Nike Softball Camp Southeastern University

Nike Softball Camp Southeastern University
Nike Softball Camp Southeastern University

Our summer Nike Softball Camp at Southeastern University presents campers with the opportunity to experience an elite training environment to improve fielding and hitting skills. Our fast pitch day camp in Lakeland, Florida is the ideal location for any prospect looking to cultivate team spirit and develop meaningful friendships!

Nike Softball camps is pleased to announce that Southeastern's head coach, Anna Welsh will be directing camp this year. Coach Welsh has ran over 60 camps and clinics and knows how to make camp competitive, educational and  fun. She guarantees players will leave camp as more of a student of the game then can ever be imagined.

Highlights Include

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

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Anna Welsh
Camp Director

Anna Welsh

Anna Welsh became the first softball coach in Southeastern University history on July 1, 2012. In their inaugural season, the Fire compiled a 27–20 overall record and finished 9–7 in Sun Conference play.  The Fire’s 9–7 conference record earned the team a third-place finish in the regular season standings in their first season of competition.

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In Year Two, the Fire went 36-17, including a 9-2 win over eventual national champion Auburn-Montgomery, along with #7 Belhaven, and #14 USCB. The season was also highlighted by Welsh recording her 400th career victory on March 3rd in a 2-1 win over Bluefield College.

Welsh came to Southeastern after serving as the head coach at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, for eight years.

During her time at the helm of the Pilots, Welsh compiled a record of 330–95–1, with six Mid-Central Conference regular season titles and five consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament. During her time at Bethel, she coached 11 NAIA All-Americans, 37 MCC All-Conference winners, four MCC Players of the Year, five MCC Pitchers of the Year, and the NAIA all-time home run leader, Katie Boocher, who blasted 58 career round-trippers.

Originally from Bradley, Illinois, Welsh graduated in 2001 from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in speech communication. She excelled at Olivet as a two-sport athlete, playing both softball and basketball. While at Olivet, she earned numerous awards as a shortstop and a catcher. Those awards include NAIA National Player of the Week, All-Conference, All-Region, NCCAA All-American, and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. She was also a member of the 2000 NCCAA National Championship softball team.

At just 22 years old, she landed her first head coaching job at Saint Mary’s College (NCAA D-III) in Notre Dame, Indiana, becoming one of the youngest head coaches in the NCAA. In her second season at Saint Mary’s, she led the Belles to their first conference tournament championship in program history while also producing the 2004 MIAA Offensive Player of the Year, MIAA Defensive Player of the Year, and the MIAA batting champion. Welsh and her coaching staff were also named the 2004 MIAA Coaching Staff of the Year.

Welsh was named the head coach at Bethel in 2004 and helped rebuild the program into a national contender almost immediately. In 2005, Bethel went 33–21 and earned a trip to the NAIA Regional Tournament. The following season, Bethel won the MCC Conference title with a 14–2 record and ended their season with a 37–23 overall mark.

In 2007, the Pilots made their first-ever trip to the NAIA National Championship while tying the school mark for wins with a 45–10 record. From 2008–2009, she once again led the Pilots to the NAIA National Tournament, finishing with records of 51–6 and 52–7, respectively.

In 2010, Welsh once again took her program to new heights, leading the Pilots to a No. 3 ranking nationally, which is the highest ranking in program history. That season, the Pilots made their fourth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championship, advancing to the final eight for the first time in school history.

Her best recruiting and coaching season to date was likely 2011, when the Pilots advanced to the NAIA National Championship for the fifth consecutive season, despite key losses at nearly every position. Despite what appeared to be a rebuilding season, the Pilots went 38–8 overall, won their respective conference championship, and returned to the NAIA National Championship for the fifth straight year.

The year 2012 proved to be a period of ups and downs as the Pilots entered the season ranked No. 12 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll.  After a slow and injury-filled start, the Pilots rebounded to reel off a perfect 18–0 conference record to win their sixth title under Welsh.  Despite the perfect conference regular season, the Pilots failed to win the conference tournament and were shut out of making their sixth trip to the NAIA National Tournament.

During the Pilots’ run to becoming a national power, Welsh placed Bethel in the NAIA Top 25, 38 out of the 39 national polls, dating back to their first appearance on April 18, 2007.

Welsh has also held high standards in the classroom for her teams. During her time at Bethel , 17 of her players were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In 2009, the Pilots were awarded the Girls Got Game NAIA All-Academic Award, an award given to the No. 1 overall team GPA in the NAIA. The Pilots registered a 3.54 GPA for the 2008–2009 academic school year.

Welsh’s first team at Southeastern continued the tradition of academic excellence as they registered a 3.59 GPA for the 2012–2013 academic year. The mark was the third-best GPA among all NAIA softball programs.

Also during her tenure at Bethel, she served the Pilots as an assistant athletic director, a responsibility that has carried over to Southeastern.

Welsh and her husband, Jeff, have two children, Izabelle and Elijah.

