2013 Kentucky Wildcat Baseball School
March 29, 2013
Dear Parents and Campers,
Our Camps are specifically designed to help players improve their individual skills. The drill work and one-on-one instruction have made Wildcat Baseball Camps an incredible success and we are dedicated to continuing this instructional excellence again this year.
We have assembled an "All-Star" staff to work closely with each camper and teach him the proper techniques to succeed in baseball. Our instructors will consist of UK Baseball Coaches, current and former UK players, as well as outstanding local high school and college coaches. This staff will provide a terrific learning environment for each camper to show us his baseball talents.
All of our summer camps will be held in Cliff Hagan Stadium. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wildcat Baseball School
Youth - Ages 6-14
Offers the young player the opportunity to improve their baseball skills in a fun and positive learning atmosphere. Includes baseball fundamentals, drill work specifically designed to improve skills, and simulated game situations. Every camper is videotaped to ensure the highest quality hitting and throwing analysis by our staff.
- Session 1: Monday, June 10th – Thursday, June 13th (9am – 3pm)
- Session 2: Monday, June 17th – Thursday, June 20th (9am – 3pm)
- Session 3: Monday, June 24th – Thursday, June 27th (9am – 3pm)
- Session 4: Monday, July 15th – Thursday, July 18th (9am – 3pm)
Half-day camp: 9 am to 12 pm - $150
Full-day camp: 9 am to 3 pm - $250
Head Coach Gary Henderson
Long considered one of the top pitching coaches in college baseball, Gary Henderson is in his fifth year as the head coach of Kentucky and his 10th season overall with the Wildcats after spending five seasons as the associate head coach.
Henderson, who was UK's associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and pitching coach for five years before becoming the 25th head coach in the history of Wildcat baseball on June 6, 2008, has been a cornerstone in the success of the UK program over the past nine years, the best nine-year run in the over 100-year history of the program.
The UK head coach is coming off a 2012 campaign that ranked as the best in the history of the program, with Henderson voted Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year by the league coaches. Henderson directed the Wildcats to a school-record 45-win season, with UK completing its best finishes in the SEC and NCAA Tournaments in school annals.
A former national assistant coach of the year in 1996 at Florida, Henderson is in his second collegiate head coaching job, with assistant coaching stops at San Diego State, Fullerton State, Riverside CC, Pepperdine, Florida and Oregon State. Henderson's head coaching experience came as the head coach at Chapman University (Calif.), where he helped transition the program to Division I, guiding the program to a national ranking in just its first year.
The 2012 campaign features a bevy of record-setting statistics, with Henderson's pitching staff setting new program records in saves (22), innings pitched (570), strikeouts (502) and opponent average (.260). UK also set a new program standard with a .976 fielding mark. A key piece of the UK 2012 season was the dynamic Wildcats bullpen, which owned a staggering 40-0 record when leading after seven innings and a 32-1 mark when leading after four frames. Overall, UK's bullpen owned a 17-6 record, a 2.97 ERA, with 22 saves and a .235 opponent average.
Henderson's 2012 season also marked a season of firsts for the UK program, as UK was ranked No. 1 in the nation for three weeks in the middle of SEC play, the first No. 1 national ranking for the program. UK finished the 2012 season with a No. 11 national ranking by Baseball America and the No. 14 NCAA RPI, both program highs, leading the SEC a record eight of 10 weeks and winning seven of its 10 weekend series, also a program first. UK ran up a school-record 22-game winning streak, the second-longest winning stretch in the storied history of the SEC and won its first ever series over a No. 1 ranked team, taking two of three games from LSU at home when UK ranked as high as No. 2.
Following the season, a school-record nine UK players were selected in the 2012 MLB Draft, the second-most in the NCAA and the Wildcats sent a nation-leading nine players from its 2013 roster to play in the Cape Cod League or on the USA Collegiate National Team. Henderson's impact on the UK program can be seen directly in the amount of talent it is producing, as UK has averaged a staggering 7.29 MLB Draft picks or free agent signings since 2006, after averaging 2.17 MLB Draft picks per season before the 2006 SEC Championship season. In addition, UK ranks second in the NCAA with 15 players on its 2013 roster that have been drafted in their careers, speaking to a dearth of talent on the club.
During the summer of 2012, Henderson started working with USA Baseball, serving as an instructor during the USA Baseball 14-U National Development Team Program, joining Arizona State head coach Tim Esmay on the USA staff, along with former New York Yankees general manager Bob Watson.Henderson and his wife, Vicki, have two sons, Alex and Ty.
How to Register
Our camps fill up quickly and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration may be completed by mail or online.
Mail: Complete the attached registration form, include check or money order for full amount or nonrefundable deposit ($50) and mail no later than two weeks from the first day of camp to:
2013 University of Kentucky Wildcat Baseball School
Accounting Office, Joe Craft Center, 338 Lexington Avenue
Lexington, KY 40506-0604
Online: Online registration available. Full payments or $50 deposit, by credit card and electronic checks, are accepted for online registration. Online registration will be open through noon on the Friday before camp begins.
In person: In the event that space is available, walk-up registrations will be accepted. A $10 late fee will apply
for walk-up registration. Cash or personal or cashier/certified checks only.
A $50 non-refundable deposit must accompany each application. Camp fee includes camp t-shirt and lunch. Note: campers attending more than one session will receive one t-shirt. Balance may be paid at camp check-in in the form of cash, personal checks, or cashier/certified check.
Medical Information and Requirements
The University of Kentucky requires:
- a signed Parental Consent Statement (also included in the camp brochure ),
- proof of a physical, dated within one year of camp. (The physical may be mailed separately from the application or presented to the camp trainer at check-in) Physician's Statement is acceptable in lieu of a physical, and
- a copy of the front and back of camper's health insurance card.
Campers will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of application and deposit.
Checklist of Things to Bring
Baseball items: one cap, one pair of tennis-type shoes (no spikes), baseball glove, bat, practice shorts, baseball pants or sweat pants, athletic socks, supporter, practice shirts. All campers may wish to bring spending money for souvenirs and concessions. All personal items should be labeled. We ask that you please do not bring valuables.
Sibling discount available for families with more than one camper.
1 camper: Regular Price • 2 camper(s): Save $15!
Multi-camp discount available to campers attending multiple sessions.
2 camps: Save $30! • 3 camps: Save $45!
Team discounts of 5 or more campers from the same team are available, call for more info.
859-257-8052 • firstname.lastname@example.org