Diamondbacks Return For Baseball Camp

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are returning to the Rim country.

Diamondback spokesman Jeff Rodin announced this week that the professional baseball team's youth training center will conduct a camp in Payson similar to the highly successful inaugural one held last summer.

Only this year, the training center to be held July 9-13 will expand to include two daily sessions.

A regular training center will he conducted each morning from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

An advanced camp will be held in the afternoons from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

The afternoon session is open to players at least 11-years-old who have advanced skill levels. Also, afternoon campers should have previously attended an ADTC camp and be currently playing in youth leagues.

The morning sessions are designed for youths of all skill levels from 7 to 14 years of age.

Rodin said the second daily session was added to the Diamondbacks' Payson visit because of the success of last year's Rim country training center.

The curriculum of both the morning and afternoon camps is endorsed by the Diamondbacks baseball staff and is matched to the age and skill level of the student.

Instructors are picked by the Diamondback organization to teach the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing and base running. Specific position play is also taught.

Instructors also work to ensure the instruction is fun and meaningful.

Last summer, the instructors included former pro player and ASU standout Ricky Nelson and others. Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet also was on the staff.

According to Rodin, Nelson is now coaching in the Oakland A's farm system and won't be returning to Payson.

"We're still putting together the (coaching staff)," Rodin said.

Pettet said, however, that he will again work this summer's session.

Both Rodin and Pettet advise campers to register as soon as possible because camp sizes are limited.

"Instructor to student ratios are monitored for hands-on learning," Rodin said.

Registration is $150 and includes a Diamondbacks Training Centers T-shirt, cap, bat bag and two tickets to a Diamondbacks home game.

Proceeds from Training Centers benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Charities Youth Baseball Fund.

Call (800) 821-7152 for more information or to register for the camp.

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