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Indians Youth Baseball

Indians Youth Baseball

Learn to Play the Indians Way

"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is." - Bob Feller

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.

Check out some photos from previous camps:
Photo Gallery

Check out what some of our parents have said about their experience:
Customer Testimonials

Read the Indians Youth Baseball Camp Handbook:
Camp Handbook

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  1. Youth Baseball Summer Camps
  2. Progressive Field of Dreams
  3. Youth Baseball Camp Reunion Night
  4. Camp Staff & Instructors
  5. Philosophies
  6. Policies

Youth Baseball Summer Camps

Locations and Dates

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

Date City Location Register Registration Closes
6/8 - 6/12 Twinsburg Liberty Park
Sold Out
5/31/2015 @ 11:59 pm
6/15 - 6/19 Mentor Garfield Park
Sold Out
6/7/2015 @ 11:59 pm
6/22 - 6/26 Independence (A) Elmwood Park
Sold Out
6/14/2015 @11:59 pm
7/6 - 7/10 Bath Bath Baseball Park
Sold Out
6/28/2015 @ 11:59 pm
7/13 - 7/17 Avon Veterans memorial Park
Sold Out
7/5/2015 @ 11:59 pm
7/20 - 7/24 Strongsville Volunteer Park Register 7/12/2015 @ 11:59 pm
7/27 - 7/31 Independence (B) Elmwood Park Register 7/19/2015 @ 11:59 pm


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 - 14.* 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 and a voucher for two tickets to see the Indians play on Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion night (August 30, 2015).

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

Progressive Field of Dreams Experience

Major League field, Major League instruction, Major League fun

June 29 - July 1, 2015, 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, personalized photo with Progressive Field background and behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark.

Sold Out

Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion Night

The 2015 Indians Youth Baseball Camp Reunion Night at Progressive Field is Sunday, August 30 as the Indians take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 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.

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

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 14 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 2015 summer camps opened on Monday, December 23, 2014 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 2015 that is not sold out
  • A full or partial credit for the purchase price, to be applied to tuition for the 2016 summer camp season (100% credit of original purchase price if requested before April 15, 2015; 50% credit of original purchase price if requested after April 15, 2015)
  • 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 2016 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.