TAMPA, Fla. - With a majority of the University of South Florida summer athletic camps under way, various coaches of USF’s 17 intercollegiate sports are spending their summers teaching the fundamentals of being a successful student-athlete on and off the field.
This week nearly 150 kids are on the University of South Florida campus attending softball, women’s soccer and basketball camps.
Those attending the softball camps are privileged to learn from the best in the BIG EAST Conference. USF head softball coach Ken Eriksen and his staff were recognized as the conference coaching staff of the year for 2008 after winning the BIG EAST regular season crown.
Highly recognized college coaches and players are onsite to provide top quality instruction on throwing, hitting, pitching, infield, outfield, fielding, and sliding.
Fastpitch Summer Camp, which is held June 16-19 is open for kids, aged 8-18. JR Bulls Camp is designed for children 8-10 and will run from 9 a.m. - noon. Children aged 11-18 have the option of attending Bulls Skills Camp from 9 a.m. - noon or can take part in overnight camp.
Bulls Skills Camp is $375 for day campers and $475 for overnight campers. JR Bulls Camp is $175 per camper.
“It’s a great experience for these kids to come out here and learn from our coaches and student-athletes,” said Eriksen. “Our goal by the end of camp is to teach everyone the fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting and fielding and hopefully they all take a little something extra out of the experience.”
Second-year head coach Denise Schilte-Brown wants to help kids improve their game while having a great experience at USF.
The Bulls Soccer Camps are broken into four sessions, all featuring technical and tactical training as well as 6 v 6 small-sided matches. Overnight camps also include evening matches.
Day Camps, for ages 6-14, are broken into $210 full day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and $120 half day (9 a.m.-noon) groups. Session I will run from July 7-11 and Session 2 is July 21-25.
Overnight Camps are for athletes ages 8-18, and are divided into three categories. The residential overnight camp is $495, the extended day camp (9 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.) is $410, and the full day camp (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) is $210. Session 3 is June 15-19 and Session 4 is July 13-17.
"Attending Bulls Soccer Camps this summer will benefit any soccer player who is looking to improve their game," said Schilte-Brown. "It is an experience unlike any other, which will change your life on and off the field."
Coming off an impressive run in the 2008 BIG EAST tournament in Clearwater, Fla., USF baseball head coach Lelo Prado wants to stress the importance of learning from some of the best baseball minds he knows.
Camps are designed to stress fundamentals on all aspects of the game, including hitting, fielding, pitching and baserunning, as well as strategy, drills and team concepts. Campers are divided by age and ability for group and individualized instruction and games. Academics, recruiting procedures and drug/alcohol awareness will also be discussed, and when available, qualified guest speakers will make appearances. The camps will be facilitated by the USF baseball coaching staff as well as players from the Bulls team, outstanding high school coaches and junior college coaches.
“The purpose of Lelo Prado Baseball Camps are to give each player the best possible instruction and evaluation from our coaching staff,” said coach Prado.
The third and final session of the summer runs from June 23-26.
While USF men’s basketball is wrapping up their summer camps, USF head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez and his staff are gearing up for the start of the first of three summer camps.
The camps, which are run by USF head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez and his staff, in addition to other local high school and college coaches, will be June 20-22 with the first of two team camps. Team camp number two will run from June 27-29.
The prices for each team camp, which are open to high school junior varsity and varsity, AAU and club teams, are $500/team for one team, $475/team for two teams, $450/team for three teams and $425/team for four teams. A $100 deposit is due for the team camp by June 1 with the balance due at registration.
High school teams at the camp will have an opportunity to play games in a competitive setting against other teams that they may not normally face during the season. Each team will play in five pool games and compete in a single-elimination tournament.
USF’s women’s basketball summer camps will conclude with the individual camp running from July 8-11 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. The price of the four-day camp, open to children in kindergarten through eighth grade, is $195.
Players at the individual camp will take part in fundamental stations and drills in addition to competitive games and contest’s. Each camper will also receive a camp T-shirt, a basketball and lunch provided by USF.
For the latest information on all coach's camps and clinics, please visit the camps and clinics page on GoUSFBulls.com by clicking HERE.