Q. What is St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Camp?
A. Cardinals Fantasy Camp is a baseball camp for Cardinals fans of all ages (27 and up) who love the St. Louis Cardinals and the game of baseball! The camp takes place at the Cardinals Spring Training facility, Roger Dean Stadium, in Jupiter, Florida, Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY or SLU/Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. Campers will play regular season games and a postseason game and participate in other baseball activities as well as attend evening events highlighting great moments in Cardinals history. Cardinals Alumni will be amongst your teammates and a Cardinals Alumni will be your manager. You will also hear stories and receive insight from Cardinals and National Baseball Hall of Famers. By the time you get ready to leave, you will have plenty of stories and memories to last a lifetime!
Q. What are the dates of Fantasy Camp?
A. Jupiter Camps take place in January and Cooperstown & St. Louis Camps take place during the baseball season.
Q. Where are the hotel accommodations?
A. Accommodations are only applicable at the Jupiter, FL camp. For the Cooperstown & St. Louis Camps, hotel accommodations are not included, but a room block may be available. Information will be provided to registered campers.
Q. Who can participate?
A. Any adult 27 years of age or older who loves the St. Louis Cardinals!
Q. What is the average age?
A. The average age of participants is about 55 years old, but we see campers ranging from 27 years old all the way up to 87 years old.
Q. What is the ability of the participants?
A. There is a wide range of abilities from the campers who attend camp. Some have never picked up a bat, some played high school and college ball, and some pick up their gloves every summer to play in adult league softball/baseball. Skill is not a requirement; you just have to love the game! No camper has ever been asked to try out for the big league club, so just relax and have fun!
Q. What kind of physical shape must I be in to attend?
A. There are many levels of skill and ability at camp, but our main goal is for you to have a great time and create memories that will last you forever. We have our certified athletic trainers available to you all week long in case injury or other physical needs occur. Remember to take it easy and play to your ability.
Q. Which players will be in attendance?
A. Cardinals Alumni are asked throughout the year to attend, so expect to see some players from all time periods. Alumni who have attended in the past have included:
National Baseball Hall of Famers; Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Whitey Herzog, Ted Simmons & Larry Walker, Cardinals Hall of Famers; Ray Lankford & Jason Isringhausen, Other Alumni; David Eckstein, Rick Horton, Scott Terry, Dave LaPoint, Al Hrabosky, John Costello, Danny Cox, Tom Lawless, Alan Benes, Bob Tewksbury, Tom Henke, Tito Landrum, Gene Roof, John Tudor, Todd Worrell, Kyle McClellan, Rick Ankiel, Tyler Greene, Brian Jordan, Woody Williams, Bo Hart, Gary Bennett, Jason Simontacchi, Scott Cooper, Mike Crudale, Ryan Ludwick, Cliff Politte, Ryan Franklin, Dave Veres, Jason Motte, Luis Alicea, Jake Westbrook, Josh Kinney, Kerry Robinson, Lonnie Maclin, Bernard Gilkey, Matt Pagnozzi, Marlon Anderson, Adron Chambers, John Frascatore, Jason Marquis, Brad Thompson, and Eli Marrero.
*All Legends are subject to change & vary at each camp.
Q. What is the cost?
A. Camp cost may differ depending on the specific camp - St. Louis, Cooperstown or Jupiter. It can vary from year to year. Click on each tab to see the cost for that specific camp. Jupiter Camp was $6950 in 2020, Cooperstown Camp was $4995 in 2020, and St. Louis was $2995 in 2019.
Q. Is a portion of Fantasy Camp tax-deductible?
A. Yes, a portion will be tax-deductible. After camp is over, staff will send an email with information about the amount.
Q. How can I get a discounted rate?
A. Previous Campers who will bring back a uniform from a previous camp as determined by the camp staff will receive a discount. Campers who already have hotel or housing accommodations in Florida can also receive a discount. Please contact a Fantasy Camp staff member or [email protected] to inquire.
Q. Is transportation provided?
A. Airfare is NOT included in Camp prices; this will be an additional cost for travel accommodations.
Transportation will NOT be provided to or from the Airports to the hotel.
Daily bus transportation will be provided to/from Roger Dean Stadium for the Jupiter camps. Daily transportation is not available at the Cooperstown or St. Louis camps.
Q. Do I need a rental car?
A. Depending on the camp, a rental car might not be necessary. For Jupiter camp, you will not need a car once you arrive to the hotel as we provide daily bus transportation. For Cooperstown Camp, a rental car will be necessary as Cooperstown is about 1.5 hours from Albany, NY. For the St. Louis Camp, it is up to you to decide what your needs are for rental car based on your accommodations. If you wish to get a rental car, however, it is your decision and the cost will be the responsibility of the camper.
Q. Will there be a photographer to capture your moments of glory?
A. An official Fantasy Camp photographer will be capturing memories all week. These photos will be available for you to download for free after the camp.
Q. Can we take pictures and get autographs?
A. As stated above, we will have a camp photographer present taking photos of the entire camp. However, if you wish to take photos, you may. Photos are allowed out on the fields and during the evening events. However, no video or photos are allowed in the morning meetings or other camp meetings. Also, no video is allowed at the evening events at the hotel. If you have questions about the policy, please see a Fantasy Camp staff member.
