Local Baseball Shines on Super Bowl Weekend with Youth Camp

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A coach showing a young baseball player how to improve his batting stance at the IVBN Baseball Clinic on Saturday at Imperial Valley College. Photo by: Vincent Osuna
A coach shows a young baseball player how to improve his batting stance at the IVBN Baseball Clinic on Saturday at Imperial Valley College.   Photo by: Vincent Osuna

IMPERIAL — Even with the Super Bowl’s football game being the main highlight this past weekend, interest in baseball did not stop in the Valley with the Imperial Valley Baseball Network (IVBN) hosting its annual youth camp at Imperial Valley College on Saturday.

“We wanted to bring the kids together and go over all fundamentals of the game along with some detailed skills,” explained Ruben Niebla, president of IVBN. “This is the seventh annual camp and all of them have been held on the same day, Super Bowl Saturday, so it’s easy to remember.”

Registration started at 8:15 a.m. The camp was open for youths, ages 8-17, with a fee of $25 per player. All proceeds were used towards scholarships for qualifying high school players.

“The money from the camp is being used for high school scholarships for students that are local baseball standouts,” explained Niebla.

From 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., the campers were divided into age groups and taken to different stations where coaches would go over and show them advanced instructions on hitting, fielding, pitching and base running.

“This year we had special instructors come down from outside communities such as Yuma, Indio and San Diego. Some professional instructors also came down to help so it makes it a little more special than past years,” said Niebla.

The clinic also returned to a familiar location that serves as a bonus for the Valley.

“We also brought it back to IVC this year where it had gone away from for a for a few years. Being a centralized location in an area that belongs to whole community is special as well,” he said.

From comments from attendees, it was another successful year for the IVBN program and things appear to continue moving forward.

“This is probably one of the best-attended camps we’ve had,” explained Niebla. “We had over 170 kids, so it was a very successful day.”

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