FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What to bring to camp?/Beat the Heat

Full Day Daily Agenda (Outdoor Camps)

Full Day Daily Agenda (Indoor Camps)

Directions/Locations

Tax ID

Who are the VBC Summer Staffers?

Half Day Daily Agenda

Refund Policy

Required Forms

PM Extended Hours Activities

 Parent Comments Inclement Weather

 

What to bring: -- Campers should bring the following items with their names on it:

 

  • Lunch packed in a small cooler, snack for half day campers (please do not pack peanut products for lunch or snacks)
  • Water bottle
  • Small gym bag to keep their items
  • Baseball MITT
  • Batting HELMET
  • Baseball BAT
  • Cleats or tennis shoes for outdoor camps * No cleats at indoor camps
  • Shorts or baseball pants
  • Sun block for outdoor camps  
  • baseball cap

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KEEPING KIDS COOL IN THE HOT WEATHER
The VBC staff of directors is well trained and experienced in dealing with playing in the heat.  During “code orange" and "code red” days we will take mandatory water and shade breaks at least every 20 minutes.  Staff will ensure that each child drinks plenty of liquids.  On “code red” and “code orange,” players will spend time indoors in the air conditioning (where available) during lunch and after lunch activities (11:30am-12:30pm).  Every precaution is taken to ensure a safe environment for players and staff.  If excessive heat is expected for several consecutive days, we may schedule the camp to begin and end an hour earlier in the day.


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OUTDOOR CAMPS FULL DAY AGENDA Please click here to see the Full Day Daily Agenda.
Sportsmanship is a priority.  We purposefully talk about and reinforce respect for teammates and others constantly at camp.  We strive to develop a culture that is fun and respectful.  This is reinforced during games as well as after lunch each day with our ROOTS (respect for rules, officials, opponents, teammates, and self) activities.Bullying is not tolerated.  As part of developing a positive sports environment we emphasize respecting others.  We will address any bullying directly with players.  We will notify parents if the problem is not being resolved at the field.  Please talk directly with the camp director if you hear of any bullying problems.

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INDOOR CAMP DAILY CURRICULUM 

9:10-10:50       Safety Rules, Hitting and Fielding Groups --Hitting: Focus #1 – Stance, Focus #2 – Load

 --Fielding: Demonstrate correct throwing, correct fielding, correct backhand, getting up from a dive
10:50-11:30     Wiffle ball games
11:30-11:50     Lunch
11:50-12:00     Activity: Ask Mr. Umpire
12:00-12:10     Activity: ROOTS activity
12:10-12:25     Activity: Trivia
12:30-12:55     Pitching – 5 step progressions
1:00-1:50         Wiffle ball games
1:50-2:00         Clean up and REVIEW “What we learned today.” End for the Full Day Camp.
2:00-6pm         PM Ext. Hours – Video and supervised incrediball games.
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 Half Day Daily Agenda

Players are divided by age and skill level.  Tee is used for beginners and coach pitch for players who are ready.  Level 1 safety balls are used only.

 

9am-9:10am – Getting to know each other

9:10-9:20am – Teaching Base Running

9:20-9:35am – Teaching Throwing and catching

9:40-10:10am – Game 1

10:10-10:25am – Snack Break

10:30-10:50am – Game 2

11:50am-12:00pm – Recap

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Cancellation/Refund Policy

If a camp is cancelled due to inclement weather, the VBC will try to schedule a make up on the next available date.  If we are unable to schedule a make up class, a credit in the amount of the cancelled class will be issued.  That credit may be used for any  VBC camp or cage rentals at the VBC Center and should be used within 12 months.  No cash refunds will be issued due to weather cancellations, personal reasons, or illness. NO EXCEPTIONS.  To cancel a registration, you must give a 14-day written notice to receive a refund or credit toward a future camp.  A 25% service charge will be assessed on each camp refund.  To transfer a registration, location or week, you must also give a 14-days written notice. A $35 charge will be assessed for any request to move or switch camps.

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Inclement Weather If there is inclement weather prior to the start of camp, call the VBC or check the VBC website for information on camp status.  If inclement weather comes during the day, we will take shelter.  You can pick up your child at any time.  We will not leave until each child has been signed out.   
If a camp is cancelled due to inclement weather, the VBC will issue a credit in the amount of the cancelled day. That credit may be used for any future VBC camp (summer or winter) or cage rentals for up to one year. No cash refunds will be issued due to weather cancellations or personal reasons.


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Activities for PM Extended Hours

At VBC Merrifield Indoor Center and Barcroft Complex

  • Attendance is taken
  • Players have option to play wiffle ball games, pitch to targets, or play board games from 2:15pm-4:15pm
  • Players watch “G-rated” movies or play board games from 4:15pm-5:45pm
  • Parents must sign out players

 

At Yorktown High School (Greenbrier Park)

Attendance is taken

2:15-3pm Games (room TBD in YHS)

3-4:30pm  G-rated movie

4:30-5:30pm Games (room TBD in YHS)

5:30-6pm Board games

Parents must sign out players

 

At Springhill Rec Center and Lake Fairfax

Attendance is taken

Swimming from 2:15-3:45

Sign out at Center at 4pm or go to Fairfax County Ext. Care


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Who are the VBC Summer Staffers?  What type of experience and training do they have?
Directors:
The VBC summer camp directors are experienced coaches and educators.  
• Each director has a professional background in working with young  
• Most are VA Commonwealth certified public educators.     
• All have a criminal background check    
• All are VBC positive coaching certified    
• All go through extensive camp management training and first aid certification   
Please see summer camp director bios.


College and High School Staff:

  • All must submit their grades, attendance records, and two reference letters.
  • All staff 18 and older have criminal background check
  • All must attend positive coaching training seminar and youth instruction training
  • All must take the VBC youth positive coaching test

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Tax ID: Virginia Baseball Club, Inc. 06-1691322

 

 

 

Required Forms

Forms are required for the following camps:

Fairfax Parktakes (Springhill, South Run, and Lake Fairfax): Fairfax County Parktakes requires that all campers bring their completed forms. Camp Forms and Medical Form (if needed). No camper will be admitted without completed forms.

 

Alexandria Recreation & Parks (Simpson Stadium): Alexandria City requires that all campers bring their completed camp forms: Camps Information and Medication Authorization (if needed) to the first day of camp. No camper will be admitted without completed forms.

 

VBC Parent Comments

 

*My grandson loved everything about the camp, in spite of the hot temps, and looked forward to it every day.  Ryan was his coach and he liked him very much.  When camp ended on Friday, he told me "I wish I was going for two weeks."  He also says it was more fun than others he has attended in the past... lots of playing time and not too many drills.  Continued success to you in the future.  Your program is great!

 

*VBC Coaches and Mike,    We have had the best experience with VBC and couldn't ask for a better group of people. Thank you for doing a great job with our boys and elevating their game with positive coaching.

 

*Hello- Thank you for an awesome camp!!  Our son Luke absolutely loved this camp.  He even told us that when he is in high school he wants to be a coach.  :)

 

*My son had an AMAZING time at your baseball camp July 14-18 at Spring Hill rec center.   He woke up every morning with a huge smile, lots of energy, and ready to get to camp as soon as possible.  Every day we heard about the World Series games and all the things he learned.   Your staff was professional and engaging.  Thank you for the great the experience!  We will be recommending your program to all our friends.

 

*My son loved baseball camp!  I felt like it was well run.  My son  loved the teenage assistants and the baseball cards they gave out at the end.  He finished the week really excited about baseball. 

 

*My son has attended many sports camps .  He liked yours the best.  We will definitely be back next summer if not sooner.