RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander baseball team hit the diamond bright and early Saturday morning, but it wasn't for your usual Saturday first pitch.
Future Hodag baseball players learned how to hit, slide and pitch from some of their biggest role models.
"It's for the kids, just to keep them interested and when they see our faces it makes them want to be there even more," said senior pitcher and first baseman Bryce Schickert.
The Rhinelander baseball team spent all morning teaching the little league players the fundamentals.
"I just like to get to know the kids a little bit more and get to teach them something I like to do," said junior first baseman Jacob Dreifuerst.
Schickert remembers when the roles were reversed.
"I think it's just amazing seeing how the years go by and then you just realize that not too long ago you were in the younger kids shoes and now you watch them go through it all like you did," Schickert said.
The high school players wanted the kids to know that it's not always about winning.
"Being happy and showing them the positives and never let them get down on themselves, just keep them pumped up and just making sure that have fun at all times," Schickert said.
"You know whatever you do, baseball is just a game,we are just trying to help them have more fun," Dreifuerst said.
The minicamp also served as another reminder for the younger you start playing, the better athlete you will be.
"Once you learn the basics here, it will always be ingrained in your memory," Dreifuerst said.
"It's just been a great learning experience and I am just happy I can give it the other kids who want to learn," Schickert said.