Campers received instruction in fundamentals of batting, throwing, catching, fielding and baserunning.

Aurora youth hone baseball skills at free training camp

AURORA, Ill., May 3, 2021 — Play ball! That was the theme of 11th annual Aurora Islanders’ youth baseball camp Saturday, May 1, at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Aurora. 

Despite windy conditions, about 30 boys and girls ages 6 to 12 years old participated in T-ball and baseball drills. Coaches for the free morning camp were volunteers from the Islanders, an Aurora-based senior amateur baseball club.

Baseball practice
Aurora resident Jackson White, 6, bats a tennis ball at a free baseball camp for boys and girls Saturday at MLK Park in Aurora. (Al Benson photo)
Girl throws baseball
A young girl practices throwing at a free baseball camp for boys and girls Saturday at MLK Park in Aurora. Coaching right is Rick Filippo, among a half dozen Aurora Islanders senior baseball club players who volunteered to coach T-ball and baseball training. (Al Benson photo)

Campers received instruction in fundamentals of batting, throwing, catching, fielding and baserunning. Tennis balls substituted for baseballs for T-ball students. Bottled water and donated equipment were available on request.

A lunch of hotdogs, chips, cookies concluded the training.

At the campWayside Cross Ministries of Aurora registered campers for its free summer Aurora Neighborhood Baseball League at MLK Park. Included are T-ball and baseball games. T-ball, for ages 6-8, is played on Saturday mornings. Players receive a free jersey and hat. 

Baseball games, for ages 9-12, are scheduled on Saturdays and a weekday. Practices are held weekly. Players receive a free cap, jersey, pants and socks. Gloves are available on request. 

Team practices started May 3 for the season from May 22 to mid July. To sign up, or for more information, call Abby Gonzalez at (630) 723-3421 or e-mail agonzalez@waysidecross.org.

About Aurora Islanders
The Aurora Islanders, an Aurora-based amateur senior baseball club, is creating a 30+ team in the Chicago Central Men’s Senior Baseball League. Experienced Chicago-area players from age 27 to early 40s are invited to play a 20-game season. Contact Dan Baker at dbaker107620@gmail.com

Baseball instruction
Glen Gaffney, 41, instructs baseball fielding techniques Saturday at a free baseball camp for boys and girls at MLK Park in Aurora. Gaffney was among a half dozen Aurora Islanders senior baseball club players who served as T-ball and baseball volunteer coaches. The Islanders, an Aurora amateur club, sponsored the 11th annual spring training session for boys and girls ages 6-12. A hot dog lunch was included. (Al Benson photo)

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Al Benson
Freelance Photo-Journalist

Al Benson is an Aurora-based freelance photo-journalist. He is currently an archives research specialist at Aurora University. His work has appeared in The Voice, The Daily Herald, The Beacon-News, and the Chicago Tribune.



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