What’s summer without baseball? For many, there’s nothing like an evening under the stars watching a game at a stadium — major or minor league. But if it’s more than a spectator sport in your family, summer’s a great time to play, too.
Summer will be here before you know it, which means now's the time to start thinking about summer camps. If your child likes to watch and play baseball, here’s a rundown of camps across the U.S that offer short sessions for girls and boys looking to improve their batting averages.
Ripken Baseball Camp | Aberdeen, Maryland: This is the camp for kids who are serious about baseball, girls and boys alike. Ripken offers an array of camps including its signature, Ripken Skills Camp, where kids can learn to play specific positions through drills, technique training, and game play. Certified baseball instructors — some of whom have played professionally — are there to help kids swing for the fences. Other camps offered include Rookie Camp, designed to help 6- & 7-year-olds pick up the fundamentals, as well as the weeklong Experience program, during which campers learn offensive skills as they choose a primary and secondary position to focus on.
Boston Baseball Camp | Hyde Park, Massachusetts: Boys and girls will learn how to play baseball and work as a team while striving for personal excellence. They’ll also meet kids from a wide array of neighborhoods, learning good sportsmanship as they make connections and bridge differences through the game of baseball. Great for kids who want to improve their baseball skills and become a part of a rich diverse community.
CAL Baseball Summer Camps | Berkeley, California: Boys and girls get a chance to be part of the UC Berkeley Baseball program and learn from Cal’s roster of current and former Olympic coaches and leaders who are continuing to set baseball’s standard of excellence. Held in Cal’s state of the art facilities, the program offers individual and group positional work, instruction through scrimmage play, and one-on-one coaching. Morning, afternoon and full day sessions available for children, ages 6-12; an advanced camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for kids, 13 – 16.
UC San Diego Pro Baseball Camp | San Diego, California: This co-ed camp is great for kids who want to hone in on their baseball skills in a professional coaching environment. Campers train at Triton Ballpark, home to the UC San Diego Tritons, where they’ll learn through drills and game play. Camps run Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota Baseball Instructional School | Minneapolis, Minnesota With six different classes to choose from for all ages, abilities and focus areas, this school offers some of the best co-ed baseball programs in the midwest. A wide range of sessions are offered in a positive, safe and fun environment, including Future Stars, which teaches children, from 5- to 6-years-old, the fundamentals of throwing, catching, fielding, base-running and hitting. Others allow older campers to specialize in hitting, pitching, and catching.
University of Illinois Baseball Summer Camp | Champaign, Illinois: In June, This is the place for boys, 12 to 18, to hone in on a weekly area of interest. On offer: June 11–13: pitching and catching; June 13–15: hitting; June 18–21: various skills. Campers can stay overnight for total baseball immersion.
And if you’re looking for more fun for your kids in the realm of staying active, check out our Boy Scouts of America guide where you will learn about the rich history of the Boy Scouts.