Nike Next Level Ultimate Camp at University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Elevate your game this summer at the Nike Next Level Ultimate Camp at University of Minnesota! Nike Next Level Ultimate Camps focus on providing high school boys with a competitive, motivating and fun experience which develops skills, strategy, teamwork and next level knowledge in the sport of Ultimate. High school students have the opportunity to meet and engage in high-level play with other athletes from all over the country during our summer camp sessions.
With a quality staff and vastly experienced instructors, Nike Next Level Ultimate Camps educate campers about advanced fundamentals and techniques needed to succeed in the College Ultimate Division and beyond. At Nike Next Level Ultimate Camps, we’re committed to building leaders on and off the field. Over the course of our summer sessions, our counselors and staff will work to give campers the confidence and tools necessary to improve not only themselves, but future teammates and friends.
Becoming a complete Ultimate player means developing athletic ability, knowledge of the game, self-esteem, confidence, sportsmanship, team concept and a positive attitude on and off the field. Our counselors help athletes develop these skills by using the same drills and focused scrimmages used by top university and club level players. By instilling a balance of team work with self-reliance, competition, and fun, our program prepares Nike Next Level Ultimate campers for success in both the sport of Ultimate and life.
For more information about Nike Next Level Ultimate Camps, click on the "Details" tab above. You can also visit NextLevelUltimate.com.
- Daily instruction from a top notch Next Level Ultimate staff
- 5-6 hours of Ultimate each day
- Every camper receives a Nike Ultimate Camp reversible jersey and Discraft disc!
- Fun camp-wide evening activities for extended day and overnight campers
This Nike Next Level Ultimate Camp will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Click on the "Details" tab above for housing information.Meet your coaching staff
Ben graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Accounting and Real Estate. He completed his fifth and final season as a member of the Wisconsin Hodags in May of 2011, ending with a Central Regional title and a 2nd place finish at College Nationals. Born and raised in Minnesota, Ben started playing Ultimate when he was a sophomore at Hopkins High School. Ben attended Junior Elite Methods (JEM) Camp in 2005, which was put on by the University of Colorado Ultimate Frisbee Program. His efforts to bring about Next Level were largely inspired by the enjoyable experience he had while attending JEM Camp as a high school player, and hopes to provide current high school students with a similar opportunity to improve.
Andrew graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a business degree in Finance. Andrew started playing Ultimate in high school, and brings his passion, dedication, and business knowledge to the development and growth of Next Level. Andrew has significant experience when it comes to youth camps, having served multiple summers as a staff member for an overnight summer camp in Wisconsin. Born in California, and raised in Minnesota, you will often find Andrew in the seats of Target Field cheering on the Twins during the summer months.
Cyle Van Auken
Cyle brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge to our camps, and as been a part of our organization since we originated in the summer of 2009. During his college career, Cyle was part of the quartet of indefatigable players that led Florida to a 2006 National Championship, and played that role again in the 2008 season that culminated in a National Runner-Up finish. Cyle’s club career includes two seasons with nationals qualifier Vicious Cycle in 2005 and 2006. Just this past year, Cyle helped coach Doublewide, the men's club team from Texas, to their first ever USAU Club National Championship. This was his second year serving as a coach for the team. Additionally, Cyle served as head coach for the University of Washington Women in 2009-2010 while living in Seattle, and was involved with various other coaching clinics while living on the west coast.
PLEASE NOTE! Unfortunately we had to cancel the June 15-20 session this summer. We are trying to arrange a clinic (1-3 days) for early August, so please check back soon for more details.
(Camp Code: UFBRMN)
The Nike Next Level Ultimate Camp at University of Minnesota is a camp for high school boys who seek an exciting summer experience with the sport of Ultimate. Campers can choose between an Overnight and Extended Day (8:00am-9:30pm) option. Nike Next Level Ultimate Camps draws players from all over the country to each of its sessions. International players are highly encouraged to apply.
Nike Next Level Ultimate campers are high school players that are hungry to learn more about the sport of Ultimate. Attendees should have a base skill set of throws, and some previous experience with structured ultimate. Campers should be prepared to be physically active for 4-6 hours a day with moderate rest/meal breaks and a high level of intensity.
Our camps are intended for high school boys from the ages of 14-18. Those who have recently graduated high school and not yet attended a university are eligible to participate.
Our camp is open to boys only.
• From 2:30-4:30pm on Saturday
• Campers may come dressed in casual day clothes with tennis shoes.
• Awards Ceremony: 11:00am Thursday (parents invited!)
• Check-out: Immediately after the Awards Ceremony at 11:30am.
