The College Coaches Skills Camp will be held on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts.
The Pitching / Catching Session will run from 8:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
The Infield / Outfield Session will run from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
The Hitting Session will run from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
All campers and their parents from every session should attend the Discussion on College Athletics held at 11:00 AM.
College Coaches Skills Camp is designed for high school softball players that want to work directly with college coaches in an on field environment. The event is for those players who are focused on becoming college softball student-athletes or want to learn more about that process. The camp will feature quality instruction from college coaches, verbal evaluations provided by the coaching staff through drills & instruction, and a Discussion on College Athletics for both players and parents. The College Softball Prospects Camp and Showcase is open to all high school softball players and is restricted in enrollment. The player-to-coach ratio will not exceed 8:1. These camps are in compliance with all NCAA rules.
ALL PLAYERS WILL RECEIVE
Each player will receive verbal feedback from the different levels of college softball coaches represented at the camp. Coaches will evaluate each player based on their experiences at their level of college softball coaching and give feedback when appropriate. This will allow each participating softball player the opportunity to get a much clearer idea of where their skills may fit at the college level. Because we want full interaction between coaches and players we do not provide written evaluations. We ask our staff to be fully engaged in the teaching and evaluating process and not be lost in a form. For this reason, we highly encourage players to ask questions of the staff and obtain any and all information they would like to know. The evaluation is designed to be informative but not restrictive. Each College Softball Prospect Camps & Showcases can differ slightly when it comes to the feedback given but generally speaking players will be evaluated in areas of the game such as: arm speed (velocity), ball exit speed off of bat, home to first base, and throwing accuracy. Players will also be instructed in improving the skills areas that they are having evaluated. Through dialogue with the coach’s players will be provided with information that they can use to compare and contrast where they stand with current college softball players.
WHY IS IT A CAMP AND A SHOWCASE?
Well, because it's the best of both worlds. Players want to showcase their skills to coaches but they should also want to learn from the coaches. Coaches want to evaluate players and their skills so they can teach them appropriately, just like they do with their own players. Coaches also want to see how players react to new instruction, new techniques and how they socialize with peers and other coaches.
THE COLLEGE COACHES ARE ON THE FIELD ALL DAY
JUST LIKE THEY ARE FOR THEIR OWN PRACTICES & GAMES
DISCUSSION ON COLLEGE ATHLETICS
The College Athletics Education Seminar will be held during camp and is for all members of the family. The seminar will last approximately a 45-60 minutes. The discussion will cover topics like: The NCAA Recruiting Rules, How to Promote Yourself, What Coaches Look For, The Best Way to Make a Video, What to Expect Playing College Athletics and How to Talk to College Coaches. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and will come out of the event having a much better idea of What College Athletics is All About. Parents and players are encouraged to ask questions during the discussion.
PITCHING / CATCHING SESSION → 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This session will include advanced instruction and problem solving on all aspects of pitching including mechanics, pitch variation, delivery tempo, and adjustments to improve command. We will work via lecture and drills throughout the course of the sessions. The catching segment will cover various drills for receiving, blocking and throwing footwork. During the skill sessions, pitchers will be divided into small groups, with all bullpen work being done one-on-one with the various coaches. Catchers will work in small groups with one-on-one instruction on drill work and live bullpen work. All players will be placed in small groups with other participants of similar age. **Pitchers will pitch to catchers signed up for the event. If you want to throw to your own catcher then they too must register for camp.**
INFIELD / OUTFIELD SESSION → 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
This session will focus on sound fundamental techniques of infield play via lecture, footwork drills, throwing drills, hands / glove development and proper positioning. Each infielder will work individually in the "field" with the members of our coaching staff. Infielders will be divided into groups by age and will receive many repetitions. All players will be placed in small groups with other participants of similar age. The last hour of Speed Agility & Metrics Training will be run with the Hitting Session. If a player is registered for both Infield / Outfield and Hitting they will only go through this segment once.
HITTING SESSION → 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
This session will focus on sound fundamental techniques of hitting via lecture, tee work, dry swing breakdown, side toss, and live hitting in the cage. Each hitter will work individually in the cages with the members of our coaching staff. Hitters will be divided into groups by age and will receive many swings. All players will be placed in small groups with other participants of similar age. The first hour of Speed Agility & Metrics Training will be run with the end of the Infield /Outfield Session. If a player is registered for both Infield and Hitting they will only go through this segment once.
TENTATIVE CAMP SCHEDULE
PITCHERS / CATCHERS → 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
8:00 AM → Introduction For Pitchers / Catchers Drill Work
9:00 AM → Bullpen / Drill Session Catchers Live Work
10:00 AM → Small Group Pitching & Catching Rotations; Metric Assessment
ALL REGISTERED PLAYERS & PARENTS → 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM → Discussion on College Athletics
Players Can Eat Lunch (NOT PROVIDED) During This Discussion
INFIELDERS / OUTFIELDERS → 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM → Infield Drills / Outfield Drills - Footwork, Skill Development
1:00 PM → Infield Drills / Outfield Drills - Throwing Efficiency, Direction & Evaluation
2:00 PM → Speed Agility & Metrics Training**
HITTING → 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM → Speed Agility & Metrics Training**
3:00 PM → Hitting Skill Session
4:00 PM → Hitting Lecture & Hitting Drills
5:00 PM → Final Comments, Dismissal
**Infielders, Outfielders, & Hitters will all take part in the same Speed, Agility & Metrics segment. This is done to avoid duplication of the activity.**