June 16, 2014
East Lansing, Mich. - - The Michigan State softball program has a limited number of open slots for its upcoming Spartan Softball Camps, which will be held July 7-10 at Secchia Stadium and the Old College Field complex on the MSU campus. Head coach Jacquie Joseph, who is entering her 22nd year at the helm of the Spartan program, will oversee all four sessions, with programming available for players aged 8-18.
The camp week begins with Junior Spartan Camp on July 7, which reinforces fundamentals with the youngest players, aged 8-12. On July 8, the focus will be on pitching and catching, (ages 10-18) reinforcing fundamentals as well as providing attendees that play these two highly-specialized positions drills and exercises that will help them improve as they continue their training. The July 11 session is for athletes who would like to continue their softball careers at Michigan State, as the Elite Specialty Camp is open to prospect-age (14-18) players and provides an evaluation of the campers' skills and strengths. The week concludes with a day devoted to defense and hitting on July 12; and is geared to those players with a commitment to improving their game but may not be ready for the demands of Elite Camp. The Defense and Hitting camp is open to players aged 10-18.
Campers may register for as many sessions as they would like, but please adhere to the age requirements. Attendees are reminded to bring all of their own necessary equipment to each camp session, (bat, helmet, glove and catching gear), and be sure to put their names on all equipment and personal items, as many ball gloves and bats look alike. Campers must bring their own sack lunch, but water and Gatorade will be provided throughout the camp. Parents are welcome to attend any and all sessions, but are not allowed to communicate/coach while the session is going on.
Online registration is now open, and for further information, contact the summer sports camp office at 517-432-0730 or visit the Summer Sports Camps website at http://www.msuspartans.com/sportscamps.html. For any softball related questions, call the softball office at 517-355-4752
2014 Spartan Softball Camps
Monday, July 7 - Junior Spartan Camp; Ages 8-12
We have specifically designed this camp with the younger or beginning camper in mind. All positions will be covered, including pitching and catching. However we have modified our equipment, techniques, drills and games to make learning softball fun. We will have two sessions, with "lunch with the staff" in-between.
Tuesday, July 8 - Pitching & Catching Camp; Ages 10-18
This camp will cover all aspects of Pitching and Catching. Pitchers will cover everything from the fundamentals to the specific mechanics of throwing all pitches. Campers will leave with a complete understanding of the fundamentals as well as several drills that will help campers improve on their own. All aspects of catching will be covered. Catchers must bring their own equipment. (Includes hitting instruction)
Wednesday, July 9 - Elite Specialty Camp ("Becoming a Spartan"); Ages 14-18
This camp is designed for the player who has a serious interest in becoming a Spartan. The coaching staff at MSU will be working with you individually to evaluate your skills. All positions will be taught including Pitching, Catching and Hitting. Why spend thousands of dollars traveling all over the country to be seen, when you will be guaranteed exposure during our camp? It is run like a combine, including live game scrimmages.
Thursday, July 10 - Defense & Hitting; Ages 10-18
This camp is for the camper who is not a Junior Spartan, but who is not necessarily ready for the demands of the Elite Camp. All defensive positions will be covered and all aspects of hitting. This camp is basically our general 3 day camp condensed into one day. We will cover all you need to know to becoming a dominant hitter and fundamentally sound defensive player.
General Information for all camps.
Bring your own bat, helmet, glove and catching gear. Please label as much of your personal items as possible. Many ball gloves and bats look alike. Campers must bring their own sack lunch. Water and Gatorade will be provided. Parents are welcome to attend any and all sessions, but are not allowed to communicate/coach while the session is going on.