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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.

BE-16 Brewers Baseball Academy-Social

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

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 third season, is open to youth (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.

BE-13 BaseballAcadem-Logo-FINAL

The camps will be conducted under the supervision of Tim Rappé, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy.  Last summer, over 1,000 participants took part in the camps.

“In 2014, the Brewers Baseball Academy saw its attendance nearly double from the previous year,” said Rappé.  “Based upon feedback from parents, our first two seasons were a major success, and this year we’re excited to add three more locations to accommodate the popularity of the Academy.  We expect all of the camps to sell out this summer.”

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 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 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.

2015 Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip
City Site Dates
Platteville University of Wisconsin-Platteville June 15-19
Fond du Lac, WI Marian University June 15-19
Green Bay, WI Notre Dame Academy June 22-26
Kenosha, WI University of Wisconsin-Parkside June 22-26
Waunakee, WI Waunakee High School July 6-10
Appleton Fox Valley Lutheran High School July 20-24
Delafield, WI St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy July 20-24
Milwaukee, WI University School of Milwaukee July 27-31
New Berlin, WI New Berlin West High School August 3-7
Wauwatosa, WI Breitlow Park August 3-7
Greendale, WI Greendale High School August 17-21
Whitewater, WI University of Wisconsin-Whitewater August 17-21

 

Note – a 13th location from August 24-28 will be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note – a 13th location from August 24-28 will be announced at a later date.

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.

Brewers Baseball Academy

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

Tim’s Tip: Moment of Truth #3-Bend Your Wrists and Wave Bye-Bye to a Good Swing

The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for more from Coach Tim!

Enjoy!
Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

“MOMENT OF TRUTH #3”

BEND YOUR WRISTS AND WAVE BYE-BYE TO A GOOD SWING

If you’ve been following my last few posts you know that I’m discussing four critical times in the swing sequence. First of all, I apologize for the delay. Academy enrollments have been keeping us running. I’ve labeled these four critical points the Four Moments of Truth. Overly dramatic? Maybe a tad. But after analyzing thousands of hitters, it’s become clear that a breakdown at any of these Moments of Truth (MOT) will severely limit the hitter’s chance for success.

In order to illustrate MOT #3 let’s go back to MOT #1. Check out the angle of Ryan Braun’s wrists at Heel Down.

Braun

The angle of the bat and Ryan’s top hand is just about 90 degrees.

It’s at this moment that so many hitters lay their wrists back resulting in what the Big Guys call “laying off the bat head.” This results in a longer swing (not good). This wrist angle change will result in the back elbow sliding underneath too fast and too early which drops the bat head below the hitting zone. The bat is then making contact at an aggressive uphill angle and the result is a swing under the ball or a top-spin grounder.

Poor Connection

This young hitter has laid his wrists back and caused the bat head to drop too far too fast.

So, what do we want the hitter to do with his wrists as he begins the swing?…nothing. The hitter maintains the cocked wrist angle until they unfold just before contact. Fight the urge to make some kind of an adjustment prior to that.

See how Martin Maldonado keeps his wrists cocked even as his hands pass by his hip.

See how Martin Maldonado keeps his wrists cocked even as his hands pass by his hip.

The wrists explode into the ball at contact…but not before. That’s why maintaining the cocked wrist angle is MOMENT OF TRUTH #3.

In my next post I’ll look at MOT #4… “Roll Your Wrists and Hit the Exit Ramp Off the Hitting Highway.” Until then, if you’re gonna swing might as well swing hard.

 

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

 

 

 

Tim’s Tip: Moment of Truth #2-The First Domino to Fall in the Swing Sequence

The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for more from Coach Tim!

Enjoy!
Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

“MOMENT OF TRUTH #2”:The First Domino to Fall in the Swing Sequence

In my last post I discussed the importance of starting in the optimum stance to generate bat accuracy and power at the point of contact. I labeled that MOMENT OF TRUTH #1. Today’s topic is a bit more controversial. I say “controversial” not because hitting experts don’t recognize that it happens; but rather because some may not give it the same emphasis as we do at the Brewers Baseball Academy. This single move can set up the hitter’s lower half for success or it can betray the entire swing…and it doesn’t come naturally for hitters so we need to teach it. That’s why I think it’s critical.

