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FAQ - Camps

Check-In

When and where do we check in?

Check-in for overnight campers will be on Sunday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at West Nottingham Academy.

Check-in for day campers will begin Monday morning at 8:15 am at The Ripken Experience, Aberdeen. Check-in for the rest of the week will begin at 8:45 am.

Facilities

Is there seating for Family members and fans?

Yes, each field features grass berm seating and/or bleachers. Fans may bring portable chairs and canopies into the complex

May I bring my own food and drink?

Yes. However, we have a strict "leave no trace" trash policy. 

Are smoking or alcoholic beverages allowed?

No alcohol or tobacco products will be permitted on any of our complexes. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in ejection from the property.

May I bring my pet?

Pets are not permitted at any complex unless they are necessary for documented medical purposes. Boarding kennels are located near each complex.

Will first aid staff be present?

Yes, a full-service first aid team will be on site to handle any emergency situations or routine medical needs.

General Info

Are parents/guardians allowed to watch camp sessions?

Yes, parents/guardians may watch camp sessions from various seating areas around the complex.

A list of team assignments and afternoon game schedules will be shared via email to the address used to register.

What will happen in the event of Inclement weather?

We will try to remain as on-schedule as possible with baseball-related activities. This includes moving instruction to the concourse level of Ripken Stadium or our covered batting cages and turf practice areas.

If the fields are judged unsafe, we will suspend, postpone, reschedule, or cancel games/sessions as needed.

Injuries / Emergencies

We work in conjunction with MedStar Sports Medicine to provide a certified athletic trainer at all of our baseball camp programs. In the event of injuries, the trainer will provide an initial evaluation and recommend that the camper resume playing, rest in the shade/indoors, or be sent to a local medical facility for a more detailed evaluation.

Where is the closest hospital?

Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace is 7 miles from the Aberdeen complex and 11 miles from West Nottingham Academy. Parents are notified immediately if a camper needs to be transported to the hospital or emergency room.

 

Overnight Camp Information

What kinds of activities are offered at night?

Possibilities include trips to Wilmington BlueRocks games, swimming at the Aberdeen Swim Center, bowling, miniature golf, and field day.

We use a reputable bus service to transport campers to these activities, and each driver goes through an extensive background check.

What are the food options for overnight campers?

Breakfast and dinner will be served at the West Nottingham cafeterias, and lunch will be catered on-site at the Ripken Experience Aberdeen complex for all campers. Vegetarian options are available, and all food is served peanut-oil free.

What should overnight campers pack?

A suggested packing guide for overnight campers can be found here.

Is there 24 hour supervision?

Yes. Camp staff stay overnight with campers in the dorms, and there is also a security staff person on site from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am at West Nottingham Academy.

Is there a nurse to dispense medicine?

Yes, there will be a certified nurse at West Nottingham Academy at all times when the baseball campers are there.

Can overnight campers receive mail?

Yes. Please make sure that mail will arrive between Monday through Thursday of the week your camper will be attending. Mail can be addressed to:

(Name), Ripken Baseball Camps, 873 Long Drive Aberdeen, MD 21001

Parking & Admission

Are there parking fees or gate fees?

No, parking and admission are free at every Ripken Complex.

Is there handicap accessible parking?

Yes.

Is there transportation from the parking lots to the entrance to the fields?

Yes, golf carts will be provided upon request for those who need assistance.

Registration & Policies

What is required to register?

A 20% deposit is due at the time of registration for Experience Camp, and a 50% deposit for Rookie Camp and Skills Camp. Final remaining balances are due 45 days in advance of the camp.

what is cancellation protection?

Cancellation Protection (CP) is a $50 non-refundable option that entitles you to the following in the event of cancellation:

  • If canceled 14 or more days in advance of camp, then all registration fees are refundable, minus CP
  • If canceled within 14 days of camp, then all registration fees are available as a credit towards the following calendar year, minus CP

What are your Payment, Credit, and refund policies for camps?

The camp payment, credit, refund, and cancellation policies can be found here.

WHAT IS THE AGE CUT-OFF for campers?

All eligible campers must be age-appropriate prior to arriving to the first day of camp. For example, a Rookie camper must be 7 years old prior to the first day of camp.

What to Expect

What is the ratio of campers to staff members?

The overall camper-to-staff ratio is 8:1. This includes all coaches, counselors, and Ripken Baseball staff.

Is there position-specific Instruction?

Week-Long Experience campers will receive position-specific instruction. Each camper chooses a primary and a secondary position to focus on throughout their week of camp.

Skills campers receive instruction specific to their personal set of skills, and Rookie Camps are designed to introduce campers to all facets of the game of baseball.

Are awards given out?

We honor one camper per team with a "Gatorade Will to Win" award. It is presented to campers who display a passion, hustle, hard work, leadership, team work, and a competitive spirit.

We also hold contests throughout the week and provide prizes for the winners.

Do you provide camper evaluations?

All campers will receive a written evaluation from their coach, and an exit packet of drills and tips at the end of the week.

Will any of the ripkens be there?

Yes, one of the Ripkens will be present at each camp each week. However, due to their busy schedules, we cannot guarantee which day Cal or Bill will make an appearance.

How do you address camper behavior and conduct?

Please see our Camper Code of Conduct on page 2 for more information about expectations in the camp setting.

What to Bring to Camp

What should overnight campers pack?

A suggested packing guide for overnight campers can be found here.

Can campers bring personal property/electronics?

Yes. However, Ripken Baseball will not be responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items. Counselors and instructors have the authority to confiscate any items used inappropriately for the duration of the camp.

Should Campers bring their own equipment?

It is highly encouraged that all campers bring their own equipment, with their names clearly labeled on everything. We will provide bats, helmets, baseballs, and catching gear, but campers must bring their own gloves and cleats.


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