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Gulf Coast Exposure Camp - August 17-18, 2013 (CAMP IS CLOSED)

Posted: 5/10/2013 12:18 PM

Gulf Coast Exposure Camp - August 17-18, 2013 (CAMP IS CLOSED) 


Announcing the 2nd Annual Gulf Coast Exposure Camp, August 17-18.  This years Camp will be held at the Gulfport Sportsplex.  Please access the same camp website as last year, www.gcec.shutterfly.com.  Camp related info such as:  Colleges Coaches working the Camp, Hotel rate information, Directions, and the all important Registration Form for this years Camp.  The cost remains the same as last year, $150.  Saturday will be true Exposure Drills followed by live Scrimmages on Sunday.  Exposure Drills will involve "No Real Instruction" to speak of to keep the scheduled activities on time.  Drills will include Offense, Defense, Pitching, Catching, Running, etc.  A player will have a chance to work Primary and Secondary Defensive Positions.  The Sunday games will have umpires and the College Coaches working the Camp will be Coaching and enteracting w/ the Teams.  Again, this is not a teaching Camp although some of the Coaches will offer tips in certain situations.  That's just their nature as Coaches.  The Coaches are there to evaluate where the Campers' game is at given their current age and to make a judgement as to where they see the Campers' game evolving to by the time they enter College. 

Besides the Camp Staff, we are expecting 25-35 additional College Coaches to attend representing DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and Community Colleges.  The Camp Objective is to allow Campers and College Coaches to find one another.  Meaning, every Player and every Collegiate Level at the camp will have the potential of finding that perfect match.  That's the #1 Camp Objective.  

We will be allowing the first 200-225 Campers for 8th - 12th Graders and we are already receiving applications so get yours in soon.  We expect this years Camp to fill much faster than last years Camp.  Last years' Camp did fill up and we sent back 40+ applications.  Feel free to call David Lastrapes (OC Bat Busters, CA.) @ 949-547-3478 (please allow for West Coast Time when calling early) or Rocky Brewer @ 504-858-4404 w/ questions.  We will be looking to Close Registration by August 1. 

2013 Camp Coaching Staff:
Kristina McCain, Assistant Coach, University of South Alabama
Mike Perniciaro, Assistant Coach, Ole Miss
Alan Reach, Assistant Coach, Mississippi State
Lonni Alameda, Head Coach, Florida State
Angel Santiago, Head Coach, Nicholls State
Vann Steudeman, Head Coach, Mississippi State
Kimball Cassidy, Head Coach, Birmingham Southern
Wendy Hogue, Head Coach, William Carey
Tom Gray, Assistant Coach, Oklahoma State
Calvin Beamon, Assistant Coach, South Carolina
Tripp MacKay, Assistant Coach, Oklahoma
Brittany Lastrapes, Assistant Coach, Miami of Ohio
Howard Dobson, Assistant Coach, LSU
Andy Lee, Head Coach, LSU Eunice Community College
Larry Ray, Assistant Coach, Nicholls State
Cary Simmons, Assistant Coach, Itawamba Community College
Dominique Lastrapes, Former Player for Washington
Rory Shortell, Former Pro Baseball Player

2012 Camp Summary Notes:
108 participants were 2013 and 2014 graduates.
102 participants were 2015, 2016, and 2017 graduates.
8 States were represented at the Camp - (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida).
22 Coaches and 19 Colleges attended. 
Attending Coach feedback was very positive.

Last edited 8/12/2013 1:53 PM by Chaos6Catcher

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Posted: 5/11/2013 3:14 PM

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Any exposure for Mississippi players is a good thing.  Most exposure events/showcases do not have instruction.  The purpose is to showcase skills of the players in front of the coaches who are in attendance.  The cost for the two day event such as this is not bad at all.  Support the event!  There aren't many showcases in Mississippi as it is, so anytime someone puts one together it is only a positive thing.
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Posted: 5/12/2013 2:43 PM

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Great opportunity for our girls! Something we should support and be very positive about!
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Posted: 5/12/2013 4:09 PM

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Very excited about this opportunity for the girls of MS to be able to participate in...Any exposure is good exposure.
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Posted: 5/13/2013 10:02 PM

