Nike Softball Camp Vernon Verona, Sherrill Schools

Nike Softball Camp Vernon Verona, Sherrill Schools
Nike Softball Camp Vernon Verona, Sherrill Schools

The NIKE Softball Camp at Vernon Verona, Sherrill Schools is thrilled to announce 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Jenny Topping as our new NIKE Camp Director!

A member of the 2004 Athens Olympics Gold Medal winning Team USA, Coach Topping has also played professionally in the National Pro Fastpitch for the Akron Racers in 2005–2006, 2009. 

Highlights Include

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

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Jenny Topping
Camp Director

Jenny Topping

The main reason why I love doing what I do: I have a passion for taking a young girl and developing her into the most technically and fundamentally sound player possible. I want my girls to know that to be the best takes sacrifice, hard work, a strong work ethic, sweat and tears, and most importantly you have to love what you do. It is also extremely important that my girls have good...

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My junior year of high school I took two official trips - one to UCLA and one to the University of Washington. Both schools offered me a full ride scholarship. I chose the school that I felt was the best fit for me which was the University of Washington. My freshman year of college I was fortunate to set a few records including the Home Run Record for UW, PAC-10 Home Run Record, PAC-10 Newcomer of the Year as well as records in RBI’s and batting average. I went on to transfer to California State University Fullerton where I set many more records and achievements including three Conference MVPs and four First-Team All-American honors. All the while competing in college I was fortunate to be able to compete for USA Softball every summer in a different country.

Throughout my softball career I had three major injuries, tearing my ACL ligament in both of my knees and separating a shoulder. Injuries have taught me patience, hard work, and made me recognize just how much I wanted to be one of the best players in the world.

I have competed at every level possible in Softball, so now it is time for me to share all of my knowledge and experience with you.

Mission statement: Inspiring my girls that they can be and do anything they set their minds to. 

My passion: Giving back to this sport that has given me so much. A passion for good people. A passion for making this world a better place. I will inspire, drive, motivate, teach, learn, lead, and develop the best softball players in the world. My passion for softball and working with girls has led me to founding Jenny Topping Softball Training and co-owning 5131 Softball Club. I offer private and group lessons in addition to conducting softball clinics worldwide. I have been a Featured Speaker at Coaches Conventions worldwide and spoken at over 50 different schools across the country to inspire young girls and boys to chase their dreams!

The main reason why I love doing what I do: I have a passion for taking a young girl and developing her into the most technically and fundamentally sound player possible. I want my girls to know that to be the best takes sacrifice, hard work, a strong work ethic, sweat and tears, and most importantly you have to love what you do. It is also extremely important that my girls have good support from their family as I was so fortunate to have in my career. I love creating new drills for my girls as well as pushing my own teaching boundaries.

Greatest softball moment: I will never forget standing on the podium, bowing to have a gold medal put around my neck when I looked up in the stands to see all my family clapping and crying. I realized in that moment that my gold medal was my give back to everyone that helped me get to that podium. That my parents will always be able to say the their daughter is a Gold Medalist.

2nd greatest softball moment: All of the memories that I made with my teammates off the softball field. All of the pranks that Laura Berg, Crystl Bustos, and the 260 crew pulled on the rest of the team.

Food for thought for all of my girls: When you are my age you will not remember the score of your games when you were 12, or how many hits or strike outs you had, but you will remember all the fun times you had off the field.

More about me:

I am a dreamer
I love setting goals that scare me
I’m very picky about my teaching, and I expect a lot from my girls.
Favorite TV show is anything on HGTV
Reading right now: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Things I love:

Mid-Century Modern, vintage, and modern
Auburn Crossfit
Eating Clean and Local
My 3 beautiful nephews, Bryce, Quinn, and Lucas
Projects: Right now I am re-roofing a minor shed on my property

Colors: Forest green, Pink, Royal blue

My career highlights are listed below.
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2004 USA Softball team was described as "The Real Dream Team," and the team of the year as the first ever softball team to be placed on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Game win-loss record of 51-1.
2004 USA Softball team was described as "The Real Dream Team," and the team of the year as the first ever softball team to be placed on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Game win-loss record of 51-1.

