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Camp Dates for “Brewers Baseball Academy Presented by Kwik Trip” Announced

Today we announced dates and details for this summer’s “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip.”  The Academy, now in its fourth season, is open to kids (ages 6-14) and includes 13 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.  A complete schedule of camp locations and dates is listed below.

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The camps will be conducted under the supervision of Tim Rappé, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy.  Last summer, over 1,200 participants took part in the camps.

“As we enter our fourth season, we are all very proud of the positive impact the Academy has had on players throughout Wisconsin,” said Rappé. “Because we limit camp size, we strongly suggest that parents register early.”

Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with instruction provided by experienced youth coaches.  During one of the five camp days, campers are transported by bus to Miller Park for a one-of-a-kind experience as they are treated to a guest appearance from a current Brewers player.  They will also receive instruction from a Brewers coach and have their photos taken.

A unique component of the Brewers Baseball Academy is a video motion analysis of each participant.  Every camper’s swing will be recorded, analyzed and shared with the player and his/her parents.  In addition, all participants will take part in baseball or softball skills competitions.  Upon completion of the last camp, the top scorers will be invited to the Champions Day Finals at Miller Park.  Boys and girls will compete separately in appropriate age groups.

The fee for the weeklong camp is $395 per child, which includes 30 hours of exceptional instruction, a complete Brewers uniform, four Brewers game tickets to one of three select games – compliments of Kwik Trip – and a V.I.P. day at Miller Park.

Registration is currently available at Brewers.com/camps. Registrations received prior to March 1 will receive a $25 discount.  This discount may not be combined with any other discount.  If registering two or more children, each child will receive a $25 discount when booked together.  A limited number of spots are available for each camp location.

As the presenting sponsor of the Brewers Baseball Academy, Kwik Trip will award 240 random participants with $25 gift cards to their locations.  One lucky camper from each host city will also receive a personalized camp jersey, along with a special presentation during the camp graduation ceremony.

Additional information can be found online at Brewers.com/camps. For questions, please contact Brewers Baseball Academy Executive Director Tim Rappé at Tim.Rappe@brewers.com or call (414) 939-8808.

2016 Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip
City Site Dates
Hartford, WI Hartford Union High School June 6-10
Appleton, WI Appleton North High School June 6-10
Fond du Lac, WI Marian University June 20-24
Brookfield, WI Brookfield Academy June 20-24
Green Bay, WI Notre Dame Academy June 27- July 1
Waunakee, WI Waunakee High School June 27- July 1
Milwaukee, WI University School of Milwaukee July 4-8
New Berlin, WI New Berlin West High School July 25-29
Greenfield, WI Whitnall High School July 25-29
Delafield, WI St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy August 8-12
Wauwatosa, WI Breitlow Park August 8-12
Whitewater, WI UW-Whitewater Prucha Field at Miller Stadium August 22-26
Kenosha, WI UW-Parkside August 22-26

Brewers Baseball Academy: Another Summer Camp Season Behind Us

Here’s a wrap-up and thank you from Tim Rappé, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, 13 separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

Enjoy!
-Cait

@CMoyer

ANOTHER SUMMER CAMP SEASON BEHIND US…AND THE SECRET REASON WE DO THEM

2015 marked our third season of the Brewers Baseball Academy. Over 1,200 boys and girls ages 6 -14 joined us for a week of instruction, camaraderie, fun…and more instruction. While things didn’t go as planned for our “big boys” at Miller Park, the summer of 2015 was a big hit for the kids.

A special shout out to Field Directors Scott Staude, Greg Fetherston and a crew of great instructors. And of course we truly appreciate all the Brewers players who donated their time.

I love instructing and that’s why I have the perfect job. But, I confess that I miss coaching a team. If you’ve ever coached a team for an entire season you know what I’m talking about. So, to feed my appetite I volunteered my time to a varsity high school baseball team last spring.

I LOVED every minute of it…except for one dreadful, gut-twisting day.

