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Indians Youth Baseball


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Mission

Indians Youth Baseball is committed to providing players, parents and coaches with the highest quality programming and resources focused on developing basic fundamental skills and knowledge of the game, positive character traits, and strengthening the love for the game and the Cleveland Indians.

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Youth Baseball Summer Camps

Locations and Dates

Camps are held for five days, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Date City Location  
June 6-10 Twinsburg Liberty Park Sold Out
June 13-17 Mentor Garfield Park Sold Out
June 20-24 Independence Elmwood Park Sold Out
July 11-15 Avon Veterans Memorial Park Sold Out
July 18-22 Strongsville Volunteer Park Sold Out
July 25-29 Cleveland Heights Forest Hill Park Register


Camps are equipped to handle inclement weather, and there will be no delays or postponements due to rain.

Pricing

Indians Youth Baseball Summer Camp - $199
Progressive Field of Dreams Experience - $249

Camp Details

Indians Youth Baseball Summer Camps run for five days, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and are available for kids ages 6 - 12.* Our professional staff tailors instruction to all campers, no matter age or skill level - no prior league playing experience is necessary.

Camps develop and improve upon the basics that Indians players work on each and every day, as well as build knowledge and understanding of the game and develop strong character traits.

All campers will receive an Indians jersey and hat, Indians drawstring backpack, workbook, Indians Diamond Dictionary poster and a voucher for two tickets to see the Indians play on Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion night (August 21, 2016).

*Child must turn six before the first day of desired camp/session.

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Progressive Field of Dreams Experience

Major League field, Major League instruction, Major League fun

June 27 - June 29, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Play on the same field as the Tribe! The Progressive Field of Dreams Experience lets young baseball and softball players create big league memories. Players receive professional instruction on the pristine turf where Yan Gomes, Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber and more play.

Our professionally-trained and knowledgeable staff will help campers develop and improve upon the same basic fundamentals that Indians players work on every day - hitting, throwing, fielding and base-running. Plus, all campers will receive an Indians jersey and hat, Indians drawstring backpack, Indians Youth Baseball workbook, Indians Diamond Dictionary poster, personalized photo with Progressive Field background, behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark, and a voucher for two tickets to see the Indians play on Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion night (August 21, 2016).

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Advanced Development Camps

Hitting

The Advanced Development Hitting Camp is the ultimate development experience for players ages 13 - 18* who are serious about taking their game to the next level. The hitting camp will focus on developing and improving upon the physical, fundamental and mental aspects of hitting:

Physical Fundamental Mental
  • Primary movement patterns crucial for athletic development and hitting mechanics
  • Basic strength movements that enhance athletic performance and offensive ability
  • Postural awareness and core strength
  • Grip strength
  • Core principles of the swing process - "The Hitter's Checklist"
    • Rhythm and timing
    • Properly storing up energy
    • Controlling energy to contact
  • Simple, effective drills
  • Live hitting
  • Video breakdown and analysis
  • A relentless focus on the process and things we can control:
    • Attitude
    • Concentration
    • Effort
  • Individual, daily mental workout:
    • Goal setting for greatness
    • Personal performance statement
    • Success log
  • Offensive approach at the plate

Camp Details
Ages: 13 - 18*
Location: Progressive Field
Date: August 8 - 10
Time: 9 a.m. - Noon
Cost: $399.00

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Progressive Field will be your training home for the three days of camp. Every player will be assigned a locker in the visitor's clubhouse where they will meet each morning and throughout the day with the qualified, professional Indians Youth Baseball staff. All instruction will take place in the batting cages that Indians players train in to prepare during the season.

Guest Instructor

Hunter Bledsoe is the founder and President of Client Development for the Bledsoe Agency and is a certified player agent with the Major League Baseball Players Association. Bledsoe is the former Vanderbilt teammate of Matt Kata and the 1999 SEC Player of the Year, and went on to play five years of professional baseball.

Bledsoe joins the Indians Youth Baseball staff and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience along with him. At the end of camp, he will spend time with players and parents/guardians discussing player development, player key qualities and items that each player can continue to work on to help make them standout and get noticed.


Players are responsible for bringing the following:

  • Bat
  • Baseball pants
  • Baseball turf shoes or athletic shoes (no spikes)
  • Water bottle (water will be provided)
  • Snack (if needed)

Players receive the following with registration:

  • 9 total hours of professional, hands-on instruction
  • Post-camp video analysis of swings by an Indians Youth Baseball staff member
  • Off-season training template
  • Strength stretch band
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Drawstring backpack
  • Custom Indians Diamond Dictionary Hitting poster
  • Voucher for two (2) tickets to August 21 game vs. Toronto Blue Jays


For more information, email Matt Kata, Manager of Youth Baseball Development, at mkata@indians.com.

*Child must turn 13 before the first day of camp/session.