SUMMARY OF CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

2004 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST

2012 OLYMPIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

COLLEGIATE 4-TIME FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH CHAMPION

NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH ALL-STAR

JAPAN LEAGUE TOP 9 PLAYER
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USA SOFTBALL

1999 Junior Olympic Silver medalist

2002 Selected member of the 2002 National Team -Suffered torn ACL and did not play

2003 Gold Medalist, Pan American Games

2004 Gold Medalist, Olympic Games in Athens, Greece-Hit a team high .667 (limited playing time)

2005 Gold Medalist, Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament 
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2007 Pan American Gold medal winners Brazil.  Jennie Finch is checking to see if the mound is too muddy, after consecutive days of rain.  
2007 Pan American Gold medal winners Brazil.  Jennie Finch is checking to see if the mound is too muddy, after consecutive days of rain.  

Silver Medalist, Japan Cup

Silver Medalist, World Cup

2006 Gold Medalist, International Softball Federation World Championship

Gold Medalist, World Cup

2007 Gold Medalist, Pan American Games

Gold Medalist, World Cup

2008 Olympic Team Alternate

2012 Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee
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COLLEGIATE
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University of Washington

1998 - Began career by playing in only 9 games before tearing her ACL and having to red-shirt the 1999 season. 

2000 - First Team All-American, Pac 10 All-Conference, named "Newcomer of The Year." 

California State University Fullerton

2001 - First Team All American, Big West All-Conference, "Player of The Year" Award. 

2002 - First Team All-American, Big West All-Conference, "Player of The Year" Award.

2003 - First Team All-American, Big West All-Conference, "Player of The Year" Award. 
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PROFESSIONAL

American National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)

2005 - Akron Racers, All-Star Player, Cowles Cup Championship winner

2006 - Akron Racers, did not complete season, USA Team member 
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2012 Japan cup tournament. Kyoto, Japan.  Jenny is tagging out a runner sliding into home plate. 
2012 Japan cup tournament. Kyoto, Japan.  Jenny is tagging out a runner sliding into home plate. 

Japan Professional Softball League

2008 - Member of team Toyota Shokki, earned a 3rd place win overall in the league.  Jenny was selected as a top 9 player in the catching position.  She also was a top 5 leader in bating average, RBI's, walks, and homeruns. 

2009 - Member of team Toyota Shokki, earned another 3rd place win overall in the league.  Jenny was selected for the 2nd year in a row a top 9 player in the catching position. 

2013 - Member of team Toyota Shokki, earned another 3rd place win overall in league.  

I started softball when I was nine years old just like any other young girl out there. I grew up in Southern California so there was a lot of competition early on in my career. I played on three all-star teams for La Mirada Bobby Sox. My first competitive travel ball team was the Southern California Firecrackers. I eventually won three national championships with the Gordon’s Panthers. I was the type of kid that as soon as I got my homework done I wanted to play until the street lights came on. I always had grass stains on my jeans!

More Directors & Coaches
Robin Bumpus Penoyer
Co-Director

Robin Bumpus Penoyer

Coach Penoyer will be holding skype session remotely from Italy.  She has sent numerous pitchers to college at all levels of play DI, DII, and DIII as well as Jr. Colleges.

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She is currently the head coach at Clinton Central School Corporation, where she is the starting point for coaches beginning to teach fastpitch pitching as a unit in the physical educational setting. Penoyer has also been coaching the New York Storm softball team for over 20 years. 

Penoyer is respected in the softball community as she has been invited to speak at numerous colleges and camps. Her speaking engagements include:

Diamond in the Mines Camp - Beckley, WV 2014
East Coast Softball Association - Carolina Beach, NC 2014
Central Michigan University Softball Winter Clinics 2012 (working with legendary DI coach Margo Yonker)
Kutztown University 2012 Recruiting Showcase (working with legendary DII coach Judy Lawes)
Kutztown University Christmas Camp 2011
Netherlands, Herkimer C.C. winter clinic 2011,
Swarthmore Seminar on Softball 2005 
Kutztown University 1994-present (camps and clinics)
Storm Summer Softball Teams/Camps (ASA Sanctioned)
Players Choice (New Hartford Shopping Center) Individual Lessons
New York State Public High School Athletic Association Annual Coaches Clinic 2008
National Fastpitch Coaches Association 3.5 Star Master Coach

Penoyer played with the Professional Fastpitch Extreme Tour in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. In addition, she played with the Twin City Jammers, Topton Vips, Allentown Pates, Pennsylvania Clippers all  ASA Major Teams. During her stint she had many tournament Championship accolades with no-hitters and perfect games.

