Dominican Republic Family Trip 2017
Our Annual Family Trip to the Dominican Republic will be February 16th to 20th, 2017. This is the best, international youth baseball program on the island. This trip is for ballplayers ages 6 to 15 who are looking to compete against some of the best players their age, anywhere and expand their horizons. Ballplayers must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. A full support team of our best coaches will be on hand providing top-flight, personal service.
Our local hosts are the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception who have been working with the Consuelo community to build programs of social uplift for more than 50 years. We will take some time to visit their new Senior Home for retired sugar cane field workers. Our other host will be the ImpActa Foundation, a dynamic youth program founded by Seattle Mariners third base coach and Consuelo native Manny Acta. We will be spending the day on the fields of the ImpActa Foundation which provides baseball and educational programming to many local peloteros!
We expect to welcome more than 30 families from around the United States and Canada. We will be joined daily by more than 50-75 local players of similar ages. Our coaching staff will be comprised of veteran HRBC coaches and a strong group of local coaches, with many years experience in Major League baseball. Luis Noel, a full-time Baltimore Orioles scout, will also be on hand everyday as one of our lead coaches. You will not find a better staff with more character. Period.
We will be spending the day in Consuelo, just outside San Pedro de Macoris, on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic which sends more players to professional baseball, per capita, than any nation on Earth. Big Leaguers from Consuelo through the years include Rico Carty, Pepe Frias, Julio Franco, Sammy Sosa, Albert Lois, Juan Samuel, Alfredo Griffin and Mariano Duncan, among others.
We recommend families stay at the Hodelpa Garden Suites in Juan Dolio, about 25 minutes from Las Americas Airport. We have secured a special group rate which includes a full breakfast service (Complete Hotel information is below).
Ballplayers can expect a full day of training, practice, and two live games per day in a full hustle atmosphere. We mix the players up each day within their age groups.
Our coaches are here to teach, motivate and help each player maximize their time. Any player who wants individual instruction on any aspect of the game simply needs to ask. We will enjoy a home-cooked Dominican lunch each day served at ImpActa alongside our Dominican teammates.
*Special Note for parents who need to get work done. Any parent who needs to stay at the hotel to get work done, there is wi-fi at the hotel and the hotel has a business center. Parents are welcome to join us or to stay at the hotel to work if they would like.
- 6:45 am: Full breakfast service begins at our hotel
- 8:20 am: wheels up- team buses depart for 30 minute ride to Consuelo. Parents are welcome. This is an electronics free experience for the ballplayers from when you step in the bus until return later in the day.
- 8:50 am: Arrival at ImpActa
- 9:00 am: All camp team meeting in the bleachers for some motivation and daily notes.
- 9:15 to 9:30 am: break into age groups, walk to fields for dynamic warm up and throwing.
- 9:30 to 10:15 am: Square Drill (ground balls and fly balls) and pitching practice. We will have plenty of bottles water on hand all day.
- 10:15 to 10:20 am: Break into fair teams and play Game 1.
- 11:50 am: Wash up for lunch, eat
- 12:50 am: Batting practice/Pitching bullpens
- 1:45 pm: Game 2
- 3:15 pm: Last out – Field coaches review the days effort, shake coaches and ImpActa staffs hands, personal equipment load out, trash patrol, board team buses.
- 3:30 pm: Wheels-up – depart to Hotel.
- 4:00 pm: Arrival back at Hotel. Players under supervision of their parents or guardians.
- Ballplayers will be supervised at all times during the day.
- Parents or guardians are welcome to join us all day and have lunch with us but are not required. We ask that you be in the lobby at 4:00 pm to greet your child if you do not accompany us.
- In case of injury we have a local hospital accross the street from ImpActa and are 30 minutes from the hospital in San Pedro.
- Parents who want a flexible schedule to join us for part of the day are welcome to hire our driver Lucas Soriano and his fleet for any request.
- We will also be playing daily games in surrounding cane Bateys.
- Families may choose from a selection of local restaurants in addition to the hotel dinner. Our trip transportation consultant Lucas Soriano or the front desk can arrange transportation to and from local eateries.
- Coach Mac’s recommendations: “I prefer a home cooked Dominican meal with a frost covered Presidente right out of the bottle, but when I do eat out I go to Estrellas Parador, an outstanding roadside joint serving quality, fresh and inexpensive authentic Dominican cuisine. About 20 minutes down the road. If my wife and I want to take it up a notch- we take an outdoor table at the outstanding restaurant El Meson. Minutes from our hotel on the beach in Juan Dolio. You will not have a bad meal at either spot.”
- Meet the Grey Sisters who have lived in Consuelo for over 50 years and helped build the town.
- Afternoon trip to a batey to learn more about the history of the area and to experience another part of Dominican baseball and life.
Boys and Girls Ages 6-15
Thursday, February 16th to Monday, February 20th, 2017
This camp will run for 5 consecutive days. Please come for as many of the days as you are able. We realize not everyone will be able to make all five days due to school and varying schedules. If you can make it for all 5 days, great! If not, please come for as many as you can.
The trip is based out of the Hodelpa Garden Suites in Juan Dolio. We have a room block reserved and get a discounted rate. Of course, you may stay wherever you would like. We provide a bus for campers and parents to and from Consuelo which leaves every morning from the Hodelpa lobby. Hotel accommodations are not included in the price of the camp. If you need help finding lodging or would like to stay at the Hodelpa and would like assistance making a reservation, we would be more than happy to assist.
