Frequently Asked Questions
General Camp Questions
What is Cancellation Protection
Ripken Baseball offers Cancellation Protection to allow participants some peace of mind in case plans change. Due at the time of registration, Cancellation Protection entitles you to a full refund of camp registration fees (minus the $50 non-refundable cost of Cancellation Protection) should you cancel your registration more than 14 days prior to the start of camp.
If you cancel within 14 days of start of camp, we will give you camp credit for all money paid (minus the $50 non-refundable cost of Cancellation Protection). The credit is valid for two years at any Ripken Baseball Camp or Clinic
What happens if I have to cancel and do not have Cancellation Protection?
A $250 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. Any cancellations will result in a loss of this deposit. We're sorry, but since each camp we offer has limited availability, we cannot provide cash refunds within 45 days of the start of camp without Cancellation Protection. Campers can transfer their balance to a different camp for use within one year.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
A $250 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. Any cancellations made will result in the loss of this deposit. There are absolutely no refunds for cancellations within 45 business days of baseball camp.
When is full payment due?
Full payment is due 45 days before the start of the program.
Where can I find the medical release form?
Medical Release forms can be found in, and downloaded from, the Camp Forms button on ripkencamps.com. Medical release forms, along with all other necessary forms, are also emailed upon registration with your confirmation.
What is the age cut-off date?
All eligible campers must be age appropriate prior to arriving to the 1st day of camp. For example, a Rookie camper must be 7 years old prior to the 1st day of camp; an overnight camper must be 9 years old prior to the 1st day of camp.
We offer a variety of different programs targeting different age groups. Each program lists the accepted age-range on our Camps Calendar.
What do baseball campers receive?
Beyond the excellent instruction from a well-trained and highly qualified staff, we also provide each camper with some special gifts to enhance their overall experience.
Each participant receives:
- Two Under Armour Ripken Baseball jerseys
- A Ripken Baseball hat
- Several other surprise gifts
Gifts are distributed in gift bags that are handed out at registration/check-in.
When and where do we check-in for the baseball camps?
Check-in for the overnight baseball campers will be on Sunday from 4pm to 6pm at West Nottingham Academy. Day campers check-in at the Ripken Baseball Academy at 7:45am on Monday morning. Parents need to make sure that all forms are complete and on file before arriving at check-in. All paperwork must be submitted 45 days prior to the start of camp. Day campers need to plan on arriving at 8:45am Tuesday through Friday.
Where are the overnight campers housed?
Ripken Baseball houses overnight baseball campers at West Nottingham Academy. Each baseball camper will stay in a four person room in the newly-renovated, air-conditioned dorms at an historic landmark academic academy. Campers will be able to take advantage of an abundance of activities from TV lounges, a game room complete with billiards and ping-pong table, baseball camp convenience store and gymnasium perfect for an evening of pick-up basketball games. The large cafeteria will offer buffet-style meals with fountain drinks and top notch cooking. This picturesque academy has clean and comfortable accommodations and gives baseball campers the look and feel of a college campus.
What time do campers wake up in the morning and when is their bedtime?
Wake-up calls take place between 6:45 & 7am daily. We like to have campers begin settling down at 10 p.m., with lights out at 10:30 p.m. each night.
How does the staff handle baseball campers that miss being home?
Homesickness is something that takes place at all overnight baseball camps. Part of the baseball camp experience is for kids to learn how to spend time away from home, so our counselors are trained to do everything they can to comfort the campers and put them at ease. We want the baseball camp experience to be enjoyable for the parents as well as the campers, so we try to avoid having too many "emergency" phone calls home. Counselors will spend as much extra time with individual campers as is necessary to help them overcome their fears of being away from home.
If it becomes necessary for a camper to call home, our staff will make this option available. Many times a counselor will also contact a parent to help better explain the situation and ease the parent's mind. In dire cases counselors are instructed to make their cell phones available to campers.
Can campers bring cell phones?
