Racers to host multiple summer camps

Murray State baseball hosts a large group of kids at a summer camp day. (Photo by Gage Johnson/TheNews)

Story by Brianna Hunter

Contributing writer

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With Murray State Athletics offseason in full swing, multiple sports have announced summer camp dates for kids of all ages.

Head football coach Mitch Stewart announced three different camps that will be taking place this summer. The first Friday Night Lights camp is open to rising freshmen through seniors and will take place June 14. The second Friday Night Lights camp will take place June 21. Both camps run from 6:15 p.m. until 9 p.m.

In between the two Friday Night Lights camps will be the Air Assault High School Quarterback Academy. This camp is overnight during June 18-19, beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and ending at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The Air Assault High School Quarterback Academy is open to rising 7th graders to seniors. Registration for the football camps can be done at MitchStewartFootballCamps.com, and for more information contact Brandon Corbin at bcorbin3@murraystate.edu or (270)-809-6257.

Head softball coach Kara Amundson announced a couple of day camps for 8th graders and older. The day camps are held at Racer Field on Aug. 10 and 11 running from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The campers will receive direction from current University coaching faculty and players. The campers will practice their throwing, fielding, pitching, catching, base running and hitting. The campers will also have the opportunity to play high-level games. The cost of the camps are $200, which includes lunch and a T-shirt. Registration is still open and for more information contact Amundson at kamundson@murraystate.edu or (270)-809-3748.

In men’s basketball, there will be three individual camps and one team camp.

The first individual camp is a youth camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 17. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 10-12, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday June 13. Lunch is provided Monday through Wednesday as a part of the camp fee and each camper will receive a T-shirt, basketball and certificate of participation. The cost is $195 for each individual.

The mini camp will take place June 24 through June 27 for boys and girls ages 5 to 7. It begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. daily. Each camper receives a T-shirt, basketball and certificate of participation. The cost is $95 for each child.

The second youth camp takes place July 29 through July 31 for boys and girls ages 7 to entering seventh grade. Lunch is provided during the camp as a part of the fee. The cost is $170 for each individual. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The individual camps are at the CFSB center and provide instruction for young players in the fundamentals of the game. Campers will receive instruction from experienced instructors, as well as current and former players. There will be daily drills, competitions and games. Adult supervision for each camp begins at 8 a.m.

The team camp allows teams from all over to play in the CFSB Center. The team camp will be officiated by NCAA officials and certified Kentucky High School officials. There is a one-day camp, which costs $225 per team, and the two day camp costs $450 per team. The team camp takes place June 14 and June 15.

For more information on these camps, contact Michael Chapman at (772)-631-4592 or the University Basketball Office at (270)-809-6804.

In women’s basketball, a team camp will be taking place June 18 through June 20 for high school, middle school and travel players. For the one day camp, the cost is $40 ($30 per player excluding food) per player with food included in the fee and a three-game guarantee and T-shirt. The two day camp cost is $50 ($40 per player excluding food) per player including food, a six-game guarantee and T-shirt. The three day camp cost is $60 ($50 per player excluding food) per player including food, a nine-game guarantee and T-shirt. For more information, contact (270)-809-4497.

Women’s basketball Assistant Coach Amber Guffey rebounds free throw shots for a camper. (Photo by Gage Johnson/TheNews)

The Elite Day Camps are designed for players who have hopes of playing in college. The first Elite Day Camp will take place June 29 for individuals eighth grade and up. It runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $50 for each player. This camp will be held at the CFSB Center. Each camper will also receive a T-shirt. The second Elite Day Camp will take place Aug. 10 and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is open now for both girls’ camps.

In soccer, there are a total of four upcoming camps.

There are two Summer Soccer ID Camps for high school girls 13 to 18. These camps are for serious players who have the potential to play in college and want to improve their skills. There is an advanced strengthening and conditioning, as well as a look at how to get recruited and academic prerequisites. The cost is $110, lunch is included in the fee. Both camps take place at the Crisp Soccer Complex. The first camp is June 15, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the second camp takes place July 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for both are available now.

A team camp will take place July 10 through July 13. The camp includes two practice sessions, a game at night and team building sessions. The team camp is for club and school teams of 15 or more players. Players will receive a T-shirt and a written evaluation. High school coaches will receive a polo shirt and a Nike gift for the program. The cost for an overnight team is $350, commuter with team is $250 and commuter individuals without a team is $250. Registration is available now.

A day camp will wrap up the soccer summer camps. The Summer Day Camp starts July 22 and ends July 26, running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This day camp is for boys and girls ages 5 to 13. At the day camp, the players will practice skill work and improve on their skill level with certain aspects of the game, such as passing and receiving, finishing and other aspects. The full day includes lunch and going to the swimming pool followed with additional soccer training and the cost is $145 per player. The half day doesn’t include lunch and is $85 per player. Each camper will receive a T-shirt, and registration is open now. For questions on these camps, contact Matt Lodge at mlodge@murraystate.edu or  (270)-809-7017.

Track and field camp takes place June 23 through June 26. The camp is available for grades sixth through twelfth. For more information, contact akiesler@murraystate.edu.