NORTHEAST GLENDALE — After conducting the first two years of the annual Tornadoes Baseball Camp, Joe Cotti decided to make some major changes to the event's structural layout.
In the past, Cotti, Hoover High's baseball coach, shoe-horned facets from hitting to pitching to defense into a week-long session and would repeat the process for another five weeks.
While it served its purpose, Cotti explored other ways to make the camp more attractive to current and future participants.
"We've switched things up," Cotti said. "One week, the camp will focus on pitching, followed by a week geared for pitchers and catchers and then we'd have a week for hitting and another for fielding and base running.
"They are here to have fun. Before, we'd have them come in here and do everything in a week's time. We wanted to break things up and specialize a different area for each week we are here. They can get more concentration and we can take the time to go one-on-one and give each of them instruction. Every day, they work on stretching and agility because it's good to teach a foundation no matter what area you are looking to improve."