There are no personal cell phones at camp. We strongly discourage campers from bringing their own cell phones in hopes of avoiding situations where the phone is lost or stolen. We also strongly recommend that each baseball camper puts their name on everything prior to arriving to camp.
Can the baseball campers receive mail?
Yes. If you would like for the camper to receive mail during their stay with us, please make sure that it will arrive between Monday through Thursday of the week they will be attending. Mail can be addressed to: Ripken Baseball Camps 873 Long Drive Aberdeen, MD 21001
Parents may also sign up for Bunk One to send emails to their child as well as access the daily Newsletter with photos and stories of baseball camp. Please follow the link from the Ripken Camps homepage to register and learn more.
Is there 24-hour supervision for the baseball campers?
Campers are supervised at all times. The counselors stay overnight with the campers in the dorms and there is also a security staff person on site from 11:00pm to 7:00am at the overnight facility.
How are the baseball campers transported to outside activities?
We use a reputable local school bus provider to transport baseball campers to overnight activities. The company is licensed and each driver goes through an extensive background check.
How are the baseball campers disciplined?
We have a very strict Camper Code of Conduct that we must be signed by the parent and the camper before they are allowed to participate in baseball camp. If a camper acts in an inappropriate manner, we have a three strike policy to ensure that their behavior doesn't negatively affect other campers. Our main goal is to allow every baseball camper the chance to have a truly positive experience that will create many great memories.
The three strike policy is as follows:
- Strike 1 - Exclusion from activity during which the behavior occurred
- Strike 2 - Exclusion from an entire day's activities (phone call to parent)
- Strike 3 - Immediate expulsion from camp
*Staff members reserve the right to remove any camper for insubordinate behavior of any kind. Decisions of the Ripken Baseball staff are final.
Is there a nurse to dispense medicine?
Yes, there will be a certified nurse at the overnight facility at all times when the baseball campers are there. We will also have a certified athletic trainer staffed and available to dispense medications at the Ripken Baseball Academy if necessary.
Is there an established emergency plan in place?
Ripken Baseball has worked in conjunction with the National Center for Sports Safety, Union Memorial Hospital and its athletic training staff to develop a detailed emergency plan. All full- and part-time staff will be trained to understand and execute the emergency plan.
Where is the closest hospital? How soon are parents notified if there's a problem?
There are several emergency medical facilities within a short drive of the Ripken Baseball Academy. Parents are notified immediately if a situation arises where one of our athletic trainers feels a baseball camper should be transported to a hospital or emergency room. Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace is 7 miles from the Ripken Baseball Academy and 11 miles from West Nottingham Academy.
What kind of food is available for the overnight baseball campers?
Overnight campers will be offered a variety of food choices for breakfast and dinner at the West Nottingham cafeterias. Lunch is catered on-site at the Ripken Baseball Academy for all campers. Vegetarian options will be available as well. All food served is peanut oil free. Please contact your account representative with specific questions as it relates to other food allergies.
How many campers do you have at a typical baseball camp?
A typical Ripken Baseball Summer Camp has between 200-250 campers per week. Each camper is broken down into small groups of 25 or less based on their age for the morning instructional stations and also placed on a team of 12 or fewer for the instructional games. Our Spring Break baseball camp is designed for 125 day campers which are broken down into the small groups and teams very similar to the summer baseball camps. In both Spring and Summer programs, we maintain a strong camper to staff ration of 8:1.
Do you provide baseball camper evaluations?
All campers will receive a written evaluation from their coach, and also includes the data that is collected from the Monday morning evaluation; this is distributed on the last day of baseball camp along with the Exit Packet of drills and tips. All campers will also receive video hitting analysis through Elev8. Each baseball camper will be given his/her personal online access code to view their video analysis with voiceover from a Ripken certified instructor.
How are teams chosen?
Teams are created based upon age, size of field played on, and the Monday morning evaluation process. Once evaluations are completed, teams are put together so that the instructional games are as fair as possible. If our coaching staff feels that a particular player is so advanced that he is in jeopardy of injuring other baseball campers, or is not getting anything out of playing in a particular age group, a player may be moved into an older age group. This is done SOLELY at the discretion of our coaching staff.
