New England Baseball Journal - April 2016 - (Page 29)
7th ANNUAL BASEBALL CAMP GUIDE
By Phil Shore
hen a company is interviewing for a job opening, they have to sift
through numerous applications - most of them very good -
for one spot. In an effort to find the best
possible choice, research on the interviewees is done and questions are asked.
One of the more common questions is,
"What can you do for me that the other
While it can be tough to answer sometimes, it makes sense to ask it because it
attempts to separate people.
The same question also is asked in
the baseball world by families choosing
a baseball camp. Camp is considered an
important part of the baseball player's
development in the summer, but there
are so many options to choose from that
campers need to decide what sets each
one apart. So nowadays, baseball still is
the crux of the camp, but there are some
"extras" that help make the experience.
"A lot of parents now are seeing the summer as an enrichment opportunity," said Max
McKenna, the senior associate of customer
experience for Headfirst Camps, which runs
the Red Sox Baseball Camps. "Camp is going
to be safe and fun, and it used to be that's all
that mattered. Something we've been doing
is an emphasis on player and camper development. Players are going to improve fundamentals, they're going to improve as an
individual and they're going to help develop
their leadership capacity to
help them on and off the field."
The extras can come from
focusing on skills that lend
themselves off the baseball
field, such as the Red Sox
Baseball Camps' focus on
leadership, but there also
are physical, tangible things
that jump off the page and
attract the campers.
The obvious attraction for
Red Sox Baseball Camps is a
trip to Fenway Park that includes a behind-the-scenes
tour, a Red Sox uniform, and - depending
on the package - a meet-and-greet with a
current Red Sox player.
"If you could be there on Monday when
they jump into the uniform, the look on
their face when they can feel like a player,
there are certain things they experience
they can't get anywhere else," said Cara
Savarese, senior associate of professional
sports camps with Headfirst Camps. "They
can feel like they're a Red Sox player. As
they get older, they get more out of the
baseball work and the leadership lessons."
Other camps may not be able to use the
allure of Fenway Park to lure potential players, but that doesn't mean they don't have
their own set of entertainment options.
Franklin Pierce University hosts sever-
As summer camps evolve,
so do the 'extras' aimed
at improving players
on and off the field.
Red Sox Baseball Camps include a trip to Fenway,
while other camps now offer other exciting extras.
al overnight camps. Not wanting to burn
the players out with 12 hours of playing
baseball, the program has a number of
different options to enhance the campers'
experiences during downtime.
"We try to offer a game or two we get
to off-campus, either the Keene Swamp
Bats or Lowell Spinners. When we're on
campus, we give them three or four options. They can go to the bubble, the lake
or the baseball field," said Jayson King, the
Franklin Pierce baseball head coach. "This
year, there's going to be a league playing out of our field, called the Empire Pro
League. It's an independent pro league.
We'll have the New Hampshire Wild playing 20 games. They're playing during our
camp. That'll be great for everybody."
King added that not only do the extras
draw potential campers' interest, but they
also help to create a memorable experience,
which helps to create return campers.
"My son is 13, and having worked with
him and his friends, these kids aren't going
to go from 9-to-9 focused on baseball. You
want them to have fun," he said. "You want
them to focus on the baseball portion of it
when we're doing that, but we want them
to have fun. We want it to be an experience.
We want it to be more than just baseball."
While the extras may draw people's
attention and help families decide what
will get them more bang for their buck,
the core of the camps remains the development of the baseball player. Whether
it's an exposure camp for high schoolers,
a skills camp, a position-specific camp or
a camp that focuses on overall baseball
development, the reason a player is going
to baseball camp instead of space camp
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of New England Baseball Journal - April 2016
NEBJ April 2016
Our Starting Lineup
From the Editor
Around the Region
Red Sox Beat
MLB New England
BONUS: MLB New Englanders to watch
MLB New England Digital Directory
Major Leagues Q&A
Colleges: Division 3
Prep & High School Season Preview: Prospects Pulse
Prep & High School Season Preview: Top 10 draft prospects
Prep & High School Season Preview: Bonus photos
Prep School Season Preview
Prep School Season Preview: Preseason Top 10
High School Season Preview
High School Season Preview: State-by-state capsules
NEBJ Buyer's Guide: Fielding gloves
7th annual Baseball Camp Guide
Baseball Camp Guide: Recruiting
Baseball Camp Guide: What parents should ask
Baseball Camp Guide: Bayliss on Baseball
Baseball Camp Guide: Nutrition
Baseball Camp Guide: Directory
BONUS: Dave Arnold covers
Hangin' Out With …
New England Baseball Journal - April 2016
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