ABC is the premier instructional baseball camp company in the country. We are excited to announce this year's event location at Papago Baseball Complex! The Papago Park Baseball Facility is used year-round for Oakland Athletics player development. From Extended Spring Training, to the Arizona Rookie League, to the Fall Instructional League, the A's minor league players train at Papago to prepare for the Majors. It is also home for the Kansas City Royals during their Winter training.
Our staff in partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) is dedicated to making your stay the single most important week in your baseball career. The purpose of America's Baseball Camps is to teach the fundamentals as well as the advanced skills of baseball to various age levels, helping each participant to better understand the game both mentally and physically. Joining us will also allow players to further develop individual skills through instruction, individual and multi-player drills and game experience as well as interaction with players off the field in a comfortable camp setting. Players will work hard but have fun at the same time.
Last year our Holiday Camp had 140 players from 23 different states represented. This camp is open to all individuals, groups, partial to full teams and organizations regardless of experience. Teams and groups have the option to train together as well as play in games together. We boast attendees from all over the U.S and especially welcome our international players and teams from Mexico, Japan, Netherlands, Holland and other locations around the world. Bringing players together for this great game of baseball is what it's all about!
For your convenience, America's Baseball Camps has three options to meet your camp needs.
Package #1: Day Camp Option (no accommodations)
Package #2: Overnight Staying w/ Parents Option (Parents pay for hotel room)
Hotel room fees not included, see Accommodations below for more info on reserving a room.
Package #3: Overnight Staying w/ other Players Option (hotel room included in camp fees)
Professional Pitching Mechanics or Swing Video Analysis
Players will be evaluated personally with Video Analysis software and have the chance to have their swing and/or their pitching mechanics broken down by a Professional Instructor. Professional Instructors will provide an evaluation of feedback, changes and recommend drills to help fix or improve your swing and/or your pitching mechanics.
Check out our One Day Hitting Camp!
We will be conducting an extensive Hitting Camp on December 26th from 1:00pm-5:00pm. This camp will cover every aspect of hitting and is a great way to "kick off" the week.
Airport Pick-up / Drop-off
For our out-of-town campers, we provide airport pick-up and drop-off at the Phoenix International Airport.
All options above are available on the Registration Page.
Check this out! We will be conducting daily coaches clinics for all coaches and parents who are interested. Topics such as Hitting, Pitching Mechanics, catching , middle infield play etc. will be covered daily in 20-30 minute mini sessions by our professional staff. A terrific opportunity not to be missed.
Detailed Camp Description
Location, Dates and Times
Camp will be conducted at: Papago Baseball Complex
1802 N 64th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
26th 1:00pm to 5:00pm Optional Hitting Camp
27th 9:00am to 2:30pm
28th 9:00am to 2:30pm
29th 9:00am to 2:30pm
30th 9:00am to 2:00pm
All Campers should check in at the Papago Baseball Complex by 8:30am on the morning of the 27th (hitting campers check in by 12:00pm on the 26th).
Attention Fly-In Players without parents (ones we are picking up from the airport): Players need to do their best to arrive before 4:00pm on December 26th. If you are attending the hitting camp please do your best to arrive before 11:00am so we can get you to camp on time. If you arrive later than 11:00am for hitting camp this is ok, it will just be a little tighter for us. On the last day of camp, the camp will end at 2:00pm, so schedule your departure out of Phoenix sometime between 4:00pm and 6:00pm if possible, can be earlier if necessary. We would however prefer you to do your best in scheduling your return flight as close to the 4:00pm to 6:00pm time slot as possible.
What Will I Learn?
As a player you will be evaluated by a professional eye and receive hands on, intense baseball training. Our goal as a staff is to provide you with the tools to better your game, increase your knowledge, skill and confidence and assist in getting you to the next level of play and beyond.
