Joplin, MO (SNS) – Registration is open for the annual Lifetime Sports Academy at Missouri Southern State University, as well as camps for young basketball, baseball and softball players.

The Lifetime Sports Academy – to be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 1-4 – teaches the skills and promotes the appreciation of selected activities, from bowling and archery to Frisbee and racquet sports. The camp is open to children ages 7-12; cost is $85 per child.

Participants will need to bring swimming suits, towels, socks and concession money. All equipment will be furnished by the MSSU Kinesiology Department.

For more information, call 417-625-9316.

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There will be four different men’s basketball camps offered.

The Elite Camp, for grades 10-12, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Cost is $70 per camper.

Shooting camps for grades 2-12 are also planned. Grades 2-6 will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9. Grades 7-12 will meet on Wednesday and Thursday, June 10-11. Cost is $75.

Varsity and junior varsity teams are invited to participate in the team camp, to be held Friday and Saturday, June 5-6. Cost is $250 per team, one day; $400 for two days.

Individual camp for grades 2-6 will meet Monday through Wednesday, June 8-10, and for grades 7-9 on Wednesday through Friday, June 10-12. Cost is $125 per camper; participants should bring a sack lunch.

Register online at www.mssulbaseballcamps.com  or call 417-625-9701.

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Women’s basketball camps are planned from June 22-July 1.

Individual camps for girls entering fourth through eighth grades will be held June 22-24. Cost is $230 for participants staying on campus and $180 for commuters.

Shooting camp for fourth through 12th grades will be from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on June 25. Cost is $80.

Individual day camp for students in ninth through 12th grades will be from 1 to 5 p.m. June 28. Cost is $40.

Team camps – for varsity, junior varsity, freshmen and junior-high teams will be held June 29-July 1.

To register, visit www.mssuwomensbasketballcamps.com.

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Two youth baseball camps focusing on the basic fundamentals of the game are planned for ages 8-12.

The first session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday, May 26-28. The second session will be held June 2-4. Cost is $60.

The camps will cover catching, throwing, running, hitting and pitching. Players should bring their own equipment.

For registration details, visit www.mssubaseballcamps.com.

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Camps will also be held for softball players.

The Advanced Skills camp, for ages 13-18 will meet on June 1-2. Head coach Bill Gray will offer 10 hours of instruction on advanced techniques and strategies for fast-pitch softball. Participants will also get input from current college athletes.

Cost is $225 for resident campers who will stay in campus housing, or $200 for commuter campers.

The Cub Camp, for younger players ages 6-12, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday, June 8-10.

Instruction will focus on throwing, catching, hitting, and infield and outfield play. Campers will be grouped by experience and skill level. Cost is $80. Campers need to bring a glove, bat, batting helmet, water bottle and sunscreen.

The Lioness Camp, for ages 12-18, will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, June 15-16.

Besides regular instruction, there will be skill work for specific positions offered in the afternoon. Cost is $180.

To register for any of the softball camps, visit www.mssusoftballcamps.com.

For more information on camps offered this summer at Missouri Southern, visit www.mssulions.com.

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