Bulls Honor Coaches, Officials; Elk Grove Baseball Camp Is Set

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Byline: Bob Frisk

They could be called the ruling class of high school sports.

They are the coaches who make the team decisions.

They are the officials who make the game decisions.

They may not always be in agreement, but there's a mutual respect between the two groups - most of the time.

High school coaches and officials will come in peace and join forces on Monday, Dec. 13 at the United Center.

The Bulls and NBA will recognize Illinois High School Association coaches and sports officials on Dec. 13 when Chicago takes on the Dallas Mavericks.

In cooperation with the Bulls, the event is jointly sponsored by the Illinois Coaches Association (ICA) and Inter-Association Council of Athletic Officials (IACAO).

As part of the special night, a limited number of coaches and officials will be able to attend a 6 p.m. United Center meeting featuring Jerry Markbreit, former NFL official who worked four Super Bowls.

Bulls radio announcers Tom Dore and Johnny Kerr will greet the coaches and officials, and members of the Bulls Operations Staff also will attend.

Coaches, sports officials, their family and friends are eligible to purchase half-price tickets to the game.

Ticket order forms and information is available on-line at www.bulls.com under Group Events. You also may call the Bulls at (312) 455-4000 to request tickets.

In addition, there are Web links to www.icacoaches.org and www.iacao.org.

Baseball camp

As the winter season approaches, it always helps to think spring and baseball.

Baseball camps throughout the area have been busy setting their schedules. Early signups are important.

The fifth annual Professional Spring Training Camp will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26-27 in the Elk Grove High School field house.

The Saturday session is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Featuring former major league players Dave Otto and Buzz Capra and a staff of professional instructors, the camp concentrates on fundamentals.

Teaching stations will have programs to improve pitching, hitting, bunting, base running, throwing, game strategy, speed training, weight training and defensive techniques.

The camp is open to anyone 7-14 years of age. Students will be grouped according to age.

The camp size will be limited to ensure the best experience. The camp is limited to 100 students and is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Otto, an Elk Grove High School product, was a second-round draft choice out of the University of Missouri, who spent parts of eight seasons as a major-league player with the A's, Indians, Pirates and Cubs. He worked with Fox Sports as a color analyst for the Cubs.

Capra pitched for seven years in the major leagues and was on the 1974 National League All-Star Team. He was with the Mets and Braves and also has worked as a pitching coach in minor league systems with the Phillies and Mets.

Other instructors:

Terry Beyna - Elk Grove varsity baseball coach, who was drafted by the Houston Astros in 1993 and spent seven years in professional baseball. Hit first home run in Schaumburg Flyers history.

Jim Boynewicz - Pitching coach for the Schaumburg Flyers, who spent six seasons in professional baseball after being signed by Montreal. Starting pitcher in 1997 Northern League All-Star Game.

Tim Nolan - Professional hitting instructor, associate scout with the Phillies, and designer of the ProCut Hitting System. Has over 10 years of coaching experience with private lessons.

Pete Caliendo - Instructor in international and USA Baseball, who has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. President of the new Calgary franchises in the Northern League.

Don Spaniak - Rolling Meadows product, Chicago area's high school player of the year in 1991, infielder for Illinois State and now varsity assistant at Elk Grove. …