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UMKC Softball Summer Camp Approaching
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:05/31/2012

UMKC Summer Softball Camps

A new style of interactive camp!  The UMKC softball program wants to build our camps around the athletes participating while keeping our costs low and funneling as much helpful information to the athletes and parents.  Each day will start with check-in at 8 a.m., followed by the camp session going from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When:    

Wednesday, June 20 (All-Skills Camp, 3rd - 8th Grade): In the morning session, instruction will be geared toward infield, outfield, pitching, and catching fundamentals and techniques. In the afternoon, offense (hitting, bunting, base running, and sliding) will be discussed and learned through various drills with the ability level of each participant in mind.

Tuesday, July 10 (Infield/Outfield, Incoming Sixth Graders and Up): In the morning session, our fielding instruction will focus on the defensive techniques of each position in the infield and outfield. Instruction will include throwing, fielding, and position specific drills. In the afternoon, offense (hitting, bunting, baserunning, and sliding) will be discussed along with a variety of drills to work on the fundamentals of hitting.

Tuesday, July 24 (Pitchers, Incoming Sixth Graders and Up): In the morning session, we will discuss the fundamentals of throwing fastpitch and will provide drills for increasing speed and control of each pitch. Pitchers will learn different grips and techniques for throwing fastball, change-up, drop, curve, screw, and rise ball.  In the afternoon, offense (hitting, bunting, base running, and sliding) will be discussed along with a variety of drills to work on the fundamentals of hitting.  You must provide a catcher for the morning session.  This may be another player or adult, no cost for camp.

Wednesday, July 25 (Catchers, Incoming Sixth Graders and Up): In the morning session, our fielding instruction will focus on the defensive techniques of catching. Instruction will include receiving pitches, stance, throwing, bunting, pop flies, and game strategy. In the afternoon, offense (hitting, bunting, base running, and sliding) will be discussed along with a variety of drills to work on the fundamentals of hitting.

Where: Missouri 3&2 Field - 9600 Blue River Rd. Kansas City, Mo.

Cost:          $75 - 1 Day

                 $125 - 2 Days

The youth camp June 20th will be more broad based instructions with possible team drills as well.  If you are thinking about both the youth camp and the more specific position camp, be assured there will be more detailed instruction in the position specific camps.

How to design your own experience:

June 20th Camp: First decide what position(s) you want to concentrate on.  There will be three groups:  (1) Infielders (2) Outfielders and Defensive Catchers* (3) Live Catchers^ and Pitchers˜

*-Catchers in this group will focus only on the defensive aspects of catching: throwing, blocking, fielding bunts, field management, and receiving.

^- Catchers in this group will catch live.  There will be instruction on catching but not as much interactive time.

˜- Pitchers must provide their own catcher; they do not have to pay if only participating to catch. (Example: Dad may catch on a bucket for no charge).

*- All positions will also feature a hitting segment.

A note to pitchers:

          We would like to use these mini-camps to evaluate and give constructive instruction on how to get better over a period of time.  We will not be able to teach a pitcher how to throw new pitches, but rather give all ages and skill levels drills and instructions that will help further their progress as a pitcher.  Please fill-out the pitchers comment box; let us know what you would like out of the camp and we will do our best to design a camp around you!

What you can receive at a camp designed for you:

  • Instruction and drills designed for your area of play based on your talent level.
  • An evaluation and tips to help you improve your play.
  • Agility, conditioning, and nutrition information.
  • Mental training suggestions.
  • Optional recruiting talk after both sessions that answer all your questions on how to get your daughter on a collegiate softball team.
  • Incredible recruiting opportunity for athletes interested in attending UMKC.

Don't just be another number in a big college camp.

Fill out your application online:  No payment due until the day of the camp.  Cash, credit, or check accepted.  Walk-ups are accepted.

Make sure to provide us with comments on what you are looking for.  The earlier the application is turned in, the better we can plan on how to best help you.  E-mail questions to Head Softball Coach, Meredith Smith at smithmer@umkc.edu.

What to wear:  T-Shirts, shorts, and cleats.

What to bring:  Softball equipment; everything you would bring to a game.

Pack a lunch!  There will be a 30 to 60 minute break for lunch.  You are more than welcome to leave camp for food, but with such a short break we suggest you just pack a cooler with a lunch, snacks, and drinks if you want!

Water coolers will be provided along with cups, in order to keep our costs down.  You may bring your own water bottle.  Concessions will not be available.  

Group discounts will be given for eight (8) or more athletes. Please contact Meredith Smith at (816) 235-5837 for more details.

In case of inclement weather, the camp will be altered in time or possibly rescheduled.  Payment for the camp is accepted the day of camp; this is designed to help manage weather and the hassle of refunds if necessary.  There is no indoor option as of right now for camp.

Parents you are more than welcome to stick around and ask questions throughout the entire camp.  We are here to help in any way we can!

Click Here to sign-up for the UMKC Softball Summer Camps.

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