Nike Softball Camp Lawrenceville School

Nike Softball Camp Lawrenceville School
Nike Softball Camp Lawrenceville School

The Nike Softball Camp at the Lawrenceville School has been an East Coast favorite for 20 years. At camp all aspects of the game will be covered including fielding, hitting, base running, and game-like situations. Campers have the opportunity to attend up to three weeks of camps.

Join the fun and get better at softball this summer at Lawrenceville! Leading these three sessions of camp for the 18th consecutive summer is Lawrenceville Head Softball Coach John Schiel. 

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
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

John Schiel
Camp Director

John Schiel

This is John’s 20th summer as Director of the Nike Softball Camp at The Lawrenceville School and this fall he will begin his 43rd year as a math teacher on the Lawrenceville Faculty.

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- (Lawrenceville School) -  He has been the Head Varsity Softball Coach at Lawrenceville since the school became coeducational in 1987 and he earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University in 2005.  His Lawrenceville team won their 4thNJ Prep A Division State Championship in 2010 and John was named Prep School Coach of the Year by the Trenton Times an honor he received from the Princeton Packet, Lawrence Ledger and the Times in his first year 1988 and again by the Times and the Newark Star-Ledger in 2002.  His teams also won the Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship in 2009, 2003, 2001 and 1999.  In 2015 the Big Red went 13-6 and were runners-up for the Prep A State Title.

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Kristal Terpstra M.S., ATC – (New Hampshire Technical Institute) – Kristal is the Athletic Trainer for NHTI in Concord, NH.  She got her Bachelor’s degree from...

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Kristal Terpstra M.S., ATC – (New Hampshire Technical Institute) – Kristal is the Athletic Trainer for NHTI in Concord, NH.  She got her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa and her Master’s from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH.  She has worked with football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, hockey, field hockey, softball, baseball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse.   While in undergrad, she participated in the university marching band and pep band. She was a three-sport athlete in high school playing volleyball, basketball, and track.

Sydney Canessa - (Fordham University - Wall High School) - Sydney was a four-year starter for the Lady Knights of Wall HS (NJ).  As the shortstop, she led her team to a Shore Conference Championship in 2012 as well as the State Finals in 2013. She was selected First Team All-Shore Conference all four years, First Team All-State in her junior and senior seasons and received Player of the Year honors from three different newspapers. At Fordham (Bronx, NY), Sydney transitioned from shortstop to center field.  In her freshman and sophomore seasons, she started every game in the lead-off spot and in center field. In her junior season, she started every game in center field and transitioned to the third spot in the lineup. She helped her team win the Atlantic-10 Conference Championship three years in a row in order to advance into Regional play. In her three years, Sydney has received First Team All-Rookie honors, First Team All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, ECAC First Team, NFCA All-Region Second Team and First Team-All Region honors. With a GPA above a 3.5, Sydney plans to major in Finance at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business with a minor in Economics.

Lauren Fischer – (Seton Hall University – Robbinsville HS) - Lauren is a pitcher and infielder who currently plays on the Seton Hall University softball team.  She was a key player in Robbinsville Little League's run to the Little League World Series in 2008 as a pitcher and shortstop.  In her four years at Robbinsville High School she pitched Robbinsville to two State Championships and earned multiple accolades including three-time CVC Player of the year, three-time All-Area First Team, and she was a two-time All-State Selection.  Lauren played three years with the New Jersey Nightmare competing against some of the best teams across the country.  At Seton Hall, Lauren was selected for the Dean's list in every semester throughout her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. She was also the winner of the Stillman School of Business excellence in marketing award.  Currently, at Seton Hall Lauren is a starting pitcher who has led the team in ERA.  Despite a knee injury, during her junior year, Lauren led the team in batting average and on-base percentage.  In the future, Lauren aspires to be a Division I Collegiate Softball Coach. 

Megan Hevey - (Shippensburg University - Robbinsville HS) - At Robbinsville, Megan played four years of Varsity Softball at shortstop.  Megan helped the team to four sectional championship wins and a NJ Group II State Title in 2013.  In softball, she was named to All CVC Second Team her junior year followed by All Area Team Honors, First team All Group 2, and All CVC Honors in her senior year with the Ravens.  Megan played travel softball against elite competition in her 4 years with the New Jersey Outlaws.  At Shippensburg University she played her freshman season on both sides of the diamond as a middle infielder and ended the year with Scholar Athlete Honors. With a GPA over 3.5 Megan plans to double major in Management and Finance at Shippensburg's John L. Grove College of Business.  Megan has experience working local clinics and college recruiting camps through Robbinsville Little League, the NFCA, and Shippensburg University.  

Jade Assad – (Wheaton College – Blair Academy) - Jade will be attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts this coming fall. She recently graduated Blair Academy where she was 1st Team All State Prep and 1st Team All MAPL all 4 years as a pitcher and a first baseman.  Her sophomore year she was NJ Prep Player of the Year and lead her team on the mound to two NJ Prep A State titles and one Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship. During her senior year, she also played Varsity Volleyball and ran winter track.

Julie Fassl – (The Hun School of Princeton) – Julie is a three-sport varsity athlete at The Hun School of Princeton where she plays field hockey, basketball, and softball.  A rising senior, she’s made All MAPL and All Prep First teams for softball all three years. Currently, she plays travel softball on the Central Jersey Lightning 18u Gold team. She is primarily a catcher but can play any position particularly anywhere in the outfield. She is definitely looking to play softball in college and possibly field hockey as well although she has not yet committed to a school.

