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Sports training center a success after first year
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
July 17, 2013 10:49 AM | 2414 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, David Collings, owner of 5 Tools, instructs William Thomas, 8, son of Ann Thomas, on his batting stance Thursday morning during camp.
From left, David Collings, owner of 5 Tools, instructs William Thomas, 8, son of Ann Thomas, on his batting stance Thursday morning during camp.
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David Collings bought the former Diamond Starz Baseball and Softball Academy in May 2012 and now loves working with athletes at the renamed 5 Tool Sports Training Center in Douglasville.

Collings and his staff provide private baseball and softball instruction to athletes ages 5 and up, including college and pro players.

Collings, a 2008 University of West Georgia graduate, played baseball at Andrew College in Cuthbert for the 2005 and 2006 seasons before transferring to West Georgia in Carrollton. Collings was in a car accident his first year at West Georgia and tore his shoulder. After having surgery and going to rehab, Collings was never fully able to recover.

During his summers he worked at camps for Marist and South Forsyth high schools and Hardball Warehouse in Duluth. While at a camp in the summer of 2008 Collings said he was told by a parent, “Now it’s your turn to pass everything you learned to the next generation of players.”

After getting accepted into grad school at West Georgia, Collings worked for and eventually managed Next Level Sports Center in Carrollton for three years — the experience which led him to opening 5 Tool.

“They gave me an opportunity to work and learn the business side while I was in school. Once I finished my [master’s degree in business administration] I felt confident I could earn a living staying around the game I love so I decided to put my energy into that,” said Collings.

Over the course of the last 14 months, he said 5 Tools has been “successful” in building relationships with many athletes and families through their cage rentals, weekly summer camps, team and birthday party availabilities, park appreciation weeks and college showcase.

In January, 25 youth players came to 5 Tools as they hosted a baseball camp fundraiser by Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Peter Moylan.

“It was really neat for the kids to interact with the kids and actually instruct them,” Collings said.

The center also had an impact through a scholarship as well.

“This past year we did a scholarship for a local Douglas, Paulding or Carroll County resident looking to play at West Georgia Tech and Sean Watson of Douglas County [High School] was the recipient,” Collings said.

Already having another scholarship, Watson received a $500 scholarship from 5 Tools to help with books and other personal school expenses.

Collings said they are putting together travel ball teams as well, for ages 8 to 18.
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