Fun, games, instruction on deck at baseball camps


May 08, 1994|By Mark Hyman | Mark Hyman,Staff Writer

Next to swatting mosquitoes, there's no better way to spend the summer than playing baseball.

And for kids who like to play a lot, one thing to think about is spending a couple weeks at a baseball camp.

This kind of camp is much different from a regular camp, where you might go on a nature walk one day and have an archery tournament the next. At baseball camp, every day begins with baseball, ends with baseball and pretty much revolves around baseball. You do get at least one break a day, but that's to eat lunch.

Emile Brown, a sixth-grader at Ridgely Middle School, attended the Elrod Hendricks Baseball Camp at McDonogh School for the past two years. Emile, 12, said it was a fun combination of playing games and getting baseball instruction.

Emile, who is a pitcher and shortstop, said some other activities were popsicle breaks and trading baseball cards. He even got autographs from Brady Anderson and Gregg Olson when they visited the camp.

As for his baseball playing, Emile said: "I learned a lot of new stuff."

There are lots of baseball camps to choose from, so it could be a little confusing. But the best way to start is by learning as much as you can about each camp.

To begin, call the camp and ask for some basic information, such as how many weeks you go and how much it costs.

Don't stop with that. If you have a friend who has been to the camp, ask them what they thought. If you don't, ask the camp for names of a few kids who will tell you how they liked it. Remember, the more you know about a camp, the better the chance you'll pick the right one.

There are too many baseball camps to list, but here are a few:

* Cal Ripken Sr. Baseball School. At Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg. The camp is for players 8 to 18 years old. Call (410) 272-7443.

* Hendricks Baseball Camp. Camp is for 8- to 18-year-olds. Call (410) 655-1276, after 4:30 p.m.

* Brooks Robinson Hall of Fame Camp. At Timber Ridge, located in Shenandoah Mountains of West Virginia. Two sessions, including a father-son week starting Aug. 1. Call (410) 484-2233.

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