Camden Red Sox invite juniors to try tee-ball

PLAY BALL: Mia Roper, Emma Higgonson and Logan Jones invite everyone to the Camden Red Sox try tee-ball days. Pictures: Simon Bennett
PLAY BALL: Mia Roper, Emma Higgonson and Logan Jones invite everyone to the Camden Red Sox try tee-ball days. Pictures: Simon Bennett

Is your child keen to try a different sport this month?

Why not give tee-ball a go.

The Camden Red Sox Baseball Club will hold two 'try tee-ball' days throughout July.

Tee-ball is a modified version of baseball where players hit the ball off a tee stand.

Red Sox club president Greg Roper said tee-ball was a great launching pad into baseball.

"Tee-ball is something different for the kids," he said.

"It helps keep kids off their technology like iPads and out into a team-based activity where they can work together.

"It's a good sport for kids that haven't played baseball before, to see if they enjoy the game."

The Camden Red Sox was founded in 2013 and joined the Macarthur Baseball League for the 2014/15 season.

Roper said the Red Sox had since become the biggest baseball club in Macarthur, catering for people of all ages.

He said Camden players travelled as far as Colo Vale and north to Moorebank for games.

"We had 380 members last financial year," he said.

"We had 28 teams last year, from tee-ball through to our seniors and over-35s teams."

Roper said his club had also tasted plenty of on-field success over the past five years.

The Red Sox have won three out of the past four Macarthur Baseball League club championships, including last year's competition.

The club championship recognises results across all grades in a collective effort.

"We are a very strong club with great coaches and committee members," Roper said.

"It's the people that make this club special."

Roper said baseball was growing in popularity across the region, especially for young girls.

"But it is in competition with a lot of other sports," he said.

It's the people that make this club special.

Greg Roper

Roper said the Red Sox club was now keen to work with Camden Council to upgrade its Hilder Reserve facility in Elderslie.

He said the club's plans included improving a new diamond (baseball field) and to establish a club canteen.

"It's a credit to our club's team that we still attract the biggest amount of juniors," Roper said.

The club president said the Red Sox had started preparing for the upcoming 2019/20 season.

"The season starts on the second week of September, with the finals in mid-March," Roper said.

The try tee-ball days will be held on Sundays, July 21 and 28 from 10am to 2pm at Hilder Reserve.

It is a free event and is open to kids aged five up to adults.

Participants will be taught the basics of tee-ball, including batting, throwing and fielding.