Cut day photo

Cut Day. It has to be the worst day in the life of the young athlete and it might be even tougher on parents. And make no mistake; this is no fun for the coaching staff.  Every school handles it differently but it all ends up with would-be high school baseball players checking a list for their name. If they find it, they’re going to practice and the dream lives on. If their name is not on the list they’re going home to tell mom and dad that in all likelihood their baseball life is over. All the practices, camps, lessons, travel teams of the past seem like a million miles behind. I know it has to happen but I hate it.

So, you want the truth about why we run the Brewers Academy? Now you have it. It’s to make sure that your athlete’s name is on that list. We want your son or daughter to experience the joy of playing for their high school team. It’s a great time in their lives but they’ve got to get past that hideous “Cut Day.”

Coaching in high school reminded me of another truth. It’s so much more difficult to correct mechanics once they’ve been imprinted and repeated for so long. That’s the best reason I know of to get your kids to a Brewers Academy early. Give us a week and we’ll give you the best we’ve got. And I strongly urge kids to come more than once. Use us like the pros use Spring Training.

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Brewers Reveal Winning T-Shirt Fridays Designs Selected through Fan Vote

In an event that concluded just moments ago, we unveiled the seven designs that will be used for the T-Shirt Friday All Fan Giveaways this year. The winners were announced in a special Main Stage event at Brewers On Deck, the team’s official off-season Fanfest.

All fans in attendance during each of the seven Friday home games from June through August will receive a complimentary Brewers–themed T-shirt (available in both medium and extra-large sizes). And for the first time, fans decided the designs for each of the seven T-Shirt Friday giveaways through an online vote.

From January 12 19, a dozen possible T-shirt designs were posted at Brewers.com. Fans were able to vote for their favorite designs, ranking their top seven choices in order from one to seven. Their first choice received seven points, their second choice received six, continuing to their seventh and final vote which received one point.

The results are in and the seven winning designs were revealed with Brewers players, alumni, broadcasters and mascots serving as the “stage models” for each design.

June 12 –Ball & Glove Logo (Powder Blue) presented by Hupy and Abraham

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June 26 – Luuuuuc (Navy Blue) presented by Kwik Trip

MB-15_TShirt Friday-LUUUC-Navy

July 17 – “Roll Out the Barrel” (Royal Blue)

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July 31 – Brewers Baseball (Navy Blue)

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August 7 – 1970’s M (Royal Blue) presented by ORBIS Corporation

MB-15_TShirt Friday-70s M-Royal Heather

August 14 – Wisconsin Ball & Glove (Yellow) presented by Master Printwear

MB-15_TShirt Friday-WI State Retro Logo-Yellow

August 28 – Milwaukee Brewers Retro (White) presented by Arise Health Plan

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While individual tickets are not yet on sale, fans can guarantee their spot at Miller Park for T-Shirt Fridays – plus receive free Opening Day tickets – with a Brewers 10-Pack, on sale now at brewers.com/10packs or by calling (414) 902-HITS (4487).

Fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media, and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines, by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril6.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers Baseball Academy: Saying Goodbye to 2014

Here’s a wrap-up and thank you from Tim Rappé, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

Enjoy!
-Cait

@CMoyer

SAYING GOODBYE TO 2014

As I’ve now officially awoken from my summer camp “coma”  it’s time to say thanks to some very special people for making the Brewers Baseball Academy camp’s second season even better than the first…no small feat since 2013 was really great.

Every camp sold out. As much as we hate turning kids away, our commitment is to run a very high quality camp experience every day for every child. And that means that we will continue to limit the number participants. Over 1,000 kids spent part of their summer with us having a blast, learning to play baseball the Brewers way. You might want to keep an eye on the website in December when we go “live” with the 2015 schedule.

In 2014, we made our first trip to Fond du Lac and moved our Madison-area camp to Waunakee. We ran our first camps in Wauwatosa and Greendale. The story was the same; folks all over Wisconsin love the Brewers and we did our best to give them a heaping dose of Brewers baseball and softball training.

