Nike Softball Camp Metropolitan State University
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Our summer Nike Softball Camp at Metro State University presents campers with the opportunity to experience an elite training environment to improve fielding and hitting skills. Our fastpitch day camp in Denver, Colorado is the ideal location for any prospect looking to cultivate team spirit and develop long lasting friendships!
This Colorado Nike Softball Camp will be directed by head coach Annie Van Wetzinga. Coach Annie brings not only experience but the enthusiasm that encourages campers to reach their softball goals and create new ones!
- 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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Camp Director Annie Van Wetzinga
Annie Van Wetzinga enters her fourth season as head coach of the Roadrunners in 2017. In her three seasons as head coach, she has compiled an 112-52 (.683) overall record, leading the Roadrunners to three NCAA Tournament appearances, an RMAC regular season championship, and two RMAC Tournament championships.View Annie Van Wetzinga's Bio ⟩
- 2016 NCAA Tournament appearance
- 2015 NCAA Tournament appearance
- 2015 RMAC coach of the year
- 2015 RMAC regular season champions
- 2014 NCAA Tournament appearance
- 2014 RMAC Tournament champions
In 2016, the Roadrunners finished the season 35-19 overall and second in the RMAC with a 25-9 record. The team received numerous honors the included RMAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year Colissa Bakovich (Loveland, Colo./Loveland H.S.) and RMAC Tournament MVP Cassidy Smith (Loveland, Colo./Loveland H.S.).
The Roadrunners entered the RMAC Tournament as the number two-seed, advancing through the elimination tournament, where they would eventually meet and play the RMAC regular season champions, Colorado Mesa. They defeated the Mavericks 8-3, advancing to the RMAC Championship game against CSU-Pueblo. The roadrunners scored three early runs in the third inning to solidify their place as the new RMAC Champions and receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
The Roadrunners struggled early in the tournament, falling to the No. 1 ranked West Texas A&M 14-5 but weren't eliminated from the tournament yet. They would face Texas A&M Commerce but could not earn a victory in a 13-6 loss and elimination from the NCAA tournament.
In 2015, she guided the team to a 44-16 mark, including 28-6 in the RMAC to win the regular season conference championship. The team climbed into the top 25 after a strong showing in non-conference play that included a win over No. 11 Angelo State and the Roadrunners steadily moved up to No. 18 in NCAA Division II by the end of the regular season. The success didn't stop there as they upset No. 7 St. Mary's (Texas) on the road to reach the finals of the South Central Region No. 2 Tournament.
Van Wetzinga's team was outstanding in all facets of the game, finishing first in the RMAC in earned run average, second in runs per game and batting average, and third in fielding percentage. She coached seven all-conference players, including pitcher and freshman of the year Kenzie Mattey. Off the field, the Roadrunners carried a 3.12 GPA for the year.
In her first season, she led the Roadrunners to the best turnaround in RMAC history as the team finished 12th in 2013, but rose to fourth in 2014 with a 33-17 overall record and a 20-11 mark in conference play. Despite a second-round loss, the Roadrunners roared back through the loser's bracket to win the RMAC tournament. That qualified them for the NCAA tournament, where they earned a first-round win over Texas Women. It was the first NCAA tournament win for MSU Denver since 2010.
Senior catcher Kelsey Tillery came up one double shy of tying the NCAA Division II single-season record for doubles and was one of three all-region players. Senior Aubree Maul was named RMAC pitcher of the year and joined Tillery and junior second baseman Kaylynn Harmon on the all-region squad. Maul returned to the field in 2014 after missing 2013 with cancer.
Van Wetzinga's team was also solid in the classroom as Tillery was named Capital One Academic All-District. Tillery was one of four academic all-RMAC players.
Prior to her time at Metro State, Van Wetzinga spent the previous three seasons at Upper Iowa University after a three-year stint at Colorado School of Mines.
Van Wetzinga began her head coaching career at Colorado Mines in 2008 and she instantly was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference coach of the year and led the Orediggers to their first conference title with a school-record 38 wins. CSM continued to thrive under her, making its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2009, where it eliminated top-seed Metro State and produced the school’s first two All-Americans, while topping the wins record again with 39. In her three years in Golden, Colo., her teams finished in the top 10 in NCAA Division II batting average twice and also finished in the top 10 in five other offensive categories, including No. 2 in doubles in 2009.
Van Wetzinga also quickly turned around the Peacocks at Upper Iowa. In her third season in 2013, UIU had its best record since joining NCAA Division II, going 28-16 overall and 15-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Peacocks were 20th in NCAA Division II in batting average and 10th in doubles. In her three years, she coached 19 academic all-NSIC players and six all-conference players, including the 2013 NSIC freshman of the year.
Prior to her time at Colorado Mines, Van Wetzinga spent two seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Indiana State University and one year at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
The Iowa native played four seasons at Central College in Pella, Iowa, leading her team to the NCAA Division III national championship game in 2001 as a senior and earning National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III catcher of the year honors as well. She was twice named All-America and was a four-time all-region selection, while serving as team captain. Van Wetzinga earned her bachelor’s degree from Central College in 2001 in general studies with an emphasis on exercise science and received her master’s degree from Indiana State in 2007 in sport and recreation management.
Camp is open to campers of all abilities ages 8-18. Campers will be evaluated and placed in appropriate groups based on skill and age to allow maximum improvement.
Traveling north to Denver
Take I-25 toward downtown and exit on Colfax (#210A). Turn right and travel on Colfax east coming toward downtown Denver. Turn left at Seventh Street. Turn left at Curtis St. Turn left at Fifth Street. The athletic complex is located directly in front of you.
Traveling south to Denver
Take I-25 toward downtown and exit on Colfax (#210A). Turn left and travel on Colfax east coming toward downtown Denver. Turn left at Seventh Street. Turn left at Curtis St. Turn left at Fifth Street. The athletic complex is located directly in front of you.
VIRTUAL CAMPUS MAP: http://www.msudenver.edu/maps/
Participants can be dropped off at the corner of 5th street and Old Colfax Road. There is a parking lot and turnaround located there.
Parents should park in the Birch or Beech lots. The cost is $3/day for parking those two lots.Show Less See More Camp Details
Check-in time and place TBD.
Camp concludes on Friday at 3:00pm.
- Water Bottle
A detailed camper registration packet containing 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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45 a.m. Check in, warm-up/throwing mechanics/fielding
- 9:15 a.m. Group Training Drills/Contests
- 10:30 a.m. Circuit Training/Position Stategy
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch
- 12:30 p.m. Warm Up/Running Drills and Contests
- 1:45 p.m. Offensive and Skill Station Circuit Training
- 2:15 p.m. Games
- 3:00 p.m. Campers Depart
Campers will train on the Roadrunners home turf, Auraria field. Auraria field is a premier facility with a back drop of the city of Denver.
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Loved that the coaches stressed academics along with being an athlete
"We have been going to the camp for four years now and it has always helped. We love the college girls. As a parent, I liked the coaches talk on academics along with being a superior athlete."
Thanks for a great experience
"The director and her 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."
Honest assessment 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."
Well worth the money!
"I enjoyed to listen to all the Coaches talk and explain drills and the reasoning behind them to the girls in a manner which to campers stayed focused and eager to jump into the drills. My daughter loves to know the right way and I love the fact that the coaches here were willing to share all and any knowledge they could to make these campers the best they can be. Thanks so much for a positive clinic experience, well worth the money."
Gave me a vision of what my future would be as a softball player
"I loved the camp. It really gave me a vision of what my future would be as a softball player. I got a lot out of it. I'm gonna use the skills I got at softball camp all throughout my entire life of softball."