In 2008, we began our first camp with 5 colleges: Rider, Maryland, UMBC, Stevenson and Notre Dame of Maryland. We had 21 players attend this one day camp. Since then MBI camps have grown to feature 25 to 30 college programs and 90 to 100 players on average each year. Attending college coaches run the spectrum from JUCO, NAIA to NCAA Division I,II & III.
MBI Camps was originated by Maryland Black Ice founder Keith Calta in 2008. Coach Keith hails from Williamsport, PA, home of the Little League World Series. He currently resides in Reisterstown MD. Keith attended The University of Maryland on a football scholarship and was a member of the undefeated 1976 Cotton Bowl Team. His daughter, Sarah, went to Maryland to play softball where in 2016 she was voted to the All-Big Ten Softball team, as well as being a 4-year All ACC and Big Ten All Conference academic team member.
Over 1100 players have come to our camps from all over the East Coast. Players have travelled from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Maine. Players in Junior College are also encouraged to attend our camps. Coach Keith has developed close relationships with our college coaches which has helped numerous players reach their college goals and maximize their playing abilities.
Kathy McLaughlin is the MBI Camp director. Kathy is from Arbutus, MD and graduated from The University of Maryland. As a member of the softball team at Maryland, Kathy played in 3 NCAA Tournaments and was the ACC Batting Champion and an All-ACC First Team member. Upon graduation, she began her coaching career as an assistant Providence College for 6 seasons.
MBI Assistant Camp Director is Coach Heather Rush. Coach Rush is from Philadelphia, PA. She played collegiately at Troy University and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Coach Rush began her coaching career at Alvin Community College in Alvin, TX. Her coaching career has included stops at NCAA Division 1, 2 & 3 institutions including Drexel, Providence and Bryant. Coach Rush is currently in her 3rd season at the helm of the Mitchell College Mariners in New London, CT.
Our camps are geared for players of all ages and ability. Players from all skill levels will walk away from camp having learned directly from the college coaches, not only skills to help them immediately, but also how to take their game to the collegiate level. We limit the number of players attending our camps to maintain a 4 to 1 player to coach ratio. We also keep our costs low. Camps are offered as either one or two day events. One day camps are focused on hands-on skill instruction. Two day camps combine a day of skill instruction with a day of gameplay. College coaches will be in every dugout so the learning and development never stops.
The MBI Director of Camp Administration and Field Assignments is Coach Rick Larmore. Coach Rick grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and in the Timonium area. His coaching experience ranges from high school to travel programs aged 10U-18U. Coach Rick has been with the Black Ice program for 6 years. He is also deeply involved in all on field camp activities and heads up our one-on-one college coaches interaction sessions at all camps.
We are looking forward to another exciting summer! Information on our upcoming camps will be released shortly. Camps fill up quickly so be sure to check our website frequently. For questions about camp registration, please contact Rick Larmore.
We have had the opportunity to host multiple national championship coaches such as Florida State (2018 DI National Champion), Tufts University (3-time DIII National Champions) and Virginia Wesleyan University (2018 DIII National Champion ). Others previously attending include Towson University, University of Maryland, Hood College, UMBC, Brown University, St Joseph's University, Jacksonville University, Georgetown University, Army, Florida Tech, Morgan State University and many others. Many of these coaches return every year to particpate in the camp. (See the complete listing at the bottom of this page).