The secret to our success is really no secret. We bring good instructors to camp and work our fannies off to deliver an excellent product every day. Leading that core of instructors were Scott Staude and Greg Fetherston with some very special smart baseball from Brian Gillogly, Ronnie Nedset and Dan O’Brien. Thanks, guys.

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A big hug to coaches Ed Sedar, Rick Kranitz and John Shelby for continuing to bring their amazing knowledge and huge personalities to camp every week. And of course a big tip of the cap to Mike Fiers, Jimmy Nelson, Khris Davis and Elian Herrera …you guys gave up free time to make the camp week even better for all the kids and coaches.

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We concluded the camp season with another great Champions Day at Miller Park. This is where the kids who recorded the top scores in our Skills Competition during the summer squared off for the final time. You can see the winner’s picture and all the final scores here.

All in all, a real good summer. Like you, we live and die with the Big Boys and despite the rough last few weeks, they gave us plenty of reason to be proud of 2014 and excited about 2015. Expect camp dates to be locked down some time in December.

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip Returns This Summer

We are proud to announce the second season of the “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip.”  The Academy is open to youth (ages 6-14) and includes 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.  A complete schedule of camp locations and dates is listed below. 

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As in 2013, the camps will be conducted under the supervision of Tim Rappé, executive director of the Brewers Baseball Academy.  In last year’s inaugural season, 650 participants took part in the camps.

“In 2013, we set out to create the best baseball camp in America for Wisconsin kids,” said Rappé.  “Based upon the feedback from parents, our first season was a wonderful success and 2014 will be even better.”

Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with instruction provided by experienced youth coaches.  During one of the five camp days, campers are transported by bus to Miller Park for a one-of-a-kind experience as they will be treated to a guest appearance from a current Brewers player and have their photo taken.  Campers will also receive instruction from Brewers coach John Shelby.

A unique component of the Brewers Baseball Academy is that a video motion analysis of each participant will be performed.  Every camper’s swing will be recorded, analyzed and shared with the player and his/her parents.  In addition, all participants will take part in a baseball or softball skills competition.  Each week, scores will be posted at Brewers.com/camps and upon completion of the last camp (August 18-22), the top scorers will be invited to the Champions’ Day Finals at Miller Park.  Boys and girls will compete separately in appropriate grade groups.

The fee for the weeklong camp is $395 per child, which includes 30 hours of exceptional instruction, a complete Brewers uniform, four Brewers game tickets to one of three select games – compliments of Kwik Trip – and a V.I.P. day at Miller Park.

Registration is currently available at Brewers.com/camps. Registrations received prior to March 31 will receive a $25 discount.  This discount may not be combined with any other discount.  If registering two or more children, each child will receive a $25 discount if booked together.  A limited number of spots are available for each camp location.

As the presenting sponsor of the Brewers Baseball Academy, Kwik Trip will award 240 random participants with $25 gift cards to their locations.  One lucky camper from each host city will also receive a personalized camp jersey, along with a special presentation during the camp graduation ceremony.

Additional information can be found online at Brewers.com/camps. For questions, please contact Brewers Baseball Academy Executive Director Tim Rappé at Tim.Rappe@brewers.com or call (414) 939-8808.

2014 Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip
City Site Dates
Fond du Lac, WI Marian University June 23-27
Green Bay, WI Notre Dame Academy July 7-11
Waunakee, WI Waunakee High School July 7-11
Milwaukee, WI University School of Milwaukee July 14-18
Mukwonago, WI Mukwonago High School July 21-25
Delafield, WI St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy July 21-25
Appleton, WI Fox Valley Lutheran High School August 4-8
Kenosha, WI Carthage College August 4-8
Wauwatosa, WI Breitlow Park August 18-22
Greendale, WI Greendale High School August 18-22

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Tim’s Tips: Reflecting on the Summer

If you’ll recall, this past season, we launched the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

All season, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for the latest installment from Coach Tim.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

TOP SIX THINGS I HEARD THIS SUMMER THAT MADE ME CRINGE

Right out of the box I will admit that just because we wear a Major League uniform doesn’t mean we have all the answers. I am not afraid to question what I believe and have made adjustments in my teaching approach over the years as a result. That being said, I’m also not afraid to go toe-to-toe with things I hear that are fundamentally wrong; especially those that pose a threat to the health of the athlete.

