NIKE Softball Camp Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York
Join NIKE Softball Camps this summer and come to upstate New York for a week long softball camp that will enhance your game! Camp will be directed by the University of Rochester softball staff and all facets of the game will be covered - hitting, fielding, base-running, and team play! This is a premier softball camp experience!
The NIKE Softball Camp at Rochester Institute of Technology will be directed by Margaret Yerdon-Grange with University of Rochester assistant coach Karen DiTucci leading instruction on the field each day. Both coaches have a winning track record and proven ability to help every softball player improve their skills and develop their talents further.
"We hope that every camper learns a new skill and comes away with a once and a lifetime experience!" - Coach Margaret Yerdon-Grange
- 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
Rochester Institute of Technology
The Rochester Institute of Technology was founded in 1829. It is a privately endowed, coeducational university with nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning. The campus occupies 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York state.
NIKE Softball Campers will train on the RIT Softball Field. Campers have access to top facilities and equipment to help take their game to the next level!Meet your coaching staff
Margaret Yerdon was named the head softball coach in July of 2009. She took over for Michelle Burrell, who accepted the head coaching position at Binghamton University. Prior to her appointment, she was an assistant coach for five seasons.
In 2012, Yerdon led her team to a 29-15 finish where they made the program's 4th NCAA Appearance. During the season, the team won the Liberty League Tournament and four of her players were named to the NFCA All-Region Team.
In her first season as the head coach of the Yellowjackets, the team finished 22-19, with a 7-1 mark at home. She saw five of her players named to the UAA's All-Association team, while seven were named to the All-Liberty League team.
Yerdon was an assistant coach under Jeanine Gunther on the 2004 team, which set a single-season victory record (27-18) and reached the ECAC playoffs, its first-ever post-season appearance.
Rochester built on that success when Burrell arrived for the 2006 season. Yerdon spent four years as the pitching coach for Burrell. In that time, Rochester posted an overall record of 117-50, made three consecutive NCAA playoff appearances, won four conference titles, and set single-season victory record for three straight seasons (28 in 2007, 32 in 2008, 33 in 2009).
Yerdon and Burrell were named the Coaching Staff of the Year by the University Athletic Association in 2007 and by the Liberty League in 2007 and 2009. Yerdon’s work with the pitching staff was rewarded handsomely in the last two years. Rochester had the Liberty League Pitcher of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and an All-American in 2009.Read Full Bio
Yerdon was a graduate assistant coach at Binghamton in 2003 while pursuing her master’s degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Public Administration. She earned a BA in English and Sociology in 2001 from Binghamton.
She participated in BU’s transition from Division III (1997) to Division I status (in 2000) receiving accolades for her playing skills at every level. She was a Division II NFCA All-Region selection in 1999 plus the NECC All-Conference Pitcher of the Year in 1999 and 2000.
In 2002, she was named the America East All-Conference Designated Player. Yerdon was selected as the team MVP in 1999 and 2002. She is Binghamton’s career record holder in strikeouts (431) and earned run average (1.40).
She received a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies in May, 2009 from the Susan B. Anthony Institute of the University of Rochester. She is pursuing her PhD in Education with a Concentration in Educational Policy and Theory.
Yerdon is an alumnus of Sandy Creek (N.Y.) High School. She was selected as one of the Top 100 North Country athletes by the Watertown Times in 2007.
DiTucci joined the Rochester coaching staff in mid-summer, 2010. She earned four letters in softball (2003-06 seasons) at Central Michigan University, an NCAA Division 1 Institution participating in the Mid-American Conference.
DiTucci started 185 of her 188 career games played, and most of the time she was CMU’s leadoff hitter and second baseman. She ended her career with 61 stolen bases, which ranks sixth in Chippewa history. As a junior, DiTucci hit a career-best .264 with 19 stolen bases. She graduated in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
DiTucci spent the 2007 season as a student assistant at CMU. She moved into the full-time assistant position for the 2008 and 2009 season where she worked primarily with the hitters, outfielders and infielders, along with off campus recruiting.
A native of Morton Grove, Ill., DiTucci prepped at Niles West High School. She was a four-time all-conference pick while also earning all-area and team MVP honors. Karen earned varsity letters in softball (four), basketball (four) and cross country (four).
Camp Code: SBGRNY
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (overnight campers)
- 8:30 a.m. Walk to Fields
- 8:45 a.m. Camp Assembly/Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Dynamic Warm-Up/Stretch
- 9:15 a.m. Station Work
- 11:00 a.m. Games/Contests
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch
- 1:15 p.m. Camp Assembly/Warm Up
- 2:15 p.m. Position Work
- 3:15 p.m. Team Organization
- 4:00 p.m. Extra Help
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Warm Up/Stretch
- 6:30 p.m. Games
- 8:30 p.m. Evening Activities
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. In Dorms
- 10:30 p.m. Lights Out
Includes all softball and night activities, dinner on Sunday, lunch and dinner Monday/Tuesday. Extended day campers will be picked up at 9:00 p.m.
Includes all softball and and night activities, all meals from dinner on Sunday to breakfast on Wednesday, and double room occupancy in the dorms.
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.