Green Wave Baseball to host Parent/Child Under the Lights Camp

For the past few years the Green Wave Baseball program has offered youth baseball camps during the summer, but next month the program is hosting its first Parent/Child Under the Lights Baseball Camp.

The Green Wave Baseball program is giving parents the opportunity to play catch with their kids under the lights.

Summerville High School will host its first Parent/Child Under the Lights Baseball Camp July 15-18. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., fathers or/and mothers will join their sons or/and daughters at Green Wave Park for baseball instruction and fun. The camp is designed to help those age 6-14 improve their baseball skills.

“We wanted to do something different,” Green Wave Baseball coach Bo Charpia said. “Getting the fathers, or in some cases the mothers, out here under the lights to learn about baseball and participate in a camp with their kids should be exciting. One of the things we want to do is to teach the parents how to coach so they can coach their kids at home.”

Registration for the camp costs $85 and includes a camp T-shirt for both a camper and parent. Discounts are available for families with more than one camper.

The camp will focus on the same pitching, hitting and fielding fundamentals emphasized during the Green Wave Baseball’s Fundamentals and Fun Summer Baseball Camp hosted in June that attracted approximately 50 campers. Plus, the July camp will include some parent-related twists.

“Alan Bridges and I were talking about how great our dads were when we were kids regarding what an influence they had on us taking an interest in baseball and then helping us with the sport,” Charpia said. “If we can help other parents do that for their kid it would be great.”

Camp instruction will be provided by members of the SHS coaching staff, Green Wave players and former Green Wave players. Guest speakers will also talk to campers. During past camps, speakers have included current and former college coaches and athletes.

“When you consider how expensive private lessons can be our camp is a good bargain,” Charpia said. “One great thing about moving the camp to the high school’s facilities is we can teach campers rain or shine. We have access to covered batting cages and a gym where we can teach campers and do things like play Whiffle Ball.”

Registration is open for campers of all experience and skill level. Organizers are encouraging youngsters to register even if a parent can’t attend. Charpia is searching for coaches who would be willing to volunteer to provide general baseball instruction if needed to keep the camper-to-coach/parent ratio low.

Campers should wear baseball pants, baseball shoes and a hat and should use their own equipment (glove, helmet and bat). Water will be provided.

For more information on the camp, contact Charpia at rocharpia@dorchester2.k12.sc.us or (843) 478-6133.