Here are some of my “favorites” from this past summer…

#1. “Are You Teaching the NEW Way of Hitting?”

Oh boy. Part of my role with the Brewers is to attend seminars, study video, observe Spring Training, and generally keep up with new approaches to teaching our game. 99% of the time, that question is traced to a private instructor or Internet Guru who is trying to make a name for himself by “discovering” something new or renaming something old for marketing purposes. Doesn’t mean they’re wrong…but they do add to the noise that tends to confuse people. We teach hitting the way that Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and for that matter, Miguel Cabrera, swing the bat.

#2. “My Son Plays Travel Ball so He’s Probably Too Good for Your Camp.”

Ugh. Them’s fightin’ words. When you take a look at the resume of our coaching staff and the depth of our curriculum, it’s pretty much impossible to conclude that we can’t help an athlete of any level…unless he comes to camp with the mindset that he doesn’t want to learn.

#3. “Girls Need to Learn a Different Way to Hit Because…Well, They’re Girls.”

I know that statement is not meant to be insulting to softball players…but it is. The male and female bodies get the bat to the ball in exactly the same way. Granted, there are some nuances but girls generate force at the point of contact just like guys. Just ask Jennie Finch, Crystl Bustos, Stacey Nuveman and Jessica Mendoza…probably the best U.S Olympic hitters of all time. Better yet, grab some video as I have and see for yourself. Of course, I’m not referring to slap hitting here.

“You Hit Like a Girl” could be the nicest thing someone could say to you.

“You Hit Like a Girl” could be the nicest thing someone could say to you.

#4. “I Heard You Should Never Use a Batting Tee Again.”

Yikes. There’s that Internet Guru again proclaiming that if you don’t do it his way, at best you are a terrible coach and at worst, a moron. Don’t use tees? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Every professional, collegiate and high school team relies on the tee to isolate swing mechanics before introducing a pitched ball. Statements like that may be a good way to sell a video but it also adds more confusing noise in the market. By the way, I bought video…and I got my money back.

Don’t be so fast to dump the batting tee

Don’t be so fast to dump the batting tee

#5. “I’m Going to Have My Son Throw Every Day Over the Winter to Add MPH’s to His Fastball.”

No. No. No. Sometimes more is not better and when it comes to the “care and feeding” of the arm, it definitely isn’t. The shoulder and elbow need rest in order to repair the strain of the long grind of the spring/summer season. Big Leaguers shut it down after the season and not just to play golf. Since 2000, there has been a 500% increase in elbow and shoulder injuries among young baseball and softball players. Almost all of that is attributed to overuse. Now when I say to shut it down I’m referring to all overhead activity like volleyball, football passing, dodgeball in gym class, badminton, etc. I know that’s not realistic but not throwing a baseball IS realistic. Work on core strength and hammer those difficult-to-work decelerators in the back. You will love the result come spring.

#6. “Coach, Am I Throwing the Curveball Correctly?”

You’re asking the wrong question. Yes, it’s true that a correctly thrown curveball is less stressful on your arm than one thrown incorrectly. And yes, there are some pro’s who started throwing junk very early in their young lives. There are also miles of scar tissue and shattered careers because of the unnecessary harm caused by curves and sliders. As a teacher of baseball and the Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy I will not teach the curve because it plays Russian Roulette with the pre-pubescent athlete. I know that’s controversial but winning isn’t worth the risk. Spot your fastball. Throw a change-up and study hitters’ weaknesses. The “W’s” will pile up.

