ROCKVILLE — Calling all area baseball players.
The U.S. Baseball Academy has announced it will hold one of its Spring Training 2013 camps at Solano Community College, Jan. 5-26.
According to a press release, U.S. Baseball Academy operates a national network of affordable hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running camps for players in grades 1 through 12, with nearly 190 sites across the United States scheduled this year.
Registration is now underway at www.USBaseballAcademy.com.
Solano baseball coach Scott Stover and his staff will direct the program, which could attract 100s of players from the region.
“We’ve done stuff like this before with other companies,” Stover said. “It’s good for the kids in the area.
“They contacted me and asked about doing it. Every year people calls us for stuff like this. We’ve had some come out here (but we also turn a lot of them down).”
Stover also noted how it benefits his program is yet to be determined.
“We’ll never know until it’s over,” the coach said. “There will be kids from all over coming to it.
“Our assistant coaches will run the day-to-day stuff. We’re in the phases of planning (right now). What they expect us to do is still in planning stages. . . . In late November or December, we’ll have a better idea.”
According to the release, “With a player-coach ratio of 6 to 1, each player gets plenty of individual attention in a small-group atmosphere. In addition to instruction by the area’s best coaches, players get a preseason tune-up that helps them enter team practice in mid-season form.
“With numerous age-specific sessions, instruction is specially tailored for each ability level. Overall, it’s the type of intense, professional instruction young players just can’t get in a summer league.”
Stover is also looking for some extra help from area coaches, including some from local high schools.
“We encourage high school coaches to come out and help,” Stover said. “It depends on how many players come out. It’s good for our assistants to get some work in (with the baseball campers).”
The release goes on to say, “Since 1988, U.S. Baseball Academy has run hundreds of camps and clinics for thousands of players nationwide. Each week, hitters rotate through a series of supervised stations, including indoor batting cages, with each drill designed to teach a different aspect of hitting. Players enjoy participating in hitting games and unique stations used by top high school and college programs.
“The program is designed to improve pitch and strike zone recognition, timing, balance, power, situational hitting, bunting, and other aspects. Pitchers work under the supervision of coaches who can help with all aspects of pitching, from fundamentals and mechanics to more advanced concepts.”
Registration deadlines are approximately six weeks before each session begins, but the release said last year’s camps sold out much earlier. Because of the low player-coach ratio, spots in each session are limited.
Complete details and times for each site, as well as registration forms are available online at ww.USBaseballAcademy.com or by phoning toll free 866-622-4487.