Extended Day Camper Schedule & Information
• Saturday: Arrive between 2:30-4:30pm for check-in. Depart at 9:30pm.
• Sunday-Wednesday: Arrive at 8:00am. Depart at 9:30pm.
• Thursday: Arrive at 8:00am. Depart at 11:30am.
• Meals: Snacks, lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day Campers.
Dinner will be included on Saturday of arrival, and breakfast will be included on Thursday of departure. All other days breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for all Overnight campers and lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day campers. The cafeteria is all-you-can-eat, and provides many different options for each meal and will do their best to accommodate any dietary needs. If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact us.
Campers will stay in the Comstock Hall East dorms, located on the University of Minnesota campus. Each dorm room will house two individuals, and camp staff and counselors will be spread out throughout each floor.
While Nike Next Level Ultimate Camps are heavily focused on improving your Ultimate skills, campers will have plenty of social time. There will be many fun evening activities planned throughout the week including disc games, movies, video games, “Trade Night”, and a field trip.
Nike Next Level Ultimate Camps have a ratio of 1 staff member for every 8 campers. This ensures lots of one-on-one attention and teaching for each camper.
Our counselors and staff are hand-selected based on their ability to lead and supervise. Each camp location provides 24/7 emergency assistance. Additionally, we will have a staff member available for campers during all hours of the night should they need assistance. A Certified Athletic Trainer will also be available to campers for all of their medical needs.
Weekend Stayovers: Weekend stayovers are not available at this location
Designated Airport: Minneapolis/St. Paul International (MSP) Airport
Nike Next Level Ultimate Camps do not provide transportation to/from camp from airport, train stations or bus depots. If you have a camper arriving by air who is deemed an “unaccompanied minor” by the airlines and must be met by a camp staff or shuttle company employee, there will be a fee that needs to be paid in advance of camp. You will still have to arrange transportation to/from camp. Please call 1-800-645-3226 two weeks prior to camp to provide camper’s flight and shuttle information.
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 in the Spring. Our 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
The below sample schedule is taken from a day dedicated to man to man defense. Skills emphasized for the day include, among other defensive strategies, situational positioning, advanced marking, and help (or poach) Defence. Drills are tailored to build on each other as the day progresses, and each scrimmage focuses on aggregating accumulated defensive knowledge in a game time environment.
7:00 AM: Overnight Campers Wake-up
7:15 : Overnight Campers Eat Breakfast
8:15 : Extended Day Campers Arrive
8:15 : All Campers Head to Fields
8:30 : Cleat Up and Partner Throwing
8:45 : Morning Warm-up
9:30 : Announcements
9:45 : Skills Presentation
Man to Man positioning:
Situational positioning for defenders against a horizontal and vertical offense. Particular attention paid to front/back positioning against a vert offense, and triangle defense against a horizontal stack.
10:00 : Skills Stations
Station 1: Two on Two Lane Defense (Vert)
Two offensive players simulate cutting from a side stack (vert) offense, with two defenders working to stop them on the strong side. Emphasis on positioning and rotation to prevent easy upfield passes.
Station 2: Four on Four Diamond Defense (Horizontal)
Four offensive players simulate cutting in a horizontal stack against four defenders. Emphasis on help D and "choosing" what opportunities to give offense.
Station 3: Win the Box
Two players match up against one another in a 10 yd by 5 yd vertical column. Defensive goal is to stay in front of cutting offender, while at the same time not giving up more than 2 yards on an out cut (not fronting blindly). Offense is given 10 seconds to cut. Emphasis on defensive foot work and body positioning.
10:30 : Round 1: Scrimmage
Teams are placed in a game of 10 pull, where each team receives the disc 10 times in a row, and may play any offense they would like. The defensive team is presented with the opportunity to practice different man to man defenses and techniques as discussed in the morning's skill stations.
11:45 : Morning Cool Down
12:00 PM : Return to Campus
12:15 : Lunch
1:15 : Head to Fields
1:30 : Cleat Up and Afternoon Warm-up
1:45 : Daily Skills Competition
One on One Marking
An update to the traditional "monkey in the middle" marking drill: players compete in a one on one in marking situation where they: a) Begin the mark on the wrong side of their man b) Are working against a motion offense (marking off-the-run) c) Mark for 2 marks in a row with movement in-between.
2:15 : Round 2 Games
3:30 : Round 3 Games
4:45 : Afternoon Cool Down
5:00 : Head to Dorms
5:15 : Shower/Free Time
6:00 : Dinner
7:15 : Evening Activities
9:30 : Extended Day Campers Depart. Overnight Campers Head to Room
10:15 PM: Lights Out for Overnight Campers