Clarkson University Nike Volleyball Camp

Clarkson University Nike Volleyball Camp
Clarkson University Nike Volleyball Camp

Coach Dulfer and his enthusiastic staff create an outstanding environment for campers of all ability levels to improve their skills and have fun.

This camp is open to girls ages 10-18 of all ability levels. Here you’ll master the volleyball fundamentals, develop propermechanics, and gain valuable game play experience.

Highlights Include

  • Training under the country’s best coaches
  • Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
  • Six hours of daily instruction
  • Coach to camper ratio is 1:10
  • Players grouped by age and ability level
  • Personal evaluations from your coach
  • Nike Volleyball camp T-shirt

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Johan Dulfer
Camp Director

Johan Dulfer

In his nine years at Clarkson, Johan Dulfer has transformed the Golden Knights into a regional powerhouse with six consecutive NCAA appearances, including three straight New York Regional Championships from 2012 to 2014 that pushed the Green and Gold to the NCAA Volleyball Championships' Elite 8.

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Under the guidance of Dulfer, the Knights have claimed four Liberty League Tournament Championships and three regular-season league titles in the past six seasons and have won 189 matches in that span.

Following his first season at Clarkson, the Golden Knights made a 12-game improvement on their record from 2006 to 2007, which helped Dulfer earn Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year honors in only his second season. From that point, the team has taken off, posting eight consecutive 20-win seasons, and back-to-back-to-back 30-win seasons, since. The Golden Knights have been most impressive in the last six seasons, as the team has reached the NCAA Tournament from 2009-2014, helping Dulfer gain his three more coach of the year honors in the conference, as well as the AVCA New York Region Coach of the Year award in both 2013 and 2014. Clarkson recorded back-to-back 28-victory seasons in 2009-2010, a then school-record tying 29 victories in 2011, and a program-record 31 wins in 2012 en route to the Elite 8. In 2013, Clarkson easily surpassed that mark, recording a 36-7 mark and earning a national-ranking for half of the season, finishing at #18 in the final poll. Finally, this past season the Golden Knights ended the season 14th in the AVCA National Poll. 

In 2009, the Golden Knights matched or set numerous marks on the way to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. With a 28-7 mark, Dulfer gave the Knights their highest winning percentage in a single-season. In 2010, Dulfer led the Knights to their first victory in the NCAA Tournament, beating Hunter College in four sets. In 2011, the Golden Knights hosted the NCAA New York Regional and again posted a victory in the tournament before falling to the top seed. In 2012, again hosting the NCAA New York Regional, Clarkson went a perfect 3-0 to claim the championship. Whereas the 2012 NCAA Regional was a difficult run for the Knights, Clarkson dropped only two narrow sets in 2013 and allowed only 16.27 points per set during its overpowering 2013 run. While Clarkson was dominant in 2012 and 2013, the Knights took their level of play even higher in 2014. Clarkson was ranked nationally throughout 2014, reaching a peak of #11 midway through the season, and went 37-4 overall with three of the losses coming to teams ranked in the top seven in the country and all four coming to teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament. Clarkson had to take to the road for the 2014 NCAA Regionals, but the outcome was the same, with Clarkson losing just two sets en route to its third straight Elite 8. Overall, Dulfer is 240-106 in the his coaching career (.694) and has a .852 winning percentage in the past three seasons (104-18).

Outside of his Clarkson success, Dulfer boasts an impressive resume, which includes working as the first assistant coach at Division I James Madison University over three years. While at James Madison, Dulfer helped guide the program to a winning mark of 45-36 for a .555 winning percentage. Prior to working for the Dukes, Dulfer was a student assistant at the University of Minnesota on two separate occasions and also was the head coach at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 1998.

A native of the Netherlands, Dulfer has served as one of the assistant coaches and program director of the Iroquois-Empire High Performance Program in New York, and has also coached several touring international club teams. Dulfer received a masters degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Sport Psychology, from the University of Minnesota in 2003, and a masters degree in International Relations & Propaedeuse in Dutch Law from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1999.

Camp Details

Take this opportunity to get better this summer under the direction of Coach Dulfer and his winning ways at Clarkson University. His expert coaching staff provides a great environment for volleyball players of all skill levels to improve over the course of this program. Each day consists of individual training, position specific drills, small-sided games, and full scrimmages.

