Boys Varsity Baseball
Woodson & West Springfield
High School Prep and Little League Camp
Sponsored by W.T. Woodson Athletic Boosters
Week 1: June 17-21 Week 2: June 24-28
Hours: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Woodson High School Varsity Baseball Field
Participants: Ages 8-14 including Rising 7th – 9th Grade Prospective High School Baseball Players
Lead Instructors: Brett McColley – WT Woodson HS Head Baseball Coach
Jason Olms – West Springfield HS Head Baseball Coach
Cost: Week 1 session (Monday-Friday): $275/per player for one week,
Week 2 session: (Monday-Friday): $275/per player for one week
$525 two siblings for one week or per player for both weeks
$1,000 two siblings for both weeks
Registration: Register at wtwcamps.com (click on the baseball tab)
Wear: Baseball Pants, Spikes, Belt, Hat, Baseball Socks
Bring: Glove, Bat, Batting Gloves, Athletic Cup, Sunscreen, Water
Lunch: Bring your own lunch OR pizza, drinks, and snacks will be available for
purchase each day
Purpose: The purpose of the Woodson & West Springfield High School Prep
Camp is to prepare middle school baseball players for competitive high school
baseball programs. The biggest difference between the middle school and high
school level is the speed of the game. This camp will emphasize fast paced
drills which simulate high school game speed to help middle school ballplayers
with this transition. Camp instructors will provide detailed instruction in all
aspects of the game, including individualized feedback for player improvement.
Baseball Philosophy: The Woodson and
believe in playing baseball the way it was meant to be played. Camp
participants will hustle everywhere on and off the baseball field. Camp
participants will also compete at all times, including games, drills, and
competitions. Participants will come to camp each morning with a positive
attitude, be willing to make adjustments, and be committed to listening to and
learning from the coaching staff. Baseball is one of the toughest mental sports
to play in the world, and this camp will provide a discussion about the mental
side of the game on a daily basis.
Hitting Philosophy: The Woodson and
stress the importance of bat speed. A short, compact path to the baseball
increases bat speed. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, all high school
players are required to swing BBCOR bats and home runs across the region
decreased drastically the last 3 seasons. BBCOR bats make a shorter, quicker
path to the ball even more essential. This camp will focus on getting into a
good hitting position and remaining balanced throughout the swing.
Instructors will also introduce techniques for tracking and timing the baseball,
two of the most undervalued physical aspects of hitting. There is no shortcut to
becoming a good hitter at the high school level. A good hitter must work hard
on his craft, be strong mentally, and compete at the plate every at-bat.
Pitching Philosophy: The Woodson and
prioritize command as the most important ability in a pitcher’s skill set.
Movement and velocity are helpful, but ineffective without command.
Pitchers must be capable of consistently repeating their delivery in order to
possess a solid command of their arsenal. Repetition of a pitcher’s delivery is
reliant upon balance throughout the motion, which results in a consistent
release point. A very small percentage of high school pitchers ever touch
90mph on the radar gun. There is no trick for a pitcher to increase velocity.
Velocity can only be increased with time, hard work, and a lot of running, core
strengthening, and long toss.
Defensive Philosophy: Even though defense has been devalued in Major League
Baseball, defense is invaluable at the high school level. The old adage, “if
you can hit, they will find you a position” does not apply anymore, especially
considering the new BBCOR bat restrictions which produces lower scoring
games. There is only one DH per lineup, so limited defensive ability
translates into limited playing opportunities at the high school level.
Baserunning Philosophy: Baserunning is the most underrated aspect of the high
school game. The BBCOR lower scoring games have also placed even more
importance on baserunning at the high school level. Competitive high school
baseball programs value speed and quickness and use it to their advantage on
the basepaths. However, speed and quickness are not requirements to being a
great baserunner. Players who study the game, practice baserunning with a
purpose, and learn from experience will become good baserunners. With the
high school re-entry and courtesy runner rules, strong baserunners will
earn more opportunities for playing time.
Video Analysis: Each player’s swing and pitching delivery will be recorded
and analyzed on video by either Coach McColley, Coach Olms, Coach
Daily Camp Schedule: 8:00 – 8:05 Opening Remarks
8:05 – 8:20 Running/Dynamic Stretching/Plyometrics
8:20 – 8:35 Daily Baserunning Exercise
8:35 – 8:40 Water Break
8:40 – 8:55 Throwing Progressions
8:55 – 9:25 Position Specific Defensive Work
9:25 – 9:30 Water Break
9:30 – 10:00 Team Defense
10:00 – 10:05 Water Break
10:05 – 11:00 Hitting Stations
11:00 – 11:30 Lunch
11:30 – 11:40 Mental Game of Baseball Discussion
11:40 – 12:55 Games
12:55 – 1:00 Closing Remarks
Feb. 18: 9:45am -11am in the main gym (pitchers and catchers only); 11:00-1:00 on field (all JV players)
Feb. 19-22 4:30 - 7:30 on field
Feb. 18: 8:45am-10am in the main gym (pitchers and catchers only); 10am-12pm on field
Feb. 19-22 3:30 - 6:30 on field
Thursday Feb. 21st tryout schedule:
Varsity - 310-5 aux gym
JV - 4-5 aux gym
If the turf fields become clear during the day tryouts may end at 6. Be prepared to go outside.
Monday Feb. 18th tryout schedule:
All players are to meet at the stadium track and be ready to start tryouts at 7:30am.
JV tryouts – 730-1015
*All freshmen and sophomores will tryout with JV on Day 1
Varsity tryouts – 7:30-10:15; pitchers and catchers will end at 11am
*All juniors and seniors will tryout with Varsity
Tuesday, February 19: Indoor Schedule
3:30pm-5:30pm: Girls Basketball
Wednesday, February 20: Indoor Schedule
6:30pm-9:30pm: Girls Basketball
There will be a baseball interest meeting on Wed. Sept. 6th in room C 123 at 3:45. All players interested in playing baseball this season must attend this meeting. Please see Coach McColley with questions.