Over our 17 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 "get it" more than everyone else.
So, over a dinner while we are on the road last Winter, 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, we're doing it!
For three days over Martin Luther King weekend in January (13th - 15th, 2018), we will be running a fully immersive INVITE ONLY program for those elite students in our program at the Historic Dodgertown Complex in Vero Beach, FL. The camp will include catchers, ages 13-18 only, that myself and staff have identified as sharing the same values and work ethic that we see from the most successful catchers in our program and ourselves. These are 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.
If you are viewing this page it is because your catcher has exemplified those qualities and has made such a huge impression with us that we want to provide a camp just for them.
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 can 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 approach behind the plate, 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. After dinner, we were thinking about getting everyone together for a movie. Perhaps The Sandlot. A league of Their Own. Maybe Field of Dreams. Or maybe we'll watch an integral game from the college world series or the MLB playoffs, and talk about the catchers in those games. And we'll do it all over again the next day...and the next.
Tentative Schedule (CLICK TO VIEW EACH DAY):
We're going to focus our efforts each day with getting even more detailed with the instruction than we ever have at any camp we've ever run. We'll implement new drills we've never had time for before. Work on full distance throws to the bases, and certify some pop-times. We're going to put the kids on video and have them break it down over the weekend. We're going to sit the students down and actually go through the online process of seeking out information about the college selection process. The kids can 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 I have never been more excited for a camp in my entire life and I hope that after reading this you are too. I truly get chills when thinking about working with a group of catchers whom we've hand picked to be there. The cream of the crop. The students we want to be there. I think the opportunities that we'll have that weekend are limitless.
We will be asking folks to arrive Friday early evening for Dinner and a welcoming party, and leave Monday after lunch. Dinner Friday, all three meals on Saturday and Sunday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Monday are included along with the on-site accommodations. Each room is a hotel room with two queen beds in them and a private bathroom. We are setting the package for one parent or guardian (required to attend) and one student. This includes lodging and meals for both individuals. If there is another member of your family would would like to attend (non-student), we have the option of adding them to the room for and their meals would also be included.
While we have worked with over 2,000 students in the last 3 years, we've identified around 85 students who fit the bill for this camp and will be sending invites out to all of them. This camp, however, will be capped at around 25-30 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: