PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

SKY HAWKS COACHES David Villanueva, left, and Jayme Bermudez, talk to a group of 4 to 11 year olds during a kickball camp held at Rasmussen Park in Cameron Park Wednesday July 23. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Sports

Getting kicks from kickball

By From page A6 | August 11, 2014

CAMERON PARK — Kickball is a sport played mainly on elementary school playgrounds throughout the region.

Similar to baseball and softball, such as nine players are needed on defense, kickball utilizes a rubber ball with the objective to boot the ball in play, run the bases and hope to touch home plate.

Jayme Bermudez had the honors of coaching kickball to 4 to 11 year-olds at Rasmussen Park recently. Bermudez, a 2012 Del Campo High graduate who attends Cal Poly, and David Villanueva, a San Diego resident, are part of the Skyhawk Sports Academy, based out of the Bay Area.

The class was sponsored/provided by Cameron Park Community Service District.

Skyhawk provides camps and clinics for children between the ages of 3 to 12 to play various sports taught in a positive way. In addition to kickball, soccer, baseball and basketball were covered by Bermudez and Villanueva who are certified to ensure kids enjoy the best experience.

The week-long camp at the park provided more than a dozen kids an upper edge in kickball. Bermudez, who was a two-sport athlete in volleyball and soccer at Del Campo, speaks from experience about the program that started in 1979.

“I did Skyhawks as a kid, and I had a ton of fun,” Bermudez said. “I want to be able to coach kids who could have as much fun as I did when I was little. It’s learning skills, and having a ton of fun.”

A sports management major, Bermudez said she’s always been interested in coaching kids. Another perk to playing recreational sports is for kids to enjoy life outside of school and home.

“Recreational sport is the way to have fun,” Bermudez said.

Bermudez and Villanueva were kept on their toes during the kickball session. Broken up into two teams, both pitched to opposing players. Some needed direction running toward first base but most fielded the ball, hit the cutoff person and/or returned it to Bermudez or Villanueva on the mound.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Bermudez said. “The best part about coaching is seeing these kids who have never met each other before, and how good of friends they are at the end of it. It’s really cute to see how kids can be friends.”

For more information, visit skyhawks.com.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter.

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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