Drew Washington- (The Peddie School) – Drew is a rising senior at the Peddie School and she has been a varsity starter since her freshman year. Her main positions in school are pitcher and first base, but she has also played third base when necessary. For all three years so far at Peddie, Drew has earned Honorable Mention in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League, been named First Team All-State Prep and she was also selected to play in the Carpenter Cup Tournament. This past season she had a .677 batting average scoring 14 times with 12 runs batted in as Peddie advanced all the way to the NJ Prep A Championship Game.  Outside of school, she plays for the Jersey Outlaws Gold where she will continue to compete for the last three weeks of the season.

Camp Details

This year the Lawrenceville Nike Softball Camp will be offering three weeks of overnight camp and extended day camp options (9am-9pm). Both options include all aspects of softball as well as game time play!

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Check-in time and place TBD.  


Camp concludes on Thursday at 4:30pm. There will be a graduation ceremony at 4:00pm which parents are invited to attend! 


A full softball and living experience. Immerse yourself in baseball and new friends off and on the field.  Live, eat, breathe and sleep baseball!  Lodging and all meals are included in this program.


Extended day includes dinner on Sunday and lunch and dinner Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday. Campers should be picked up at 9:00pm Sunday through Wednesday and at 4:30pm on Thursday. Lunch is provided on Thursday.


A detailed camper registration packet containing the check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

The Lawrenceville School is not in any way involved in the ownership or management of the Camp.


The Lawrenceville School is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville has 17 dormitories, 10 classroom buildings, and 7 other support buildings on 700 acres in a rural setting.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • Day 1 Afternoon Check In
  • Days 2-4
  • 7:15 a.m. Wake Up
  • 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:50 a.m. Extended Day Campers Arrive
  • 9:00 a.m. Warm up
  • 9:30 a.m. Hitting Circuits, Drills
  • 10:30 a.m. Base Running Drills
  • 11:45 a.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Warm up/Stretch/Throwing Drills
  • 2:15 p.m. Position Work
  • 3:15 p.m. Circuits
  • 3:45 p.m. Supervised Free Time
  • 5:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m. Evening Activities/Games
  • 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms/Lights Out

Camper Reviews


  • 5/5.

"John was kind enough to speak with me a few times before camp started and then, again, the day my wife and I dropped off our daughter.  I write this morning to thank you just so so much for providing her an absolutely incredible experience.  We spoke with our daughter throughout her week at L’Ville and she was so excited throughout the week.  When we spoke with her Wednesday night, she told us she wasn’t ready to leave and then, when we picked her up yesterday, she told us she couldn’t wait to come back next year.  She told us that she wants to come back for all 3 weeks.  

From the check-in process with the coaches, to your wonderful wife Rikki’s interaction with the girls, to all of the instruction during the week to the final very warm-feeling closing ceremony, you, your coaching staff and your family do an amazing job at not only teaching softball, but in providing a warm and welcoming environment for the girls. 

In closing, I wanted to share with you a short story following our return from camp yesterday.  We arrived home at about 5:30 and the first thing our daughter said to me was, “Daddy, grab your glove, let’s go have a catch.”  She had played about 8 hours of softball for the previous 5 days and all she wanted to do was play more.  She was hooked on the sport before she went to camp and, now, it appears that her love of the game has deepened.  Not only that, but in my working out with her a little yesterday, she really has improved.  Her footwork is better and her hands are softer.  Not only that, listening to her talk about the drills you did and why you did them, she seems to have a far more advanced understanding of the game than she did just 5 days ago.

John – again, I want to thank you and your incredible staff for giving an amazing week to our daughter.  We look forward to getting enrollment forms for next year!"

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Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
The coaches were all very helpful

"I enjoyed my week at the Nike Softball camp. I can't wait for next year, and I am having my sister attend with me. The coaches were all very helpful. This helped improve sliding and diving really well. Thank you."


  • 5/5.
My daughter made great friendships and enhanced her skills through the drills at camp

"My daughter has been talking nonstop about the friendships that she's made and the fondness that she has for the staff at camp. She has also has been speaking glowingly about the attention to detail regarding the position work & rigorous drills, that she has endured while at the camp."


  • 5/5.
The camp counselors were not only successful softball players but also great students

"The Nike Softball Camp at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey was a birthday gift for my daughter....she said on day 2 of camp that it was the best birthday gift ever!!!! She enjoyed all aspects of the camp, the softball instruction and fun activities. I was most impressed with the camp counselors. They were not only successful softball players but also great students. Thanks to the camp organizer, John Schiel for selecting such wonderful role models and for highlighting both athletic and academic success."


  • 5/5.
Nike Director, John Schiel does a great job!

"My daughter loved the camp and would do it again as it is a great experience. John Schiel does a great job."

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Honest assesment of my skills

"I've been playing competitive travel softball for five years now yet I felt the coaches at this camp helped me improve my game in many ways. They showed me where I needed improvement and were very honest in their assessments of my skills. They recommended coaches to help me continue to improve after the camp - and I really appreciate that."

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Another great experience

"The director and his staff were very positive and seemed to make all the girls love to play. This is our second time doing the camp and I would do it again. Thanks for another great experience and great memories."

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
The NIKE Camp was amazing!

"The NIKE camp at 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!"

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

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.