Yes in the last several years that we have run the camp we have had coaches and players form Marian H.S., Andrean H.S., Mt. Carmel H.S. Thornton Fractional North H.S., Brother Rice H.S., Lewis University, Illinois Benedictine College, South Suburbans College, St, Francis Joliet College, as well as several form MLB players. MOST notably former MLB player and current Philadelphia Phillies coach Mickey Morandini has been a huge supporter and fantastic coach at the camp. The attendance of special coaches is directly contingent upon availabilities however we intend to continue this tradition this year as we find that the players as well as our own coaching staff truly enjoy this part of the camp.
INDOOR WINTER BASEBALL CAMP
It is SIMPLY the BEST & AFFORDABLE instructional baseball camp in the south suburbs, northwest Indiana area!
Our Indoor Winter camp is an excellent opportunity for your ball player to receive fundamental instruction in multiple areas during the cold snowy months of January, February, & March.
The areas covered include but are not limited to:
The camp is the perfect way to introduce the game to the young player or kids who have not played the game before.
If your player has played in their local in-house league, you will quickly notice the different style of coaching that you don’t see often in those type of leagues.
In addition if your son is preparing to attend tryouts for his high school team , then you do not want to miss this camp. We will see that your son is prepared both mentally and physically for this event.
This is a great question which requires quite a long answer. However we will try and provide a brief overview.
As stated there are 6 divisions, THUNDER TYKES (5 & 7 yrs. old), PEE WEES (8 & 9 yrs. old), MINORS, MAJORS (10 & 11 yrs. old), BIG LEAGUE (12 & 13years old), & HIGH SCHOOL (freshman thru seniors). In addition to the different ages WITHIN each division there will be a different level of experience, abilities, knowledge and so forth. While MANY of the drills are structured for the entire group to perform some “other” drills or stations will be set up to focus on beginning, intermediate, and advance skills. These stations will change from session to session and the players will be moved in and out of different groups to maximize the appropriate instruction we can provide.
Since we will be covering such things as; base running, sliding, lead-offs, ground balls, fly balls, batting stance, tee work, balance, weight placement, torso vs arm swing, bat grip, head placement, dominant eye awareness, double plays, pitching form, stretch vs. wind-up, arm strength, pick-off, balks, athletic balance, quickness, focus, relay, catching, blocking, tags, batting box presence, signs, rules, and more we will be constantly tweaking the groups within the division and areas of instruction each group will receive.
The Illiana Thunderbolt Indoor Winter Camp is perfect for beginners as well as advanced experienced players. Your ball player will be assigned to a group of players with like similar ability/experience.
Much of the camp is dedicated to conditioning/exercise, which of course is perfect for the winter months.
In addition, our coaches will tailor the instruction and drills to provide the proper level of training for the players regardless their level of experience and ability.
NO. EVERYONE of age is eligible and welcome to attend one of our camps. You can be playing for your in-town team or any other travel program and you are welcome to participate in our winter camp.
The ENTIRE camp begins Sunday January 3, 2016 and ends on Sunday April 3, 2016
You can choose one of three plans we have set up.
The 1st plan is called MINI CAMP 1 . This is a 3 session camp that will be held on the following Sundays; January 3, 10, 17 2016.
That is 3 Sundays that your player can attend if you choose the MINI CAMP 1.
The second plan is MINI CAMP TWO. This is a 3 session camp that will be held on the following Sundays; February 14, 21, 28, 2016
That is 3 Sundays that your player can attend if you choose the MINI CAMP 2.
The third plan is SPRING TRAINING CAMP. This is a 4 session camp that will be held on the following Sundays; March 6, 13, 20, & April 3, 2016.
That is 4 Sundays that your player can attend if you choose the SPRING TRAINING CAMP .
THE BEST VALUE IS TO CHOOSE ALL 3 CAMPS.
That is 10 Sundays that your player can attend if you choose ALL 3 CAMPS that will be held on the following Sundays; January 3, 10, 17, February 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20, & April 3, 2016.
We have 6 divisions in which you can enroll your player.
THUNDER TYKES – 5 & 6 yrs. old
PEE WEE DIVISION 7, & 8 yrs.old
MINORS – 9 & 10 yrs. old
MAJORS DIVISION – 11 & 12 yrs. old
BIG LEAGUE DIVISION – 13 & 14 yrs. old
HIGH SCHOOL – Freshman thru Senior
THUNDER TYKES camp(s) begins at 3:00pm and ends at 4:30pm.
PEE WEE camp(s) begins at 3:00pm and ends at 5:00pm.
