By Morgan Cole
Kids can learn how to hit like Trevor Story or Charlie Blackmon in the Colorado Rockies’ batting cages as part of the Salt River Fields’ Baseball Academy.
The hitting clinic is November 27, Black Friday, at Salt River Fields, the spring training facility the team shares with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Chris Bonnell, Salt River Fields’ marketing director, and Jeff Rodin organized the camp. Rodin founded the D-backs Baseball Academy, which is a different entity, 20 years ago.
The D-backs Baseball Academy is a year-round baseball and fast-pitch softball instruction division of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Some of the camps are held at SRF. But all of the D-backs Baseball Academy camps have been postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Salt River Fields is separate from the Diamondbacks, and we’ve developed our own,” Bonnell says about the new baseball academy.
Bonnell says they chose Black Friday so parents could drop off their kids for fun and baseball while they go shopping.
The camp will adhere to Arizona COVID-19 congregate guidelines, so social distancing will be maintained.
“We’ll keep it to just about 30 kids for each session,” Bonnell says.
There will be two sessions for this hitting clinic, and each session is two hours. The first session is for ages 6 through 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. The second session, from 2 to 4 p.m., is for ages 13 to 18.
“There are about eight or nine cages there, so it allows us to space out the kids in really small groups,” Bonnell says.
Participants are required to bring their own equipment to ensure helmets, gloves and other required pieces aren’t shared and touched by multiple kids. SRF will also not provide water to the campers.
“We have hand sanitizing stations at each cage already installed,” Bonnell says.
All coaches and staff are required to wear face masks, and campers are highly encouraged to wear masks as well, according to Bonnell.
Salt River Fields Baseball Academy, Black Friday Hitting Clinic, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, November 27, Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, saltriverfields.com.