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And to add to my post above.   Anyone that wants a top notch "camp" setting needs to look up the College Softball Camp in Covington, LA the first of January.  There is instruction going on non-stop at this camp for two days.  There is not a better camp in the southeast.  With this Gulf Coast exposure and the Covington College Softball Camp, you have some great choices.  I am sure that registration will open soon for Covington.  Check their site often for more info at www.collegesoftballcamp.com
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Posted: 5/14/2013 6:56 PM

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This is a great experience for our girls to showcase their talent, learn from other players and get to interact with college coaches and players of like and better talent. This is what we have needed for quite some time so work on your mindset and skills this summer and go there and show what you have and learn where you need to be. The list of coaches is impressive so DO IT!
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Posted: 5/28/2013 12:25 PM

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fillin up

"I dont care anymore"
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Posted: 5/28/2013 6:37 PM

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Talked with local contact on this Camp, Roster filling up...but sadly, even though he's had folks as far away as NC sign up...
It seems MS kids aren't signing up as well...Wont use any names as usual, but he told me he's taken several call from players who play with organizations...from Jackson, Southhaven, other North MS teams and even a couple southern team orgs...Calls from parents who want their kids to participate but say their organizations are not recommending coming..???? WTH?

First off, why would you not want your organizations players in front of the people they NEED to be in front of?...some organizations charge a LOT of money, some of whom will never be able to have this lineup available for their players to show their goods to...

Its common knowledge a lot of orgs base their success on kids they get recruited...
This Camp is not associated with any Softball Team or Organization...
Its NOT a cattle stampede Camp of 400 crumb munchers either...been there done that...wont ever again

Its not Team W, Y or Zs Camp....So nobody's 'Organization' can claim success ...but MS Kids can... (psssst...bring your kids...you can still claim you got them in front of these Coaches;-)...As a Coach....Why wouldnt you want your kids being seen....?

"I dont care anymore"
Phil Collins
Done
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et bien fini

Last edited 5/28/2013 7:15 PM by mssfc3

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Posted: 5/28/2013 10:08 PM

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I believe I made some posts to this thread that got removed stating that MS players need to attend this camp, if they want to explore all college level options.

Also, I mentioned that MS players have not come out in strong numbers for a national caliber camp being held in MS.banghead

If it's true what Mssfc3 is reporting, it's mind numbing what goes on in the MS softball world.banghead

MS has sent more softball players to other state colleges (which I consider not a bad thing and a success for the players) than those who have stayed in state, at least at the D1 level.

There seems to be a prevailing attitude that MS softball players need to stay in-state, especially at the D1 level to make their mark on the national scene.banghead

To those parents who pay for a national recruiting service, who listen to ignorant/selfish TB coaches, and think its the college coaches job to come find their daughter...you get what you pay for and like Mssfc3 said, "hope is not a strategy".

As big and talented as our daughter was she almost missed out, because college coaches didn't know of her.  Most college coaches want a long-term recruiting relationship (i.e. several years) rather than finding out a top flight player between the player's junior and senior year of high school.  College coaches for the most part are making player commitments/decisions several years out.

If your daughter is a freshman... you better start working NOW.
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Posted: 5/29/2013 7:49 AM

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Also remember this is during MAIS play. Would imagine there woud be more turn out from MS if this were not during that time. Even if the kids are not scheduled to play a lot of them would be restricted from attending due to school ball coaches. Also remember during this time some of the local colleges are having team camps. I know MS State is scheduled to be at this exposure but also know they are having a team camp.

I coach a tournament ball team and can't imagine it being the case that TB coaches are telling kids not to go. We round up all dates of college camps and college exposure camps and ask that our girls attend as many as possible.

Last edited 5/29/2013 8:02 AM by Curveball9

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Posted: 5/29/2013 9:34 AM

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Understood, but as a parent you need your kid to be seen, and as bad as I dont like to say it, a 'team' doesnt get recruited...Individuals on a team do, but not in the team camp sense.  I dont know if MAIS plays on weekends...But if it was just a practice, their Coach should allow, ENCOURAGE his players who have aspiration to play Collegiate ball to , "Go Forth unto the Exposure Light" vs a practice....
And yes, there are some TB Coaches / Orgs telling their kids and parents to not come...
Curveball9 wrote: Also remember this is during MAIS play. Would imagine there woud be more turn out from MS if this were not during that time. Even if the kids are not scheduled to play a lot of them would be restricted from attending due to school ball coaches. Also remember during this time some of the local colleges are having team camps. I know MS State is scheduled to be at this exposure but also know they are having a team camp.

