Thank you for considering enrolling your child or a child under your care in our Bethesda Big Train Summer Camp. Please know that the Bethesda Big Train Summer Camp will make every reasonable effort to follow all federal, state and local government protocols necessary to protect the health and safety of your child.       

BETHESDA BIG TRAIN BASEBALL CAMP OVERVIEW        

The Bethesda Big Train Summer Baseball Camp returns for its 23rd summer of fun and affordable summer baseball camp for girls and boys aged 5-12. Big Train Manager and Director of Baseball Operations Sal Colangelo has been named the Maryland State Amateur Coach of the Year and the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL) Manager of the Year by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches. He has led the Big Train to nine CRCBL titles, including five straight from 2016-2021 and was inducted into the Cal Ripken League Hall of Fame as part of the 2019 inaugural class. Big Train Associate Head Coach Galvin Morris will help direct the camp. Coaches Sal and Galvin, along with their star-studded rosters, will be the instructors each week, teaching kids the FUNdamentals of baseball. The best collegiate baseball talent froma cross the country comes to play for the Big Train. More than 150 Big Train alumni have been drafted by Major League teams to play professionally, including 17 who have made it to the major leagues.

All campers will receive excellent instruction in the fundamentals of the game as well as the opportunity to play in a live game each day. Every camper will receive an official Big Train Summer Camp t-shirt that will get them free admission to all Big Train home games at Shirley Povich Field during the 2022 regular season. Along with our General Camp, we also offer specialized camp sessions including Pitching Camp and Advanced Development Camp, both of which are for older and more experienced 9-12 year olds.

 

Camp Descriptions

General Camp: All campers will receive instruction on the basic fundamentals of the game through drills and play in live games throughout the week. The session is designed for players of all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Campers will work on a mix of drills including bunting, fielding, throwing, hitting and catching, while also playing fun games that help with hand-eye coordination and agility. All campers will receive an official Big Train Summer Camp T-Shirt that entitles the camper to free admission to all Big Train regular season home games played at Shirley Povich Field in 2021. Ages 5-12. $320.

Advanced Development Camp: This session is designed for kids who play Select or Travel baseball. All campers will receive instruction on the fundamentals of the game as well as more advanced training. Campers will have the chance to play in live game action with teams selected by the counselors. Campers will work on rundowns, cutoffs, reading the ball off the bat, and baserunning techniques. While this session is more advanced, campers will participate in competitive games to work on hand-eye coordination and agility. This session is limited to 24 campers. All campers will receive an official Big Train Summer Camp T-Shirt that entitles the camper to free admission to all Big Train regular season home games player at Shirley Povich Field in 2021. Ages 9-12. Morning Only. $250.

Pitching Camp: This session is designed for kids who want to focus specifically on pitching, whether they have been pitching for years or are just now getting started. All campers receive highly specialized training that includes work on stamina, throwing motion, strength and balance. This session is limited to 24 campers. All campers will receive an official Big Train Summer Camp T-Shirt that entitles the camper to free admission to all Big Train regular season home games played at Shirley Povich Field in 2021. (Note: Pitching Camp will not meet on Wednesdays to prevent the risk of campers straining their arms. Campers are encouraged to attend General Camp on Wednesday afternoon. Ages 9-12. Afternoon Only. $225.

 

Camp Dates

June 20 - June 24: Session 1: General Camp

June 29 - July 1: Session 2: General Camp | Advanced Camp | Pitching Camp

July 5 - July 8: Session 3: General Camp (Camp will not meet Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day)

July 11 - July 15: Session 4: General Camp | Advanced Camp | Pitching Camp

July 18 - July 22: Session 5: General Camp | Advanced Camp | Pitching Camp

July 25 - July 29: Session 6: General Camp

 

Camp Staff

Sal Colangelo: Director of Operations | salcolangelo@hotmail.com

Galvin Morris: Camp Director | 703-203-5059

Craig Lopez: Pitching Coordinator 

 

Camp Information

TIMES:                                                                                                                           

General Camp: 9AM-3PM                                                                

Advanced Development Camp: 9AM-12PM

Pitching Camp: 1PM-3PM (off on Wednesdays; Pitching Campers are welcome to join General Camp Wednesday afternoon or take the afternoon off)

Before Care: 7AM-9PM

After Care: 3PM-5PM

 

PRICES:

General Camp: $320

Advanced Development Camp (morning only): $250

Pitching Camp (afternoon only; doesn’t meet Wednesday): $225

General Camp (AM)/Pitching Camp (PM): $350

Advanced Camp (AM)/General Camp (PM): $350

Advanced Camp (AM)/Pitching Camp (PM): $380

 

DISCOUNTS:

  • Sign up with our Holiday Discount! Use the code HOLIDAY21 for 10% off your whole registration. Valid only through December 31, 2021.
  • Our Early Bird Special (5% off) runs through March 15, 2022.

