In this week's edition of our Youth Sports Spotlight, we take a look at the 10-year old Birmingham Believers baseball team and a coach on their staff is someone you might recognize.
Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Wes Helms is a coach for the Birmingham Believers. His son is on the team. Helms is making sure these kids get the same level of coaching he received when he was growing up.
"This right here is building their foundation like a house," Helms said. "It's the foundation for the house before you get to the top. You have to start somewhere. But right now is when you're going to build those fundamentals that are going to carry you through junior high, high school, and hopefully further than that."
"This is more of a marathon for them than it is a sprint," Coach Mike Evers said. "You can win 10-year-old baseball by playing a certain way that you won't play when you get to middle school. You won't play that way when you get to high school. You won't play that if you play on further. It may not be the most effective way at 10-years-old, but as you keep on moving, it's the right way of playing the game."
Besides learning the fundamentals of baseball, these kids are happy to be outside playing the game they love.
"I play video games sometimes like when I can't go outside and play," Believers outfielder Adam Reaves said. "But most of the time, I'll be outside playing around, doing something, going in the woods, playing baseball."
"I think they should all get outside and play because it's really fun," Believers catcher Wilder Evers said. "Just staring at the TV is pretty boring."
"That's kind of one of my pet peeves," Helms said. "You're a boy. You need to be a boy. You need to be outside. Play sports, hunt, fish, do something to be outside."
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