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$89 for One Week of Children's Baseball Camp ($190 Value)
Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Choose from the following session dates and locations:
- July 9 to July 13 at Harbor High School
- July 16 to July 20 at Cabrillo College
- July 23 to July 27 at Cabrillo College
Camp days begin with a group stretching session and drills for agility and throwing. Instructors then marshal players through a six-station circuit, where they absorb personalized lessons on hitting, throwing, and fielding techniques. Base-running exercises boost speed, while wiffle-ball games and scrimmages impart game-play instincts. The staff ensure that all players remain within their comfort zone and skill level throughout the session.
Santa Cruz Baseball School
Local coach Bob Kittle is both a fixture and good omen in Santa Cruz baseball. He nabbed the position of head coach at Cabrillo College after a 13-year stint at Santa Cruz High School, where he passed 47 players—12 of whom carried Division I scholarships—on to four-year schools. After seven Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League title wins and a community effort that saw Bill Dodge Field built, he now guides college players toward burgeoning baseball careers. He prefers to focus on the willpower behind the sport, telling the Santa Cruz Sentinel that "winning and success will take care of itself" when his students are devoted.
Bob runs the Santa Cruz Baseball School as a year-round venue for players to hone their on-the-field skills. Through the nonprofit organization, he coaches kids with private lessons, high-school leagues, and recruiting tips to impress colleges, such as how to tell the difference between a diamond and a parallelogram. The school's summer camps engage 7- to 14-year-olds with game-play drills and speed-boosting techniques. Past instructors include Neil Walton of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Lauren Gagnier of the Detroit Tigers.