Indians Youth Baseball Presents Series

Coaching Development Series

Indians Youth Baseball Presents: The Indians Way - a holistic approach to developing youth baseball athletes

This three-part development series aids youth baseball and softball coaches, as well as parents and guardians of children ages 5 - 12, in discussing and teaching the principles of the Indians Youth Baseball Player Development model, which focuses on the physical, fundamental and mental aspect of the game.

Each session is held 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. with registration and a reception beginning at 5:45 p.m. Appetizers, water and soft drinks will be provided.

Location - Progressive Field


Pricing

One Session $49 Register
All Three Sessions $99 Register

 

Wednesday, March 23 Session 1 Topics
Teaching the Basics of Catching, Fielding and Throwing
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Effective Practice Organization: Putting the Physical, Fundamental and Mental Together
Wednesday, March 30 Session 2 Topic
Teaching The Hitter's Checklist: A Simple Framework for Developing the Consistent Hitter
Tuesday, April 5 Session 3 Topics
Move Well, Move Smart, Move Often: Developing the Youth Baseball Athlete
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Positive Coaching Alliance: The Power of the Double-Goal Coach and Second-Goal Parent


Registrants receive:

  • Two (2) tickets to an Indians game
  • Information packets for each session with access to a video library of drills*
  • Sample practice plan and an Indians Youth Baseball practice plan template
  • Positive Coaching Alliance handouts
*Videos only available for registrants that sign up for all three sessions.

For more information, email Matt Kata, Manager of Youth Baseball Development, mkata@indians.com.

Session 1 Topics:

  • Teaching the Basics of Catching, Fielding and Throwing
  • Effective Practice Organization: Putting the Physical, Fundamental and Mental Together

This session will demonstrate:

  • Simple frameworks for teaching catching, fielding and throwing
  • Effective practice organization
  • Sample practice templates that help put the physical, fundamental and mental together

Session 2 Topics:

  • Teaching the Hitter's Checklist: A Simple Framework for Developing the Consistent Hitter

This session will focus on:

  • The concept of "teaches vs. non-teaches" in the swing
  • Simplifying the hitting process and approach for players and coaches
  • Helping hitters become their best coach
  • Drill progressions

Session 3 Topics:

  • Move Well, Move Smart, Move Often: Developing the Youth Baseball Athlete
  • Positive Coaching Alliance: The Power of the Double-Goal Coach and Second-Goal Parent

This session will discuss:

  • The importance of physical literacy in developing athletes
  • How to unlock athleticism
  • Developing proper movement patterns
  • Improving performance by focusing on effort rather than results
  • Elevating athletes' emotional state for peak performance and to have more fun
  • Teaching athletes to compete fiercely while respecting the game

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Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion Night

The 2016 Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion Night at Progressive Field is Sunday, August 21 as the Indians take on the Toronto Blue Jays. All Indians Youth Baseball Summer Camp participants will receive a voucher for two tickets to the game where they can reunite with their friends from camp and meet other campers. They'll also be able to participate in an on-field, pre-game parade.

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Tips from Trevor Bauer

Tips from Yan Gomes

Youth Baseball Staff and Instructors

Cleveland native and former big leaguer Matt Kata is in his second year as the manager of youth baseball development. He'll lead the instruction at the 2015 Indians Youth Baseball Summer Camps along with an experienced, professional staff.

Kata, who had his best season in 2003 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, says that his big league dreams started on the little league fields in Cleveland. He credits his development to the mentors and coaches he had growing up, and is excited to now have the opportunity to positively impact the players of tomorrow. Read an interview with Kata in which he talks about the importance of youth instruction.

Kata leads a trained and knowledgeable staff at each camp. They are as passionate and energetic as they are experienced. All staff members participate in Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) workshops and are CPR/First Aid trained and certified.

Philosophies

Indians Youth Baseball is dedicated to developing basic fundamentals, building character and strengthening the bond with baseball and with the Indians.

Focus on the Basics

All Indians Youth Baseball camps work to grow and improve upon the basic fundamentals of the game - hitting, throwing, fielding and base-running. These directly align with Indians player development and are the same skills that Indians players work on each and every day. A basic knowledge and understanding of the basics helps in the development process, builds confidence and sparks a passion for the sport.

Our professionally-trained staff has years of experience teaching and coaching youth baseball. We work to simplify and break down complex procedures, movements and details with an easy-to-understand method that helps kids apply what they're taught to every game they play. Instruction is tailored to every skill level to ensure each child has a unique learning experience and improves their playing in a positive and fun environment.

Build Character

"You don't always need stars to win. You don't always need greatness. Sometimes spirit, determination and fight will do as well." - Nap Lajoie

The game of baseball can be challenging, filled with adversity and setbacks. Youth baseball camps work to help develop a solid fundamental foundation, as well as develop upright values and character - all with a strong emphasis on having fun.

Each child is encouraged to A-C-E the day by focusing on the elements within their control: Attitude, Concentration and Effort. This method teaches kids to focus on the process and not simply the end result. It ultimately builds confidence, resiliency and grit - values that are just as essential on the field as they are off the field at school and in life.

