Murrieta National Hosts Camp With Dave Hansen

Dave Hansen instructs the kids about the proper techniques of fielding Murrieta kids were provided an experience of a lifetime when alo...

Dave Hansen instructs the kids about the proper techniques of fielding
Murrieta kids were provided an experience of a lifetime when along with Murrieta National Little League, former Los Angeles Dodger Dave Hansen instructed kids in the fundamentals of baseball with the assistance of former Boston Red Sox catcher Dave Schmidt.

The one day long baseball camp was held today to help fundraise for Murrieta National, as well as give kids a chance to learn from a couple of former professional baseball players.

"A good friend of mine, David French, whose son is in the league, moved out here and asked if I would be interested in doing a camp out here for little league," Hansen said when asked about how he connected with Murrieta National. "I said absolutely and he put it all together with the president and the board and that's how it evolved."

Hansen instructed approximately 30 kids on what a budding player needs to know. Topics included stretching to prevent injuries, throwing drills to improve accuracy, and fielding drills to improve glove and footwork skills.

Schmidt (pictured left) took seven young catchers to the side and talked about the proper mechanics of catching a game, blocking pitches, and much more.

Kids were treated to hands-on experience with Hansen, who took kids from position to position to touch the basics a player would need to know to field each position properly.

Hansen told the kids that he could take a whole day teaching each position and still not be able to cover every detail.

Hansen mixed in his personal experiences when teaching the kids. While instructing the kids about straddling first base when holding a runner on, he told the kids about a personal experience he had with the future Hall of Fame pitcher, Pedro Martinez, who was so quick at attempting to pick off the runner, that the pickoff got past him.

With the positive turnout, both Hansen and French cited their hopes to make the camp an annual event to continue fundraising money for the little league.

"The money is going towards the league to keep costs down for signups, new equipment, and baseballs," said French, a coach and parent of a player in the league.

"In the winter time, I like to stay involved with the youth," Hansen said enthusiastically. "I've been doing that for a while. It's a good change of pace for me because I'm working on a level that's more psychological," Hansen said, referencing his current position as a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hitting coach. "They're all super good talent and we're just trying to keep them focused for 162 games straight, but it's nice to check in with the development side of baseball and to groom youngsters to one day hopefully use baseball to get into a school somewhere."

Murrieta National will hosting player evaluations on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 for the 2015 season. For more information, click onto their website at




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