America's Baseball Camps would like to welcome you to beautiful and sunny, Santa Barbara, California. We will be hosting our Annual Summer Pro Baseball Camp. This is an amazing opportunity for any player wanting to play college baseball and beyond.
Our daily formats are written by directors with years of Professional baseball backgrounds and mirror a Spring Training type day. Huge reps and teaching all day long with live games mixed in.
Don't expect to stand around! Just as in professional baseball, we spend our training time on drills, skills and games. Players will spend up to 25 hours with our professional staff while receiving verbal assessment of their skills throughout the week.
Campers will be broken into groups by age and ability levels.
General age divisions are:
8-11, 12-13, 14-16 and 16+
For your convenience, America's Baseball Camps has two options to meet your camp needs.
Package #1: Day Camp Option (no accommodations)
Package #2: Overnight Staying w/ other Players Option (meals and 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 July 17th from 2:00pm-6:00pm. 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 Santa Barbara International Airport (Only).
Detailed Camp Description
Location, Dates and Times
Camp will be conducted at:
The Thacher School
July 17th: 2:00am - 6:00pm (Optional Hitting Camp)
July 18th 9:00am - 2:30pm
July 19th 9:00am - 2:30pm
July 20th 9:00am - 2:30pm
July 21st 9:00am - 2:00pm
Past 2 Years Staff Members included:
Chad Kreuter: 16yr MLB Catcher, Former Head Coach USC
Jerod Aker: USA Baseball
Joe McDonald: National Camp Director America's Baseball Camps
Robert Dickman: Former Pro Player Tampa Bay Rays Organization
Ceasar Castillo: Former Pro Player Chicago White Sox Organization
Drew Hedman: Former Pro Player Boston Red Sox Organization
Kevin Cannon: Former Assistant Coach UC Santa Barbara Baseball
Josh Adams: Current Player UC Santa Barbara
Matt Harvey: Current Assistant Coach UC Santa Barbara
Chris Lasaca: Current Assistant Coach Santa Barbara Community College
Matt Villegas: Current Assistant Coach UC Santa Barbara
Jeff Walker: Current Head Coach Santa Barbara Community College
All Campers should check in at The Thacher School by 8:30am on the morning of the 18th (hitting campers check in at The Thacher School by 1:30pm on the 17th).
Attention Fly-In Players (ones we are picking up from the airport): Players need to do their best to arrive before 4:00pm on July 17th. If you are attending the hitting camp please do your best to arrive before 9:30am so we can get you to camp on time. If you arrive later than 9:30am 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 Santa Barbara sometime between 5:00pm and 7:00pm 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 5:00pm to 7:00pm time slot as possible.
Daily Schedule Breakdown
Typical Day at Camp
09:00am: Roll call
09:10am: Break into groups/teams
09:20am: Warm up/Stretch
10:00am: Station work... (Infield, Outfield, Hitting, Pitching, Catching, Baserunning)
*Discussion and demonstration precedes all station work*
02:40pm: Overnight Campers proceed back to accommodations
06:30pm: Group Activity
08:30pm: Free Time
10:30pm: Lights out
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.
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
Sleeping bag and pillow or Twin XL sheet set with blanket and pillow.
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)
Towels for showers and for after pool use
Meals / Snacks
We will provide three meals a day for overnight campers and lunch will be provided at the fields each day for both the day and overnight campers.
Local Areas of Interest
Imagine great food, great shopping, great culture all within about 20 square miles. Forget gridlock traffic and noisy, crowded streets. Keep the pedestrian-friendly, easy-to-get-around part plus great, historic architecture. Add wine and a pleasant Mediterranean climate surrounded by beautiful mountains, rolling valleys and miles of beautiful beach. Welcome to Santa Barbara!
Things to do and see:
· Mission Santa Barbara
· Santa Barbara Harbor / Waterfront
· Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
· El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Park
· Museum of Natural History
· City of Solvang
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!