Youth Summer Camp
The purpose of our youth camps is to give each player the best possible instruction from Ferrum College coaches and players to make every individual a better baseball player. We will focus on teaching the fundamentals of baseball and how to apply this to your game. You will receive instruction in every phase of the game including hitting, fielding, pitching, catching and base running!
Ages 6-13 are open to attend. Panther Baseball Camps are open to any and all entrants limited only by number, age, grade level, and/or gender.
***Please bring both turfs and spikes. We will be using the turf football field and you may not wear metal cleats on the turf. You may wear molded cleats if you so choose.***
***Lunch will not be provided, however we will break for one hour. Campers can either bring lunch or leave to get food and come back***
Event Type: Camps & Clinics
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Ryan Brittle joined the Ferrum staff as head baseball coach in the summer of 2013. In his first season at the helm of the program, he led the Panthers to the 2014 USA South regular season title and was named Coach of the Year. Brittle then led Ferrum to the USA South regular season title in 2016, and was again named Coach of the Year.
Prior to being named head coach at Ferrum, Brittle served as assistant baseball coach four years at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. He was the assistant head coach at Rogers State, lead infield instructor and third base coach for the Hillcat baseball program, which was ranked in the NAIA Top 25 all four years Brittle was with the program.
Prior to Rogers State, Brittle was assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for seven years at Radford University, and assistant baseball coach two years at Virginia Tech.
Brittle attended Ferrum two years before completing his bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech, where he played two seasons for the Hokies. He was a member of the 1997 Virginia Tech team that went to the NCAA Division I Regionals. As a player at Ferrum, he was part of the 1996 Panther baseball team that competed in the NCAA Division III Regionals.
Brittle earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry from Virginia Tech in 2000, and his master’s degree in education from East Central (Okla.) University in 2011. Brittle is married to Rebecca Lynn Cooper Brittle from Stafford, Virginia. The Brittles have six children and reside in Ferrum, Virginia.
Schaffner joined the Ferrum Baseball staff in Januray 2021 and will work under Head Coach Ryan Brittle. The two previously worked together at Division I Radford University.
Schaffner jumped into the baseball world after serving in the United States Army for two years. He started at Wright State University as an Assistant Baseball Coach and Adjunct Professor. After serving as the Director of a national recruiting program, he headed to Georgetown College to serve as the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.
His next stop would then come at Atlantic Coast Conference school University of Virgina as the Pitching Coach where his staff finished with the 11th best Earned Run Average in the country in 2003. A few more stops at Radford University and Mars Hill College were next for Schaffner, adding to his plethora of experience. Schaffner’s most recent stop was at former Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Emory & Henry College, where he served as their Assistant Baseball Coach from 2012-2020.
Brett Kaminski joined the Ferrum staff as Assistant Baseball Coach in the fall of 2021. Kaminski comes from NCAA Div. II Tiffin University in Ohio, where he was an Assistant Coach responsible for player development and recruiting. In 2021, Tiffin’s offense ranked first in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) in batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, walks, and on-base percentage. The Dragons were also ranked in the top 50 nationally in batting average, hits, walks and on-base percentage. The Dragons went on to place five position players on the GMAC All-Conference team in that season.
Prior to Tiffin, Kaminski spent two years at NAIA Webber International University in central Florida, where he was a Graduate Assistant Coach and then Assistant Coach. The Warriors were nationally recognized in 2019 & 2020 and fell just one win short of the program’s first NAIA World Series appearance in 2019.
Kaminski attended and played baseball at Webber International from 2015-18. He was a member of the three teams that won more games (in that span) than any other team in program history. In 2016, the Webber offense set new records for runs scored, home runs, extra base hits, total bases, and stolen bases. In 2017, Webber made its first NAIA Tournament appearance and set a program record for season wins. The 2018 Warriors clinched the program’s first conference title in the Sun Conference Tournament and made another NAIA playoff appearance.
Kaminski earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport Business Management in 2018, and his master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management in 2020 from Webber International. Kaminski lives in Ferrum with his wife Katelyn and daughter Kinsley.
Chris Dowdy, a Ferrum Alum, joined the Ferrum staff as a volunteer assistant in 2022 helping out with the catchers. He also is the current head coach at Nelson County High School where he has held the positon since 2018. He led his program to their first regional semi-final in over 20 years.
Prior to being named head coach at Nelson, Dowdy served as the president of Amherst Dixie Youth baseball for over 10 years. Also, during that time Dowdy built a five team travel ball organization with over sixty kids in the organization. Dowdy also did private lessons with many kids ranging from the ages of 5 to 18. Dowdy also worked one on one with numerous catchers in his over 20 year coaching career.
Dowdy attended and played for the legendary Coach Abe Naff at Ferrum College. He was a member of the 1996 Panther baseball team that competed in the NCAA Division III Regionals.
Dowdy earned his bachelor’s degree in Recreation & Leisure in 1998 from Ferrum College. Dowdy is married to Nichole Minter Dowdy from Amherst, Virginia. The Dowdy’s have 2 children and reside in Amherst, Virginia.
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584 Ferrum Mountain Rd, Ferrum, VA
Panther Baseball Camps
Check out some of our FAQs below
What is the refund policy?
Registrants that are unable to attend a camp they have previously registered for will receive a coupon code to attend a different camp free of charge.
Where are the camps located?
All Ferrum College Baseball Camps are located at Ferrum College in Ferrum, VA. The address is:
460 Ferrum Mountain Rd
Ferrum, VA 24088
Is lunch provided?
Lunch is not provided at our camps, however we give all attendees an hour break to leave campus to get food or purchase a meal in the dining hall.
Can parents stay for camp?
Absolutely! Parents are more than welcome to stick around to watch camp.
What hotels do you recommend that are close by?
Holiday Inn: 395 Old Franklin Tpke
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Baymont: 1730 N Main St
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Hilton Garden Inn: 4500 S Peak Blvd
Roanoke, VA 24018