BETHESDA BIG TRAIN BASEBALL CAMP OVERVIEW
The Bethesda Big Train Summer Baseball Camp returns for its 24th 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 inaugural class of 2019. Big Train Associate Head Coach Galvin Morris will help direct the camp. Coaches Sal and Galvin, along with their star-studded Big Train players, will be the instructors each week, teaching kids the FUNdamentals of baseball. The best collegiate baseball talent from across the country comes to play for the Big Train and more than 150 Big Train alumni have been drafted by Major League teams to play professionally, including 21 who have made it to the major leagues, including 2022 all-stars Joe Mantiply (D-Backs) and Ty France (Mariners), as well as Brandon Lowe (Rays), Logan Gilbert (Mariners), Hunter Renfroe (Brewers), Ken Waldichuk (A's), Hunter Brown (Astros), Alec Burleson (Cardinals), and James Outman (Dodgers).
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. Along with our General Camp, we also offer specialized camp sessions including Pitching Camp, Catching Camp, and Advanced Development Camp, each of which are for older and more experienced 9-12 year olds who are looking for more specific instruction. 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 2023 regular season. Tickets must be reserved online in advance of each game.
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 2023. Tickets must be reserved online in advance of each game. Ages 5-12. $330.
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 2023. Tickets must be reserved online in advance of each game. Ages 9-12. Morning Only. $260.
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 2023. Tickets must be reserved online in advance of each game. (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. $230.
Catching Camp: This session is limited to 16 campers and designed for kids who want to focus specifically on catching, whether they have been catching for years or are just getting started. All campers receive highly specialized training, including work on stance, blocking, throwing, receiving, footwork, and other specific drills. 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 Povich Field in 2023. Tickets must be reserved online in advance of each game. (Note: Catching Camp will NOT meet on Wednesdays to prevent the risk of campers straining their arms/bodies. Campers MUST bring their own catchers' equipment. Campers are encouraged to attend General Camp on Wednesday afternoon in lieu of Catching Camp.) Ages 9-12. Afternoon Only. $200.
2023 Camp Dates
June 19 - June 23: Session 1: General Camp
June 26 - June 30: Session 2: General Camp | Advanced Camp | Pitching Camp | Catching Camp
July 10 - July 14: Session 3: General Camp | Advanced Camp | Pitching Camp | Catching Camp
July 17 - July 21: Session 4: General Camp | Advanced Camp | Pitching Camp
July 24 - July 28: Session 5: General Camp
Sal Colangelo: Director of Operations | firstname.lastname@example.org
Galvin Morris: Camp Director | 703-203-5059
Craig Lopez: Pitching Coordinator
General Camp: 9 AM-3 PM
Advanced Development Camp: 9 AM-12 PM
Pitching Camp: 1 PM-3 PM (off on Wednesdays; Pitching Campers are welcome to join General Camp Wednesday afternoon or take the afternoon off)
Catching Camp: 1 PM-3 PM (off on Wednesdays; Catching Campers are welcome to join General Camp Wednesday afternoon or take the afternoon off)
Before Care: 7:30 AM-9 AM
After Care: 3 PM-5 PM
General Camp: $330
Advanced Development Camp (morning only): $260
Pitching Camp (afternoon only; doesn’t meet Wednesday): $230
Catching Camp (afternoon only, doesn't meet Wednesdays): $200
General Camp (AM)/Pitching Camp (PM): $360
Advanced Camp (AM)/General Camp (PM): $360
Advanced Camp (AM)/Pitching Camp (PM): $400
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!
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
Drop Off and Pick Up Policy
The full day of camp runs from 9 AM 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.
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 campers will be placed underneath the Picnic 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 camper 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 in the first instsance and our staff will talk with the camper. No refund will be given after expulsion for cause.
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 email@example.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. Campers 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.