You may ask for autographs from the former players, but we ask that you do not bother them during meals and please do not overwhelm them with requests. Please refrain from asking for Hall of Famer autographs; each camper will have a Hall of Fame autograph session in which they are allowed to get 2 items signed by each Hall of Famer. If you have any questions, please see a Fantasy Camp staff member.
Q. What do I need to bring?
A. You need to bring anything that you feel will be required to participate in baseball activities - glove, rubber cleats or turf shoes (no metal spikes), batting gloves, protective cup, shower shoes, and other personal items. We will provide all necessary baseball equipment - helmets, wooden bats, catchers gear, baseballs, rosin, etc. If you wish to bring your own wooden bat, you may do so, but Fantasy Camp is not responsible for replacing your bats if they break. We will also provide the uniforms as needed for new campers (full road grey and full Saturday alternate), shorts, short-sleeve t-shirt, Red hat, belts, socks, and some other items. You will get to keep your entire uniform and all the goodies that you receive at camp!
If you are a returning camper bringing back your uniform, do not forget it! All other campers will receive new uniforms.
A detailed list of items needed will be sent to all campers in the weeks leading up to camp.
Q. What shoes are acceptable for games?
A. Participants can wear turf shoes with plastic spikes only. No metal cleats will be allowed at any camp.
Q. What is the difference between a Big League Camper and a Bench Coach?
A. The only difference is that the Bench Coach will not play in games. This option is for those who are no longer able to participate in baseball activities, or do not wish to play. You will get the full camper experience excluding actually being drafted/playing in games. You will work alongside the Manager on the team you are assigned to by helping keep score, manage the lineup, coach first or third base, and help create a team atmosphere - you will also be announced in the lineup when your team plays at Roger Dean Stadium main field/Busch Stadium/Doubleday Field. Bench coach positions are limited at each camp._ If you choose this option, you will not be able to take at-bats or play the field._
Q. How many people attend camp?
A. Jupiter Camp will consist of 10 teams with 10-12 campers per team. The maximum number of Bench Coaches is 10 (or 1 per team). Cooperstown & St. Louis Camp will consist of 4 teams with 10-12 campers per team. The maximum number of Bench Coaches is 4 (or 1 per team).
Q. How are the teams formed?
A. In Jupiter, on the first day at the Roger Dean Stadium Complex, you will complete a workout and tryouts in the morning where you will be evaluated by all of the former Cardinals and Hall of Famers. Then, the managers will hold an official draft where they will create their teams. After their meeting, teams are revealed at Roger Dean Stadium and you will go out to play your first game!
In Cooperstown & St. Louis, you will provide as much information as possible on your playing ability prior to camp and the managers will hold an official draft prior to your arrival. You will be notified of your team upon your arrival to camp.
Q. What is the Fantasy Camp Game Schedule?
A. A detailed schedule will be given to campers upon registration. Generally, you will play one to two games each day. Other activities are mixed in with the games.
Q. What is the dress code?
A. During the day, the dress is casual baseball attire. For some of the evening events, the dress code is more casual, for others it is a bit more business casual. Campers will be provided more details on dress depending on the camp they attend and what events are scheduled.
Q. What meals are provided?
A. In Jupiter, breakfast and lunch are provided daily for all campers at the Roger Dean Facility. Breakfast and lunch at RDS is not provided for guests. Dinner is also provided 2 nights at Roger Dean Stadium for all campers as well as registered guests. Dinner is provided 2 nights at the hotel for all campers as well as registered guests.
In Cooperstown & St. Louis, dinner meals are the only meals provided. You will need to arrive to the facilities having already had breakfast and you should have time in between games to get lunch on your own in both of these camps.
Q. Can I bring my family?
A. Yes, families are welcome. Guest registration varies at each camp, and specific info is given to campers of each camp. Watching games at Roger Dean Stadium, Doubleday Field & SLU/Busch Stadium is free - campers are allowed to invite as many guests as they'd like. Specific guest registration requirements for each different camp apply and will be communicated to campers leading up to each camp.
Q. What will there be for my family to do?
A. The Jupiter/West Palm Beach area has much to offer for family activities - shopping, beaches, parks, golf, and other attractions. Your family is also able to come out to Roger Dean Stadium to watch you play free of charge throughout the week.
In Cooperstown & St. Louis, you are provided with a Hall of Fame (NBHOF for Cooperstown & Cardinals HOF for St. Louis) membership for you and your immediate family to visit on your down time.
Q. What if I need to cancel my camp slot?
A. Refund and Cancellation policy/dates will be communicated to campers upon registration. If you cancel after uniform orders are placed, you will lose the $1000 deposit. Other cancellation policies will apply.
Q. What is the payment policy?
A. Your deposit must be made to reserve your camp slot. Your full balance must be paid no later than2 months prior to camp. Fantasy Camp Staff may also work with you on a payment plan to pay gradually over time.
Q. Where do I get my welcome packet with all the final camp information?
A. Once you arrive to the registration event, you will check in, receive credentials & goodie bag, have a headshot taken for photos if necessary, and get your camp schedule. A schedule will be sent out via email prior to arriving to camp, but a final schedule will come at registration.
Q. Who do the proceeds benefit?
A. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mercy Cardinals Kids Cancer Center in St. Louis.
Q. Additional Questions?
A. Please contact Fantasy Camp staff at [email protected] and a staff member will reach out to you.