3 Things To Look For In A Youth Baseball Camp

Jun 01, 2017 by Nick Rotola CEO of American Baseball Camps in  baseball camps baseball dad baseball mom

Kids don’t get better unless they play a lot of baseball. A great source of baseball during the summertime are youth baseball camps. They break up the monotony of baseball games and practices and they are usually designed to quickly and effectively make your kid a better baseball player. But what makes a great youth baseball camp? What should you look for when signing your kid up for one? We list our top three things to look for in a youth baseball camp.

#1 Relevancy

The things learned at a baseball camp have to be relevant to a kid’s baseball life. Camp coaches need to be clear with your kid in how the things learned at camp can actually be applied in a game. If camp coaches are just discussion theories with your kids and tweaking mechanics your kids aren’t going to take anything away from the camp. A good camp gives a kid tangible adjustments and teaches the kid how to apply them. Find an instructional youth baseball camp that is delivering relevant information!

#2 Fun

Youth Baseball Camps should be mostly about having fun. Why? Baseball players perform best when they are having fun. This doesn’t mean picking daisies and playing with bubbles. What we are talking about here is finding a camp that the kid’s not going to hate. So many of the youth baseball camps we have researched have the kids bouncing around from drill to drill going through the motions and grinding it out. This can hurt a kid’s motivation and drive for the game of baseball. Instead, put him in a camp where he is having the time of his life & getting a lot better. Why are MLB guys always joking around and having fun in the dugout? The game is supposed to be fun, and players perform the best when they are having fun.

#3 Affordable

Youth baseball camps are huge in the development of young ballplayers, but that doesn’t mean you should have to refinance your house to pay for them. Find a quality youth baseball camp that costs around $50-$75 a day. Anything higher than that and you’re looking at greedy camp coaches/owners. There is no reason to be paying $400 for a 3 day camp just because it’s led by an ex-Major Leaguer. Quality instruction can be found for much less. Youth baseball camps are about giving back to the next generation of young baseball players, not about profits. So, find a camp that meets all of your baseball camp needs, and is affordable too.

–  Blog written by an American Baseball Camps Coach | ABC is offering 2 day youth baseball camps for ages 4-12 in the following cities:

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American Baseball Camps — Three Ways Young Players Can Hit With More Power

May 04, 2017

Here is our list of 3 ways for young players to drive more baseballs and hit more Home Runs.

#1 Relax your hands

It’s the 2011 home run derby and Robinson Cano hits 12 home runs in his final round! The reporter asks: “what was going through your head in that final round?” As he was effortlessly hitting balls into the upper deck, the reporter wanted to know what his thought process was. He didn’t say I tried my hardest, or I tried to pull the ball to left field. No, what he said is shocking because it goes against natural hitting/human instincts. He said: “I really just tried to relax my hands and throw the hands.” Wow! here is a guy with some of the greatest power in the game and all he is thinking at the plate is “relax your hands.” That’s why if youre a parent with a young slugger, this is our number one piece of advice for you to give him before an at bat, or when you are working in the cage.

#2 Gain Muscle

 

Power = Mass x Acceleration

Building muscle does both of these things, it gives you more muscle “mass” and adds bat speed “acceleration.”

I’m a D1 baseball player at an Anonymous program (for NCAA reasons) and I can’t tell you how many guys I knew growing up that got so much better at baseball when they started building muscle. This doesn’t mean lifting weights, but for those younger kids it is so big that they are doing things to help give them bat-speed. One of the best ways for a young player to gain bat speed is to swing a heavy bat. That means maybe 50 or 100 times a day go out in the back yard with the heaviest bat you can find and swing as hard as you can. Gene Stevens at Wichita State (a great baseball program) used to tell young players to take 100 dry hacks every single day! It seems like a lot but only takes 5 minutes and could set your kid apart from the pack!

Other recommended ways for young baseball players to gain muscle are: adjustable hand grippers, push ups, wall sits, and planks.

#3 Play More Ball

“Practice makes perfect” – Vince Lombardi

Listen to Bryce Harper when he is in High School talk about how many games he played when he was growing up, the number will shock you. This is one of the greatest guys in the game right now, maybe a future Hall of Famer! And he is saying that he got good because of how often he played! WOW.

As a current D1 baseball player I can tell you that you get better every single time you lace up those cleats. Parents, think about how easy it is to brush your teeth in the morning. That is because you have done it so many times that it starts to become “routine.” This concept is huge in baseball! Get him 100 live ground balls in a game and watch how routine he starts to make it look.

This is why we practice for so long in division 1, and why we play so many games during the offseason!

In football, practice makes perfect. But in baseball practice makes routine. And being able to make things routine is how you become a great baseball player. trust me I play with them every single day!

Routine it, play more baseball.

– Authors: Anonynous 1 & 2 (For NCAA reasons)

American Baseball Camps was created to make baseball fun again! It is ran by Division 1 players who know that having fun will heighten self- esteem and make kids play better on the field. Our camps feature slip n’ slide wiffle ball, pitching dunk tank, and campers’ choice baseball drills! Camps are in Tulsa, Wichita, OKC, KC, Tahlequah, Phoenix, Dallas, and Wilmington.