OK, got all that off my chest. Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Baseball in the Land of Sand: Coach Tim Travels to Dubai

This past season, we launched the new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

All summer long, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Now, read on for a story of his exciting travels to Dubai.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

BASEBALL IN THE LAND OF THE SAND

I admit that as I’ve aged, I’ve become more and more of a homebody. So, when Team Rhino Sports, the only baseball/softball training academy in the Middle East, invited me to assist with a camp for the Dubai Little League, it took more than a little nudging to pack my suitcase and make the journey to the “Land of the Sand.” But, with passport in hand and one of the best Brewers Baseball Academy instructors at my side, Isaac Valdez and I boarded a plane for the 15 hour flight to Dubai.

Here I am at Dubai’s “Field of Dreams” with the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building) in the background.

Here I am at Dubai’s “Field of Dreams” with the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building) in the background.

For the geographically challenged, of which I am a charter member, Dubai is a city in the emirate of Dubai which is part of the country of the United Arab Emirates. Think of it as New York City in the state of New York in the country of the United States. That may be where the similarities end. Dubai is a Muslim emirate sitting on the Persian Gulf not so very far from places we hear about every day…and not often in a good way.

In the city of Dubai, you can play a spectacular golf course in the morning, eat lunch at the world’s tallest building, shop in the world’s largest shopping mall and finish the day by skiing indoors at another enormous shopping mall…no kidding. The wealth and opulence are incredible. Roger Federer gave a tennis lesson yesterday to one of the camp kids and Rihanna is performing tonight just up the road in Abu Dhabi…not very often I get to write “Abu Dhabi” so I had to throw that in. Dubai is where the Arabs come to relax as well as a whole bunch of famous American entertainers.

And then there is baseball. I really didn’t know what to expect from the Dubai Little League but what I found was an organization that is trying to hang on to a piece of their heritage which happens to be embedded in a rare patch of green that serves as home to the 400 kids of the Dubai Little League.

This is the morning of the last day of camp and what I’ve experienced isn’t whole lot different than Brewers Camp in in Oshkosh or Delafield. Yes, the kids are from Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia but they got those addresses by way of Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, Washington, etc. In other words, these are American children of “expats” who have been raised to love baseball and their MLB teams just like we do. They are following the playoffs like their counterparts in America except for the fact that the games usually start around 4am local time.

It’s been a remarkable experience and I feel blessed to be a part of these kids’ baseball lives. It’s going to be 105 degrees today and you have to be careful as the sun and heat can flatten you like a Jim Henderson fastball. Other than the heat, the only threat to my health in this Middle Eastern country was the teenage Dubai Royal firing past our car at about 200mph in his Ferrari on our way to the baseball fields yesterday…

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Brewers Baseball Academy Skills Champion’s Day Wrap Up

If you’ll recall, this past season, we launched the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

All season, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for the latest installment from Coach Tim, a wrap up of the Brewers Baseball Academy Champions Day.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

THE SECRET SAUCE IN EVERY CHAMPION’S RECIPE

At each Brewers Baseball Academy summer camp we have the kids participate in a Skills Competition that measures bat speed, running speed and field/throwing speed. We’ve found that breaking up the instruction with competitive events really spices up the day and the Skills Competition does the trick. Plus, it helps reinforce the very things that we are teaching the kids during the week.

A couple weeks ago, the top 70 scorers from the summer participated in Champions Day at Miller Park. In addition to the 70 competitors, there were another 300+ friends and family members in attendance. It was a gorgeous day, although I wished the grounds crew was preparing the infield for the playoffs rather than re-sodding…but that’s what next year is for.

The focus of this post is to ask whether or not placing kids in the cauldron of competition prepares them for what’s ahead. Trust me; the kids at Champions Day feel the pressure of competing for a trophy in front of a lot of people on the very field their baseball heroes perform. It’s only natural to feel that heart-pounding, sweaty palms, “where’s the restroom” sensation. The big question, of course, is whether or not the performer can park those feelings somewhere they won’t impede their physical and mental performance. Or do they give into them and essentially fall apart at the most critical time?

