Cressotti Baseball School celebrates 20th year
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Jun. 7, 2012
The Cressotti Baseball School will be spending the summer just like it has for the past 20 years: offering up week-long baseball/softball camps and clinics in northern Connecticut for baseball and softball players ages 4 through 15. The family-run school prides itself on individual skill improvement through quality instruction of fundamentals and baseball mentality, in a fun environment, from an experienced staff.
“We’ve seen all types of abilities and we take all types of abilities,” said Bob Cressotti, owner of the camp. “The most satisfying thing is to see the kids make an improvement from year to year and to take home every day something new that they’ve learned. I’ve seen the improvement of the kids throughout the years from kids coming back to the camp, which is nice because I can track the kids from Little League through their high school years. It’s nice to see familiar names and faces over these past 20 years,” he said.
The baseball school started out small in 1990, providing individual instruction and lessons before starting the camp two years later. Family runs deep in the baseball school. Bob’s wife, Marilyn, is president of the school; his daughter Jamie is the director of softball and tee-ball instruction; his daughter Samantha is a softball and tee-ball instructor; and his son with special needs, Brian, attends the camp all summer long.
“It’s a great feeling for me to see my kids out there and someday they can continue doing what I’m doing,” Cressotti said. “I thoroughly enjoy having them out there with me because we have such a great relationship within our family that everybody knows what’s to be expected of them out on the field.”
The camp runs in one-week sessions from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. The students are broken up into three categories; tee-ball, softball and baseball. The tee-ball students range in age from 4 through 6, and the softball and baseball students are broken into two different age groups; 7 through 12 and 13 through 15. A typical day at the camp starts off with a daily review of skills learned, followed up by stretching and conditioning. The next portion of the camp focuses on fielding and throwing, with throwing mechanics. Campers get to swing the bats next, with hitting mechanics and drills as well as tees, soft toss machines and pitching machines. After campers get their swings in, they move on to the baseball paths to learn about base running and sliding. The day ends with rules of the game, situational play and activities.
Cressotti, a math teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Enfield, has coached on a variety of levels, including skipper for the Greater Hartford Twilight League’s Enfield Mets and Vernon Orioles, The New England Mariners, a Boston-based AAU team, as well as varsity baseball at Enfield and Fermi high schools. Cressotti has put together a formidable staff of instructors for the camp which includes brothers and former University of Massachusetts players Connell and Gavin Clark. Connell, the director of clinics and baseball operations, is the Fermi baseball head coach and Gavin, assistant director of catching and pitching, is a varsity baseball coach at Cathedral High School. The rest of the baseball school staff is made up of Connecticut certified teachers.
“The number-one aspect is our ability to be able to work with children,” Cressotti said. “We have good communicators who make the instruction for the kids fun, which is our main goal.”
The camp kicks off in Enfield at Powder Hollow from June 25 to 29 and moves to Town Hall Field in Somers on July 2 to 6, Windsor Locks’ Veternas Memorial Field on July 9 to 13, Suffield’s Bruce Park on July 9 to 13, Ellington’s Brookside Park on July 16 to 20, East Granby’s Granbrook Park on July 23 to 27, and ends in Vernon at Rockville High from July 30 to Aug. 3. For more information on the Cressotti Baseball School, visit www.cressottibaseball.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.