Rice Baseball/Softball Academy

Ages: 10-14 (Must be 8th Grade and Below)

Location: Reckling Park at Rice University Campus – Houston, TX

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 to Monday, January 15, 2024

Registration Closed

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Camp Philosophy

Rice Academy has created an environment that will mentor, develop and equip young athletes to help them develop on the field, in the classroom, and at life.


Rice Academy has a pathway for youth baseball and softball players to take the next step in their  individual progression. Coach Cruz and the Rice staff have an environment consisting  of college coaches, current/former Rice players, and professional baseball players that will be leading the instruction of each session. During each session the athletes will be placed in a group according to their skill level.  Every participant in the Rice  Academy will receive instruction in the areas of hitting and defense.



Sessions are 2x Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday



Each session is 90 minutes.

  • Session 1 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Session 2 from 8:00pm-9:30pm


Camp Philosophy

The growth and success of Rice Baseball Camps are primarily due to the baseball team’s long history of success on the diamond. This history includes 197 players drafted by the MLB, 7 College World Series Appearances, and 1 National Championship. Head coach Jose Cruz Jr., a graduate of Rice University and 12-Year Major-Leaguer, will be in attendance for all of our camps. Our ultimate goal is to provide our knowledge and expertise to help grow each individual’s love for the game of baseball.


What to Bring

Glove, bat, helmet, batting gloves, cleats (molded), water bottle, small change for concessions.


We will have a small inventory of Shirts/Hats available for purchase at registration.



No meals will be provided.



Check-in 15 minutes prior to your session start time.



Reckling Park located on the Rice University Campus at 6100 Main. Primary entrances are #8 off University Boulevard or #18 off Rice Boulevard. Rice University Campus Map


Reckling Park at Rice University

6100 Main St

Houston, TX 77005


Parking Information

Parking for the event will be limited to West Lot 4 and will cost $5.00.


Concussion Information for Parents

Please click on the link and read through the Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents put together by the CDC’s Heads Up program.  Concussion Fact Sheet


Refund Policy

Refunds will be handled on a case-by-case basis.


Please check your email regularly as this is our primary way we communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you signed up for camp. Please make it a habit to check your e-mail daily, this will eliminate any confusion and or miscommunication.


Questions?  Please contact DC Arendas at dc.arendas@gmail.com