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Best Summer Youth Camps In Hackensack/Newark

Mar 01, 2019

Outdoor recreation is on the rise once again! With all that’s going on these days and all the technological stimuli association with being a kid, there is nothing better than letting him/her get outside and play a great sport in a fun and encouraging environment. So if he does want to put down the phone for a few days this summer, and you are looking for a great baseball camp to put him in, we have identified our 3 favourite in the Hackensack/Newark area this summer!

Enjoy! And keep helping your kid get better and gain confidence in the game of baseball.

#3 Hackensack Jr Baseball Camp

Website: http://www.hackensack.org/Sports

Ran by: City of Hackensack

Camp Dates: N/A

Duration Each Day: Day Camp

Facilities: Foschini Park

Price: $125

Ages: 6-14

Coed: No

Email: hackensack@tcjwl.com

From the Website: N/A

There is very little information about their camp coming  – from what we hear you are welcome to contact them at their front office at any time for more camp information!

#2 MOTT-LEENEY BASEBALL CAMP

Website: https://www.newarka.edu/page/sports-camp-detail?pk=72107&fromId=187155

Ran by: Newark Academy

Camp Dates: 25th – 29th June

Camp Duration: Day Camp

Facilities: Newark Academy

Price: $395

Ages: 6-14

Coed: Yes

From the Website:

The Mott-Leeney Baseball Camp, celebrating its 50th year, is the flagship summer sports camp program at Newark Academy. This camp has provided outstanding instruction to young

#1 American Baseball Camps Hackensack New Jersey Baseball Camp

Website: americanbaseballcamps.com

Link to Camp: https://americanbaseballcamps.com/product/hackensack-new-jersey-summer-baseball-camp/

Ran by: Professional Baseball Players & American Baseball Camps Staff

Camp Dates: On the camp page above.

Duration: 8:30-3:00 (Early & Late Care Included)

Facilities: On the camp page above.

Address: On the camp page above.

Price: $199.99-$249.99 (Depending on how early you sign up)

Ages: (6-12)

Coed: Yes

Email: americanbaseballcamps@gmail.com

From the Website:

The emphasis of this camp: Developing character traits in young ballplayers with a confidence-building, teammate oriented, self-esteem building baseball program over 4 days. We want to challenge ballplayers in all facets of being a baseball player including being coachable, being a good teammate, talking to coaches and umpires correctly, appreciating the sacrifice of parents and understanding the benefits of working hard.

The mission of American Baseball Camps is to give kids the tools they need to be successful, and the confidence to turn those mechanics into more success on the field. We also reward being a good teammate at the end of every camp day, because we know that is how kids are going to stay in the game longer, make more friends, be liked by coaches, and have a lot more fun playing the game.

Best Summer Youth Baseball Camp In Charleston/Columbia South Carolina

Mar 01, 2019

Outdoor recreation is on the rise once again! With all that’s going on these days and all the technological stimuli association with being a kid, there is nothing better than letting him/her get outside and play a great sport in a fun and encouraging environment. So if he does want to put down the phone for a few days this summer, and you are looking for a great baseball camp to put him in, we have identified our 3 favourites in the Charleston/Columbia area this summer!

Enjoy! And keep helping your kid get better and gain confidence in the game of baseball.

#3 South Carolina Baseball Camps

Website: https://southcarolinabaseballcamps.com/summer-camps.php

Ran by: South Carolina Baseball Camps

Camp Dates: June 17th – 20th

Duration Each Day: Day Camp

Facilities: Founders Park

Price: $250

Ages: N/A

Coed: N/A

Email: baseball@mailbox.sc.edu 

From the Website: A fun-filled week of baseball instruction on the fundamentals and skills in Founders Park for all levels of youth baseball players. Each player will be instructed and closely supervised by members of the South Carolina coaching staff, Gamecock players, and veteran high school coaches from our area. Each camper will get individual and group instruction daily through drills and games. Each day will conclude with a game in Founders Park. This camp will create an experience of Gamecock baseball the campers will never forget!

#2 US Baseball Academy

Website: https://oldsite.usbaseballacademy.com/1644/Columbia/

Ran by: US Baseball Academy

Camp Dates: Winter

Camp Duration: Hour Camp

Facilities: Benedict College

Price: $130-$317

Ages: 6-12

Coed: No

From the Website:

Very little information on their website about the camps and other information.

#1 American Baseball Camps Columbia South Carolina Baseball Camp

Website: americanbaseballcamps.com

Link to Camp:https://americanbaseballcamps.com/product/columbia-south-carolina-summer-baseball-camp/

Ran by: Professional Baseball Players & American Baseball Camps Staff

Camp Dates: On the camp page above.

Duration: 8:30-3:00 (Early & Late Care Included)

Facilities: On the camp page above.

Address: On the camp page above.

Price: $199.99-$249.99 (Depending on how early you sign up)

Ages: (6-12)

Coed: Yes

Email: americanbaseballcamps@gmail.com

From the Website:

The emphasis of this camp: Developing character traits in young ballplayers with a confidence-building, teammate oriented, self-esteem building baseball program over 4 days. We want to challenge ballplayers in all facets of being a baseball player including being coachable, being a good teammate, talking to coaches and umpires correctly, appreciating the sacrifice of parents and understanding the benefits of working hard.

The mission of American Baseball Camps is to give kids the tools they need to be successful, and the confidence to turn those mechanics into more success on the field. We also reward being a good teammate at the end of every camp day, because we know that is how kids are going to stay in the game longer, make more friends, be liked by coaches, and have a lot more fun playing the game.

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