The College of Southern Maryland baseball team hosted their Showcase Camp on November 2.
Athletes took part in drills, such as a timed 60-yard dash, position-based defensive drills, and batting practice, and played a four inning game to showcase their game skills. Coaches then provided the athletes with a tour of CSM's campus and athletic facilities, as well as giving them feedback on their skills. The showcase also gave CSM coaches the opportunity to view potential recruits.
"We were very pleased with the event this year," CSM head baseball coach Aaron Michael said. "We have done this a couple years in a row and it is becoming a really great tool for us to interact with our community. Players get to see our campus, our facilities, get instruction from our coaching staff, and we get a chance to see their baseball skills first-hand in a well controlled environment."
Michael said the camp had their biggest turnout yet, with 20 athletes from eighth to 12th grade attending. More than half of the schools in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference were represented by the athletes, according to Michael.
"Our goal in the future is to grow to where we are pulling some of the bright, young talent across all of SMAC and our surrounding region," Michael said.
Michael added that many of the parents of the athletes stayed to watch the camp and enjoyed seeing the athletes interact with each other. Some of the parents mentioned how excited they were to get to see some of the competition their athletes will face in the upcoming high school season.
"I think we will continue to grow the event in the years to come, and I look forward to meeting the best and brightest from the area," Michael said.