Past 2014 Staff members included the following Instructors:
Eric Owens Current Major League Hitting Coach Toronto Blue Jays Tony De Francesco Current Minor League Manager (AAA) Houston Astros Organization Greg Sparks Current Minor League Hitting Coach (AAA) Oakland Athletics Organization Doug Linton Current Minor League Pitching Coach (AAA) Colorado Rockies Organization Jimmy Bosco Current Minor League Player with St. Louis Cardinals Steve McFarland Current Professional Scout Chicago Cubs Organization Mitchell Gregg Former Professional Player Oakland Athletics Organization Jeff Osterode Former Professional Player Seattle Mariners Organization Ben Boulware Owner, Former Pro Player Chicago White Sox Organization Tommy Brendel Current Player Arizona Diamondbacks Organization Tyler Gillum Current Assistant Coach South Mountain Community College Sean Brinkley Former Baseball Head Coach Georgia Perimeter College Scott McDonald Former College Coach Western Oregon University Micah Tiffin Head Coach at West Salem High School (Oregon) Joe McDonald Head Baseball Coach at Boulder Creek H.S. + More
This is what you can expect to work on while at camp:
Stance, Balance, Mechanics, Situational Hitting & Swing Path for hitting
Mental preparation and Hitting Philosophy
Hand-eye coordination drills for all aspects of the game
Opposite field hitting (staying inside the baseball)
Hitting with two strikes - Hitting Off-speed pitches
Situational hitting including Bunting
Base Running with Leads, Steals, etc.
Infield play-corner play & middle infield play
Infield mechanics, huge reps, tweaks, turns, feeds
Outfield play - including throwing from the outfield
Outfield play- routes, positions, jumps, footwork
Pitchers throw during daily scrimmages
Pitching - balance, delivery, pitches, grips & more
Pitching mechanics with fixes all weeklong
Catcher Skills - receiving, blocking, throwing & more
Daily scrimmage games to put all together!
Note: All players will also have the option to train in multiple positions and specific areas of their choice.
What to bring
Remember to label all equipment, equipment bags and belongings with your name and contact info.
Baseball Pants (at least 2 pair)
Baseball T-shirts or jerseys
Baseball socks and sliding (compression) shorts
Cleats or spikes
Baseball bat and batting gloves
Helmet (if you have one)
Baseball glove (mitt for catchers)
Catchers gear (catchers only)
Long sleeve shirts or pullover jacket
Additional items to bring
IMPORTANT! Photo copy of the front and back of your health insurance card
Signed Health & Release forms
Toiletries (including powder or spray for sweat rashes)
Pants, shorts & shirts for night activities
Tennis shoes (or other comfortable shoes for after camp)
Spending money (we recommend $100.00)
Calling Card or Cell Phone
Sun Block & SPF Lip Balm (Chapstick)
Meals / Snacks
We will provide three meals a day for overnight campers and lunch will be provided at the fields each day for all campers.
Reminder, in choosing option two you must reserve your own hotel room. To make reservations please call the Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe 480-967-6600. Please tell them you are a part of America's Baseball Camps and you would like to book a room out of the reserved parent block. Lastly, any fees incurred due to any cancellations are the customer's responsibility and not that of America's Baseball Camps (ABC).
Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe
1600 S. 52nd Street
Tempe, AZ. 85281
Example: Nighttime activity schedule:
27th ASU Sun Devil Stadium Tour
28th Amazing Jakes Family Fun Center
29th Chase Field Tour
We offer basic Cancellation Protection to allow participants some peace of mind in case plans change. This allows us to keep our prices low and provide the best service possible.
Due at the time of registration, Cancellation Protection entitles you to a full refund of camp fees should you cancel your registration more than 14 days prior to the start of an overnight camp, and 7 days prior to the start of a day camp.
If you cancel within 14 or 7 days of the start of your session, we will give you a camp credit for all money paid. The credit is valid for three years from camp date at any of our national locations.
Local Areas of Interest
The city of Tempe is located towards the south west of Arizona, in Maricopa County and is considered to be a part of the Phoenix metropolitan area which is also bordered by the cities of Guadalupe, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Mesa. ASU, located in the heart of Tempe, has grown into one of the largest universities in the nation. Tempe is the place for experiencing all the outdoor activities and sports action you could ask for, from ASU athletics to baseball spring training schedules, there's always something to see!
Things to do and see:
• Arizona State University
• Big Surf Fun
• Desert Botanical Garden
• Golfland - Sunsplash
• Musical Instrument Museum
• The Phoenix Zoo
For all emergencies dial 800-222-8152 and an America's Baseball Camps staff member will give you any assistance needed.
America's Baseball Camps is a premier instructional experience. In 1997 Ben Boulware, a former professional player in the Chicago White Sox Organization, dedicated himself to bringing quality baseball instruction to players across the country. Starting with summer baseball camps in 10-locations, ABC has grown into one of the largest baseball instruction companies in the world. After 17 years and with over 400 locations in 29 states and 4 countries, ABC remains dedicated to taking players to the next level. With destinations coast to coast offering baseball showcases, day, weeklong, or overnight camps, we've got the baseball camp for you. See you on the field!