So, exactly what is MOMENT OF TRUTH #2? So many times I’ve heard baseball people debate regarding the first thing that moves when we launch the bat. Invariably, there is a group that believes that the hitter “just throws his hands” at the ball. Yes, the hitter does do that…but it is by no means the FIRST thing. In fact, it’s the last thing the hitter does prior to contact.

So what’s first? Drum roll please…The inside of the back knee pinches forward and down toward the inside ankle of the front foot. It’s the Knee Pinch that keeps the hitter from spinning on his back foot. It’s the Knee Pinch that launches the back hip, which is the power center. It is the Knee Pinch that prevents the hitter from rising up on his back leg. Yes, it’s the Knee Pinch that launches the hitter’s momentum into the baseball. Important? You betcha.

Take a look at former Brewers sluggers Robin Yount, Ben Oglivie  and Geoff Jenkins. Check out the knee pinch.

Yount Oglivie Jenkins

This next shot is a great overhead of Ryan Braun. If Ryan hadn’t pinched his knee in the way I described, he will spin on his back foot (we used to call this “squishing the bug”) and the back heel will retreat toward the catcher. Clearly, that’s not what’s happening here. Why? Because this is the way it supposed to be done!

Braun Overhead

The Knee Pinch is difficult to teach in the context of this blog. But go ahead and use your DVR the next time Gomez, Braun or Lucroy launches a moon shot. Focus on the back knee and I think you will see exactly what I mean and exactly why I respectfully submit the Knee Pinch as MOMENT OF TRUTH #2.

In my next post I’ll focus on MOMENT OF TRUTH #3…”Bend Your Wrists and Wave Bye-Bye to a Good Swing.” Until then, if you’re gonna swing might as well swing hard.

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

 

 

 

Tim’s Tip: Moment of Truth #1-Get Set Up to Smash

The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for more from Coach Tim!

Enjoy!
Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

“MOMENT OF TRUTH #1”: GET SET UP TO SMASH

In my last post I talked about the overwhelming value of using video to help your athlete. In our Brewers Baseball Academy summer camps we video the swing of every player. But that’s the easy part. Video is nothing more than a nice keepsake unless it’s transformed into a teaching tool and that takes some serious baseball smarts.

I’ve done over 2,000 swing analyses over the past couple years and I’ve identified four points in the swing that can make or break a hitter’s at bat. It’s those four “Moments of Truth” where kids have a tendency to mess up. I think the reason why these breakdowns occur is because there’s nothing particularly “natural” about these four key points in the swing. Kids don’t fall out of the crib doing them.

That these critical moments in the swing don’t come naturally is the bad news. The good news is that they can be taught.

MOMENT OF TRUTH #1: If you want to finish right, you need to start right. Many of the problems at contact are a function of bad posture at heel plant. What the hitter does prior to the front heel planting is, for the most part, a matter of personal style. However, at heel plant is when hitting instructors start “keeping score.”

Here is a great shot of Carlos Gomez at heel plant and the following six checkpoints are critical to starting a good swing.

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  1. Head up and turned so that both eyes can track the ball. No tilting!!
  2. Don’t let the camera angle fool you. At heel plant, Carlos’ head is right above his belt buckle and in the middle of his feet. He looks like his weight is evenly distributed front to back
  3. Knob of the bat is angled toward the catcher’s feet. Barrel is somewhat about his head
  4. Hands are at shoulder height and at or just inside his back elbow (toward the catcher)
  5. Knees are inside ankles and flexed in athletic position
  6. Toes are on a straight line toward the pitcher

Does your hitter have to look exactly like this? Or course not. But all good hitters at heel plant look remarkably similar. So, from our perspective it makes a whole bunch of sense for the Brewers Baseball Academy to make sure our kids understand this. If you start right there is no guarantee you’ll finish right. But, if you start wrong, there is not much chance of finishing right. Make sense?

In my next post I’ll focus on Moment of Truth #2…the first domino to fall in the swing sequence. Until then, if you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

 

 

 

Tim’s Tip: Update Your Coaching Effectiveness for Just $5

The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for another installment from Coach Tim!

Enjoy!
Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

UPGRADE YOUR COACHING EFFECTIVENESS FOR A WHOPPING $5

In my last post I promised a $5 suggestion that could have a profound impact on your child’s baseball/softball life. Read on…

Inside Miller Park sits Joe Crawford, our Coaching Assistant/Digital Media Coordinator, amid a bank of laptops and video screens that would make NASA jealous. Joe’s job is to record and catalog every pitch and every at-bat (both ours and theirs) for players and coaches to review as needed. While baseball, on the field, has remained relatively unchanged for the past century, our ability to dissect every aspect of a player’s performance upside down and inside out has changed exponentially.

