The part of a building that matters the most is the foundation. If a building doesn’t have a strong foundation, it will most likely crumble under the weight or pressure of the task at hand. Laurens District High School hosted a youth summer baseball camp to strengthen the foundation for youth baseball players.

The youth baseball camp had a turnout of 35 campers. On the first day, the campers went over the proper techniques for hitting, catching and throwing. Over the next few days, campers advanced as they learned to field a ground ball, read the field efficiently when chasing a fly ball and gained situational knowledge of the game.

Head baseball coach Tori Patterson is familiar with the importance of fundamentals and commitment to the game, as he was a six-year varsity starter for the Raiders before graduating from LDHS in 2010 to play baseball at Florence-Darlington Tech and then at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga. Patterson still holds the record at LDHS for most consecutive starts.

We covered everything you can think of regarding baseball in just four days. We did not waste any time, and the campers seemed to have a lot of fun learning the game,” Patterson said, “Baseball has always been my life, and I’ve done it my whole life, which is why I want to be very involved with our youth players. At some point, these youth campers will become Raiders, so I love the chance to get to influence and teach them some things while they’re still young.”

Got Spirit? If so, then the Raider Cheerleading camp is for you.

Join the youth camp on Thursday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Laurens District High School Auxiliary Gym. The camp is for ages 4-12.

Spend time with the LDHS JV and varsity cheerleaders as they cheer, jump, dance and stunt. Throughout the day, cheerleaders will be working on developing a cheerleading routine to present at an LDHS varsity football game on Friday, August 30.

Camp also includes snacks, games, and crafts. Campers attending this camp must wear comfortable clothes, athletic shoes and bring a filled water bottle labeled with the camper’s name. The form to register for Cheerleading Kiddie Camp is available by clicking here. Raider Cheerleading Camp Form.