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Baseball Camps: Everything You Need to Know

Baseball camps give you the opportunity to showcase your skills and talents in front of college coaches. You may ask, how do I find baseball camps near me? NCSA has compiled a list of college baseball camps across the country. You can use NCSA’s list below to find a baseball camp near you. You can also get answers to top questions about baseball camps or search all baseball recruiting events here.

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University of Oregon
Calendar icon Aug 9, 2022 Aug 25, 2022
Eugene, OR
Ages / Grade Level: 8th – 12th+
Division: NCAA D1
$55
University of Oregon
Calendar icon Aug 9, 2022 Aug 25, 2022
Eugene, OR
Ages / Grade Level: K – 7th
Division: NCAA D1
$40
Adelphi University
Calendar icon Aug 16, 2022 Aug 18, 2022
Garden City, NY
Division: NCAA D2
Mississippi State University
Calendar icon Aug 20, 2022 Aug 20, 2022
Starkville, MS
Ages / Grade Level: 8th – 12th+
Division: NCAA D1
$150 – $225
Baseball Factory
Calendar icon Aug 21, 2022 Aug 21, 2022
Honolulu, HI
$99 – $399

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Top questions about baseball camps: 

How to find the right baseball camps

How to find the right camp to attend depends largely on your grade level. See our recommendations below: 

Underclassmen

Attending a college baseball camp as a freshman or sophomore is primarily to learn more about a program, meet the coaching staff and evaluate the campus. When deciding on camps, the most important factors are:  

Upperclassmen

For upperclassmen, the best way to decide on college camps is to figure out how interested coaches are in you as a prospect. The most important factors when deciding on camps as an upperclassman are:  

Which college programs will attend the camp? Recruits can determine this by attaining a list of participants prior to the event. If there are only one or two programs on the list, then it may be better to attend one of their individual college camps. 

4 reasons college baseball camps are worth it 

  1. Skill development. College camps provide athletes, especially underclassmen, a chance to develop new skills and sharpen skills they already excel. 
  2. Gain exposure to college coaches. College camps offer the unique opportunity to work closely with college coaching staff and have your athletic ability and character evaluated. 
  3. Evaluate the coaching staff. The recruiting process isn’t just about college coaches evaluating athletes. Recruits also need to evaluate coaches to determine if their coaching style and team culture are a good fit for them. 
  4. Size up your competition. Camps bring together athletes from all over the country. That’s why camps are a great place for athletes to size up their recruiting competition. Athletes can also talk to other recruits about their recruiting process and what schools they are targeting. 

Insider tip: A majority of NAIA coaches recruit college baseball players from camps. By going to the right camps, you can get your name out there so that you can potentially get noticed. 

How many baseball camps should you go to? 

There is no set number of camps you should attend. If your main goal is to receive more exposure from a certain college program, attend a camp held at that college. Connect with the coaching staff prior to attending to let them know you are interested in the program and plan to attend their camp.  

If you’re a young recruit looking to develop your skillset, select one camp to attend. Select a camp you feel offers you the best opportunity to focus on technique with athletes of similar talent level. 

When is the best time to attend a baseball camp? 

When to go to a camp depends on your recruiting goals. Attend baseball summer camps if you’re looking to impress college coaches. Attend camps during the off season if you are seeking skill development. Below is a breakdown of camps by season.  


Fall baseball camps

College coaches typically look to fall baseball camps as an opportunity to drive revenue, rather than recruit. For underclassmen, fall camps offer strong fundamental and technique training. If you’re an upperclassman, you’re better off attending a camp near the end of the high school season or the summer when you’re fully conditioned.  

Winter baseball camps  

College baseball camps during the off-season are typically instruction focused, rather than evaluations and exposure. Many of these are scheduled during winter break or Christmas break at different universities and colleges. If you’re looking for ways to get in shape for the upcoming spring season, attending a winter camp is a great way to sharpen up your skills. For unsigned seniors, winter baseball camps are a last chance to play in front of college coaches to secure an unfilled roster spot for the upcoming year.  

