Players should arrive between 7:00 and 7:30am on Day 1 for check-in, and camp will begin promptly at 7:40am. We will provide additional arrival details (such as facility location and parking information) during our pre-camp webinars (which we host approximately 10 days before your scheduled camp) and through email in advance of the event.
If weather impacts the start time of any individual camp, we will notify all families via email and through our on-site information web page, which will be linked in email communications.
Each ballplayer’s game schedule will depend on the team to which they are assigned. Players and parents will receive their team assignment following the showcase workout on the morning of Day 1 (you can expect teams to be posted by 1:00pm).
Team assignments will determine the end time for Day 1, as well as the arrival and departure times for Day 2. For all teams, Day 1 will conclude around 6:00pm for the early game slots and 8:00pm for the later game slots.
Day 2 arrival will be determined by team assignment (which will be the same as the first day’s assignment). The teams that finished first on Day 1 will report back for their first round of morning games, and they should arrive to the facility by 7:00am. The teams that finished in the last game slots on Day 1 will arrive back to the facility around 9:00am on Day 2.
On Day 2, all games should be finished by 5:00pm.
We do not provide a written evaluation of the campers during our camp. Our mission is to facilitate face-to-face interaction between student-athletes and coaches as we believe that this is the best channel for impactful feedback. These interactions not only let ballplayers know where they stand in the recruiting process but allow athletes the opportunity to develop a relationship with the coach.
The only written evaluations that are done are pitching evaluations. These evaluations are done by a college coach stationed behind home plate during each game. They are shared with ALL attending college coaches, and include both objective measurements like velocity, as well as notes on mindset, athleticism, mechanics, movement and command. They are not, however, circulated to players and families.
YES. Headfirst provides all pitcher evaluations to the coaches.
All of the objective measurements collected during the showcase portion on the morning of Day 1 are circulated to all coaches (both in hard copy and digitally) during the first day of camp. These measurements include all ballplayers’ 60 yard dash, batted ball velocity and overhand throwing velocity.
Team assignments and game times will be announced via our on-site mobile web page (circulated before camp as well as on-site) during the Offensive Showcase portion in the early afternoon of Day 1. This information will include team assignments, game times and pitching rotations.
On Day 2, each ballplayer will play in two games, and exact report times will be communicated at the end of Day 1 (for planning purposes, early teams will report on Day 2 around 7:00am and late teams will report around 9:00am).
One of the unique parts of the way that Headfirst runs our Honor Roll Camps is the opportunity for interaction directly between ballplayers and college coaches. During each game slot, college coaches are on the fields and in the dugouts coaching and evaluating. The camp schedule and coach rotation is built to maximize the number of unique college coaches that ballplayers are able to play in front of. During each game slot, some coaches are “working”– that is, assigned to fields and dugouts – while others are “roaming”, meaning that they are unassigned and free to scout players across the complex. After the conclusion of Day 1, the coaches’ schedule flips, so coaches who were “working” during a team’s game slot on Day 1 are now “roaming” on Day 2. This allows each coach the opportunity to effectively scout and evaluate all players.
The best time for a ballplayer to approach a college coach is in the dugout or around the facility between games. Because of the nature of the schedule and coach rotation, there are numerous opportunities for this kind of interaction.
Over nearly twenty years of conversations with college coaches, we have heard repeatedly that it is far more effective if the players (rather than parents) introduce themselves to a coach.
Ballplayers should feel free to ask the college coaches questions about their school and program. On our blog, we have a post about some of the best things that student-athletes can do before and at camp to stand out to college coaches, including how to introduce yourself to a college coach — see the full post here.
It is okay for parents to join a conversation with their ballplayer and college coach. However, it is important that the camper is the one showing the initiative in the conversation. It is, ultimately, the student-athlete’s college experience and the college coaches are always looking for mature student-athletes who can ask their own questions.
We will do everything we can, including extending the camp hours when appropriate, to complete all camp activities in the safest manner possible.
In the event of inclement weather, we may adjust programming, such as the game and showcase schedule, to get in as many camp activities as possible. All changes to programming will be directed to ensure the maximum amount and quality of programming in all cases.
If we lose blocks of time during one camp day, some games may have to be shortened. We will do everything in our power, however, to make up for this lost game time by extending the day – or during the following day (if applicable).
Regardless of how rain impacts our schedule, camp will never be extended an extra day.
Regardless of how rain impacts our schedule, there will be no refunds or credits given adjustments to the schedule.
Upon registering for an event, you will receive a confirmation email. In this email (on the right side) there is a hyperlink to your online with the title “Manage Your Online Account”. You can then log in and update information (such as test scores, GPA, and other academic and athletic information).
Please keep in mind that we will print hard copies of this for the coaches at the event. All changes to profiles must be in 72 hours before the start of the event to ensure they are included in the roster information we give to coaches.
Headfirst will have an athletic trainer on hand throughout the duration of the camp.