The Best In Virginia Showcase Camp has been offered consistently each
year since 1988.
Scott Gines and Dennis Womack have served as the directors of this
the duration, and entering their 19th year of coaching together. The
was initially developed under the premise that, the state of Virginia,
having 11 Division I baseball programs and an assortment of literally
of the top academic schools in the country (see US News & World Report
100 List), could greatly serve the H.S. baseball players of VA--and be
great service to the collegiate programs of VA--by marketing the
a great baseball and academic product.
The BIV Showcase Camps have sold out each session since 1992, and, in
understanding, perhaps represent the only "instructional showcase"
in the country today. Our mission statement began as a simple document
continues as such today:
Hire great teachers of the game and have a tremendous
ratio (our ratio is advertised at 6:1 but typically operates between
1. In essence, we do not want our campers to take from camp the
of waiting in line or having very few reps and game experiences).
Be equipped for everything. That is, if someone wants 2 crates of
we'll deliver 3.
Be simple and organized, and employ the father of
Every minute is literally planned, as well as contigencies for weather,
We want them to leave camp totally exhausted, mentally, physically and
Build character. That is, we operate off of two rules: 1. Be on
and 2. Be a man. We continue to operate with an honor system, and
operated for 6 years without keys for any dorm room doors. In 16 years
operation, we have never had a damage report.
Let exposure unfold on its own. Look down the hall, and about every
room is a staff room. Our staff eat with the campers, and spend in the
neighborhood of 10-11 hrs/day with them. Good recruiting is usually
for both attitude and ability. Our detailed and demanding camp format
each camper attitudinally, and allows for scouts and staff the find out
cut of clothe each player is made of.
Costs to attend
Early registration = $ 450.00 in full
Late registration = $ 500.00 in full
Campers attended from 27 states in 2001, and our average academic
is typically 1120-1160 and 3.1 + gpa. The latter has historically
on its own.
How many days does the showcase last
We open on Saturdays (1500 hrs) and conclude on Wed afternoon. Tuesday
evening begins Showcase B.P. and all day Wednesday is Showcase Day (12
on 2 adjacent fields).
How are players invited
Best in Virginia is open to all rising 10th, 11th, 12th graders. Admission is secured on a first come, first serve basis. Early registration is strongly encourged. Each session of the Best In Virginia Showcase Camp has sold-out since 1992.
Number of pro scouts and college coaches that usually attend ?
This number has been very stable and consistent for many years and
and typically totals between 45-50/session. Collegiate coaches
the heaviest concentration here. Perhaps the most powerful thing I can
share is that I annually hire about 105 instructional slots for our 4
sessions of camp (we do 2 Father-Son Weekend Camps @ Graves Mtn Lodge
and I have been able to fill my staff list for four years running in
than 14 days and without making a phone call. I also annually have a
waiting list for staff.
The 5 best players that have attended your showcase
I never even
about it this way, so I'll have to do some recollecting....The camp has
itself and sold-out for so many years, we're simply not used to
these on paper....Let me say it this way: In 2001, the freshman player
the year was a BIV camper the previous summer. Those leagues were the
CAA and Ivy. Some recent campers that come to mind who were also high
picks include Brian Buchanan, David Wright, etc.
Is housing provided
Yes. The cost is turn key
How many players that attended your showcase been taken in the amateur baseball draft?
Again, I have never put it to paper. The total is, understandably,
significant. However, our focus has always been as an instructional
collegiate showcase. As a result, the percentage of our campers who
gone on to play collegiate baseball is extremely high (approximately
%). About 4-5 years ago, my partner (Dennis Womack, Head Coach, UVa)
up an "odd timed" airport arrival: camper from Chicago. Dennis asked
boy how he heard about camp. The boy responded by saying that he had
Baseball Today and asked them for the best place to go to camp if you
to play college baseball. Apparently, whoever the boy talked to
by saying that the choice was easy, go to a little place in central
named the Best In Virginia Showcase Camp.