Camp Details

Camp Programs

General Skills Camp (Ages 8-13) will focus on the fundamentals of throwing, fielding, baserunning and hitting along with game situations, tactics and mentality. Drills along with competitions will help your child learn the game and be able to compete at their next level. Coach Welsh makes camp fun, exciting all while learning a ton about the game of softball.  Camp hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Elite Overnight Camp (Ages 13-18) will focus on getting the campers to the next level in every area of the game. Advanced tecniques will be taught daily, along with ensuring the proper fundamentals are mastered. College recruiting will be covered along with emphasis in academics, ACT/SAT, how to get recruited, what coaches look for, etc. This camp will prepare each player to elevate their games in all capacities. Coach Welsh loves teaching the details of the game to allow people to reach their full potential.

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General Skills Camp Information

CHECK-IN

Check-in takes place between 8:45-9:00am on Monday throught Thursday at the softball field.

CHECK-OUT

Camp concludes eacg day at 3:00pm for all campers. 

Please Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Softball Glove
  • Softball Cleats
  • Softball Bat/Helmet (optional)

REGISTRATION PACKET

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

High Potential Camp Information

CHECK-IN

Check-in takes place between 2:00-4:00pm on Sunday at the Student Activities Center.

CHECK-OUT

Camp concludes on Thursday at 12:00pm for all campers. 

REGISTRATION PACKET

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

Overnight Camp

Includes all softball and and night activities, all meals from dinner on Sunday to breakfast on Thursday. Campers stay in the Bethany Dorms and rooms are air conditioned.

Extended Day Campers

Includes all softball and night activities, dinner on Sunday, lunch Monday-Wedneday. Extended Day campers will be picked up at 9:00pm each day aside from Thursday when camp ends at 12:00pm. 

Day Campers

Includes all softball and activities Sunday through Thursday. Day campers will be served lunch Monday - Wednesday. Day campers will be picked up at 4:00pm each day aside from Thursday when camp ends at 12:00pm.

Facilities

Campers train at the Southeastern University softball field, located on campus at 1000 Longfellow Blvd in Lakeland. This field is less than a year old and has new batting cages as well.

Southeastern University is the beautiful Mediterranian-style campus and setting for this summer’s NIKE Softball Camp in Lakeland, Florida where students enjoy a year-round average temperature of 72 degrees. Situated between two lakes on more than 87 acres, this location is nearby Tampa, Orlando and the Florida Sun Coast.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 a.m. Wake up
  • 7:15 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
  • 8:45 a.m. Day and Extended Day Campers Arrive/Warm-up/throwing and fielding mechanics
  • 9:30 a.m. Group Training Drills and Contests
  • 10:15 a.m. Defensive Position Training
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m. Warm-up/running drills and contests
  • 2:15 p.m. Offensive and Skill Station Circuit Training
  • 3:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
  • 3:15 p.m. Team Organization
  • 3:45 p.m. Free Time
  • 5:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:15 p.m. Warm Up/Stretch
  • 6:30 p.m. Games
  • 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 10:00 p.m. To Rooms/Lights out

Camper Reviews

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Thanks for teaching me ways to improve my game

"I wanted to personally thank Coach Welsh for all the time and instruction she provided me at camp this past week! I learned so much and I am excited to apply my new knowledge to the field. I love her coaching style and the attention she gives each and every player. Thanks for teaching me ways to improve my game, as well as ways to improve my life and relationships with others."

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Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
I love Coach Welsh's coaching style

"Camp this past week was great and I love Coach Welsh's coaching style! I've learned so much over the camp and I'm so blessed I got to be apart of it as well."

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Coach Welsh impacted my life

"I appreciated how Coach Welsh came to watch my team and other players as well.  I also wanted to thank her for her time at camp and how she helped me grow not only as a player but as an individual as well. The reason I smile so much is because I always have something to be thankful for and I am continued to be blessed everyday so why not enjoy this precious life and express my gratefulness through a smile smile. Also, one thing that really stood out to me about Coach Welsh was that she treated everyone as a person first, then an athlete and she was "all there" whether it was engaging in a conversation or running a drill which lead me to grow a lot of respect for her. Although I was only with her for a few days I could already tell that she was a one of a kind coach and was going to positively impact her players' performance on the field but also off the field as a student, daughter, sister, and individual and when you go, "you go all out." So I just wanted to thank her and tell her that I appreciate how she continue to impact players lives. smile"

Camper

  • 5/5.
Coach Welsh has taken the time to stay in touch with her campers

"Coach Welsh has even taken the time to stay in touch with her campers and likes to receive updates it is a great camp!!"

Camper

  • 5/5.
Honest assessments 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."

Camper

  • 5/5.
The Nike Softball Camp at Southeastern University was most fun I've ever had!

"The NIKE Softball Camp at Southeastern University was most fun I've ever had! The instructors were extremely helpful and I never once saw one of them get down. They were always willing to be there for any extra help. I will most definitely be back next year!

Camper

  • 5/5.
Thanks for another 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."
 

Parent

  • 5/5.
By the end of the camp my daughter didn’t want to come home.

"This was my daughter’s first overnight camp. So she was a little home sick her first night. The camp counselors/coaches made her feel at home. They allowed her to call us at anytime. Needless to say by the end of the camp she didn’t want to come home. She is looking forward to next year with all her friends she made at the camp. Thank you for everything."

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

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