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Blackfoot Baseball Club holding camp next week

August 14, 2014

Blackfoot's Jode Stephenson makes contact with a pitch during a game this summer.

BLACKFOOT — In cities the size of Blackfoot the youth baseball leagues serve as a feeder system for the high school program.
But what is more often than not the case in the local leagues is that the players are not coached by the same coaches from the time they start playing until they reach the high school level.
Local business owner and baseball coach Kevin Hayes with the help of the Next Level Baseball Academy in Pocatello is looking to change that.
"I have been coaching my soon to be 11U team since they were 8," Hayes said. "We have had a lot success in Utah and the surrounding big cities as a travel team. I want to try and build something similar with our local players."
Hayes wants to build a youth baseball program that will be used as a feeder program for Blackfoot High School for years to come.
The Blackfoot Bronco Baseball Club is the name of this new program that will be holding a camp at Airport Park next week.
"We want to build a program that will be under the Next Level umbrella that teaches kids how to all of the things the right way," Hayes said. "We want kids to field a ground ball the proper way, throw the proper way and just do things the same way all the way through high school."
"We want to give kids the opportunity to play competitive baseball and to play at a high level," Hayes said.
Former Colorado Rockies minor leaguer and American Falls High graduate Christian Colonel runs the Next Level Academy in Pocatello and will be out to help run the camp next week.
Hayes hopes to have an 8U, 9U and 10U teams ready for next spring.
The camp will begin on Tuesday at 4 p.m. with registration at Airport Park and will run Tuesday and Wednesday.
"This camp is open to any players ages 8-10 that are looking for an opportunity to learn some proper techniques and play some competitive baseball, " Hayes said.

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