In 1996 Penoyer was inducted into the University of Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame. She is also in the Johnstown Sports Hall of Fame. In addition she has collected awards from N.O.W. Trailblazer, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated.  

Penoyer interned at the National Sports Center, Blaine MN. (Helping run in every aspect the 1992 USA CUP and Olympic Cycling Trials)

She is currently a New York EMT.

Sarah Rosenbarker
Coach

Sarah Rosenbarker

Highschool: Participated in Softball and Soccer at Maine-Endwell High School from 2006-2010 Softball Awards: All division Catcher Award 2006-2010 Section 4 Class A Champions 2006-2009...

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Highschool: Participated in Softball and Soccer at Maine-Endwell High School from 2006-2010
Softball Awards: All division Catcher Award 2006-2010
Section 4 Class A Champions 2006-2009
NY State Tournament Quarter finalists 2009
Team Captain 2009,2010
Honor Role/All Academic Team 2006-2010
College:
Kinesiology Major/Coaching Minor
Catcher/1st basemen at SUNY Brockport
All Academic Team Selection Spring 2013
Won division championship 2013
Team Captain 2014

Other Experience: Played for the Conklin Raiders 18u travel softball team 2008-2009
Coached Girls Modified Basketball at Brockport Middle School
Gave hitting lessons to children ages 10-18 at Raleigh Baseball institute in Endwell, NY from 2007-2010

Jennifer Buehler
Coach

Jennifer Buehler

Jennifer Buehler is in her sixth season as an assistant coach for the Southwestern College softball program. Her primary responsibility is the development of pitchers for the Lady...

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Jennifer Buehler is in her sixth season as an assistant coach for the Southwestern College softball program. Her primary responsibility is the development of pitchers for the Lady Builders.

Since her first season in 2008, the Southwestern pitching staff has seen nothing but improvement. The staff's team ERA against KCAC opponents has dropped from 6.68 in 2008 to 2.40 in 2012, opposing batting average dropped from a .368 in 2008 to a .251 in 2012. Both starting pitchers received All-KCAC honors in both 2011 and 2012, including a unanimous first-team selection.

Buehler attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N. J. where she was a four-year starting pitcher for the Kights. In the 2004 and

2005 seasons she led the team with 0.271 and 0.266 opposing batting averages, respectively.  She graduated from FDU with a B.S. in Biology in 2005. She went on to complete her Master's of Education degree at Southwestern College in 2009.

After college Buehler continued her softball career playing in Utrecht, Holland for the UVV softball club. She set club records in strike outs, no hitters, and opposing batting average for the 2006 season.

Buehler has been actively involved with softball camps since 2003. She specializes in drill instruction to both large and small groups. Her energy and excitement is unmatched. Buehler continues to play softball in the summer months as part of the open league CNY New Hartford Legion softball team.

Rachel Jones
Coach

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones is in her first year as assistant strength & conditioning coach at Binghamton University.  She works with numerous teams, including softball, men’s and...

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Rachel Jones is in her first year as assistant strength & conditioning coach at Binghamton University.  She works with numerous teams, including softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, soccer, and tennis.  Her focus is on the development of strength, power, speed, and agility in order to increase athletic performance.  Prior to Binghamton, Jones worked with various athletes and coaches at Delta State University, the University of Delaware, and private strength facilities around the northeast.  She is also beginning her first season as the assistant varsity softball coach at Union Endicott High School. 

Jones played collegiate softball at the University of Delaware from 2009-2012.  As a four year starting outfielder for the Blue Hens, Jones helped the team reach two CAA championship tournaments in 2011 and 2012.  She was a CAA All-Rookie Team selection in 2009, won the Sportsmanship Award in 2010, is tied for the school record for most hits in a single game, and ranks among the top 20 in UD history in games played.   She looks to bring her passion and energy for the game into the training of all of her athletes, so they may reach all of their goals, both on and off the field.

Jones received her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology with a minor in strength & conditioning from Delaware, and has received her CSCS certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  She is currently completing a master’s degree in exercise science at SUNY Cortland.

Coach

Julie Towers

Towers began her coaching career at Millsaps after a standout career at the University of Connecticut and a coaching stop at Delta State University. For her career, Towers hit .329 with...

