For Ryan Herb, baseball is more than a sport.
It's a lifestyle.
Herb, with the assistance of his brothers Justin and Brandon and his father Dale, is hoping to expand that lifestyle around the Mid-Ohio Valley as he opens up the Herb Baseball Academy in January.
The camp will debut the weekend of Jan. 11 at the Elite Sports Center in Parkersburg and will take place again the weekend of Jan. 25.
Instruction will be offered to players from ages 5-and-up, while parents and coaches are welcome to observe.
For information on costs, what to bring and more, visit herbbaseball.com.
"The primary purpose we want to get across is baseball development," said Ryan Herb.
"Baseball is a serious family business for us and we are dedicated to making baseball as strong in the area as it once was."
There is a ton of baseball experience among the Herb family. Ryan, Justin and Brandon played baseball at Marietta High School while Ryan and Brandon each played at the collegiate level.
Their father Dale has coached baseball, from little league to legion and fall ball, for over 30 years.
The Herb family has a lot to offer to the game and hopes to spark interest and develop skills in young players through this academy.
"We want to inspire love and an understanding of the game," Ryan said.
What separates Herb Baseball Academy from other camps is that once a player has enrolled into the camp, that player then has year-round access to the Herb family's assistance.
"If a kid is struggling to hit, we'll come out and help them with their swing," Ryan said. "If a parent has question or doesn't understand something about the game, my dad will come out and watch a game with them and try to explain it."
For Ryan and his brothers, this camp is an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of their father, who suffers from Parkinson's disease.
"This was something he had always talked about doing when we were growing up," Ryan said. "I wanted to do this while he's around to see it."
For many area baseball coaches, especially at the high school level, there is only so much they are allowed or have time to do with their players during the offseason. Herb Baseball Academy could serve as a way for players to keep their skills sharp throughout the year.
"Each kid will get individual evaluation," Dale said. "We want to help each kid get better in every area."