Clutch Baseball at Camp Canyon Bethany, West Virginia
NIKE Baseball Camps is looking forward to seven weeks of camp with Clutch Baseball. Campers will have the opportunity to receive skill level specific instruction to enhance every player’s game. By bringing instruction to a personal level, Clutch is able to help every camper build the confidence to continue to improve throughout the year.
Clutch baseball brings out the best in a player both on and off the field. By bringing together the best in baseball instruction and the best of traditional summer camping, Clutch gives players tools for the game and skills for life.
- Professional instruction
- Low camper/staff ratio
- Multi-level ability grouping
- NIKE Baseball Camp T-Shirt
- NIKE Graduation Certificate
What Major League Players are Saying
Jered Weaver, Pitcher - Los Angeles Angel
"Clutch is the ideal place for any player looking to make it to the next level"
Mike Napoli, Catcher - Boston Red Sox
"Clutch is just the kind of focused camp that every developing player needs"
Jeff Mathis, Catcher - Miami Marlins
"Clutch has amazing facilities and with Von Stertzbach surrounded by superb coaches, players can't help but get better"
Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
"Clutch Baseball is changing the game. Can't wait to see the first Clutch player in the Majors...going to happen soon."
Located on the beautiful Bethany College campus, NIKE Baseball campers get a spring training atmosphere feel. Campers get a comfortable suite style living and the finest of playing facilities.
The collegiate playing fields and conditioning facilities give a true Big League feeling to the NIKE Baseball Campers. Indoor batting cages located within the 100,000 square foot field house allow training and conditioning to go on rain our shine at Clutch.
After a full day, our campers retire to air conditioned suites in a central living area. Bunks accommodate 6-8 campers with two full bathrooms, refrigerator and common area with couches.
Bethany’s 1,300 acre campus is located in the northern panhandle of WV. The college is a mere 40 minutes from the Pittsburgh airport.Meet your coaching staff
Don Moody is a former Division I athlete with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame (1991). Don spent his college summers working at a residential boys’ sports camps and, touched by the positive impact camp had on children’s lives he started his full-time camping career as a Program Director at Camp Windau in 1992, going on be become Associate Director. He dedicated 14 years to the campers and staff there and through his tenure has been a featured speaker at the Tri-state Camping Conference, has served as an American Camping Association Standards Visitor and is a current member of the American Camping Association. Don has been the full time Director of Camp Canyon since its founding in 2007.
Coach Von Stertzbach was a State Champion and High School All American in 1999 and then pitched collegiately at the University of Central Florida where he led the nation as a reliever and starter in ERA for parts of the 2002 season. After being drafted in 2003 in the 9th Round by Scout Tom Kotchman and the Anaheim Angels, Coach Stertzbach spent 2003 through 2008 in the highly touted Angels System.
Von Stertzbach was a non roster invitee to MLB Spring Training in parts of 2004, all of 2005 and parts of 2008. His many mentors and former coaches include, Mike Scioscia ( Anaheim Angels Manager), Mike Butcher (Anaheim Angels Pitching Coach), Bud Black (San Diego Padres Manager) , Joe Maddon (Tampa Bay Rays Manager) to name a few.. Coach Von Stertzbach was invited to MLB’s Arizona Fall League in 2007 which highly rated prospects are drafted to attend by their respective organization and compete at the highest levels.
Coach Von Stertzbach shares a big league style of coaching that Clutch Campers will immediately absorb his intense love of the game and, at the same time, realize he is deeply committed to making each player a better person. Coach Stertzbach believes that baseball is played by individuals who all have different approaches and styles. Coaching is about taking your particular style and ability and understanding how to apply it. Each session Von is surrounded by other professionals, college players as well as high school and college coaches. A well rounded set of coaching backgrounds means players can specialize in any position and every player gets extensive work in all facets of the game.
Coach Von Stertzbach and his wife Jackie have 2 sons Tyler and Mason and reside in Coral Springs Florida.
Philosophy on the Field
Philosophy off the Field
Hitting philosophy and mental preparation
Situational hitting including bunting and opposite field
Situational base running including leads, steals, etc.
Outfield play including footwork, jumps, routes, position and throwing
Pitching mechanics including pitches, grips, balance and delivery
Pitching mental toughness including multiple game situations
Catching skills including receiving, throwing, blocking and more.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake up
- 7:30 a.m. Daily schedule briefing
- 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. Pitchers – Strength and Conditioning, Fielding Bunts, Comebackers, Covering 1st Position Players – Throwing Program, Defensive instruction, Individual work Catchers – Blocking, Bunts, Transfers, Pitcher & Catcher Communication
- 10:30 a.m. Pitchers – Bullpens Position Players – Defensive Fielding, Bullpens, Hitting Factory Catchers – Hitting Factory, Bullpens, Defensive Fielding
- 12:15 p.m. Lunch
- 1:30 p.m. Position Specific “Detailed Baseball Talk”
- 2:00 p.m. Condition Specific Defensive Fielding
- 3:00 p.m. Hitting, Shagging, Base Running
- 4:00 p.m. Cool downs and Pool Time or Private Lessons
- 5:30 p.m. Dinner
- 7:00 p.m. Evening Activity (movies, camp fires, etc)
- 8:30 p.m. Evening Wrap Up and Showers
- 9:00 p.m. Back to Bunks
- 10:00 p.m. Lights out
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.