2013-14 Spanky McFarland Baseball Schools

At James Madison University


Online Camp Registration

There are thousands of camp opportunities across the country.  So how do you decide which camp to attend?  How do you wade through the advertising and the hype?  How do you determine the value of any given baseball camp? How are the baseball camps at JMU better or different than other well-known camp opportunities?

Reputation.  JMU Baseball is synonymous with player development.


  • Expert staff that actually teach the game and are at every session.  You will develop a personal relationship with the JMU coaching staff.
  • Limited number of campers.  Unlike many of the bigger name camps, the JMU camps have set numbers, an 8-to-1 coach-to-player ratio, and facilities to ensure that you will get an optimum number of repetitions with no waiting in line or standing around.
  • JMU Baseball camps are well below the national average in price and according to many previous campers, “I learned more and paid less.”
  • 1983 College World Series
  • 87 JMU players signed professional contracts
  • 12 Major Leaguers
  • 17 All-Americans
  • 10 Freshmen All-Americans
  • Five CAA Player of the Year awards
  • One CAA Pitcher of the Year award
  • One NCAA Division I National Player of the Year
  • One National Hitter of the Year
  • One Johnny Bench Award winner, nation's best catcher
  • 15 former campers currently on the JMU roster

 

The “little things”

  • Safe and beautiful campus in the Historic Shenandoah Valley.
  • Dining Hall rated top 10 in the country.
  • Technology: video analysis.
  • Guest Lectures: sports psychology, strength and conditioning, the recruiting process.
  • Nightly Chapels (optional)
  • Extra work (if you desire)


Online Camp Registration

 

2014 Spanky McFarland Baseball Summer Instructional Showcase Camps

 

*Pitching and Catching Prospect Camp - Sunday, June 8
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Veterans Memorial Park)
Rising eighth through rising 12th graders
Cost $125.00 (includes lunch & JMU t-shirt)

 

*Baseball Day Camp - Monday, June 9 through Thursday, June 12
8:30 a.m. to Noon

Rising first through rising sixth graders
Cost $115.00 (includes JMU t-shirt)

 

*MVP Instructional Showcase - Option One (residential)
Begins 1 p.m. Sunday, June 15 registration at Gifford Hall

Ends 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 18
Rising seventh through rising 12th graders

Cost $425.00  (includes room/board, 8-9 hours of baseball instruction and games, and JMU baseball t-shirt)

 

*MVP Instructional Showcase - Option Two (commuter)
Registration 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
Sunday, June 15 to Wednesday, June 18
Rising seventh through rising 12th graders

Cost $210.00  (includes lunch, 6-7 hours of baseball instruction and games, and JMU baseball t-shirt)

 

Online Camp Registration


For more information, contact the JMU Baseball Office at 540-568-5510


2013 JMU Baseball Winter Showcase Camps

*Hitting/Offense Camp - Saturday, Dec. 7
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Memorial Hall)

Eighth through 12th graders
Cost $100.00 

 

*Pitcher and Catcher Camp - Sunday, Dec. 8
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Memorial Hall)

Eighth through 12th graders
Cost $100.00 

 

*Pitcher and Catcher Camp - Saturday, Dec. 14
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Memorial Hall)

Eighth through 12th graders
Cost $100.00 

 

*Hitting/Offense Camp - Sunday, Dec. 15
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Memorial Hall)

Eighth through 12th graders
Cost $100.00 

 

Online Camp Registration


For more information, contact the JMU Baseball Office at 540-568-5510


Directions: Memorial Hall (formerly Harrisonburg High School) is located on the western edge of JMU's campus.  Enter building on the North side at the gymnasium, directly across the parking lot from Veterans' Memorial Stadium, JMU's new baseball/softball complex.

From the South: I-81 to Exit 245, turn left (West) onto Port Republic Rd.  Cross Main St. (US-11) and turn right onto High St. (Rt. 42).  Memorial Hall on left at intersection with Cantrell Ave.

From the North: I-81 to Exit 247B onto US-33 West.  Move to left lane and turn left at first light onto Cantrell Ave.  Follow Cantrell past much of JMU campus, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and crossing Main St. (US-11) until Cantrell dead ends at High St. (Rt. 42).  Memorial Hall will be straight ahead.

 

Camp Descriptions


Pitcher/Catcher Camp
Goals:

Pitchers
1. Improve command of pitches
2. Improve velocity
3. Fine tune delivery
4. Improve pitch selection
5. Develop personal pitching plan for success
6. Create winning mental approach

Catchers
1. Improve pop time to second base
2. Fine tune mechanics of blocking, throwing, and receiving
3. Leadership skills
4. Winning mental approach

Day Camp
Goals:
1. Learn the fundamentals of baseball to ensure future success.
2. Increase athleticism through agility, exercise, and running drills.
3. Begin to learn the game within the game.
4. Competitions, games, and contests to test abilities.
5. Sportsmanship, rules of the game, and most of all, fun.

MVP Instructional Showcase
Goals:
1. Skill development to enhance opportunities.
2. Athleticism improvements through agility, strength training, and running drills.
3. Learning the game within the game.
4. Secrets to individual and team success.
5. Mental skills to enhance performance.
6. Increase opportunities to play at the next level.
7. Exposure to several college and professional coaches and scouts.
8. Guest lectures and nightly chapels.
9. Information about the recruiting process.


Testimonials from Former Campers

~ “Every coach knew my name.”

~ “I learned more, paid less money, had fun and improved greatly.”

~ “I’ve been to a lot of camps at bigger schools and spent a larger amount of time standing around.  The JMU camp was smaller and they worked us hard, but I loved every minute.”

~ “At a lot of camps you don’t even see the head coach or top assistants.  At JMU, coach Mac and all of his assistants were at every session.”

~ “The coaches at JMU know their stuff and work you hard, yet still liked to mess around and have fun.  I highly recommend this camp.  I got better and had fun.  That’s why I went.”

~ “The food at the dining hall was unbelievable.”

 

Online Camp Registration


 

*The 2013-14 Spanky McFarland Baseball Instructional School is a private enterprise and is not affiliated with James Madison University.

For more information, contact the JMU Baseball Office at (540) 568-5510 or e-mail Head Coach Spanky McFarland at
mcfarlje@jmu.edu .