I submit that champions not only control those emotions but use them to propel his/her performance to new heights. That confidence, that belief in oneself, is the secret sauce in every winner’s recipe.

What's the "Secret Sauce" in every Champion's recipe?

What’s the “Secret Sauce” in every Champion’s recipe?

I think about all the travel tryouts that were conducted throughout Wisconsin in the last 60 days. We measure kids’ running speed. We hit them ground balls and watch the “carry” on their throws across the infield or outfield. We throw batting practice and watch their strokes. What we can’t do is put a dipstick in that part of the athlete that measures their ability to manage stress…to excel under pressure. If we could, I fear that many of us would come up a quart low.

Case in point. If you ever had the pleasure of standing in the third base coaching box you get a real sense of the kids who step into the batter’s box like they own it. It’s as though they lock the door behind them and nothing exists other than the next pitch. These kids will compete for me. On the other hand, I’ve had plenty of kids who stepped into the batter’s box in that same pressure cooker situation and looked as though there was a snake in it.

The remarkable “you can’t beat me” attitude is what separates good from great and it may very well be hard wired in the athlete’s DNA. Although, preparation, experience and multiple “learnable” techniques can make a huge difference. But the “will to win” that we see from the great ones may not be something we can teach. Then again, a few Sunday’s ago class was in session at Miller Park for 70 young athletes from the Brewers Baseball Academy…and they put on a show. You can click here to see the final rankings.

 

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Wrapping Up the Inaugural Year of Brewers Baseball Academy

If you’ll recall, this summer, we launched the new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

All summer long, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for his summer wrap-up.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

WRAPPING UP THE INAUGURAL YEAR OF BREWERS BASEBALL ACADEMY

Well, it’s over. We just wrapped up the first season of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy and what an exciting summer it was! The only downside is that it kept me from writing. It’s difficult to explain just how time consuming and exhausting it can be bouncing from town to town and hotel to hotel…especially at my advanced age. :) Sounds like I’m whining, but the fact is that I love it and can’t wait to start next season.

Normally, my objective in these posts is to explore baseball and softball from an instructional perspective. But, there are a couple observations from the summer that deserve to be shared.

By a large margin, the winning observation is that the people of Wisconsin LOVE their Brewers. Whether we were at the Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay or  Sun Prairie High School or Carthage College, the passion for this team was amazing to see. Let’s face it; we’ve had a headline-grabbing summer and much of the news was not good. But Brewers fans continue to support the team and believe that the future is bright. Our staff witnessed that time and again and it sure made our jobs a bunch more fun working with kids who came ready to learn and ready to learn the “Brewers” way.

My second big observation is that there are some crazy good instructors in Wisconsin who also love the Brewers and poured their hearts and considerable talent into making the Brewers Baseball Academy a critical success. While we have a ways to go in terms of reaching our enrollment potential, from the perspective of a 20+ year camp veteran, what these guys did throughout the state was remarkable. We set out to create the best baseball and softball camp in America and I’ll be darned if that didn’t happen.

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A special thanks to Field Director and “Chief Entertainment Officer,” Scott Staude. And a big thanks to Station Leaders Dean Haase, Brian Gillogly, Dan O’Brien, Jason Jacome and Ronnie Nedset. Just outstanding.

I also want to thank Scooter Gennett, Jim Henderson, Caleb Gindl, Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis, Sean Halton, Logan Schafer and of course, Coach John “T-Bone” Shelby for making our trips to Miller park unforgettable.

We will be putting an exclamation point on our first season on 9/29 as 80 campers compete in the first Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy Skills Championship at Miller Park. If you want to check out the finalists, click here.

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Brewers Baseball Academy in Full Swing

If you haven’t heard by now, our Brewers Baseball Academy, presented by Kwik Trip, is eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that are being held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

I recently came across a nice piece on the camp, produced by Time Warner Cable Sports32, which I thought I’d share. This video gives a great sense of what the camps are all about:

If you’re interested in signing your child up for one of the remaining camps, please visit brewers.com/camps for details.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

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