America's Baseball Camps by SKLZ is back in Pittsburgh for our 5th annual Pittsburgh Pro Summer High School Baseball Camp. Our camp is designed to provide the high school player intense instruction in all aspects of the game. Our camps are known nationally for a "non-standing around" approach meaning players get the maximum amount of work in daily while receiving verbal assessment of their skills throughout the week from our experienced staff of coaches.
With up to 28 hours of practice drills and game play and our low player-to-coach ratio, your high school player will get the tools he needs to take his game to the next level and beyond. Eat, live and breathe the game with us while we train daily at Shady Side Academy, a terrific high school baseball facility in east Pittsburgh.
For your convenience, America's Baseball Camps has two options to meet your camp needs.
Package #1: Day Camp Option (no accommodations)
Package #2: Overnight Staying w/ other Players Option (dorm room included in camp fees)
Professional Pitching Mechanics or Swing Video Analysis
Players will be evaluated personally with Video Analysis software and have the chance to have their swing and/or their pitching mechanics broken down by a Professional Instructor. Professional Instructors will provide an evaluation of feedback, changes and recommend drills to help fix or improve your swing and/or your pitching mechanics.
Check out our One Day Hitting Camp!
We will be conducting an extensive Hitting Camp on July 11th from 1:00pm-6:00pm. This camp will cover every aspect of hitting and is a great way to "kick off" the week.
Airport Pick-up / Drop-off
For our out-of-town campers, we provide airport pick-up and drop-off at the Pittsburgh International Airport.
All options are available on the Registration Page.
Detailed Camp Description
Location, Dates and Times
Camp will be conducted at:
Shady Side Academy
423 Fox Chapel Rd
July 11th: 1:00pm - 6:00pm (Optional Hitting Camp)
July 12th 9:00am - 3:30pm
July 13th 9:00am - 3:30pm
July 14th 9:00am - 3:30pm
July 15th 9:00am - 2:00pm
All Campers should check in at the main baseball diamond at The Shady Side Academy by 8:30am on the morning of the 12th (hitting campers check in at Shady Side Academy by 12:30pm on the 11th).
Attention Fly-In Players without parents (ones we are picking up from the airport): Players need to do their best to arrive before 4:00pm on July 11th. If you are attending the hitting camp please do your best to arrive before 11:00am so we can get you to camp on time. If you arrive later than 11:00am for hitting camp this is ok, it will just be a little tighter for us. On the last day of camp, the camp will end at 2:00pm, so schedule your departure out of Pittsburgh International Airport sometime between 4:00pm and 6:00pm if possible, can be earlier if necessary. We would however prefer you to do your best in scheduling your return flight as close to the 4:00pm to 6:00pm time slot as possible.
Daily Schedule Breakdown
Typical Day at Camp
09:00am: Roll call
09:10am: Break into groups/teams
09:20am: Warm up/Stretch
10:00am: Station work... (Infield, Outfield, Hitting, Pitching, Catching, Baserunning)
12:30pm: Station work... (Infield, Outfield, Hitting, Pitching, Catching, Baserunning)
*Discussion and demonstration precedes all station work*
03:40pm: Overnight Campers proceed back to accommodations
06:30pm: Group Activity
08:30pm: Free Time
10:30pm: Lights out
As a player you will be evaluated by a professional eye and receive hands on, intense baseball training. Our goal as a staff is to provide you with the tools to better your game, increase your knowledge, skill and confidence and assist in getting you to the next level of play and beyond.
This is what you can expect to work on while at camp:
Stance, Balance, Mechanics, Situational Hitting & Swing Path for hitting
Mental preparation and Hitting Philosophy
Hand-eye coordination drills for all aspects of the game
Opposite field hitting (staying inside the baseball)
Hitting with two strikes - Hitting Off-speed pitches
Situational hitting including Bunting
Base Running with Leads, Steals, etc.
Infield play-corner play & middle infield play
Infield mechanics, huge reps, tweaks, turns, feeds
Outfield play - including throwing from the outfield
Outfield play- routes, positions, jumps, footwork
Pitchers throw during daily scrimmages
Pitching - balance, delivery, pitches, grips & more
Pitching mechanics with fixes all weeklong
Catcher Skills - receiving, blocking, throwing & more
Daily scrimmage games to put all together!
Note: All players will also have the option to train in multiple positions and specific areas of their choice.
What to bring
Remember to label all equipment, equipment bags and belongings with your name and contact info.
Baseball Pants (at least 2 pair)
Baseball T-shirts or jerseys
Baseball socks and sliding (compression) shorts
Cleats or spikes
Baseball bat and batting gloves
Helmet (if you have one)
Baseball glove (mitt for catchers)
Catchers gear (catchers only)
Long sleeve shirts or pullover jacket
Additional items to bring
IMPORTANT! Photo copy of the front and back of your health insurance card
Signed Health & Release forms
Linens (twin beds), pillow and blanket or sleeping bag for dorm room
Toiletries (including powder or spray for sweat rashes)
Pants, shorts & shirts for night activities
Tennis shoes (or other comfortable shoes for after camp)
Spending money (we recommend $100.00)
Calling Card or Cell Phone
Sun Block & SPF Lip Balm (Chapstick)
Recommend a small fan for evenings (can get hot in Ojai)
Towels for showers and for after pool use
Meals / Snacks
We will provide three meals a day for overnight campers and lunch will be provided at the fields each day for both the day and overnight campers.
Shady Side Academy
423 Fox Chapel Rd
Local Areas of Interest
Pittsburgh is a beautiful, dynamic city full of sights and attractions sure to please the avid sports fan, history enthusiast or culture seeker. Whether you're in town for a visit, or just looking for something new to try, Pittsburgh offers something for everyone.
Things to do and see:
· Mt. Washington and the Inclines
· The National Aviary
· Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
· Andy Warhol Museum
· The Strip
· Carnegie Science Center & UPMC Sportsworks
For all emergencies dial 800-222-8152 and an America's Baseball Camps staff member will give you any assistance needed.
This is an America's Baseball Camps (ABC) Experience. ABC was started by Ben Boulware, a former professional player in the Chicago White Sox Organization, in 1997. In its 14 years of existence, ABC has grown from a 10-location day camp company to one of the largest baseball instruction companies in the world. ABC now has over 400 locations in 29 states and 4 countries and is continuing to grow each year. We offer coaches clinics and a variety of camps from day camps, overnight camps to weeklong camps in destinations coast to coast. We are dedicated to taking your game to the next level so no matter what your need is or where you are, we've got the camp for you!
America's Baseball Camps is proud to be powered by SKZL. The most complete baseball training aid company in the world, for over 10 years SKLZ continues to lead in the development of baseball practice equipment for youth, college and professional athletes. The training lineup has expanded from the Hit-A-Way, to multiple swing trainers, batting tees, training bats, practice nets and now a pitching machine. Today more than ever our mantra remains the same: it's what you do off the field that makes all the difference.