ValleyCats Academy Camps
Register now to take part in one of the ValleyCats 2017 Academy Baseball Camps! Each camp takes place on the playing field at "The Joe" with professional instructors that include ValleyCats players and staff.
(Click on the image above to scroll through photos of past Academy Camps)
To book your spot now, register online or call the ValleyCats at (518) 629-2287.
Each camp includes:
- A tour of Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
- Photos with ValleyCats players
- Lunch each day
- (4) ValleyCats tickets to a 2017 game
- ValleyCats Academy T-shirt
- ValleyCats cap
Pitching & Catching Camp: Ages 10-13 - $100
August 17-18, 2017 9:00 AM - Noon Limit: 40 Participants
This two-day program is designed to teach players ages 10-13 how to build their individual skills as a pitcher or catcher. With a limited number of participants, ValleyCats players and staff will be able to adjust drills and exercise according to each group of campers.
Pitchers will learn proper throwing mechanics, along with information on proper grips for fastball and off-speed pitches. This is a drill focused camp that will give players a multitude of ways to practice at home.
Catcher will learn responsibilities of being a catcher (receiving, blocking, throwing, tag plays, bunts, and pop-ups) while learning the most specialized position on the field.
Fielding & Hitting Camp: Ages 10-13 - $100
July 27-28, 2017 9:00 AM - Noon Limit: 40 Participants
This two-day program is designed to teach players ages 10-13 how to build their individual skills fielding and hitting. With a limited number of participants, ValleyCats players and staff will be able to adjust drills and exercises according to each group of campers.
Campers will have the opportunity to work with and meet ValleyCats players and staff while practicing on the field at The Joe. Each day will include a stretch-run-throw, offense and defense fundamentals, and hitting. Campers will take live Batting Practice on Day Two.
*SPECIAL - Save $20 by registering your 10-13 year old for both the Pitching & Catching and the Fielding & Hitting camps online and entering code: DOUBLE*
Classic Minor Camp: Ages 6-9 - $140
July 11-13, 2017 9:00 AM - Noon Limit: 100 Participants
Participants will learn the basic fundamentals of the game during this three-day camp filled with instruction from ValleyCats players and staff. Campers will have a chance to hit, throw, run, and field while having FUN with campers of their own age. Camp will include a tour of The Joe and photos with ValleyCats instructors.
Camper's Check List
- Don't forget your baseball glove, bat, and helmet!* (Labeled with your name!)
- Sunscreen (Also labeled with your name!)
- Wear cool, comfortable clothing
- Water is provided, but you may bring a sports drink and/or snack.
*If your child does not have a bat, helmet, or glove please let us know in advance. We have a limited supply here that they may be able to borrow.
Parent's Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens if it rains?
A: We do have contingency plans in place in the event of light rain. Plan to attend rain or shine. If it is a complete washout, we will make that call as soon as possible and let everyone know.
Q: What time does my child need to be dropped off each day?
A: Please have your child at The Joe at least 15-minutes prior to the start time. We will check everyone in at the Front Gates and then campers will meet in the stands behind the Home Dugout (3rd Base).
Q: May parents/guardians stay and watch?
A: Yes. Parents are welcome to sit and watch the camps.
Q: Where do I have to pick up my camper(s)?
A: Whoever is picking up campers must come inside the ballpark to the Picnic Pavilion to pick up the camper(s). We will then check with each camper as they leave to make sure they are with the person who is responsible for picking them up. If the person picking the child up is different than the person who dropped them off, please let us know in advance.
Q: My child is coming to camp with a friend - can they be in the same group together?
A: Yes. When you receive a confirmation email, please respond with the names of who you would like grouped together.
Q: What should I do if my child has an allergy?
A: Please let us know in advance if your child has an allergy (bee sting, food, etc). If your camper has any medications they may need if he/she has an allergy, asthma, etc, please label the container with your child's name and instructions for administering the medications. Give that information to the camp staff at check-in.
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