Are parents allowed to watch their children?
We encourage parents to let their kids enjoy a true baseball camp experience as much as possible. Please leave the instruction to our trained coaching staff. We welcome your attendance at the afternoon game sessions. During the morning instructional sessions we encourage parents to explore what the Baltimore area has to offer its visitors instead of watching the instruction. At no time are parents permitted on the field or allowed to instruct their children during baseball camp sessions.
How do the parents find out where games are being played?
A schedule of games and team assignments will be handed out during registration/check-in at the beginning of baseball camp. These are subject to change after evaluations on the first day of camp.
How are injuries handled on the field?
Ripken Baseball works in conjunction with Union Memorial Hospital to provide a certified athletic trainer at all of our baseball camp programs. In the event of an injury an athletic trainer will provide an initial evaluation and recommend what course of action needs to be taken. Players may be allowed to resume the activity, may be asked to rest in the shade or may be sent to a local medical facility for x-rays or a more detailed evaluation. Parents are notified immediately if an injury occurs.
Should the baseball campers bring their own equipment?
Ripken Baseball provides all necessary equipment for each player except for a glove and cleats. We will provide bats, helmets, baseballs, and catching gear at all of the instructional stations and games. We strongly discourage campers from bringing their own equipment in hopes of avoiding situations where equipment is lost or stolen. We also strongly recommend that each baseball camper puts their name on everything prior to arriving to camp.
What happens when it rains?
We stay on schedule with the baseball activities as much as possible in times of rain. If the rain is too heavy (or if there is lightning/thunder present), our first goal is to maintain the safety of everyone at the complex. We do not have an indoor facility on our complex so our rain plan contains various options so we can still accommodate all 250 baseball campers. At The Ripken Academy, we are fortunate to have plenty of covered space as well as large turf areas just in case inclement weather impacts on-field instruction. Possibilities include: instruction on the concourse level of Ripken Stadium and/or in our multiple covered batting cages and turf practice areas.
Are awards given out?
We do not believe in giving out traditional awards such as most valuable camper or most improved camper, because ultimately when that happens someone goes away with hurt feelings. However, we honor one camper per team with the beloved "Gatorade Will to Win Award." The Gatorade Will to Win Award is presented to campers that display a strong passion for the game, hustle, hard work, leadership, teamwork, and a competitive spirit. We also hold many contests throughout the week and provide prizes for those campers who win the contests.
What is the staff-to-camper ratio?
The overall staff-to-camper ratio is 1:6. That includes all of the baseball camp coaches, counselors and the Ripken Baseball staff.
How are the coaches and counselors selected?
All of the coaching and counseling staff goes through an interview process to ensure that they are qualified and that they meet our standards. We also do a complete background check on all staff that work at the camps.
All instructors go through a rigorous certification program that includes both classroom and on-field testing with Cal and Bill Ripken. It is extremely important to us that every coach delivers the most positive and unique coaching experience to each camper. Please contact your account representative for a detailed list of MLB instructors during each Big League Camp week.
Travel & Accommodations Questions
How do I get to Ripken Stadium & Youth Academy?
Are there area hotels that Ripken Baseball partners with?
Please mention Ripken Baseball when you make your reservations for a discount.
Is there transportation to baseball camp?
Ripken Baseball offers daily baseball camp pick-up and drop-off at Roland Park Elementary School. For exact weeks and details, please call us at 888.RIPKEN1.
Ripken Baseball will also provide airport pick-up and drop-off for a $50 fee. Please call us at 888.RIPKEN1 to make arrangements.
Will Cal Ripken be there?
Yes. All Ripken Coaching Clinics are organized and hosted by Cal and Bill Ripken. John Habyan handles the Pitching portion of the day.
Where are the coaching clinics held?
Ripken Baseball typically holds 2-3 coaching clinics during the months of January, February and March, travelling across the country to new locations each year.
We typically release clinic information and open the clinics to registration in the fall.