After a one-day rain delay, the annual Steers baseball camp commenced, and fundamental skills such as catching, hitting and fielding grounders remained the focus for aspiring ball players. 

Former Graham catcher Tyler Ryan said the camp teaches the younger kids how to play while giving the older players a chance to sharpen their skills. 

The camp, which started Tuesday, also prepares the up-and-coming Graham baseball community for future success on the field, Ryan said. 

Catching, hitting and getting to spend time with friends were just some of the highlights for the younger kids, while older campers, such as Joel Jones, focused on getting ready for the local summer baseball league. Jones, who hasn't played baseball in five years, said the camp helped him work on the fundamentals that he hasn't touched on in awhile. 

Not only did the campers learn from the Graham coaches, but current and former players also coached. 

The former athletes provide the campers, especially the younger group, someone to watch and motivate them, Ryan said, adding that another advantage to enlisting older players as mentors remains that younger players receive wisdom from experience.

Read the full story in the weekend's Graham Leader.