Camps offer opportunities for children to stay physically active this summer


From Staff Reports

Liberty Hill instructors will host several sports camps once school is dismissed for summer beginning with baseball and basketball in June and ending with football in August.

All brochures and application forms can be found at the Liberty Hill High School website.

Below is a summary of each camp.

June 4 – June 7

Panther Baseball Camp for incoming 2nd — 9th graders  

  Liberty Hill baseball Coach Mike Kristan will host a baseball camp at Liberty Hill High School June 4-7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost for the camp is $85 for pre-registration per camper, $150 for multiple campers from the same family and $100 if you register on the first day of camp. Make checks payable to: Mike Kristan-Baseball Camp.

Coach Kristan asks that participants bring baseball pants, shoes, socks, T-shirt, bat, glove, cap and a water bottle. Water will be provided from an athletic water jug.

To register, return form to Coach Kristan at the high school office, or bring it to first day of camp June 4.

Coach Kristan says the camp will be beneficial for young people interested in learning Panther-style Baseball. Instructional objectives to be covered are: defensive and offensive phases of baseball including hitting, fielding, base running, pitching and overall defensive techniques and coverages.

Contact Coach Kristan with any questions at (512) 260-5500 (work) or (512) 925-5729 (cell).

Lady Panther Hoop Camp 

for incoming 2nd — 9th graders

 Liberty Hill Lady Panthers basketball Coach Matt Kirschner will host his fourth Lady Panther Hoop Camp June 4-7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Liberty Hill High School.

Cost for the camp is $105 before May 25 and $125 after. If there are sisters, $10 will be deducted from the total amount for each one registering.

Campers should come dressed in shorts, a T-shirt and appropriate footwear. Each camper can bring her own lunch or may purchase pizza; along with drinks and snacks at camp (all prices are moderate). A camp security bank is provided to allow withdrawals and deposits throughout the week to insure that campers will not lose their money.

To register, send a check made out to Matt Kirschner along with the registration form to Matt Kirschner at 1000 Barclay Drive, Leander, TX 78641. For more information contact Coach Kirschner at (512) 484-2467 (cell) or (512) 259-0992 (home).

Campers should expect a full day of basketball fundamentals that emphasize a fast-paced, intense, “circuit” effect that is suited for all ages, sizes, and abilities.

Coach Kirschner says they offer a big-time camp concept, including all amenities and benefits, plus a free basketball for each camper.

“We stress skill development, concentration, self-discipline, teamwork, and a positive attitude” he said. “Campers will compete in an upbeat, nurturing atmosphere that offers competition based on size, age and ability. This format has proven to be effective over the last 21 years, and we try to improve on it each summer.”

There will be coaches from other schools around Texas with camp experience to help mold campers and a maximum of 10-to-1 camper/coach ratio.

June 9 – July 28

Summer Weights & Conditioning Program for incoming 7th-12th graders

 Led by State Championship winning Coach Jerry Vance and his staff, the Summer Weights and Conditioning Program is a way to stay in shape over the summer and prepare for any upcoming sports season.

The weightlifting camp runs from June 9-July 28 Mondays through Thursdays with three sessions a day at the new fully equipped weight room at Liberty Hill High School. (Camp will not be held July 2-July 7.)

Session 1 runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Junior High session is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Session 2 is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost of the camp is $75 for one individual and $100 for a family plan (brothers or sisters who attend LHJH or LHHS). Make checks payable to Liberty Hill ISD.

Checks can be mailed along with registration form to: Liberty Hill High School at 13125 SH 29, Liberty Hill, TX 78642 or dropped off to Coaches Vance, Goldsmith, Lange or Kociuba.

The Summer Weights and Conditioning Program is also for all young men and women who want to improve their strength, speed, overall physical fitness and prevent injuries.

“We think it’s vital we lift weights so we don’t have any atrophy on the muscles,” said Vance. “We think it’s a serious deterrent for injuries during the season. With the number of kids that we have coming out for sports, our number of injuries are dramatically lower than a lot of the schools around us that don’t provide this service.”

Coach Vance said the summer weightlifting program is important for team building.

“If people you are playing with see you working hard and sacrificing your time and putting forth that effort it seems to bring the team together,” he said. “I think it’s important that our kids work together to build that team unity.”

If you have any questions contact Coach Vance at (512) 260-5505 or email him at

June 11 – June 14

Lady Panther Softball Camp for incoming 3rd-9th graders

  Headed by District Champion winning Coach Charice Hankins, the Lady Panther Softball Camp will be held at Liberty Hill High School softball field June 11-14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost of the camp is $55. Price includes: camp T-shirt, snack and drink every day.

Checks can be made out to Coach Charice Hankins-L.H. Softball Camp and sent along with the registration form to 5903 Rain Creek Parkway Austin, Texas 78759. Or you can call Coach Hankins and RSVP at (512) 970-6552 and bring the form the first day of camp.

The camp’s emphasis will be placed on the individual skills of throwing, fielding, base running and hitting. Coaches will also work with campers on basic bunts, bunt defense and team drills.

