CARDINAL KIDS CAMP FOR SOFTBALL THURSDAY...ALL SKILLS CAMP FRIDAY
The University of Louisville softball program will have camps to end this week at Ulmer Stadium on the Don Dobina Field.
Thursday's camp is designed for the 6-12 year olds and there is a morning and evening session. Louisville Softball players and the coaching staff will teach campers the basic fundamentals of softball: throwing, catching, fielding and hitting. Check in is at 8:30 a.m. for the morning session and it runs until noon. The evening session has a 5:30 pm check-in and runs until 9 p.m.
Fee is $50 for either session Thursday
Friday is the All-Skills Camp, intended for players who are graduating from 2022 to 2027. As you can imagine, this one is a little more intense and goes through various position group (infielders, outfielders, catchers and pitchers). 8:30 a.m. to noon is the opening session (for locals only) and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.is the evening session.
Fee is $60 for wither session, unless you're a pitcher that doesn't bat, then it's $40.
Most of the UofL sports programs have camps for the youth and they are an excellent way to learn the game from those who have played it and coached it at the collegiate level. It's also a good fund-raiser for the programs.
So often...we here of a player who has committed to a particular school and they'll often mention that one of the things that got them interested in (name your school) is partially due to the fact that they attended camps there when they were younger.
It also gives the coaching staff a chance to evaluate some of the best talent around the region. I read of a high school coach who sent 3/4th of his program to a camp at the college in the high school's home town and that high school team later went to the state finals in their division. Several of the "campers" ended up attending the university as well to play softball over the next few years. .
A DI softball program can give out a maximum of 12 scholarships a season. These can be a mix of full ride and/or partial scholarships. Right now, the UofL roster shows 15 players for the 2023 season, but that does not include any freshmen. The 2022 roster, just for example, had seven freshmen on it. Obviously, coaches are free to distribute the scholarships as they feel best, How many of them will be on scholarship we have no way of knowing right now, but you can bet Holly Aprile and her staff have been very busy getting the "Class of 2026" on campus.
We hope all the campers at Don Dobina Field have a great time later this week, and, you never know -- the coaches and players just might be seeing some of the Cardinals future stars.
Contact number for Softball camps is (502) 852-5344