Awards will be given in each area along with an A-C-E of the day award and an A-C-E of Camp award. And with each child focused on how to A-C-E the day, they'll have a more enjoyable and positive experience.

"Like no other sport, baseball, as well as softball, provides the opportunity for kids to tangibly deal with adversity, setbacks and challenges." - Mark Shapiro, President, Cleveland Indians

Ignite a Passion for the Game

"Being passionate about something is important in life." - Mark Shapiro, President, Cleveland Indians

There is perhaps no greater game shared among generations than the game of baseball. Our youth baseball program is dedicated to instilling a love for the game at a young age.

We work to strengthen the bond with baseball and the Indians by developing a basic knowledge and understanding of the game, coupled with teaching a strong mindset and approach to the game. And we ultimately want every child to enjoy the game and become passionate about it.

And our staff knows that it is a passion that starts young. Manager of youth baseball development, Matt Kata recalls some of his fondest childhood memories are rooted in trips to Municipal Stadium and Jacobs Field with his father, John, to watch Indians games. Those experiences helped forge a love of the game and appreciation of baseball fundamentals that enabled the former Mentor resident to become an outstanding player at St. Ignatius High School, Vanderbilt and the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I loved the Tribe as a kid, and I loved playing baseball," Kata said. "My dad and I would get to the ballpark early before games so we could watch batting and fielding practice."

It's that same bond between children and the game of baseball that Indians Youth Baseball programs work to strengthen - creating a love of the game for life.

Policies and Procedures

The Cleveland Indians reserve the right to amend these terms of service as deemed necessary and appropriate.

Registration Period
Indians Youth Baseball Summer Camps are open to boys and girls who are between the ages of six and 12 by the first day of their selected session.

Camp will take place Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers will be provided with a jersey and hat to wear at camp. Campers are responsible for their own equipment, sunscreen, lunch (except for Friday when lunch will be provided) and water or sports drink.

Registration for the 2016 summer camps opens on Monday, Febuary 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. and will close one week prior to the start of each camp. No late registrations will be accommodated. Please see registration deadlines below.

Cancellations
No refunds will be granted. Registration is non-transferrable except to a sibling or household member (see below).

If a non-medical reason prompts a child's withdrawal from camp prior to the first day of camp, the parent may request one of the following:

  • A transfer of the original registrant to another camp session in 2016 that is not sold out
  • A full or partial credit for the purchase price, to be applied to tuition for the 2017 summer camp season (100% credit of original purchase price if requested before April 15, 2016; 50% credit of original purchase price if requested after April 15, 2016)
  • A transfer of registration at the original location to an age-eligible sibling or household member

No credit will be available for non-medical cancellations after the selected camp session has begun. Credits will be applied to Youth Baseball accounts only. No credit will be applied to Season Ticket plans or single game ticketing accounts.

If a medical condition incurred before or during the camp season and prevents the child's participation in camp, parents may request one of the following:

  • A transfer of the original registrant to another session of summer camp that is not sold out
  • A full credit for the purchase price (before camp session begins) or a partial credit (prorated based on days attended) to be applied to tuition for the 2017 summer camp season
  • A transfer of registration at the original location to an age-eligible sibling or household member

Liability Release
While the summer camp coaching staff will make every effort to protect the wellbeing of all campers in attendance, parents are asked to sign a Liability Release and Assumption of Risk on behalf of their children.

Disciplinary Issues
The Cleveland Indians Youth Baseball Program seeks to engender a safe, fun environment for the development of physical skills, discipline and respect. Our staff employs methods advocated by the Positive Coaching Alliance and our own Dr. Charlie Maher to create a supportive atmosphere for all campers. Coaches and campers alike must strive for cooperation and communication at all times. Should a camper's behavior threaten to damage our culture or prove to be in any way disruptive, that camper will be subject to dismissal at the discretion of the coaches and counselors. No refund or credit will be granted for dismissal on behavioral grounds.

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Testimonials

"His participation in your camp has sparked a whole new excitement for the sport and has motivated him to play and practice hard. I can't thank Matt Kata and all the coaches for putting on a great program. [My son] is really excited to finally go to an Indians game. Thank you Cleveland Indians!" - Avon

"I liked that the coaches taught the same things as I am trying to teach them about baseball, leadership and character. Sometimes it takes someone else besides a parent for them to listen! I appreciated that because it helps make them so much better." - Mentor

"[My son] played two baseball games the week he attended camp and all of the parents kept asking what I was feeding him! He has been hitting, fielding, and overall playing like a champion! I could not be more impressed with the skills he learned in just one full week of Indians camp!" - Independence

"The camp was an awesome experience for my kids. I would sign them up for next year without any hesitation! I love the positive atmosphere! They learned the fundamentals from experienced coaches while at the same time having fun." - Strongsville

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