Nike Softball Camp Davenport University

Nike Softball Camp Davenport University
Nike Softball Camp Davenport University

Nike Softball Camps is excited to host a third summer of camp at Davenport University. This camp gives you the kind of focused, intensive training essential for improvement - no matter what your ability level. Our goal is that your performance as an overall player will improve, along with your self-confidence but it is up to each player to take what they have learned and apply it to gametime situations.

2013 WHAC Tournament Champions 

Leading instruction is Associate Head Coach McCall Salmon.   Salmon is joined by Head Coach Ronda Varnesdeel as well as members of the Davenport Softball Team.

Highlights Include

  • 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
  • Official NIKE Camp T-Shirt
  • Great NIKE prizes
  • NIKE Softball Camp Graduation Certificate

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

Camp Code: SBGRDU
 
Check In:
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – All campers - Check in takes place at the Davenport University Student Center.  (Extended Day Campers will depart that evening at 8:30 p.m.)
 
Check Out:
Graduation will be at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the softball field.
 

2013 Davenport Post Season Honors

Post-Season Honors – Davenport swept the individual honors in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference as Amber Getty was named the Player of the Year, KC Dunne the Newcomer of the Year and Sam Cole the Pitcher of the Year. The trio was joined on the All-Conference team by freshman Carli SanMillan while Ashleigh Blovsky was named to the Honorable Mention team. Sam Cole also became the school's first ever CoSIDA Academic All-American first team member.

 


More Details
US Sports Camps combines with Nike and USA/ASA Softball to offer the Nike Softball Camps sponsored by USA Softball.
 
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions.

Facilities

Nike Softball camps is excited to announce that for the 2014 summer, campers will get to train on the field where the two-time WHAC champion softball team plays, at the new Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex. This became the new home of DU's baseball, softball, and tennis programs in the spring of 2013.  The complex is located on 68th Street just south of the University's W.A. Lettinga Campus and Farmers Insurance Group offices in Caledonia Township.  Artificial turf will be utilized for the entire baseball field and outfield for the softball stadium. The softball stadium seats 200 spectators, while dimensions for the softball field are 200' to left and right, and 210' to center.    

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
  • 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
  • 9:00 a.m. Bus Leaves for Fields/Arrival All Campers
  • 9:15 a.m. Offensive Station Training
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Defensive Station and Position Training
  • 3:30 p.m. Live Hitting/Games
  • 5:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. Evening Activity
  • 8:30 p.m. Fitness Center Open/Free Time
  • 8:30 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms
  • 11:00 p.m. Lights Out

Meet Camp Coaches

McCall Salmon
Camp Director

McCall Salmon

McCall begins her fifth year as a member of the DU coaching staff. She serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Panthers and works directly with the infielders and developing DU’s offensive skills. Salmon joined the DU staff after a very successful playing career at Aquinas College. A first baseman/utility player for the Saints, McCall led her team to three straight WHAC...

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Salmon received a Bachelor of Science degree from Aquinas in Business Administration and Sports Management and is currently working on her Master of Art degree in Sport Administration at Central Michigan.

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Ronda Varnesdeel
Camp Director

Ronda Varnesdeel

Ronda Varnesdeel is in her fifth season at the helm of the Softball program at Davenport. Over the past two seasons, she has led the team to Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference regular season championships in 2011 and 2012 and in 2011, Varnesdeel guided DU to the program's first ever NAIA National Tournament by winning the WHAC Tournament.

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Her 46 victories in 2010 is the most ever in Varnesdeel’s coaching career and she recorded her 200th career victory on Feb. 22 against Concordia College (Minn.). In 2012, Ronda went over 300 wins in her career with the milestone win coming on April 1 against Cumberlands.
Before starting the Panther program in 2009 Ronda spent six years at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI in which she was at the helm of the program for five of those years. While at Aquinas, Varnesdeel established the program as a small college softball powerhouse. She led them to four Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships in 2003 and 2005-2007. She was named WHAC Coach of the Year in each of those years as well as Region VIII Coach of the Year in 2005, a year in which she led her team to the NAIA National Tournament.

Ronda was also a stand-out athlete for the Saints in which she was a four-year starter for the basketball and softball programs and led the Saints to a national championship appearance in both sports. Varnesdeel also earned all-conference and all-region selections during her softball career.

In her four years of coaching at DU, Ronda has had one 2nd Team All-American, one All-American Honorable Mention Selection, one Conference Player of the Year, one Conference Pitcher of the Year, 13 All-Conference Selections, 6 All-Conference Honorable Mention Selections, 15 NAIA Scholar Athletes, and was honored as a NAIA Scholar Team with a cumulative team GPA of 3.3 in 2010 and 3.455 in 2012.

Varnesdeel received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Aquinas College and in 2013 will complete her MBA with a concentration in Sport Managment from Columbia Southern University.

Kristin Miedema
Assistant Coach

Kristin Miedema

Kristin begins her third season as an assistant coach on the Panther staff after a very successful playing career at DU. Her coaching duties will also include serving as the JV Head...

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Kristin begins her third season as an assistant coach on the Panther staff after a very successful playing career at DU. Her coaching duties will also include serving as the JV Head Coach.

Miedema was a member of DU’s inaugural team in 2009 and led the Panthers to a program best 46 wins in 2010. The third basemen earned All-Conference, NFCA 2nd team All-Region and NAIA Scholar Athlete honors while at DU.  She is currently holds the single season record for games played (62), runs batted in (56) and stolen bases (19).

Camper Reviews

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
I Hope to Go Back Every Year

"The camp was very well-planned out and had a good program. The times to wakeup eat and play were reasonable and the instructors knew exactly what they were doing and taught the campers in an easy-to-understand way. I hope to go back every year!"

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Parent

  • 5/5.
The facilities at the NIKE Softball Camp at Davenport University were fantastic.

"The facilities at the NIKE Softball Camp at Davenport University were fantastic and my daughter enjoyed the potential college experience with busing to fields and staying in dorms. We will be back next year to gain some more knowledge for what it takes to play in college"

Day Camper

  • 5/5.
NIKE Camp at Davenport was Amazing!

"The NIKE camp at Davenport was AMAZING! The camp far exceeded our expectations and I will recommend several of the conditioning drills to my Varsity coach so my High School team can benefit from them as well. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCE!"

Parent

  • 5/5.
Taught My Daughter More Softball & Being A Young Lady

"I cannot put into words the experience my daughter gained from going to the camp. She not only learned skills in softball but how to be a better young lady. The morals and values the staff brought to the camp were extraordinary. We looked at sending her to another camp and decided on the NIKE Camp for convenience and I am so glad we did. She was going to be a day camper but when we got there she saw some friends and we were able to change her to be an overnight camper. I will highly recommend this camp to anyone who is interested in gaining skills and personal growth. We look forward to next year!!"

Parent

  • 5/5.
Creative Drills

"My daughter came home from camp telling us about all these new drills she learned. These drills were creative and helped her learn  the correct techniques. We will definitely be sending her back to this camp next year."

Day Camper

  • 5/5.
Can't wait to bring my teammates!

"I had such a good time at camp that this year I'm bringing some of my teammates! They saw how much I improved and want to improve as well!"

Camp Dates & Prices

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