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Noozhawk’s ParentNooz Camp Guide is officially here and we made sure to make things easy when planning your child’s summer!

In this interview, Noozhawk sat down with Quinn Hawksworth, Assistant Baseball Coach for UCSB Baseball to learn more about their summer camps here in Santa Barbara. 

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UPDATE: *Camps may be subject to change due to COVID-19. Check website for updates.

Question: What is the name of your Summer Camp or Program and what is its mission?

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Answer: 2020 UCSB Summer Youth Baseball Camp

Q: Describe the activities involved in your camp or program.

A: Summer Youth Camp offers 6-13 year old players the chance to learn from Gaucho players and coaches through specific training and drills, as well as compete against their friends and teammates in games. We will split into age/skill specific groups in order to gear the instruction properly. Here is what the typical day will look like:

Functional Catch – this will be the basics of catch play integrating the fundamentals of each position group – double play turns and throws, relay catches and throws, ground ball footwork and throws on backhands and forehands, getting behind a fly ball and throwing to a base, tags, fielding bunts, etc.

Infield Stations – we will cover ground ball fundamentals and build into advanced plays – double plays, diving, forehands and backhands.

Beat the Infielders – a game designed to challenge the infielders and put pressure on them to not only catch the ball, but make a quality throw. Players and coaches will be hitting ground balls in an attempt to “beat” the infielders.

Pitching and Catching – pitchers will get to throw live bullpens to catchers – both groups will receive instruction during this time.

Hitting Stations – we will use tees, front toss, machines and live batting practice to cover the mechanics of a great swing as well as the approach for handling tough pitching. We will discuss and train hitting hard line drives.

Games – we will play games including over-the-line (focus on quality defense and hitting the ball up the middle), two-base (requires defensive positioning and communication as well as offensive strategy and directional hitting), and coach/player pitch scrimmages.

Q: What is the age range for children in your camp or program?

A: 6-13.

Q: How many years has the camp been running? Do you get a lot of return campers?

A:  10+ years. Yes we get a lot of return campers.

Q: What goals do you have for kids participating in your camp or program? 

A: Have fun and learn and develop baseball skills and knowledge from great coaches and staff.

Q: What makes your camp or program unique?

A: We provide a fun, affordable camp for kids, with a focus on developing baseball fundamentals. We pride ourselves on each kid feeling welcome and included, and our staff makes sure each kid is having fun throughout the day.

Q: How do you hire staff for your camp and when hired, is there a training that they have to complete before the camp begins?

A: We hire our staff from within our program and university.

Q: What is the best part, in your opinion, about your camp or program?.

A: The interactions and relationships built between kids and coaches.

Q: In what ways is your camp or program educational?

A: We focus on the development of basic baseball fundamentals.

Q: What is the price range of your camp and do you offer scholarships?

A:  Prices for our summer camps range from $220-$275 depending on the length of the camp. We offer 3 weeks of 4-day camps and 2 weeks of 5-day camps. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For more information email Quinn Hawksworth at qhawksworth@ucsb.edu.

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