PEMBROKE — High school baseball players will have six opportunities later this summer and fall to play in front of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke baseball team’s coaching staff during the Paul O’Neil Top Prospect Camps.
O’Neil and his staff will host six one-day sessions at Sammy Cox Field starting in August and ending in October. The camps will be held on August 18 and 25, September 8 and 22, and October 6 and 27.
O’Neil said the camps have been “very rewarding” from a recruiting standpoint in previous years, noting how many current and former UNCP players caught the team’s attention by attending one of the sessions.
The registration cost for an athlete to attend one of the sessions is $110. For those wanting to attend multiple sessions, the rates are as follows: Two camps for $195; three camps for $280; four camps for $440; five camps for $550; and all six camps for $660.
Interested players are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as the capacity for each session is 50 campers.
Campers in each session will play in two live games and participate in a variety of workouts including batting practice in the cages, timed 60s and bullpen sessions for secondary-position pitchers.
Pitchers will throw two innings apiece in the live game.
Assistant coach Alex Pearce said the camps feature opportunities for participants to be evaluated on more than just basic drills and workouts.
“You might be better in a game than in a workout,” Pearce said. “We do a workout and a game, so it helps us find guys and scratch guys off.”
Both Pearce and assistant coach Collins Cuthrell graduated from UNCP after spending their collegiate careers with the Braves. Along with assistant Jeff Jefferson and O’Neil, they will be coordinating the camp and providing instruction for the campers.
The coaching staff guided the Braves to a 39-15 record this season capped the year off with their second-straight appearance in the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Cuthrell said the camps give the coaches a chance to see players outside of their high school games or larger events, such as the Powerade State Games. He had one piece of advice for athletes interested in attending the camps.
“Just play as hard as you can,” Cuthrell said.
All campers will be required to bring their own equipment as well as something to eat for lunch, as neither will be provided by the team.
For more information on the UNCP baseball camps, email [email protected]
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