By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
KEMP-The Yellowjackets added many camp dates to their already busy summer schedule with baseball, softball, cross country and two football camps in June and July.
Baseball is the most immediate camp with the session June 15-18. Campers will learn the basics of fielding, batting, pitching and throwing from coach Kellen Monreal as well as former and current Kemp baseball players. Eligible students will be going into second grade through ninth. Camp time is 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Softball starts up the following week, June 22-24, and is also 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Also in June and running through July 30 is Kemp’s strength and conditioning summer programs, available for all athletes from sixth grade through seniors. It will be hosted in the high school weight room from Monday-Thursday. There will be two lifting sessions per day, from 8-11 a.m. and again from 4:30-7 p.m.
After a busy June, the staff gets a short break before youth football camp opens June 13-15, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Students from first-ninth grade are eligible for youth football camp. Just five days later, ninth graders get their own two-a-day camp July 20-22 and practice 8:30-11:30 a.m., then again from 1-3 p.m.
According to camp flyers, Kemp football camps “offer an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge. Students will be able to receive instruction that will develop the student mentally, physically and athletically before high school football starts.”
Campers will need to bring athletic shoes or cleats, shorts, a t-shirt, sunscreen, money for camp, a snack, and a water container (H2O provided).
The summer camp season will conclude in early August with cross country August 3-6, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
These camps are in addition to the previously announced basketball camps in June. The boys camp is June 8-10, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. and the girl camp is June 11-17 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
For more information on Kemp athletic summer camps, contact Athletic Director Brandon Hanks by telephone at (903) 498-3227 or email at brandon.hankins