Players will be divided into groups of appropriate skill levels and physical ability. Teams will be developed to compete in a tournament type play at the conclusion of the camp on Thursday. Bring a water bottle – water will be in the dugout – and a glove and sun screen.

Coach Hankins encourages girls to participate.

“I think softball camp is a great way for kids to work on specific skills, drills, and mix in fun softball activities, to make playing softball fun and challenging,” said Hankins. “Our camp works on all the basic skills, and we also play a lot of competitive games to teach kids to compete with themselves and other kids. Camp provides great team building and lots of softball.”

Runnin’ Panther Hoop Camp 

for boys who are incoming 2nd-9th graders

  Led by District Championship winning Coach Barry Boren, the 10th annual Runnin’ Panther Hoop Camp will be held June 11-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Liberty Hill High School gym.

Camp cost before June 4 is $105 and after June 4 is $125. This is the cost for each camper attending. If there are brothers, $10 can be deducted from the total amount for each one registering.

Make checks out to Barry Boren and send them along with the registration form to 308 Bronco Blvd., Liberty Hill, TX 78642.

All campers will receive a multi-colored commemorative camp T-shirt, personal evaluation, certificate of participation and will compete for over 100 awards presented in numerous categories. And every camper will leave with his own camp basketball.

Campers should come dressed in shorts, T-shirt, and appropriate footwear. Each camper can bring his own lunch or may purchase pizza; along with drinks and snacks at camp (all prices are moderate). A camp security bank is provided to allow withdrawals and deposits throughout the week to insure that campers will not lose their money.

For further details, call Coach Barry Boren at (512) 775-7979 (cell), (512) 778-6919 (home) or (512)  260-5515 (work).

June 18 – June 20

Cheerleader Spirit Camp for boys & girls Pre-K–6th grades 

 The 2012-2013 Varsity and JV cheerleaders will host the 17th annual LHHS Spirit Camp for boys and girls Pre-K through sixth grade at the Liberty Hill High School gym June 18-20.

Camp fee is $60 for early registration, $70 after June 1 and $75 at the door.

Schedule: Monday June 18 – Check in at 8:45 am, Camp 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Bring a labeled sack lunch each day.) Tuesday June 19 – Camp 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday June 20 – Camp 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Performance at 1:10 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend the performance.

Activities include learning cheers, chants and yells. Campers will also be taught cheerleading fundamentals, basic stunts, and safety. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and will be allowed to cheer with at Homecoming 2012 during the third quarter.

June 25 – June 28

Summer Golf Clinic for boys and girls ages 10 — 18

 Instructed by PGA professional David Edel, the Summer Golf Clinic will be held June 25-28 at Liberty Hill Junior High School with two sessions a day.

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Edel will work with kids ages 10-13. Then from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. he will instruct campers ages 14-18.

Camp cost is $150. Checks should be made out to Edel Golf and mailed along with the registration form to Edel Golf – 123 Holmes Road, Ste 5, Liberty Hill, TX 78642.

Campers will receive instruction on all aspects of the game and learn swing fundamentals, short game,

gold course rules and etiquette.  There will also be an opportunity to play five holes on Friday, June 29, for a small additional fee. Lunch will be provided on that day. Campers will need to bring golf clubs and drinking water.

Edel’s wife, Barbara, said the Summer Golf Clinic is an opportunity to create interest in the sport in Liberty Hill, especially among kids who don’t play one of the sports offered at school.

“One of the reasons golf isn’t big in Liberty Hill is because there is not a golf course,” she said. “This is an opportunity for kids who are not football or basketball players to become part of a sport that can be very successful for them. It builds a lot of confidence.”

Campers will learn proper behavior when playing on a golf course.

“So the principle of camp is to be able to teach kids how to go and play on a golf course,” Edel said. “They need to know the rules, proper etiquette on the golf course and the dress code. “

Edel said campers will also be instructed on basic facets of the sport as well.

“The golf camp is going to give (campers) exposure on how to work on your long drives, how to approach the green with wedges and how to learn to putt,” she said. “They are going to be (learning) the fundamentals of golf.”

For more information contact Barbara Edel at (512) 585-7854 or email her at

 July 30 – August 2

Lady Panther Volleyball Camp for incoming 4th — 9th graders

 Hosted by Liberty Hill volleyball Coach Gretchen Peterson, the Lady Panther Volleyball Camp will be held July 30-August 2 at the Liberty Hill High School gym with two sessions a day.

Session 1: 5th, 6th, and 7th graders- 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Session 2: 8th and 9th graders- 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost of the camp is $45 per camper. Checks can be made to Gretchen Peterson and mailed along with registration form to: Gretchen Peterson at 3776 Castle Rock Drive, Round Rock, TX 78681. Entry form and camp fee due by July 1.

This camp is open to all incoming fifth through ninth grade girls interested in playing middle school and high school volleyball. This is an opportunity to get ready for the upcoming season, improve skills and have fun.