I thought it would be important to share my experiences associated with the Spring Break Hitting Camps that we just completed and which were co-instructed by JoAnn (last name) of Rhino Softball, and myself – Christine Stephens of CS Sports Productions.

We provided two sessions, one for a younger group ranging in age from 8-11 and one for an older group ranging from 12-16.  Each group was limited to no more than 20 athletes.  It is our philosophy that running a camp with smaller, more concentrated numbers creates an opportunity for greater one on one training giving the athletes a unique training experience, unlike those camps which cater to larger groups (50 to 100) with little one on one time devoted to each participant.

The girls who attended the week long event were incredible.  When they showed up on Monday morning, little did they know that by Wednesday they would learn just how a powerful, compact swing could change the quality of their skills.

At the beginning of the camp, we asked the girls to simply “be open to changing the methods they had already learned and adopted”.  These girls threw themselves into that notion and as a result of their willingness to try on new something new, they demonstrated a much higher level of skill by the final day of hitting.

Joann and I both believe that the older methods of teaching how to swing for softball (much like the way baseball is taught) are out moded and out dated.  The game of softball today is much faster and the bats and balls are a lot livelier.  As this game has evolved so have our teaching methods.  Our methods of teaching girls to swing have been proven by research to be the most efficient and consistent way to swing a bat!

In our camps we teach a compact, quick and powerful swing which is vital for today’s players to survive at the plate against the strong pitchers they now face.

We know that by teaching girls the best way to swing early on in their career, it is not necessary later on to make adjustments to correct poor habits or faulty ways of hitting that do not give these girls the level of performance we have come to expect.

We will be doing more of these concentrated/contained hitting camps throughout the Summer, Fall, and Christmas Break so if you or your rising softball star missed this one you can join us in the future.


Christine Stephens