Coaches Hold Camps Across the State
Arkansas head softball coach Mike Larabee and assistant coaches Sue Carpenter and Cory Adkins traveled across Arkansas to host softball camps for young players Aug. 10-14.
“We wanted to go out and promote our softball program. We wanted to get out to some smaller communities that can’t always drive to Fayetteville for a camp,” said Larabee.
The coaching staff hosted three camps in just four short days and traveled to Paragould, Mountain Home and El Dorado.
The camps were held for girls currently in grades K-12. Overall, the camps gathered 165 young athletes interested in softball.
“We made it extremely affordable for the campers,” said Larabee.
The camp taught the players basic skills needed to excel in the game of softball as well as off the field. The campers were also taught the traditions and values of a college softball program.
“We wanted to work really hard on developing the fundamental skills of the kids. They were basic skills camps. We went over hitting and the preflight checklist to hitting, getting ready before the pitch is thrown,” Larabee said. “We talked about how to play a high level of catch and we talked about doing some base running and fielding the right way.”
All three of the camps had great turnouts. The people of the communities as well as the local coaches and campers were very supportive. The staff would like to continue this camp every year.
“We wanted to get people excited about Razorback softball and build a good fan base. We had a great response and all of the families said that they enjoyed it a lot. A lot of kids wanted pictures with the coaching staff,” Larabee said. “The state is excited about the future of Arkansas Razorback softball.”