Summertime is a great time for instructional camps.
Athletes of all ages are looking to spend the offseason getting a little better with specialized instruction.
The campers at the Miller School baseball camp got a leg up on the competition this week, as they were able to learn from former Major League Pitcher Billy Wagner.
Wagner spent sixteen years in the Big Leagues, racking up 422 saves.
He retired from baseball in 2010, and last season was named the varsity coach at the Miller School.
Wagner was hosting the Rising Stars elite developmental camp for 7th and 8th graders this week on the Miller Campus, bringing in specialists in areas like hitting, running, and fielding.
"We had a ton of instructors out here to give these guys a little more in tune, quick glimpses of what they need to work on," says Wagner.
Miller school senior Adam Marston was helping out at the camp, and says, "It's second to none, you can't get much better than that. Especially a guy like him, because he's one of the best."
Wagner says they were straight-forward with the instruction.
"They need to know what they have to work on," says Wagner. "So if you come out here and make it warm and fuzzy a lot of times, it's not meaningful. We really had a purpose to what we were doing, and that made the kids have to really concentrate."
Seventh-grade camper Cade Swisher says, "You can definitely tell that everyone was getting better, just the small things."
Marston says he learned a lot as an instructor.
"It makes me think about what I have to do to help out the kids," says Marston. "It really makes the thinking process full circle."
Swisher says this one week of instruction will go a long way.
"Everybody's going to take it with them," says Swisher. "Everywhere that they go, and in everything that they do."
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