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Chris Roof's Heights Baseball Camp Provides Top Training; Second Session Scheduled July 16-19

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Somerset Patriot's mascot Sparkee payed a visit to the first session of Heights Baseball School. Credits: Heights Baseball School
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80 kids participated in the first session of Heights Baseball School and 100 are expected to attend the second session the week of July 16. Credits: Heights Baseball School
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The second session of Chris Roof's Heights Baseball School is scheduled for the week of July 16 (July 16-19) at Columbia Middle School's Columbia Park in Berkeley Heights.

The Heights Baseball School provides some of the best training possible for aspiring young players. The program is geared towards boys entering grades 1 through 9 and includes: batting mechanics, pitching mechanics, individual position play, base running and instructional and competitive games. In addition, the youngsters will get a lesson in sportsmanship with the aid of an umpire talking about the topic.

A typical camp day includes attendance, stretching and throwing from 9 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. followed by stations and individual competitions from 9:20 to 11:30 a.m.

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After a break for snack lunch from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m., a lecture by Coach Roof and activities takes place from 11:45 to 12:10 p.m.

Team defense and position play runs from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m., followed by competitive games from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

The camp day wraps with the closing announcements from 1:20 to 1:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring their own glove and helmet and may bring a bat if they have one. They should also bring a drink and a snack.

Giveaways include tickets to Yankees, Mets and Somerset Patriots games.

Perhaps the biggest feature of the second session will be the camp-closing Home Run Derby, scheduled for the final day on July 19. That will precede the awards ceremony that day, scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
There are five awards given out for all age groups, including Home Run Derby, Radar Gun, Gold Glove, Accuracy Throw and Hitting Challenge.

Coaches also vote and give out recognition for MVP, Hustler Award and Coaches’ Award.

There is a 5-to-1 ratio of players to coach.

Roof, a 1992 Governor Livingston graduate and former Highlander baseball standout, began the camp – along with his high school coach Bill Howard and former GL baseball player Gary Ruban – in the summer of 1997.

Information about the camp, including how to receive registration information, may be obtained by contacting Coach Chris Roof at croof@verizon.net.

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