2019 CAMP DATES
2019 camp dates and locations will be announced soon. If you would like to receive a notification when registration is open, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Kids will come to camp who have never played ball before and others may someday play at Great American Ball Park. Our job is to create a training environment that meets the baseball and softball needs of every athlete who wants our help. We owe all players the camp experience of a lifetime and that's what they will get.
The bottom line is that our camp recipe calls for one part competition, two parts fun, one part friend-building and five parts instruction. Smother that in positive reinforcement and encouragement and the result is often magical.
The curriculum is adjusted every day to meet the diverse and changing needs of kids at camp. The most important thing to understand about the Reds Baseball and Softball Camps is that it doesn't matter if your athlete is six and picking up a bat for the first time or 14 and preparing to play high school baseball. This camp will significantly improve each player's ability to play the game. The camper would have to sleepwalk through the week to NOT be a better ballplayer on Friday than he or she was on Monday.
Safety, Safety, Safety
Let's get this big question answered right away. How can we have a camp with six year-olds and 14 year-olds? Look at it this way. A K-8 school does not have second graders and eighth graders in P.E. or math class together. They may pass in the hallways, take the same bus and be in the same yearbook but they are not in class together. Get the picture? At a Reds Camp, they will not be in "class" together either.
That being said, not all players of the same age have equal ability. For safety reasons and because it facilitates the best learning environment, players will be grouped by age and ability. These "teams" will then stay together throughout the week with the same coach (Team Votto, Team Barnhart, Team Suárez, etc.). There will be cross-pollination of instructors but we have found that the bonds created between teammates and their primary coach is one of the truly special dynamics at camp.
And yes, at our instructors' discretion, tennis balls, Wiffle balls and safety balls will be used liberally at camp. Of course, we will use regulation baseballs when appropriate but fear-free confidence is a critical foundation for fun and learning success.
Have questions about the camps? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free at (855) 8GoReds (846-7337).
Travel Player? This camp is for you, too.
Nearly half of the participants in 2018 were travel players. This we can tell you for sure. The coaches we line up in front of your young travel player are expert baseball and softball instructors. There is no reason why a travel player should shy away from what promises to be an extraordinary camp.
We understand that travel ballplayers' schedules can be hectic in the summer. But give us one week of your summer. It will pay off in that night's game or next weekend's big tourney.
Reds Coaches At Camp
During our trip to Great American Ball Park, a Reds coach will meet us and conduct a behind-the-scenes tour. Athletes will be treated to an insider's perspective seldom available to the general public. And you never know what surprises pop up on this special day.
Video Motion Analysis
Much of what happens in the baseball/softball swing happens too fast to be tracked by the human eye. If you would like your athlete's swing recorded and personally analyzed featuring a comparison to Joey Votto please check the appropriate box on the registration form. There will be a $25 additional fee for this service.
NOTE: Videos will be completed following the camp season.
Parents know that when you find a great teacher, you grab him or her and hang on for dear life. They can be game changers in our kids' lives. Great baseball and softball coaches are the same.
That's why we carefully select, screen, train and monitor our instructors. Then we encourage them to unleash all the passion and creativity they can muster.
Each camp day for your child should be a masterpiece. These coaches get that, and they love it.
The bottom line? The men and women entrusted with the training of your kids are as good as they come. We promise.
Every instructor will undergo a thorough background check.
LET'S TALK STRAIGHT ABOUT THE FEE
For the eighth year, the camp price will remain at $395, plus a small processing fee. This fee gets 30 hours of terrific instruction, four Reds game tickets, a V.I.P. day at the ballpark, meet a current Reds player, interact with a Reds coach, a full Reds uniform and the unforgettable friendships and memories all for about what some of us pay a babysitter on an hourly basis ($13.17).
Read below and see how you might be able to reduce the price.
TIME TO SIGN UP
The cost is $395 and we usually begin taking registrations in December. You may pay in full online. Before May 1, 2019, you may reserve your spot with a refundable $175 deposit. Your credit card will automatically be charged the balance due on May 1, 2019.
Camps are open to boys and girls ages 6 to 14
FAMILY AND FRIENDS DISCOUNT
If two or more children sign up together, each will receive a $25 discount. In order to receive this Family/Friends Discount the registrations must be submitted together.
EARLY BIRD SIGN UP DISCOUNT
Register prior to 3/1/19 and receive a $25 discount. This discount may not be combined with any other discount.
You may cancel 45 days prior to the first day of camp and receive a full refund. Cancellations between 45 days and 14 days prior to the first day of camp will be subject to a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the first day of your camp.
Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm
EXTRA INNINGS (Early Arrivals and Late Pickups)
Camps begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. However, to accommodate parents' schedules, you may drop off your camper as early as 8 a.m. and/or pick him/her up as late as 5 p.m. An additional $5 will be charged for each early or late "Extra Inning." No pre-registration is necessary. Simply check in with the camp Field Director on Monday morning.
Campers should bring their own lunch and drinks. Please make sure to affix your player's name to these items and PLEASE make sure to put the camper's name on his/her bat, glove and water bottle.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
In the event of inclement weather, outdoor camp activities will be moved indoors. Our curriculum has provisions for excellent indoor activities and instruction. We reserve the right to cancel camp days for weather-related reasons and no refunds will be given. Every effort will be made to complete instruction. In our first six years, no camps days have been lost.
Once you have registered we will communicate additional important camp information via e-mail. Please enter your e-mail address accurately on the registration form. Also, be sure you are entering the parent or guardian e-mail address, NOT the camper's.
We will assist you in making car pool arrangements. If interested, check the "Car Pool" box on the registration form. Prior to camp, parents who check the "Car Pool" box will be connected with others who are interested in this convenience.
GOT A FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT AT WORK?
Many parents use their employer's FSA benefit to save even more. Check with your employer to see if the camp fee qualifies as Dependent Care. Our FEIN is 45-0643499. You will need that for reimbursement.
V.I.P. Day Trip to Great American Ball Park for a behind-the-scenes experience
On one of the five camp days, campers will be transported by bus to Great American Ball Park for a day they will never forget. Your athlete will spend time with one of the Reds Coaches and meet a current Reds player. He/she will also have a photo taken with the Reds player along with their Reds Camp team in the home dugout. Now, how cool is that!
"The specific Reds player your camper will meet will be selected by the Reds and may or may not be depicted here."
Four tickets to Your Choice of Three Camper Reunion Games Including an On-Field Pre-Game Parade
Each participant will receive four tickets to a choice of one of three 2019 Reds games. These Camper Reunion Games provide a great chance to reunite with new friends from camp. And it gets even better as one of those games will include a pre-game parade (weather permitting). Stay tuned for the three dates.
Skills Competition with Champions Day at Great American Ball Park
Kids love to compete so we've made sure they have an opportunity to strut their competitive stuff while using the very skills we will be teaching them at camp. Every camper will participate in a baseball or softball skills competition. Each week, scores will be posted on the Web site.After the last camp, the top 10 scorers from each age group, from the entire summer, will be invited to the Champions Day finals at Great American Ball Park Boys and girls will compete separately in the following groups: Grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, grades 5 and 6, grades 7 and 8. Friends and family are welcome to attend this exciting day.
Every camper will be given a full Reds uniform (jersey, pants, hat and belt)
If you are going to train like a major leaguer, might as well dress like one.
Note: The 2019 uniform style will not be the same as 2018
Special Patch for "Veterans"
Those players who have attended camp previously will receive a unique commemorative patch to proudly display on his/her new uniform.