"Development is the Objective. Winning is a Result."
| Camp runs June 26-30, 2017
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!!
(Camp is now full)
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2017 FMBA Baseball Camp Parent's Guide
KELLY GRUBER NO STRANGER TO FREDERICTON BALL FANS
With baseball season just around the corner, Royals Baseball Camp is gearing up for it's 7th Annual week long training. This year's camp continues with our 2017 headline coach in the person of 1992 World Series Champion Kelly Gruber. The Texas born MLB star has a great way with kids and his Texan drawl and fun humor will keep everyone entertained as they learn to play the game Kelly was so good at. Many will remember Kelly for his hard style of play and turning one of histories World Series triple plays...according to the replay. Unfortunately Devon White, Kelly Gruber and John Olerud can only claim a double play. We look forward to having Kelly at this year's ball camp and having a great week of fun.
Devon White brings a huge background of MLB Experience to 2016 Camp
FMBA's 6th Annual Royals Baseball Camp will again bring special memories and development to the 60 kids who will be part of this year's program. None more special than former MLB 3x All Star, 3x World Series Champ and 7x Gold Glove award winner Devon White. Devo to his friends and fans will remember "the catch" in the 1993 World Series that would have produced only the second triple play in WS history but a so called missed tag by third baseman Kelly Gruber would make it only a double play. The video replay would show otherwise that indeed Gruber did place the tag on runner Deion Sanders but video replay was not introduced some years later so the call was not overturned. Camp Director Paul Hornibrook is thrilled to have Devo come to Fredericton and invest time with our kids in the Fredericton and surrounding area. Camp registration opens March 15, 2016 and will be limited to the first 60 campers who register.
Dennis Woodworth, Nova Scotia's version of Mr Baseball
It is very difficult to talk about the success of NS baseball without talking about Dennis Woodworth. The former President of Bridgewater Minor Baseball, Nova Scotia's coach of the year and the 2011 Baseball Canada's Grass Roots award winner is looking forward to Camp. Camp Director and FMBA President Paul Hornibrook met Coach Woodworth through a common connection with former Toronto Blue Jay Tony Fernandez. Dennis was directed by Tony to contact Coach Hornibrook in Fredericton about a planned trip to Cuba with a NS based Goodwill Tour. As both men talked they realized how much they had in common with kids and baseball. "From day one, I was sold on Dennis' genuine desire to help kids have a great baseball experience no matter whether it be here at home in Canada or a trip to help underprividege kids in another country", said Hornibrook. Dennis will be one of the out of town guest coaches at this year's camp. Bridgewater Bulldogs baseball is well know for their technical and high energy approach to the game. FMBA is proud to welcome coach Woodworth to this year's camp. He will be joined by Speed and Agility Coach Dwight Hornibrook who is returning for his 3rd year from Cornell University and one of our newest NB Sports Hall of Fame members Jason Dickson who played 4 year's in the Major Leagues and had one All-Star game appearance in 1996.
Barfield had by far the best outfield arm of the 1980s. He led American League outfielders in assists three times (1985–87). Along with George Bell (LF) and Lloyd Moseby (CF), Barfield starred in what many analysts considered the best all-around outfield of the 1980s.
Selected by the Blue Jays in the ninth round of the 1977 amateur draft, Barfield debuted in the majors in 1981 and was a regular the following season. In 1985, he helped Toronto reach the playoffs for the first time. He also topped 20 home runs six times, became the first Blue Jay to hit a pinch grand slam (1982), and the first to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases in the same season (1985).
Despite the Blue Jays' failure to defend their division title from the previous year, Barfield enjoyed his best personal season in 1986. He collected career-highs in batting average (.289), RBI (108), runs (107), hits (170) and doubles (35). He also hit a career-best 40 home runs, leading the major leagues and setting a team record which lasted one year. In addition, Barfield was awarded the Gold Glove Award and selected to the American League All-Star team. Fredericton Minor Baseball was pleased to have Jesse at our 2013 Royals Baseball Camp.
Big Brother returns for 2014 Baseball Camp - speed and agility training
Coach Dwight Hornibrook (brother of Camp director Paul) has agreed to join in again for 2014 and for a third year lead the camp as the speed, agility and conditioning coach. Coach Hornibrook who is a certified NCCP level 5 coach and is a graduate of the National Coaching institute will spend each day of camp showing and training each player important aspects of conditioning, speed and agility that will improve the level of play of each camper. Dwight grew up in Fredericton and graduated from FHS and UNB before leaving the region to pursue his professional coaching career. He was a member of the national champion UNB Red Shirts soccer team that captured UNB's first national title back in 1980. He had been the Head Coach of Cortland State soccer team for eight years and took his team to the NCAA Division III state championship the last two years and won the title in 2008. Coach Dwight also was head coach of the CSL Winnipeg Fury and was part of the World Cup U18 National Team Coaching staff. Dwight is an assistant coach with Cornell University soccer program. His wife Donna is currently the head coach of the Cornell's women's field hockey team. FMBA is pleased Dwight has accepted the invitation to join in on the camp again and look forward to having a great week of instruction from him.
Camp Director Using Personal Experience to help Kids
Camp Director Paul Hornibrook is no stranger to Baseball Camp. Growing up in Fredericton he remembers the days of the Marysville Royals Baseball Camps and how much wanted to play Senior Baseball and believed by going to camp it would help him reach that dream. In fact, not only did he play senior baseball in the mid-eighties through the early 90's he also was a member of the 1985 Canada Games team and in 1983 and 1984 was part of the National Youth Team program and played for National Team coach and then Expos Scout Bill MacKenzie, who ultimately scouted Matt Stairs in 1987. "I remember going to the Nationals in 1985 with the Marysville Royals in Kentville, NS" we had a really great team and we could have won it, unfortunately finishing 4-0 in the round robin ultimately ended up with the team short of pitching and lost in the Bronze Medal game and came home empty handed. "I know any success I had in baseball came from hard work and going to camp to get the extra work I needed to reach the level I did" says coach Hornibrook. "Camp this year, will be extra special as we are going to have two former major league players, Jesse Barfield and Jason Dickson, as well as my brother Dwight, who is really a great coach and pushes kids to perform beyond where they think they can play". Also back is Bill Swanson (Swany) who has played an extremely important role in helping get the very first Royals baseball camp off the ground. "Bill and Jayne (Swanson) came to Fredericton the first year of camp and all I can tell you is we owe a lot to this couple. Bill knows how to coach kids and does an incredible job with his involvement with Little League International Camps in Williamsport, PA."Players who sign up for this camp will be expected to hustle and really desire to improve their game. (right, coach Hornibrook, during his playing days in the NB Senior League)