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Ocee camp has major league appeal

By Richard Daigle

July 05, 2001
While there are many baseball camps in the Atlanta area, Scott Fletcher Baseball Camps bring a new level of professionalism to baseball instruction. With the wealth of pro experience his camps offer, former major leaguer Fletcher feels he can help young players get a jump on the competition.

"Learning at an early age is a huge advantage," he said. "The quicker you learn the skills, the quicker you can climb to higher levels."

Scott Fletcher Baseball Camp will be conducted July 23-35 at Ocee Park in Alpharetta. The fee is $85.

The camp will also be offered Aug. 1-3 for at Sharon Springs Park in Forsyth County, where two separate clinics for coaches and parents also will be held Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. Adults can attend one or both sessions. Each clinic costs $45; baseball camp in Forsyth is $95.

"Baseball is a fun game but it's also a game that gets more and more serious as you get to higher levels," he said. "Our camp teaches the proper fundamentals and then builds on that. They can take these fundamentals and use them as high as they can go — all the way to the major leagues if they get that far."

Fletcher's dad pitched in the minor leagues and the baseball tradition is continuing with his 12-year-old son, Brian, who plays on a travel team. Fletcher's big league career spanned 15 years with the Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox, Rangers, Tigers and Brewers.

Fletcher led the Rangers in hitting in 1986 with a .300 average. He finished second among American League second basemen in fielding percentage in 1990, making only 9 errors in 750 chances.

Fletcher said when he was young, a coach gave him some advice on fielding grounders: "glove down, look out." Throughout his pro career, he used that simple axiom to reinforce good fielding techniques. Now, he wants to pass along sound instruction just like that coach did.

"Someone gave that to me and now I want to give good instruction to other players so they can take it as far as they can go," he said.

In addition to running player camps, Fletcher is also offering coach/parent clinics to teach coaches and parents how to do the drills that are taught and how to run practices.

Chuck Lusted, who pitched five years in the minor leagues in the Giants' organization, serves as the camp pitching instructor.

For information call 770-663-7848.

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