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Baseball, softball camp will help with all areas of the games

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The 31st annual Robert Sapp Baseball Camp and Girls Softball Camp is accepting applications for its summer session, to be held June 27-July 1 at Sweetwater Park in Thomson.

Camps are in session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are for ages 7 to 14. Six-year-olds may attend if they are skilled enough to play with the 7-year-old groups.

The fee is $125, with team rates available. A $10 discount applies for five or more players from one spring/summer league team or travel team.

Former Middle Georgia College and University of Georgia head baseball coach Robert Sapp will direct the camps. Sapp has directed camps throughout the state of Georgia for 30 years. More then 100 of Sapp's former players have signed professional contracts, and 21 have played in the major leagues. Sapp's college coaching record was 915-210. High school coaches from the state and former and present college and pro players also will be on the staffs.

A girls softball camp will be held at the Sweetwater Park Softball Complex for girls ages 7 to 15. Coach Angela Crawford, the head softball coach at Houston County High School in Warner Robins, will be the assistant director. Crawford is a highly successful coach, having won three straight Region 1-AAAAA championships and coached the state runner-up in 2009. She specializes in pitching instruction. The girls camp will follow the same structure as the boys camp and will be completely separate from the boys camp.

The camp will feature fundamentals, game competition, videos, motivational and instructional lectures and demonstrations.

Each camper will have the opportunity to work on all phases of the game. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals and Jeff Francoeur of the Kansas City Royals attended the camp as youngsters.

Information and brochures on the camps can be obtained by calling the Thomson Recreation Department, (706) 595-2152, or Robert Sapp, (770) 287-3309. Or e-mail Brochures can be found at the Sweetwater Park concession stands in Thomson and the Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Department, Patriot Park in Columbia County, Washington Recreation Department, Briarwood Elementary or the Wrens Dixie Youth concession stand. More information can be found at www.robertsapp

Web posted on Thursday, April 28, 2011

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