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Baseball

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University has announced two sessions of its Baseball Camp 2010, an opportunity for young athletes to develop and polish their diamond skills.

The annual camp, for children ages 7-12, will be held June 21-25 and July 12-16 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Conducted by Francis Marion head baseball coach Art Inabinet and members of the Patriot baseball team, the camps will stress learning basic game strategy and making the most of individual skills.

Inabinet is in his 10th year at the helm of the FMU baseball program, and has more than 400 career coaching victories. He has guided the Patriots to the 2009 Peach Belt Conference Tournament title, five NCAA Tournament appearances, and the 2006 NCAA Division II College World Series, while the program has consistently been ranked in the national poll.

Applications for the camps are now being accepted. The camps will cost $70 per session, if paid in advance, or $80 on the first day of camp. Enrollment is limited. Each camper will receive a T-shirt.

For complete details, contact the FMU Athletics Office at 843-661-1240.

 

Boys’ Soccer

FLORENCE, S.C. - The Francis Marion University men’s soccer program will hold its Patriot Soccer Academy Residential Camp, July 29-31.

The camp is for boys ages 14 to 18. The cost of this camp will be $295 for those staying on campus and $225 for commuter campers.

This camp is designed for advanced players at the high school and select levels. A high-level training environment will be created to ensure campers improve throughout the week. Goalkeepers will receive special instruction.

Fourth-year Francis Marion men’s soccer head coach Kevin Varnado is the camp director. This past fall, Varnado guided the Patriots to an 11-5-3 record. Other members of the camp staff will include licensed individuals from the college and high school levels, and current collegiate players.

For more details, contact Varnado at 843-661-1241 or kvarnado@fmarion.edu.

 

Activities Camp

FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University will hold its annual FMU Activities Camp 2010, June 1-25. The camp for boys and girls, ages 5-12, is divided into four sessions and runs weekdays from 8 a.m. until noon.

Each of the five-day sessions, June 7-11, June 14-18, and June 21-25, is $65 per camper. The cost of the one four-day session, June 1-4, is $52. 

For those who participated in last year’s camp, the five-day sessions are reduced to $55 each and $44 for the shorter session.

Camp activities will include kickball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and swimming. Instruction in the various sports will be by Francis Marion University athletic coaches. Activities will vary from week to week, so as to introduce many different sports.

Campers will be divided into groups by ages. The mission of the camp is to promote healthy and fun activities for children.

Each pre-registered camper will receive an Activities Camp T-shirt.

Enrollment is limited. For more information, contact camp director Mark Bluman at 843-661-1239.

 

Boys’ Basketball

FLORENCE, SC - The Francis Marion University men’s basketball program will sponsor several summer camps starting in the month of June.

Two sessions of the “Four Great Days of Summer” Basketball Camp will be held June 14-17 and June 28-July 1 for players in grades two through 10. The Gary Edwards’ High School Team Camp and Shootout will take place June 17-19.

The four-day Individual Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of the camp is $150, and it includes lunches. A special discounted price of $250 is available for campers who wish to attend both sessions.

The camp is designed to provide fundamental instruction in all phases of the game.

For the team camp, squads are guaranteed six games and will compete in a double-elimination tournament on the final day of the camp. Games will be officiated by certified referees. The cost of the camp is $475 per team ($425 for a second team) and $80 for each overnight camper (includes lodging and meals).

The team camp will be divided into varsity and junior varsity competitions. An All-Tournament Team will be selected at the close of the camp.

All campers will receive a T-shirt.

FMU head coach Gary Edwards will direct the camps. He recently completed his fourth season at Francis Marion, where he has increased the squad’s win total each year. He has coached at both the NCAA Division I and II levels and has recorded nearly 450 career wins in 26 seasons.

For more information, contact the FMU men’s basketball office at 843-661-1247 or 843-661-4626.

 

Volleyball 

FLORENCE, SC - The Francis Marion University women’s volleyball program will hold its summer camp, July 8-11. Campers may choose to either commute to camp daily, or reside on campus in the FMU residence halls. 

The camp is for players entering the sixth through 12th grades. The cost is $285 per player for residential campers, and $185 for commuting campers. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt.

The camp is designed to provide instruction for all of the skills of the game of volleyball, in addition to team defensive and offensive systems.

FMU women’s volleyball coach Paul MacDonald is the camp director. In his short stint at FMU, he has already guided FMU to an NCAA National Tournament appearance and has earned Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year honors. He has directed the Florence Juniors Volleyball Club for the past four years.

For more details or to request a registration form, contact coach MacDonald at 843-661-1246 or pmacdonald@fmarion.edu

 

Softball

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University has announced the dates for a Summer Softball Camp, June 21-23, to be conducted by the Patriot Softball Program.

The camp, for girls ages 8-18, will include a day camp portion (ages 8-11) and an overnight component (ages 12-18). The cost of the day camp will be $200 per camper and the overnight camp will be $300 per camper.

The camp will address throwing, infield and outfield play, pitching, catching, base running, bunting, and developing a productive fast-pitch swing. It is designed to provide each player, regardless of skill level, a unique learning experience.

The Patriot softball program has registered at least 30 wins in 10 of the past 11 seasons, and in two of the past three years has advanced to the NCAA Tournament. 

Applications for the camp are now being accepted. Enrollment is limited.

For complete details or to receive a registration form, call 843-661-4623.

 

Tennis

FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University will hold its annual Tennis Camp 2010, July 5-9, for boys and girls ages 8 to 18.

The camp will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon on the Kassab Courts on the FMU campus.

The cost will be $60 per camper. Enrollment is limited. Each camper will receive a T-shirt. 

FMU men’s and women’s tennis coach Garth Thomson is the camp coordinator and instructor. A native of Zimbabwe, Thomson is a graduate of Francis Marion and a former two-time All-American during his collegiate playing career. Five times he has earned Peach Belt Conference “Coach of the Year” honors. The 18th-year coach has led the FMU men to a 264-126 record and 14 NCAA Division II national tournament appearances, and guided the Patriot women to a 234-155 mark and 10 national tournament berths.

For more details or to request a registration form, call 843-661-1240 or contact Thomson at 843-661-1185.

 

Soccer

FLORENCE, S.C. - The Francis Marion University women’s soccer program will hold a pair of camps this summer.

A Day Camp will be held June 21-25 at the ESAB Soccer Complex. The camp is for boys and girls ages 10 to 18, and will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The cost is $150 per camper.

A residential camp will be held on the FMU campus, July 25-29, for girls at the high school and select levels.

This camp is for players entering grades 9 to 12. The cost will be $400 for campers staying on campus and $275 for commuting campers.

For more details, contact FMU head women’s soccer coach Joel Person at 843-661-1244 or jperson@fmarion.edu.

 

NIKE Tennis

FLORENCE, S.C. - Francis Marion University will serve as host for a pair of NIKE Tennis Camps, June 14-18 and July 12-16.

The camps are designed for boys and girls ages five to 17 and include a half-day (8:30 a.m. - noon) or full-day (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) camp component.

The cost will be $265 per session for the half-day camp and $395 per session for the full-day camp.

Both camps will be held on FMU’s Kassab Courts and will be under the direction of long-time Francis Marion head coach Garth Thomson.

For more information, call 1-800-NIKE-CAMP (1-800-645-3226), visit www.USSportsCamps.com, or contact Thomson at 843-661-1185.

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Last Published: May 31, 2010 12:43 PM
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