Over our 19 year history, we've had the pleasure of working with some of the most amazing catchers. We're not just talking about the most talented catchers. We're talking about the most driven, hard working, attentive, hungry and high-character students.
It is no secret that because we have made our lives about working with just catchers we've been incredibly lucky to work with those who have already demonstrated a toughness that supersedes their peers. By simply strapping on the gear and walking onto a field with us, they have already proven the desire to become better athletes. But in every camp that we have ever run, there is this select group of catchers. Individuals who have shown us a higher level of character, a higher level of maturity, a better grasp on the information and an unrivaled thirst to get their hands on more of it. At every camp there are a few students who just "get it" more than everyone else.
So, over a staff dinner while we were on the road two offseasons ago, the senior level TCC staff and I started throwing around ideas of how amazing it would be to run a camp filled only with those select few. What if we got to choose who attended a camp? What if we ran an invitation only camp for those few special catchers who, over time, have continued to get us excited to come to the field/facility every single camp day? Only those catchers....all in one camp.
I have to tell you, it gave us all goose bumps.
Well, for those of you who weren’t there last year…we did it! Boy did we do it!
For three days over Martin Luther King weekend last offseason, we ran a fully immersive INVITE ONLY program for those elite students in our program at the Historic Dodgertown Complex in Vero Beach, FL. The camp was only for catchers 13-18 years old, whom myself and staff identified as sharing the same values and work ethic that we see from the most successful catchers in our program and ourselves. These were the kids who have demonstrated to us a willingness to take the game more seriously than their peers and are willing to put in whatever work is necessary to reach their next level. To call that weekend a success would be an incredible understatement. It was quite possibly the most impactful camp we have ever run! The progress that was made over that weekend was beyond anything we could have ever imagined, and the bonds that were formed over those three days are sure to last a lifetime. But you don't have to take our word for it. Just listen to some of the parents from last year's event tell you themselves.
If you are viewing this page it is because your catcher has exemplified thE SAME qualities That we looked for in students for last year's event, and your catcher has made such a huge impression with us that we want to give them an opportunity to attend this year's TCC Invite Only Camp, being held at Coastal Florida Sports Park in Cocoa, FL, February 16-18!
Each day the TCC staff and students will eat breakfast together before heading out to the field or "classroom". We will hit the ground running with reps and drills, refining the skillset of each student to a completely new level. We're going to skip the introductory information and get right to work. We'll then come back in for lunch, and like we will be doing the entire weekend, interact as much as possible with the catchers, answering any questions that they may have, or simply giving them the ability to continue building a rapport with the TCC staff who have all played the game at many of the highest levels. Then, we'LL head back out to the field and continue to put more work in behind the plate. We'll go over advanced approaches to some of the skills and get more in depth about game-management, calling a game, handling pitchers, etc. Then we'll head back inside and spend a couple hours relaxing before dinner. Hit the pool, play ping-pong, shoot some billards; just have some fun with the catchers and allow them to interact with likeminded students and instructors.
Tentative Schedule (CLICK TO VIEW EACH DAY):
We focus our efforts each day with getting even more detailed with the instruction than we ever have at any camp you've been to. We'll implement new drills many of you have never seen before. We'll work on full distance throws to the bases, and certify pop-times. We're going to again put the kids on video and have them break it down over the weekend. We'll sit the students down and actually go through the online process of seeking out information about the college selection process. The kids will be given every chance to ask us about our experiences and the experiences of those who may have already committed to a school. But we're going to actually show them what to do and how to do it.
I can honestly say that TCC has never run a better camp than the one we ran last offseason, and we are just as excited to do it again this February. I hope that after reading this you are too. I truly get chills when thinking about last year's camp, working with a group of catchers who we hand picked to be there. The cream of the crop. The students we want to be there. This camp brought every one of those catchers to a completely new level.
Dinner on Friday, as well as all three meals on Saturday AND Sunday are included along with the on-site accommodations (parents will have to pay separately this year - Meal packages for parents are available for purchase during the registration process). Player suites are setup bunk-bed style with 50” HDTVs and access to resort style bathrooms with private showers. Parents are encouraged to attend with their kids, but accommodations will be separate. Coastal Florida Sports Park has relationships with many of the hotels in the area and offers great deals to attendees of events held at the complex. If you are interested in securing a discounted hotel rate for yourself and the rest of your family over President’s Day Weekend this February, please contact Coastal Florida Sports Park at (321) 639-3976 and tell them you are apart of The Catching Camp’s event being run February 16-18, 2019 and are looking to book a hotel room. Should you prefer to send your catcher to the camp by themselves, this will be an option this year, as Coastal Florida Sports can provide students with shuttle service to and from MCO (ORLANDO) Airport for a small additional fee ($22 each way). When possible, a TCC staff member will be accompanying any kids taking the shuttle to and from the airport, provided that our travel schedule allows for it. Otherwise, Coastal Florida Sports Park will chaperone the students to and from the airport should a parent or guardian not be in attendance.
While we have worked with around 2,500 students in the last 4 years, we'll be inviting less than 100 students to this camp. This particular camp, however, will be capped at around 30 total catchers, and we will be maintaining a 5:1 student to instructor ratio or less. Registration is first come, first serve.
So, if you are just as excited as we are and want to sign up, go ahead and: