Oak Park High School
Baseball Summer Training Camp
Dates: July 6-17; Monday-Friday (2 weeks, 10 days)
Times: 4:45 – 7:45 p.m.
Location: OPHS Varsity Field
I understand that there have been a lot of questions concerning the length and cost of the Baseball Summer Training Camp. Let me try to explain my philosophy.
In the past, we participated in the 6-week ABDG Summer League (which has folded for this summer) in which we played up to twice a week and had a total of 10 games. As coaches, we were faced with 1 of 2 scenarios. Either we had to struggle to find 9 guys to fill out the varsity roster (due to vacation, scout ball, baseball camps, participation in another sport, or guys with summer jobs) where we had guys playing out of position or at a level for which they were not ready; or, we had JV games with over 20 guys showing up and most only got an inning or 2 of play. In both cases, for at least the past 5 years, we were frustrated and believed what we really needed was not 10 more games but rather a comprehensive training camp where we could instruct, drill, and implement our system.
In addition, we were looking at having the least amount of impact on our baseball families. In the past, we have heard complaints that families felt their summers were governed by baseball. With coaches’ input, I have decided to compress our 10 days into 2 weeks in order to allow for our 3-week mandatory dead period AND to allow players to have free time over the shortened summer. When school ends, we will take the 3-week dead period, followed by practice for 2 weeks, Monday through Friday, and then have 3 weeks off before school starts. Now that we have the year-round class we will be starting up for 10-12 graders on August 11.
As for the requested donation, it is in alignment with past years and other sports. The donation requested is set by Oak Park Summer School (not Baseball) and is voluntary. Proceeds do go to the Baseball Program and help pay for things like field maintenance, uniform replacement, balls and equipment, the athletic trainer, stipends, and day-to-day costs of running the program. Below is a breakdown of the other sports doing summer conditioning (the number of days spread out over the weeks of participation).
Baseball = 10 days (2 weeks).
Boys Volleyball = 12 days (4 weeks)
Girls Volleyball = 9 days (4 weeks)
Boys Basketball = 10 days (5 weeks)
Girls Basketball = 10 days (5 weeks)
Boys Tennis = 10 days (5 weeks)
Girls Tennis = 10 days (5 weeks)
Cheer = 6 days (1 week)
Dance =5 days (1 week)
Boys Soccer = 9 days (3 weeks)
Girls Soccer = 20 days (4 weeks)
Cross Country = 18 days (3 weeks)
Football = 20 days (4 weeks)
Baseball is more than some, less than others, but about the same or more than most. People may donate whatever amount they want. We are trying to schedule 2 games but with the current trend of sports essentially going year round, a lot of schools are taking the whole summer off for baseball.
The Baseball Summer Training Camp is a two-week training session intended to build skills, knowledge, team chemistry, and to promote the Oak Park Eagle culture of teamwork, sportsmanship, and work ethic. Emphasis will be placed on developing individual skills as well as team play.
This camp is encouraged for, and open to, all Oak Park High School students who intend to play baseball at OPHS during the 2015-16 season.
Head Baseball Coach
Oak Park High School
If you have any questions, contact the head coach, David Kinberg. firstname.lastname@example.org