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Towers began her coaching career at Millsaps after a standout career at the University of Connecticut and a coaching stop at Delta State University. For her career, Towers hit .329 with 211 career hits in 641 at-bats. She also connected on 44 doubles, six triples and 28 home runs with 106 RBIs for the Huskies in 200 career games.

As a senior in 2011, the Goodlettsville, Tenn., native was named team captain while appearing in 48 games, all starts, for UConn. She made the switch to shortstop in her final year, leading the team in hits (54), runs (32), RBIs (42), doubles (14), triples (3), home runs (11), total bases (107) and slugging percentage (.699). For that phenomenal senior season, Towers was named NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-Region First Team and All-BIG EAST First Team

Along the way, Towers tied the UConn single-season home run record (11) while ranking second all-time in with 44 doubles, fourth all-time with 106 RBI, second all-time with 28 home runs and third all-time with 351 total bases. Her .329 career batting average ranks eighth all-time at UConn as well.

As a junior, Towers started all 51 games of the season and recorded a team high .320 batting average in a team high 172 at bats. She the squad in hits (55), runs scored (39), doubles (13), home runs (9), total bases (97), plate appearances (188), runs batted in (26), slugging percentage (.564) and on base percentage (.372).

Blossomed on the field as one of UConn's top performers during her sophomore campaign, recording a team high .369 batting average while finishing with 62 hits, 10 doubles, two triples and seven home runs.

Towers played in all 50 games during her freshman season starting each of them. The hard-hitting middle infielder finished the year with a .270 average on 40 hits, sending home 15 RBIs.

During her career at White House High School, Towers earned four letters as  the starting shortstop. She was named the WHHS team MVP in 2007 after being named to the All-District 8-AA team and All-Middle Tennessee Coaches Association First Team. She also claimed three varsity letters in soccer while excelling in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.

Towers earned her bachelor's degree in communications for the University of Connecticut in May. She pursued a master's in sports administration from Delta State.

Coach

Jaime Foutch

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Staff

Dr. Mitch Abram

Dr. Mitch Abrams is a licensed sport psychologist and author of Anger Management in Sport: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Athletes (Human Kinetics, 2010). He created and...

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Dr. Mitch Abrams is a licensed sport psychologist and author of Anger Management in Sport: Understanding and Controlling Violence in Athletes (Human Kinetics, 2010). He created and developed the first comprehensive anger management program for athletes to address this topic. His program provides strategies and interventions for overcoming excessive anger and aggression in athletes, as well as techniques for athletes to manage emotions and enhance performance.

Dr. Abrams is a national speaker and frequent contributor to national and international media. His opinion is highly sought after when an athlete transgresses, as well as commenting on other sport psychology issues. He writes an ongoing sport psychology blog entitled “Sports Transgressions” for Psychology Today. Dr. Abrams contributed to The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine edited by Lyle Micheli (2011) by writing the sport psychology entries on anger management and imagery in visualization. He also co-wrote the chapter on “Anger: How to Moderate Hot Buttons” with Dr. Bruce Hale in Dr. Shane Murphy’s Sport Psych Handbook. Besides anger management, Dr. Abrams lectures regularly on dating violence/sexual assault prevention, identification and treatment of trauma and mental health.

Dr. Abrams earned his Bachelors of Science from Brooklyn College (Pre-Med & Psychology) and earned his Masters of Science in Applied Psychology and his Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from C.W. Post/Long Island University. He received specialized training in family violence, the treatment of trauma and anger management. His dissertation demonstrated the effectiveness of an anger management program for male athletes and he has been working with anger and violence (including dating/sexual violence prevention) with athletes since. His private practice has clinical, forensic and sport psychology services where treatment focuses on anger management and the treatment of trauma stemming from various forms of abuse.

Further, he is the President and Founder of Learned Excellence for Athletes, Dr. Abrams’ Sports Psychology Consulting firm. With the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), he is the Chair (and founder) of the “Anger & Violence in Sport” Special Interest Group (SIG). Dr. Abrams is on the program review committee for AASP’s Annual Convention and is a member of the Board of Directors for CASA of Monmouth County A licensed psychologist in NY and NJ, Dr.

