Guardians Fantasy Camp
Fantasy Camp is truly the Experience of a Lifetime! Spend the week playing and talking baseball alongside numerous former Cleveland greats. Camp is open to men and women ages 30 and older.
Fantasy Camp will take place January 20-27, 2024
2024 Fantasy Camp Package
Exciting Baseball Schedule
- Pre-Camp Experience
- 8-Game camp schedule, including 2 playoff games
- Kangaroo Kourt and Bull Sessions
- Game vs the pros
- Post-Camp Reunion Game
- Personalized home white jersey
- Personalized alternate blue jersey
- Team jacket
- Baseball pants
- Dri-fit shirts
- Fitted hat
- Belt and socks
Helpful Pros and Staff
- Two pros per team to offer instruction
- Professional trainers & experienced clubhouse staff
- Certified umpires
- Daily camp newspaper
First Class Accommodations
- Bus transportation from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the Renaissance Glendale Hotel
- Lodging at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa
- Breakfast and lunch daily at the ballpark
- Select Dinners: Welcome Reception (Saturday) / Championship BBQ (Thursday), and Awards Banquet (Friday)
- Individual and Team Video Footage
- Engraved Bat
- Luggage Tags/Locker Nameplate
- Baseball Cards
- Team Photo
The following former Cleveland pros have attended prior Fantasy Camps.
A finalized list of pros is provided to campers in the month leading up to camp.
- Max Alvis
- Scott Bailes
- Len Barker
- Carlos Baerga
- Gary Bell
- Dave Burba
- Joe Charboneau
- Rajai Davis
- Mike Hargrove
- Mike Jackson
- Steve Karsay
- Jensen Lewis
- Rick Manning
- Sid Monge
- Chad Ogea
- Eric Plunk
- Cory Snyder
- Jason Stanford
- Greg Swindell
- Pat Tabler
- Rick Waits
- Jaret Wright
Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa
Experience Arizona luxury at this Glendale four-star hotel, as the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa offers 320 exquisitely decorated guest rooms and provides the perfect place to stay, play and relax. Inspired by desert sunsets, the décor of the hotel reflects the area’s natural beauty. Located within walking distance of the hotel is the Westgate Shopping Center, with numerous restaurants and shops, and State Farm Stadium.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Cleveland Guardians Fantasy Camp?
A: The Cleveland Guardians Fantasy Camp is a week-long baseball camp for men and women over 30 years of age taking place January 20-27, 2024. All proceeds from camp will benefit Cleveland Guardians Charities (CGC).
Participants will spend a week playing and talking baseball alongside numerous former Cleveland greats at the team’s Player Development Complex in Goodyear, AZ. Physical activity is required, as there is a six-game regular season schedule plus two playoff games. Teams will also play a game against the pros.
Q: What is the average age and skill level of a Fantasy Camp participant?
A: The majority of campers fall within the age range of mid 40s to mid 60s. While the skill level is obviously varied, the most important element is fun. Whether participants are in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s or beyond - the games are both fun and competitive for all.
Q: Am I required to live in Ohio to attend camp?
A: Certainly not. Cleveland fans from all over the country and occasionally other countries attend camp.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: All you need is your glove, rubber cleats (no metal spikes allowed), and if you have your own special wood bat, you may bring that along, too. This is the Major Leagues, thus no aluminum bats are allowed! Professional quality bats will be provided for use during the week then collected at week’s end. If you do choose to travel with your own wood bats, we encourage you to contact your airline regarding proper travel instructions.
Q: What is the cost of Fantasy Camp?
A: Camp is obtained through a $5,900 donation to CGC. A portion of each donation may be tax deductible. In late February/early March following camp, participants will be provided a letter from CGC that we encourage be sent to their tax advisors.
Q: As a first-time camper, what do I receive for my $5,900 donation?
