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 Rising Star Baseball Camp was founded by Coach Darren Gurney in 1998. Since its inception, Coach Gurney's goal has been to provide comprehensive, college-level instruction sessions through both skill building activities and station drills that foster proper fundamentals. The camp prides itself on a personalized learning experience for athletes where the camper to coach ratio is smaller than other camp settings. Camp instructors are carefully selected and possess playing experience at the college and/or professional levels. Staff members are often educators and coaches during the school year at local high schools and colleges. As a result, six campers have gone on to play professional baseball and over 70 alumni have signed to play NCAA baseball since 1998.  More specifically, camper Tom Koehler was drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2008, camper Jojo Gray was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft, and camper Luis Guerrero was selected by the Houston Astros in the 8th round of the 2019 Draft. 
With affordable tuition rates, cutting edge baseball mechanics implemented, and a unique/fun atmosphere, it is no surprise that camper enrollment has tripled during the past 12 years. Coach Gurney has been running camps/clinics for 28 years and has coached within his college/varsity teams over twenty players that were selected in the MLB Draft or who have gone on to professional baseball.   


1999 Rising Star Baseball Camp Commemorative Photo
 

Rising Star Timeline: 
1998: Camp Opens at Trinity 
1999: Camp Moves to D'Onofrio
2005: Camp Moves To ALMS 
2005: 6 Campers Meet A-Rod
2006: 1st Camp Trip - NY Mets
2007: Annual Trip To Yankees
2008: Tom Koehler Drafted MLB
2015: 25th camper signs NCAA 
2017: 3 campers travel & play in Japan
2018: Jojo Gray drafted by Reds
2018: John Valente drafted by Tigers
2018: 7 campers travel to play in D.R.
2019: Luis Guerrero drafted by Astros
2019: 5 campers travel to play in Italy
2020: Virtual Baseball Camp launched 

  • College coaches/players instruct
  • Active professional players visit
  • Effective station drills for skill specialization
  • Simulated high school/professional tryout
  • Excellent camper:coach ratio
  • Trips to MLB games
  • Daily prizes awarded
  • Video analysis of campers emailed
  • End of week awards ceremony
  • Individual camper evaluations distributed
  • Baseball Olympics & World Series
  • Campers receive t-shirt & water bottle
  • New Rochelle High School coaches present
  • Action photographs emailed weekly
  • Innovative instructional techniques
  • Strength & Speed drills incorporated daily
  • Camp trainer on site

Station Drills
The Camp Staff provides instruction in proper baseball mechanics through effective station drills designed to build skill development.  Photos include instruction at the Soft Toss Hitting Drill; the Feel for the Fence Drill; and teaching of the basics of a Figure 4 Slide.

Controlled Scrimmage Games
Campers play games every afternoon, in which they incorporate skills/techniques learned in the morning station drills & apply them to game situations.

Baseball Olympics Competition
On the final day of camp, players compete in various categories, including homerun derby, long toss, throwing accuracy, bunting proficiency, and many more.

Baseball Game Situations Test/Trivia Competition
At the end of the camp day, prizes are awarded to players who have made outstanding plays on the field or answered baseball-related questions effectively, including trivia and game situation questions. Prizes include t-shirts, baseball cards, and Powerade beverages.

Simulated Pro/High School Tryout & Meeting Professional Baseball Players
All campers experience a professional tryout as camp staff members went through during their playing careers. In addition, a major league scout or coach visits and discusses with campers the necessary attitude and skills to attract major league organizations. Campers often get to meet/obtain autographs of active professional players and pose questions about life and the challenges of being a baseball player.

Meeting MLB Players
On August 1, 2005, six Rising Star Campers were selected to meet Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) at in NYC.

Major League Games
Every summer since 2007, we have attended games at CitiField and Yankee Stadium!

Philanthropy & Charitable Events
Rising Star Baseball Camp donates to various organizations, including New Rochelle Little League, Youth Baseball of New Rochelle, The United Way of New Rochelle, the New Rochelle High School Baseball Team, and more.  In addition, our staff runs free baseball clinics/seminars for players and coaches throughout the year.

 

Charity Baseball Games: Coach Gurney & "Doc" Gooden (2013); Coach Gurney & John Franco (2014)

Video Analysis
In our continual effort to improve player performance, Rising Star Baseball Camp utilizes state of the art technology to analyze and assess player mechanics.
Click below to view and listen to a sample of hitting analysis for one of our 12 year old campers.
 

Camper/Coach-In-Training Program
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Zack Farber Camper (2006)         Zack Farber Coach-In-Training (2017)