Hodelpa Garden Suites:
- Address: Autovia del Este, Blvd de Juan Dolio / Metro Country Club, 21004 Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
- Contact Person: Fany Rodriguez (Fanyrodriguez@hodelpa.com)
- Phone Number: 809-688-9999
- Group rates for Home Run Baseball Camp families:
- Standard DBL: US$95 (for 2 people – Extra child (ages 6-12) $10 each; Extra person (over 12 years old) $25 each) Standard rooms are on the first floor of the hotel and the rooms are not renovated
- Deluxe DBL: US$100 (for 2 people – Extra child (ages 6-12) $10 each; Extra person (over 12 years old) $25 each) Deluxe rooms are on the second floor of the hotel and the rooms have been renovated
- Note: there is an additional 28% tax on each room
- Room Rate also includes:
- Buffet Breakfast included at Fairway Grill Restaurant
- Happy Hour from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, every day
- Private beach club with transportation included ( please verify the schedule at the front desk)
- Free Wireless internet access
- Special discounts on green fees in the golf course Los Marlins
The majority of our families fly into Santo Domingo (SDQ) airport services by many carriers. It’s located about 30 minutes from our hotel in Juan Dolio.
We will have one of coaches who is bilingual greet our families once they clear customs and escort you to our bilingual transportation provider Lucas Soriano and his associates. I have know Lucas for over 15 years and he is a family man of impeccable character. As safe and professional a driver as you will find anywhere.
The price is $50 total for up to five people and $10 each beyond that. Families can obviously share a ride and the cost if they arrived on the same flights.
A few families choose Punta Cana’s airport which is around 1.5 hours away. We can arrange a ride for you from there as well. Simply let us know.
Daily Field Location:
ImpACTA Foundation Baseball Complex
Consuelo, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
- STEP 1: $600 per family. You will do this by registering below. (Note: This cost does NOT include airfare, hotel, food or local transportation.)
- STEP 2: We also ask that you send a donation to our hosts, Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, of either $100, $250, $500 or $1,000. You will do this by sending a check to the following address:
- Grey Sisters Dominican Republic
c/o Debbie Godfrey
Director of Finance
Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
700 MacKay Street
Pembrooke, ON K8A1G6
- Camper Clothing: Campers should wear cleats and a full baseball uniform of their choice everyday. Each camper will get a special batting practice top.
- Lunch: A home cooked, Dominican-style lunch will provided for players and spectators each day.
- Transportation: Transportation is provided from the Hodelpa Suites to and from camp each day for players and spectators.
- For local transportation needs, you can contact our local transportation person:
- Lucas Soriano – Transportation Consultant
- For local transportation needs, you can contact our local transportation person:
Past Attendees and Founding Coaches include:
- Eddie McCarthy, Director Hamptons Baseball Camp, 1990 Washington Gatorade HS Player of the Year
- RJ Johnsen, Head Baseball Coach at St. Albans (RJ lived in Consuelo for two years serving the community)
- Hon. Russell F. Canan, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division of DC Superior Court
- Hon. Franklin A. Burgess, Senior Judge and former Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division of DC Superior Court
- Antoine Williams, Head Baseball Coach Maret and DC Dynasty
- Emma Pope, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Tim Guinan, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Rodney Brock, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Michael Fabrikant, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Dan Thorner, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Ben Wiseman, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Tim Craley, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Luke Mullins, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Matt Larson, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Tony Mize, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Jeremy Drummond, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Santos DeLeon, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Luis Cardona, Home Run Baseballl Camp
- Sean Flikke, Home Run Baseball Camp
- Jim Mauro, Former President Northwest Washington Little League
- Matt Whiteside, retired MLB pitcher with the Braves, Padres, Rangers among others.
- Matt Bowman, pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals (Princeton)
- Emmanuel Burriss, Shortstop with the Philadelphia Phillies (Kent State)
- Sam Mulroy, Catcher with the Anaheim Angels organization (Princeton)
- Danny Hultzen, #2 overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft and winner of the John Olerud Award (Virginia)
- Pete Wilk, Head Baseball Coach Georgetown
- David Baad, Assistant Headmaster at St. Albans
- Brendan Sullivan, Director of Headfirst Sports
- Joseph Graziano, Georgetown University ’07 and Georgetown Law ’11. Was Georgetown’s Rhodes Scholar nominee in 2007.
- Dan Spring, Director of Spring Training Baseball
- Ted Sullivan, CEO Game Changer
- Larry Rocca, Journalist
- Walter Albee, DC Dynasty
- Sgt. Steffen Allen, retired DC Police Officer
- Chief David Sturm, United States Border Patrol
Hodelpa Garden Suites
Metro Country Club
21004 Juan Dolio
- Ages: Boys and Girls 6-15
- Duration: Thursday, 2/16/2017 to Monday, 2/20/2017
- Time: 8:20 AM to 4:00 PM daily
- Step 1: $600 per family. You will do this by registering below. (Note: This cost does NOT include airfare, hotel, food or local transportation.)
- Step 2: We also ask that you send a donation to our hosts, Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, of either $100, $250, $500 or $1,000. You will do this by sending a check to the following address: Grey Sisters Dominican Republic c/o Debbie Godfrey Director of Finance 700 MacKay Street Pembrooke, ON K8A1G6 Canada