While the level of digital sophistication at the MLB level is understandably off the chart, there are very affordable options for parents and youth coaches. For my money, with kids’ fascination with all things video, their tendency to be visual learners and the sheer speed of pitching and hitting actions, everybody should use video to help their kids.

Video. That’s my strong suggestion. Video may be the single biggest new asset a parent/coach can bring to the field. Kids love watching themselves and coaches love the “proof is in the video” credibility they get when players finally “see” what you’ve been telling them all along.

Every coach should consider using video as a teaching tool

Every coach should consider using video as a teaching tool.

At our Brewers Baseball Academy we record the swing of every player, analyze it, and email it out sometime after the camp. It’s an unbelievably valuable tool to extend the camp “classroom” beyond the 30 hour camp week.

If you are the analytical type and need to research all the products in the market feel free to “Google” away. You may come up with better options…and there are tons of options. Here is my summary of what I think you should be looking for:

1)     Easy to learn. I want my guys to be great baseball coaches, not computer whizzes.

2)     Analysis must be work on iOS and Android tablets and smartphones

3)     I must be able to narrate, telestrate and run back and forth in slo-mo

4)     I want side-by-side player comparison ability

5)     Easy to share

6)     Cloud-based so that email systems won’t reject large files

7)     Smart tech company that will keep improving their product

8)     Cheap

DISCLAIMER: The Brewers Baseball Academy has no financial interest or any other interest in promoting one app over another. In fact, if you come up with a better selection, I’m all ears.

I have found that Coach’s Eye (www.coachseye.com) meets our needs quite nicely. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you that the cost of Coach’s Eye is a whopping $4.99.

In 2014, video is too cheap, too easy and too powerful to ignore. In my next post I will reveal my first of four “Moments of Truth” that can make or break an at-bat. Oh yeah, I’ve identified these four “Moments of Truth” by doing over 2,000 swing analyses…on video.

Until next time, if you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.

-Coach Tim

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Coach Tim “Reporting from Spring Training”

The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for the first 2014 installment from Coach Tim!

Enjoy!
Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

COACH TIM “REPORTING FROM SPRING TRAINING”

We often hear that “pitchers and catchers report” may be the most poetic and inspirational four word phrase in a baseball lover’s vocabulary. But I’ve got a better one…”Reporting from Spring Training.” And that’s exactly where I am as I write this.

Every year I make the trip to Maryvale, Arizona to watch baseball. Not so much to watch the games as to watch the guys prepare. My role as Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy is to make sure that what we do at camp in Kenosha, Green Bay, Waunakee, etc., reflects what goes on in our Big League camp. And so I come to Maryvale to watch and listen. Because when you break it down, our week-long instructional camps look a lot more like Spring Training than a day at Miller Park.

After just two days here’s what I see. I see a whole lot of attention being paid to fundamentals. You might think that’s always the case and to a large extent it is. But this camp feels different. There is a focused attention to detail.

The Crew works on rundowns prior to catching the bus to today’s game.

The Crew works on rundowns prior to catching the bus to today’s game.

Today I saw bunt coverage, “first and thirds,” rundowns, PFP, backhands, forehands, outfield drop steps. I watched Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez take about 100 extra cuts after their regular workout. And I see that our pitchers are working together as a group to build a camaraderie and help spot the little things that only other pitchers can identify.

 Lohse helping his co-worker, Gallardo, work through some delivery mechanics

Lohse helping his co-worker, Gallardo, work through some delivery mechanics

I can imagine that to the Spring Training neophyte, all this activity might seem a bit chaotic, but it’s not. There is a purpose and tempo to everything going on.

You could hang up a sign over Maryvale that reads “MEN AT WORK” and that would be spot on. And that’s why I love coming out here. That, and a net gain of about 50 degrees from the frigid temps at home.

In my next post I’ll give you an idea that may be the best thing you can do to help the young player in your life. So break the piggy bank because this idea is going to set you back about $5…no kidding.

Until then, I’m Coach Tim “Reporting from Spring Training.” (sigh) 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. 

BE-13 BaseballAcadem-Logo-FINAL

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

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