Marietta College will be hosting the "BSN Sports Camp of Champs" starting next Monday.
There will be two day camps for kids ages 8-14. The first will be from July 9-11, and the second will be from July 16-18. Both camps cost $125, and run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Then, on July 29 through August 1, there will be a residential camp for kids in grades 7-12. This camp costs $295.
Mike Deegan, who recently accepted the baseball head coaching position at Denison University, will run the two day camps, while head coach Brian Brewer will run the residential camp. Also helping out at the camp will be several assistant coaches and current players.
Currently there are about 30 kids signed up for the first camp, and they are accepting walk-ups the day of.
"We feel good about the numbers," Deegan said. "It's all teaching at instruction. It's a good experience for the kids."
Deegan will help out at the camp as his last duty as a Pioneer, as he will then be focusing on his duties with the Denison program.
The camp will consist of hitting sessions, pitching sessions and fielding sessions. "It's all about instruction," Deegan said. "We don't' go out there and say 'Go play!' We try to help them learn something about the game. It's important to teach them things."
While the goal of the camp is to improve the kids' baseball skills, Deegan admitted that recruiting is always in the back of a coach's mind at events like this.
"It's something you always keep in mind," Deegan said. "You can see the talent with some kids, even at a young age. It's kind of our nature to watch guys like that.
"The main thing is instruction, but if we see a player we like, we flag them and learn about them. We follow their progression. If a player performs in camp, they definitely stick out on our radar."