A: For a complete list of details, please reference the Fantasy Camp Package details on the camp homepage. In short, most items are provided: first-class hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa, breakfast and lunch daily at the ballpark, select dinners throughout the week, complete authentic uniforms, expert trainers to keep you on the field, a clubhouse staff to care for your uniforms, and more! Campers are responsible for their own airfare, however bus transportation will be provided from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the hotel on the two travel days. Van transportation is provided from the hotel to the baseball complex and back throughout the week.
Q: As a veteran camper, what do I receive for my $5,600 donation?
A: Veteran campers who attended the 2023 camp and bring their uniform will receive a discounted rate of $5,600 (camp uniform is defined as home white jersey, alternate blue jersey and white pants). These campers are likewise responsible for their own airfare, and bus transportation will also be provided from the Phoenix Airport to the hotel on the two travel days. Van transportation is provided from the hotel to the baseball complex and back throughout the week.
Q: Can a camper bring along a family member or spouse?
A: Yes, while supplies last campers may purchase a "Favorite Fan" package, which provides a person of his or her choice (usually a spouse or family member) the chance to join the camper in Goodyear, AZ. The "Favorite Fan" is at camp from Saturday to Saturday and will room with the camper. Breakfast and lunch at the ballpark will be provided, along with a ticket to Saturday's welcome reception, Thursday’s Championship BBQ, and Friday's Awards Banquet. Favorite Fans are also responsible for their own airfare to and from Phoenix, but may utilize the bus transportation.
A limited number of Favorite Fan packages are available, and the cost is $2,500. "Favorite Fan" packages must be confirmed by September 1, 2023.
Q: What is the weather like in Goodyear, AZ?
A: Average temperatures in Goodyear during January include highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s. Mornings and evenings have the potential to be cool, so we encourage both Campers and Favorite Fans to keep that in mind when packing.
Q: What is the appropriate dress while at camp?
A: Campers will spend most of the days on the field in their baseball uniforms, but off the field dress is casual (slacks, jeans, shorts, polo shirts, etc.). Favorite Fans should also dress comfortably and for the weather. At Friday night's Awards Banquet, most men choose to wear a sport coat and most women a dress or skirt. Ties are optional.
Q: Are meals provided?
A: Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the ballpark daily for all Campers and Favorite Fans. Dinner is provided Saturday (Welcome Banquet), Thursday (Championship BBQ) and Friday (Awards Banquet). Campers and Favorite Fans will be on their own for dinner Sunday through Wednesday. Numerous restaurants are located inside the Westgate Shopping Center which is in walking distance of the hotel.
Q: What photo opportunities exist?
A: Photo Day will take place Sunday afternoon where campers will have individual and team photos taken in their home white jerseys. Other photos of in-game action will be taken during the week by camp photographers, and all images will be provided digitally to campers free of charge following camp. All campers will receive a team photo at the end of camp.
Q: What is Kangaroo Kourt?
A: All campers, favorite fans, pros and staff will gather for mandatory Kangaroo Kourt Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Renaissance Hotel where campers will be playfully fined for any miscues noted by the Kourt judge. All proceeds from Kangaroo Kourt will be donated to Cleveland Guardians Charities.
Q: What are Bull Sessions?
A: Bull Sessions are informal baseball discussions led by various pros from different eras of baseball. The Bull Sessions serve as a great means of getting to know the pros and gaining additional insight from their playing careers. The Bull Sessions will take place on select evenings, and the schedule of pros will be announced during camp.
Q: What additional gifts will I receive?
A: Following camp, campers will receive individual and team video footage of their camp experience along with baseball cards. Video footage will be shot during camp, then edited by camper and team.
Q: I signed up for camp but an emergency prevents me from attending. What happens to my balance?
A: If camp participation becomes impossible, an administration fee of $1500 will be kept by CGC to cover hard costs incurred and then any remaining monies will be refunded. Hard costs include uniforms, bats, gifts, supplies, vendor deposits and administration fees. Items would be sent following the conclusion of camp.
Q: Is a portion of Fantasy Camp tax-deductible?