 

Additional Information

Big Train Camp Counselors

All Big Train counselors and instructors are college-aged baseball players from around the country. They are top level players with plenty of experience. They are all fingerprinted and background checked prior to the start of camp. The counselors all play on the Bethesda Big Train baseball team as part of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.

What to Bring to Camp

Campers must bring: Baseball glove, baseball cap, water bottle, packed lunch, sunscreen, bug spray.

We highly encourage campers to bring: baseball pants, cleats, baseball bat, baseball helmet. 

Most importantly, bring a positive attitude!

Lunch

All campers will bring their own lunches, which will be stored in the air conditioned concessions stand at Shirley Povich Field.

Before Care/After Care:

Big Train Baseball Summer Camp runs from 9 AM to 3 PM daily. You can drop your camper off early or pick them up late with Before and After Care. Before Care runs from 7:15 AM to 9 AM and After Care runs from 3 PM to PM. They each cost $50 per week ($100 together). 

Campers will not receive instruction during Before or After Care but will be supervised by Big Train staff members inside the confines of Shirley Povich Field. Kids will have the opportunity to watch baseball movies, play games, and learn about baseball strategy and statistics, among other informal activities. Kids can watch batting practice on the days of Big Train home games. 

Picking your child up after 5 PM on multiple occasions will result in an additional $50 charge.

Drop Off and Pick Up Policy:

The full day of camp runs from 9AM to 3 PM. 

Please drop your kids off at Shirley Povich Field (10600 Westlake Drive, Bethesda, MD 20852) between 8:45 and 9 AM so we can get started with baseball training immediately. Come to the entrance at the right side of Shirley Povich Field where our staff will be set up. Campers are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp. 

Pick up is at the same location at Shirley Povich Field. Please pick your child up between 3 and 3:15 PM. Identification required at checkout. If you are to be picked up by someone other than the listed guardians on the registration sheet, you must submit a written note signed by all parties involved. 

 

REFUND POLICY:

Registrants who cancel their camp registration 30 days or more prior to the start of their camp session are entitled to a full refund, minus a $25 administrative fee. Registrants who cancel less than 30 days before the start of their camp session can either receive a credit for an equivalent 2023 Big Train camp registration or make their registration payment a tax-deductible donation to Big Train.

Registrants who change their camp session two weeks or less prior to the start of either week of camp will be charged a $25 administrative fee.

If Big Train Summer Camp is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, registrants will receive a full refund.

 

RAINY DAY POLICY:

This is an outdoor summer camp, and when it is raining kids will be placed underneath the Pavilion at Shirley Povich Field where coaches will show movies, talk baseball, play trivia and cards. During a rainy day, you are allowed to pick up your kid early. There will be no refunds because of weather. 

REGISTRATION FORMS AND WAIVERS

All parents or legal guardians of campers must also submit a signed CAMP WAIVER in order to participate.

For carpool pickups and drop offs, please have a note signed by all parents of campers included. 

Behavior Guidelines and Personal Property

All campers are responsible for their own equipment. Big Train Baseball Camp will not be held responsible for any lost items. Any lost item will be put in the Camp lost and found. Parents must call 301-365-1076 to discuss items lost at camp. Please make sure all equipment is labeled with the camper's name. 

At Big Train camp, campers are expected to treat others fairly and with respect. That means no use of inappropriate language, no physical harm against another camper, no bullying, no smoking or possession of alcohol or drugs, and no leaving camp grounds without the supervision of a counselor. 

Counselors will discuss these rules on the first Monday of each camp. 

Any camper who does not follow the above rules and regulations may be subject to expulsion from camp. Parents will be notified the first time around and our staff will talk with the camper. No refund will be given after expulsion. 

Health and Illness

Bethesda Big Train Summer Camp will make every reasonable effort to follow all federal, state and local government prootcols necessary to protect the health and safety of your child. 

All medical information needed is filled out during the registration process. Camp staff has access to all files if needed. If a child needs special attention (medication, epi-pen, allergies, etc.) please email Director of Operations Sal Colangelo at salcolangelo@hotmail.com with any information needed. 

We will collect all needed items from parents on the first Monday of camp, and each item will go to the designated camp fields with staff. Any concern of camper or staff misconduct should be brought to the attention of the Camp Director Galvin Morris immediately. 

Every effort is made to keep campers safe. However, in the case of an injury at camp, first aid kits are on site. Kids will be brought to the shade and monitored. We will call the responsible adult noted during the camp registration process. 

Several water and shade breaks will be given each day. Campers can refill their water bottles at camp as needed. Water fountains are placed at each field. This is especially important in the heat of the summer. If a camper needs to use the bathroom, they must notify a staff member, who will then walk them there. 

 

Contact Us

If you have any day-to-day questions during your child's camp session, please call Galvin Morris at 703-203-5059. If you have any administrative or sign up questions, please call Sal Colangelo at 703-967-5855 or email camp@bigtrain.org.

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