Baseball program developing talent Adia Waldburger of the Record staff
If baseball is one America’s favorite pastime, then Basin Recreation is trying to make Park City an All-American city. Through the work of program coordinator Matt Strader, Park City High School baseball head coach Buster Schwab and other qualified coaches, Park City has established a nearly 100-member development program that should likely produce quality players at the high school level and beyond.
According to Strader, there are four age levels, starting with a beginning team for youth ages seven and eight. League play starts in April and continues until spring. The teams play double-headers every Saturday in Salt Lake, and travel to tournaments around the state. Practice takes place a few times per week.
Strader says young beginners will gain a lot from the program. In tryouts, coaches will look to see that they can throw, hit and catch the ball, and then they will learn a lot once they are on the team. The older teams will continue to build on the skills they’ve already learned.
All coaches in the league are required to attend a coaching clinic to guarantee continuity in the skills training and that the boys will be prepared to tryout for the high school squad when the time comes.
"Our coaches are very experienced in the game of baseball technique and knowledge," Strader said.
Schwab began working with a group of kids four years ago, who are now in ninth grade. Strader says that ensuring the boys are learning a steady progression of skills has made the freshmen ready to play at the prep level.
"He wants to stay involved, because it helps him," Strader said. "The Miners are going to be a great team. The kids are getting better and better."
Last season, the Miners baseball team struggled through the spring and failed to make the playoffs and Strader wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
"I think we will see the program get stronger and stronger because of this," Strader said. Basin Recreation Youth Competitive Baseball tryouts will be held on Friday, Jan. 20 for nine- and 10-year olds from 4-6:30 p.m., and 6:30-9 p.m. for 11- and 12-year olds. Tryouts for seven- and eight-year olds will be held from 7:30-9 a.m. and from 9 a.m.- noon for 13- and 14-year olds on Saturday, Jan. 21. All Tryouts will be held at the Basin Recreation Field House. Once teams are set, the there will be a $200 fee to cover uniforms, league costs, insurance, team equipment and field house rental. Call Matt at 655-0999 ext. 14 for additional information.
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