A: A portion of the Fantasy Camp may be tax deductible. Following camp, CGC will provide a letter for income tax purposes and campers are encouraged to provide the letter sent to their tax advisors. The tax deduction value showing in the letter is calculated by the excess of the camp price over the fair market value of the goods and services received.
Q: What is the team format and game schedule?
A: Camp will feature two divisions and an equal number of teams. Each team will play an eight game schedule - doubleheaders Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with postseason games on Thursday.
Q: When is the Championship Game played?
A: The top team from each of the two divisions will compete in the Championship Game, scheduled to be played Thursday evening under the lights at Goodyear Ballpark.
Q: What is the Pro vs Camper game and when is it played?
A: A highlight for most campers is playing a game against the pros. All pro vs camper games will take place Friday.
Q: How are teams formed?
A: On Sunday morning campers will enjoy a baseball clinic conducted by the pros, and following lunch campers will scrimmage each other as the pros “scout”. Following the scrimmages, the pros will conduct a draft to determine the teams. The draft is closed to campers and favorite fans. Teams will be announced Sunday afternoon and teammates will then play an exhibition game among their new teammates.
Q: May I request to play on the same team as a friend or family member also attending camp?
A: Yes, we will allow up to three (3) campers to be drafted together on the same team and special consideration will be given to family members. Campers may indicate their teammate preference(s) the first day of camp inside the clubhouse. Additional details will be announced during Saturday's Welcome Banquet.
Q: What entails the Pre-Camp and Post-Camp Experiences at Progressive Field?
A: Campers will be invited to Progressive Field this fall for the Pre-Camp Experience, as they will be able to hit and throw in the batting cages.
The Fantasy Camp Reunion constitutes the Post-Camp Experience, and that will take place in the early summer of 2024. Campers will have the opportunity to reunite and play a game.
Q: At what hotel will the group be staying?
A: Campers will enjoy first class hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa in Glendale, roughly 20 minutes from the Player Development Complex in Goodyear.
Q: How does the roommate situation work?
A: All rooms at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Spa are double occupancy. Campers will have the opportunity to request a specific roommate; otherwise we will assign roommates according to similar age and same smoking preference.
Q: Are private hotel rooms available?
A: A limited number of private rooms are available at an additional cost of $1,500. Private rooms available on a first-come basis.
Q: What are my travel options to camp?
A: Campers are responsible for their own airfare to and from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Bus transportation will be provided from the airport to the Renaissance hotel on January 20th then back to the airport on January 27th. A bus schedule will be communicated. To ensure ground transportation we would ask you to select a flight arriving in Phoenix before 3:00p.m. on January 20th and leaving Phoenix no earlier than 8:30 a.m. on January 27th. If your flights are outside of these times, you may need to be responsible for your own ground transportation. Goodyear, AZ is located 25 miles west of Phoenix.
Q: Do I need a rental car for other travel?
A: Campers are encouraged to consider renting a car to provide themselves added flexibility throughout camp. Each day of camp, 15-passenger vans will transport campers and favorite fans daily to and from the hotel to the Player Development Complex during designated times. This is approximately a 20 minute commute. The transportation schedule will be published daily in the camp newspaper.
Please note that any personal travel, or travel outside the designated van schedule, is the responsibility of the camper or the favorite fan.
Numerous restaurants are housed inside the Westgate Shopping Center, located within walking distance of the Renaissance Hotel.
Q: What is the camp uniform?
A: Unless the camper attended in 2023 and is bringing his or her uniform, all other campers will receive a full uniform consisting of two authentic jerseys (home white and alternate blue), one pair of baseball pants, two long sleeved logo’d shirts, one team jacket, belt, pair of socks, and fitted cap.
Q: How do I make sure my uniform will fit correctly?
A: Uniform sizes will be obtained during the month of July and campers will be provided tips on how to correctly size themselves. It is also suggested you NOT estimate low on your sizes, as you may be uncomfortable all week long. Fantasy Camp representatives will gladly assist with any uniform related questions you might have.