Summer baseball camps  

Summer baseball camps are where college coaches focus most on evaluating talent. If you are an upperclassman attending a summer camp, attend a college camp where the coach has previously shown some interest to make the most of your experience and money. 


What to expect at baseball camps 

Though each camp is slightly different, most baseball camps follow a similar format: Check in and introductions, group warm-up, rotational skills and drills groups, and gameplay.

baseball camps format and what to expect

Camps held on a college campus are usually run by that program’s coaching staff and player. During the camp, you will receive a skills evaluation and suggestions for improvements. Some camps invite college coaches from multiple programs to provide skill development and exposure to more than one coach. 

Who attends camps? 

Under NCAA baseball rules, camps for baseball must be open to everyone. Generally, athletes who are interested in the program hosting the camp will attend. 

While NCAA baseball camps are open to everyone, some colleges still send invitations to high school students. In most cases, receiving an invite does not mean that you are being recruited.  

Day camps and overnight camps 

We outline some of the differences between these types of camps below and why you may attend one versus the other. 

the difference between baseball day and overnight camps

Day camps 

Day camps typically run for three to five hours a day and can last a few days to a full week. These types of camps are best if you live near the camp that you want to attend. Day camps tend to be less expensive than overnight camps. 

Overnight camps 

These camps offer a full-day experience and can last from one to three weeks. Overnight camps are ideal if you want to combine the experience of staying on campus and attending a camp. 

Other types of baseball camps 

Baseball prospect camps 

Baseball prospect camps last one day and give athletes the opportunity to work closely with and compete in front of college coaches. The main benefits of a baseball prospect camp include:  

Position-specific camps  

These camps are for athletes looking to focus on position-specific skills for any of the nine baseball positions. The most common position-specific camps are hitting, catching and pitching. Offered at the college level and locally, these camps include fundamental training, gameplay and competition drills. 

Third-party camps 

Many outside organizations host camps. They provide athletes with exposure to a broad group of college coaches and scouts. Typically, hundreds of athletes attend these camps, which makes it unrealistic for coaches to evaluate every athlete. Third-party camps can be more expensive than other camps, but if athletes do their homework, they can be beneficial. Like baseball tournaments, athletes should make sure they are on coaches’ radars before the event. 

What are the best college baseball camps? 

IMG Baseball Camp

IMG Academy’s baseball camps: Train like the top baseball players in the country. IMG Academy is the largest and most innovative leader in athletic and performance development. Learn from the same coaches who have led athletes to the MLB and top D1 programs. 

Nike baseball camps are in 20 states throughout the U.S., as well as in the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic. Camps are located at many different colleges and universities in the U.S. and provide high school students the opportunity to hone their skills, learn from college coaches, and highlight their abilities. 

ABC Sports Camps are at a variety of different colleges and universities that are located across the U.S. Individual camps are directly hosted by the staff and coaches of the universities and colleges where they are held. 

What to do if you can’t afford camps? 

Camps can range in cost from $100 for half-day camps to a few hundred dollars for week-long, overnight camps. If attending a camp doesn’t fit into your budget, try these alternatives to develop skills and gain exposure to college coaches. 

alternatives to camps: create a skills video, 1:1 coach time, college coach digital communication
  1. Create skills video. Coaches use baseball skills videos to make their initial evaluation of recruits. This can be the deciding factor between whether a coach wants to recruit an athlete. See NCSA’s skills video tips
  2. Get 1:1 time with your high school/club coach. Reach out to your high school or club coach to see if they can give you some 1:1 training. Discuss what skills you want to develop and create a plan to work on those skills. 
  3. Communicate digitally with college coaches. Email the coaches on your target list. Send an introductory email with a link to your skills video. This gives coaches an opportunity to evaluate your skills at a time that works best for them and then follow up with you. 

Conclusion  

Baseball camps offer you the opportunity to develop your skillset, gain exposure and explore campus. What camps to attend and when are based on your individual recruiting goals. Use our event finder to find baseball camps near you or create a free recruiting profile today! An NCSA Recruiting profile helps you receive and respond to college camp invites.

Learn more about the different types of baseball events: 

What is a baseball clinic?
Baseball combines 
College baseball showcases 

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