Valparaiso University Baseball Camps
2014 Youth Camps
June 23 - 25
9am - 3pm
Emory G. Bauer Field
Members of the Valparaiso University Baseball Coaching Staff, along with current/former Crusaders will be conducting the Summer Skills Youth Baseball Camps for players grades K-8. The camp consists of 3 days with 2 sessions each day. The “Skills Camp” (9am-12pm) will cover technique/fundamental development in the following areas: hitting, base-running, throwing, pitching, catching, infield, and outfield play. The “Game Camp” (1pm-3pm) will allow each camper to practice the baseball skills learned in the morning as well as develop good game sportsmanship and team play. Lunch will be from 12-12:30pm each day, and we will have a concession stand sale during the camp.
This camp is a great opportunity for your youth player to learn from college baseball coaches, as well as, take his game to the next level!
Skills Camp: Throughout the “Skills Camp,” the same drills used by the Valparaiso University baseball coaching staff will be used to teach your young athlete the techniques and fundamentals to help improve his game. Players will be taught how to properly warm-up for both a practice and game through a series of both dynamic and static stretches. During the throwing and catching portion, proper throwing grip along with both throwing and catching fundamentals will be taught. Soft hands, correct approach to the ball, handling ground balls to all directions, and fielding footwork are all a few areas that will be covered in the infield section of camp. In the outfield portion, the following areas will be taught: catching a fly-ball, the “crow-hop,” and proper angles to both ground balls and fly balls, etc. Catchers will learn the proper stance, receiving, blocking and throwing skills. Pitchers will learn the 5 steps to youth pitching (step, pivot, balance, stride, and finish). The hitting section will cover set-up, grip, stance, load, stride, lower ½, hand path, and finish. Youth players will learn how to correctly run out an infield hit, round first base, run out a double, go first to third, and tag-up.
Game Camp: Promotes team play, sportsmanship, hustle, and just good old-fashioned fun. Camp coaches will emphasize the values of being a good teammate, setting a positive example, and the importance of respecting the game of baseball. Players attending the “Game Camp” will have the opportunity to try multiple positions if so desired; learning the responsibilities of different positions enhances respect for teammates and the job they are trying to accomplish during the course of a game. “Game Camp” is a fun, rewarding, and enjoyable experience for every player.