they were striking the ball cleanly and making good contact.
Even though some of the Scouts had never seen a baseball let alone imagined to ever get a chance to play. There was some great potential for Scouts taking it further if they wish.
Sadly we didn't get any photos of me teaching the other Scouts how to throw and catch. It sounds like such an easy thing to do, but stick on a stiff leather mitt and you quickly realise how awkward catching a ball is.
Once the Scouts got used to using the mitts to catch and we started to add some zip to the ball. They quickly got more confident and even started to pull of some fancy tricks to catch.
For some of the Scouts who were more confident at catching I made them do a relay race to see who could turn the play the fastest.
It was an absolute pleasure to teach the beautiful game to the Scouts and we really hope they continue to learn and give it another try. It's so important to get youngsters into the game of baseball at an early stage. The future of the game depends on it and especially for new teams like ours.
So take my advice, don't wait for the opportunity to come knocking on your door to teach people about baseball. Get in touch with your local community groups and give them a taster of what this amazing game has to offer.
Anyways, thank you for taking the time to read our first blog post, we hope you enjoyed it. If you're based in Cornwall and want the Claycutters to come to your organisation, school or club to teach you about the game of baseball, use the contact form to get in touch.