MINORS camp (s) begins at 5:00pm and ends at 7:00pm.
MAJORS camp(s) begins at 5:00pm and ends at 7:00pm.
BIG LEAGUE camp(s) begins at 5:00pm and ends at 9:00pm.
HIGH SCHOOL camp(s) begins at 5:00pm and ends at 9:00pm.
No you must use the AGE MATRIX that is used by all organized baseball teams. You can find this chart at: www.illianathunderbolts.com/agematrix. Or look at the following info. You can see this matrix by clicking on this link. AGE MATRIX LINK
Our THUNDER TYKES & PEE-WEE Divivions are perfect for both boys and girls.
The older camps are generally reserved for boys only but exceptions can be made based on the ability and experience of your daughter at the older age.
Your player should be dressed ready for a strenuous work-out each and every session
PANTS – Casual baseball attire. Baseball pants, sweats, are best, we discourage shorts.
SHIRTS – T-shirt or jerseys are fine.
SHOES – GYM shoes, turf shoes, etc. NO SPIKES!!,
HAT- Please remember to wear a baseball hat.
MITT – Some players have multiple mitts, one for infield. outfield, 1st base, catcher, bring whatever your player uses.
BAT – Yes if your player has one, If you do not have one you DO NOT need to buy one, we will provide bats
HELMET – Yes if your player has one, If you do not have one you DO NOT need to buy one, we will provide helmets
CUP – Yes (for male players)
WATER – YES, or gatorade or other sport drinks
BASEBALLS – Nope we got that covered
BASEBALL BAG – Best way to keep everything organized.
WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE ALL PLAYERS TO HAVE THEIR NAMES ON THEIR EQUIPMENT. You will surprised how many players have the exact same bats/mitts, etc.
Sure, we have had MANY coaches bring their whole or part of the team to our camp. Its a great way to get more indoor work done before the season starts.
Since we have over 120 hours of rental time there is a lot of flexibility.
In the last 7 years we have worked with over 35 different teams and organizations with everyone very happy with the results.
Please contact us at 708-473-5051 to find out how we can make this arrangement work for your organization as well as for the entire success
of the camp.
Absolutely! We love having parents help out. We will hook you up with one of our coaches and have you work at a station helping the players while they are there. If your player has an older brother or uncle, etc. invite them as well.
It is very simple and only takes about two minutes to register on line by going tohttp://illianathunderbolts.com/wp/2016-winter-camp.
You can also download a hard copy registration form and fill it out and mail it in. That is available at:http://illianathunderbolts.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2016-WINTERCAMP-REG-FRM.pdf
No that is not what this camp is about. This camp is simply for the opportunity for the ballplayers to have fun and learn some baseball during the cold wintery months.
In the past we have had some parents ask us about our program and if their players could play on one of teams.
We treat these inquiries on a case by case basis.
Since we have 3 age divisions and 3 different camp sessions the prices vary. Here they are:
All the prices are listed on this page: http://illianathunderbolts.com/wp/2019-winter-camp-2/
We do our best to try and keep the costs manageable. Please feel free to compare these costs to ANY other baseball camp that offers as much time, teaching, and experience as your player will receive at the Illiana Thunderbolt camp.
Yes, there are bleachers set up at one end of the facility where you relax, read a book, and watch your player work out.
There is a strict NO food policy (this includes sunflower seeds) on the field. The facility has a complete restaurant for food and drinks.
You can make a payment on line with a debit or credit card. Click here to be taken to that page:https://squareup.com/market/illiana-thunderbolts
Or you can mail in a check withe printable registration form located at: http://illianathunderbolts.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2016-WINTERCAMP-REG-FRM.pdf
You will need to send at least a $25.00 deposit to guarantee a spot in camp. The balance can be paid at a later date or arrangements can be made to make extend the payment over time.
Yes, we do. please deduct $20 off the fee for each sibling that signs up.
Yes it is, provided there is room.
Yes you can send your questions via email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or text or call 708-473-5051.
Yes in the last several years that we have run the camp we have had coaches and players form Marian H.S., Andrean H.S., Mt. Carmel H.S. Thornton Fractional North H.S., Brother Rice H.S., Lewis University, Illinois Benedictine College, South Suburbans College, St, Francis Joliet College, as well as several form MLB players.
MOST notably former MLB player and current Philadelphia Phillies coach Mickey Morandini has been a huge supporter and fantastic coach at the camp.
The attendance of special coaches is directly contingent upon availabilities however we intend to continue this tradition this year as we find that the players as well as our own coaching staff truly enjoy this part of the camp.