Amateur baseball camps set for June 9, 21-22

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

The first of two amateur baseball camps coming to our area this summer begins tomorrow (Thursday, June 9) at Rock Valley College. The Amateur Baseball Report (ABR) Youth Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The one-day event is designed for players between the ages of 9 and 14. All participants will have the opportunity to receive instruction and evaluation from the ABR professional staff. The players will spend the first part of the day going through drills to learn the proper techniques prior to their skills evaluation.

The event is guaranteed to have college coaches present. In addition, Coach Kevin Vest from Rock Valley College will assist and provide information about the great facilities Rock Valley College baseball has to offer.

The cost of the event is $71.37, and players can register at Participants will receive the following:

– Full evaluation and instruction from college coaches and staff

– Profile page on

– Opportunity to be invited to USSSA Tri-State All-Star Games or the USSSA All-Midwest Games

The second event takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, June 21-22, at Marinelli Field. Coach Peter Caliendo will conduct the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series Event for the Great Lakes region. Caliendo has extensive experience when it comes to USA and international baseball.

Participants will be put through a professional-style workout. The event also serves as a tryout for the Great Lakes team and the Team USA in Cary, N.C. It is a fantastic opportunity for players between the ages of 13-18.

The cost is $195, and the participants receive a USA Baseball shirt at check-in. Register for this event at

Times on both days:

– Division 13 u: 8:30-11 a.m.

– Division 15 u: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

– Division 17 u: 2-4 p.m.

RACVB President/CEO John Groh said: “These two camps will strengthen the region’s reputation as a leader in the amateur sports market by creating a platform which will allow players to take their game to the next level and have the opportunity to gain exposure in the presence of college coaches.”

More information is available at and

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the June 8-14, 2011 issue

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