Big League Experience Baseball Camp is the longest running, and most notable residential baseball camps in North America. Under the direction of Oliver resident Don Coy and John Vanderburgh the camp came into fruition in 1960. One year later a strong baseball addition to the camp came in the form of Washington State Hall of Fame player/coach Dale Parker who’s resources and baseball connections took the camp to another level.
In the mid 80’s Bob Kokotailo took over and continued the legacy of the camp until the mid 90’s. Bob brought a baseball passion to Oliver in which his whole family was a part of.
Since 1997 the camp has been directed by former Major League scout and Team Canada coach Marty Lehn, and former professional baseball player and Team Canada member Colin Dixon.
“Our goal was to continue the legacy of the original owners by offering a camp that teaches young men and boys how to play the game of baseball in a professional manner and provide them with an experience that gives the game the respect it truly deserves.”
Big League Experience Camp objectives expand beyond the playing field and are meant to influence all aspects of life:
- Teach leadership through experience.
- Teach the value of good team sportsmanship.
- Focus on the assessment and development of each individual player.
- Give players an improved sense of self-discipline and ability to self-assess.
- Share a passion for the game of baseball.
In addition to summer baseball camps, the Big League Experience hosts quality baseball tournaments, as well as offering player/coach baseball clinics and Travel Events to Las Vegas and Arizona.
We feel extremely fortunate to be able to spend so much time on a baseball field doing something we love while passing along some of our passion for the game and the fellowship that it brings.
Have a great season and most of all have fun.
Marty Lehn and Colin Dixon