Our entire training program is in a non-competitive learning environment. Ballplayers are grouped by next spring’s youth league age (birthdate as of April, 30, 2017). Although we start making our training groups strictly by age, we make quick adjustments in order to keep all campers safe and injury free. Campers that show advanced skill level will be moved up and challenged. Players at the beginning level will be placed in an appropriate group for safety reasons. We will make every effort to keep campers that sign up with a friend in the same training group as long as the friends are close to the same age and skill level. It is a great way to get a head start on next season in an intensive, non-competitive environment. Camp age groups are as follows:
Training Division (5 & 6 year olds)
The Training Division is for young ballplayers learning basic fundamentals before hard to break, lifelong bad habits develop. In most cases this is a camper’s first real exposure to real baseball (not t-ball). Special emphasis is placed on proper throwing mechanics and individualized hitting and fielding fundamentals.
Minor Division (7, 8 & 9 year olds)
While emphasizing the same skills as above, our Minor Division incorporates basic hitting and fielding fundamentals while beginning to individualize our instruction to each ballplayer’s strengths and weaknesses. Camp begins to guide 7 & 8 year olds into more detailed individual hitting techniques and position play best suited for future success.
Major Division (10, 11, 12 & 13 year olds)
The Major Division is for learning intensive fundamental and team training designed to create self confidence and advanced skills in all phases of baseball development. Special emphasis on advanced hitting is individualized to your personal strengths and weaknesses and learning the position you desire to play as your baseball career progresses. A Cresse trademark over the years that makes our campers stand out above the competition at this age level is the overall baseball knowledge and level of understanding of defensive and offensive plays and strategies.
Additional Information For These Divisions
Our divisions highlight goals for each age group. About 3/4 of instruction is small group individualized instruction (position coach and hitting coach) and fundamental training where ballplayers are working with coaches to improve individual skills. Ballplayers are challenged to work hard and reach their potential.
Ballplayers with little or no baseball experience
There is no better opportunity to learn the fundamentals and begin to develop self confidence than in a non-competitive learning atmosphere. The Mark Cresse School of Baseball removes the competitive “winning” aspect of the game and focuses on teaching fundamentals.