Abrams is also a member of APA’s Divisions 47 (Sport & Exercise Psychology), Division 46 (Media Psychology) and Division 41 (American Law-Psychology Society). He oversees mental health services for five of the state prisons in NJ as Clinician Administrator for University Correctional Health Care, which is part of Rutgers. He coordinates the forensic track of the pre-doctoral psychology internship program where he is actively involved in training young psychologists.

Finally, he has been adjunct faculty at C.W. Post/Long Island University, Brooklyn College and Fairleigh Dickinson University; and currently is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Staff

Larry Chester

Larry Chester better known as “LC” is regarded as one of the premiere strength and conditioning trainers in the nation.  LC’s unique and innovative training style is...

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Larry Chester better known as “LC” is regarded as one of the premiere strength and conditioning trainers in the nation.  LC’s unique and innovative training style is very impressive.  As the founder of the Elite Speed and Power Program, LC has improved the explosiveness and game performance of over 2,000 athletes across all major sports both high school and college.  As a strength and conditioning coach LC helps motivate many hard working athletes along their journey to reach the apex of their career.

LC has spent the last 18 years involved with many successful individuals and teams.  Before becoming a successful trainer at the college ranks, LC spent many years as a successful head football coach and a track & field jump and sprint specialist.

LC is currently the strength and conditioning trainer for many Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 college athletes and teams.  Below you will find some of his recent success.

2012

Kutztown University Softball

Regional Champions

Division II Softball World Series Qualifier

Kutztown University Men’s Tennis

PSAC Men’s Tennis Single Champion

PSAC Men’s Tennis Double Champions

2013

Kutztown University Men’s Rugby

Division 1 American College Rugby Champions (14-0)

Kutztown University Softball

PSAC Champions

Regional Champions

Division II Softball World Series Runner-ups

Kutztown University Men’s Tennis

PSAC Team Champions

PSAC Doubles Champions

PSAC Singles Champion

Kutztown University Women’s Tennis

PSAC East Champions

Kutztown University Women’s Rugby

Mid-Atlantic Runner-ups

National Finish Ranked #4 (Final Four Playoffs)

2014

Kutztown University Baseball

PSAC Champions

Kutztown University Men’s Rugby

College Rugby Championship National Runner-up

ACRC Bowl Champions

Kutztown University Women’s Rugby

Mid-Atlantic Champions

National Finish Ranked #3 (Final Four Playoffs)

Camp Details

"WE want our student/athletes to come away with the mind set that it is going to take 10,000 hours of hard work and determination to reach the level of play that each athlete desires to perform at.  They need to know that the effort they put in is congruent to where they want to go.  We will provide an experience that shows what it means and “how it feels”, to earn your wings to fly toward their goals, dreams, and aspirations. We will help student/athletes by providing necessary skills, tips, and drills that will help them on their journey.  We will incorporate and instill positive self esteem, positive work ethic, and positive communication. We will show through collaboration that cooperative coaching environments that are inclusive empowers and inspires others to do better." - Coach Robin Penoyer

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CHECK-IN

Check-in takes place between 8:45-9:00am Monday to Thursday. Please bring a bag lunch each day.

CHECK-OUT

Camp concludes at 3:00pm Monday to Thursday.

Registration Packet

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. Campers Check In
  • 9:00 a.m. Warm Up & Throwing Drills
  • 9:15 a.m. Station Work
  • 10:30 a.m. Water Break
  • 10:45 a.m. Position Work
  • 11:15 a.m. Defensive Plays
  • 11:45 a.m. Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. Warm Up
  • 12:45 p.m. Offensive Work
  • 1:45 p.m. Offensive Strategies
  • 2:15 p.m. Daily Competition
  • 3:00 p.m. Campers Depart

Camper Reviews

Camper

  • 5/5.
The wonderful encouragement I received at this camp has made me want to try out for softball at school again next spring

"After years of being overlooked by softball coaches it was very encouraging to hear from people who know what they are talking about, that I really do have a talent for softball. The wonderful encouragement I received at this camp has made me want to try out for softball at school again next spring. Hopefully the coaches at school will recognize my talents and be willing to work with me. Thanks for all the help and encouragement."

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Day Camper

  • 5/5.
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."

Day Camper

  • 5/5.
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."

Parent

  • 5/5.
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."

Day Camper

  • 5/5.
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."

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: General Skills
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Girls
Day 9 A.M. - 3 P.M. $255.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.