LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Spring is here and that means it’s time for baseball! Trainers at Y.E.S. Fitness in Lee's Summit, Mo., invited me to join some of their young people who are training for the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Contest at Hitt Park in Greenwood on May 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
I walked in their new fitness center on Skyline Drive where a group of 10 energetic kids ages 12 to 16 were there waiting for me. We started with a few warm-up exercises then grabbed our catcher's gloves and started throwing. We ended the practice with batting practice. I discovered that there's more to batting than the old saying, "keep your eye on the ball."
I learned that how I hold the bat, turn my waist, position my legs and move my arms is all critical to a good swing. I still have a long way to go before my swing is ready for competition.
But there are a lot of youth who would like to compete. Mark Mohler, MLB Coordinator for the contest was a guest Tuesday along with Travis Lorance, Manager at Y.E.S. Fitness. Both agree that baseball is a team sport that builds character in young people.
"It's a wonderful sport and kids love competition; it helps them set goals and engage with other kids their ages and it helps them be physically fit," Mohler said.
Major League Baseball is holding Pitch, Hit & Run contests around the country. If you would like to attend the contest in Greenwood, you can sign-up in person at Paradise Park, Abundant Life Church and at area Cosentino's Price Choppers. You can also sign up the day of the event at Hitt Park in Greenwood.
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