I coach a tournament ball team and can't imagine it being the case that TB coaches are telling kids not to go. We round up all dates of college camps and college exposure camps and ask that our girls attend as many as possible.

"I dont care anymore"
Phil Collins
Done
über
et bien fini

Last edited 5/29/2013 9:54 AM by mssfc3

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Posted: 5/29/2013 9:40 AM

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I can't imagine a coach that would not want his players to attend a camp like this.  Even if the player has to miss a weekend tournament. 

mssfc3 wrote: Understood, but as a parent you need your kid to be seen, and as bad as I dont like to say it, a 'team' doesnt get recruited...Individuals on a team do, but not in the team camp sense.  I dont know if MAIS plays on weekends...But if it was just a practice, their Coach should allow, ENCOURAGE his players who have aspiration to play Coleegiate ball to , "Go Forth unto the Exposure Light" vs a practice....
And yes, there are some TB Coaches  telling their kids and parents to not come...
Curveball9 wrote: Also remember this is during MAIS play. Would imagine there woud be more turn out from MS if this were not during that time. Even if the kids are not scheduled to play a lot of them would be restricted from attending due to school ball coaches. Also remember during this time some of the local colleges are having team camps. I know MS State is scheduled to be at this exposure but also know they are having a team camp.

I coach a tournament ball team and can't imagine it being the case that TB coaches are telling kids not to go. We round up all dates of college camps and college exposure camps and ask that our girls attend as many as possible.
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Posted: 5/29/2013 12:39 PM

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Most MAIS teams do play tournaments each weekend, but if not playing, some will surely attend with their coach's blessing. If I am the parent of one of these travel team players that gets told "you shouldn't attend that showcase" they could expect that to be the last bit of instruction ever given to my daughter from their organization! You should know that she is the one that gets the attention being given out not your organization. If your BOLD mission statement says "We are here to help you get better and recruited" then by all rights you should practice what you preach. This is not aimed at any organization in Ms or other state unless it fits!
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Posted: 5/29/2013 9:22 PM

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Registration mailed!
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Posted: 7/11/2013 2:51 PM

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Camp still has some seats available.  Kids from 8 States have signed up as far away as Texas, NC and SC...

"I dont care anymore"
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Posted: 7/12/2013 1:36 PM

August 17 is the start of Slowpitch! 


Just Kidding!
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Posted: 7/22/2013 10:23 AM

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My daughter wants to go but since the High School coaches basically force the fastpitch players to play slowpitch it conflicts with a slowpitch tournament.  Coaches don't understand if you miss a school tournament for something as important as this.  In fact my daughter's coach does not agree with these clinics or even exposure tournaments.  Saddens me that my daughter will miss this opportunity for something she doesn't even want to do.
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Posted: 7/22/2013 6:55 PM

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...If a Coach denied her that chance and knew about the Exposure Camp....
over a Slow Pitch meaningless tournament....
and used it against her...be a frigid day in Hades before mine would play for them again...
Team is one thing...and very important to us...But the missed opportunities wont come back around

"I dont care anymore"
Phil Collins
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Posted: 7/23/2013 11:11 PM

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provenemwrong,

Obviously every family/player has to take a stand and do what's in the best interest for themselves, every situation is different.

Don't know the particular circumstances in your case, i.e. age/grade of your daughter, talent level, your daughter's personal goals etc...

If your daughter desires a high school sports memory, hopefully she plays another sport that's not softball related like our daughter did (basketball).

Our family has gone through this and stood up to ignorant high school coaches with no ill-effect on our daughter's college career.

Most college coaches can care less about high school careers.

You might want to think of changing your username to "giving in" or "rolling over" in the future.  Or maybe you can "prove me wrong" by standing up to the bullying high school coaches.

Before you get upset we have been in your shoes for different reasons, and we took a stand and it worked out well for us.
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Posted: 7/24/2013 12:45 PM

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You are right, We need to stand up and do what my daughter wants to do.  It is sad that as parents have to even do this but you confirmed to me what my gut has been telling me to do.  I hope they still have spots available.  Thanks for the advice!
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