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. The Clarkson University health forms require a physicians signature. A physical form covering the same information from within one year of camp is accepted. Registration packet gives instructions on where to mail forms by July 14th. 

This program is open to individuals and teams. See more information on our team discount in 'more details'. 

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What's included in the fee? 

Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.

Extended Day campers (9am-9pm - except on first and last day): Lunch and dinner are provided.

24-hour supervision is an important feature of every NIKE Volleyball Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.

Volleyballs: Molten Volleyballs may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $15. Volleyballs must be paid for at the time of registration. Campers do not need to bring a ball to camp and purchasing one is optional. 

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


All Skills: July 28 - 31, 2016

  • Check-in: between 2:00pm-3:00pm on Thursday July 28th at the Alumni Gym. 
  • Check-out: Graduation is at 3:30pm on Sunday July 31st
  • Parents are invited to attend the last session, which starts at 1:30pm.
  • Extended Day Camper Schedule: Thursday 2:00-9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-3:30pm


Ratio: 1:10
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: volleyball shoes, knee pads and a water bottle
Facility: Alumni Gym


Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: 1
Bathrooms: On each floor
Linens: Bed linens, pillow, blanket, wash cloth, and towel are provided by the school at no charge. 
Air Conditioning: NO - Campers encouraged to bring a fan
Key Deposit: No deposit, but a $60 replacement fee will be charged if key is not returned.
Spending Money: $20
Medical Facility: 2 athletic trainers are on-site and a doctor is on-call for emergencies
Extra Activities: Swimming


Closest Airport: Ottawa International Airport
Transportation: Bus

Adirondack Trailways Bus Line
Market Square Mall
Potsdam, NY 13676
Fare and Schedule Information:

Team Discount

If eight or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $30 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount. Discount does not apply to team only camps.


Clarkson University is located in Potsdam, a great college town in upstate New York, about 100 miles from Montreal, Canada and a 2 ½ hour drive from Syracuse. 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 Wake-up, shower
  • 7:45 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Stretching/conditioning
  • 9:15 Practice: pass/set/hit drills
  • 10:30 Defense and serving drills
  • 12:00 Lunch, rest
  • 1:30 Spiking demonstration
  • 1:45 Review: pass/set/serve
  • 2:30 Practice: emergency recovery
  • 4:30 Free time, rest
  • 5:30 Dinner
  • 6:30 Practice: games/scrimmages
  • 9:00 Films/video highlights
  • 10:00 Campers to rooms
  • 10:30 Lights out

Camper Reviews

Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Great time

I had a great time at the Nike volleyball camp! It was constantly intense, and even though I was on the top court, I learned new skills while I was there. I felt safe on campus, and overall, I had a great time on and off the court. I would definitely recommend this camp to any level of player.

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Parent of camper '15

  • 4/5.
Highly recommend

These 4 days at camp greatly improved my daughter’s confidence and skill levels.  I would highly recommend the Nike Volleyball camp.  

Clarkson University Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Great experience

Nike volleyball camp was a great experience. It was fun and all of the intructional drills have helped me perform with great intensity.

Sister of Clarkson University Camper '14

  • 4/5.

The Nike Volleyball camp was very beneficial to my sister. The skills that she perfected enabled her to take her skills to the next level. It has given he rthe confidence and ability to step up as team captain. We would reccomend this camp to all those that have a true passion for the sport of volleyball.

Parent of a Clarkson University Campers '14

  • 4/5.
Looking forward to next year!

My daughter ancd neice went for the first time this year and loved it! My daughter and been playing for four years and my neice had never played.Both girls are looking forward  to next year and hpoing thar the camp is longer. They also loved the food.

Clarkson University Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Learned new skills

This camp teaches you skills that you may not have learned until you have gotten further into your playing career, and also improves your skills. The camp givs you tips and praise on making our playing extremely better. The coaches also knew how to make playing a lot of fun. i benefited from the camp greatly.

Clarkson University Camper

  • 4/5.
Worked on my weaknesses

It was a great experience. The coaches and staff worked with us on points of weakness and I came away feeling that I will continue to improve on these points. I feel this camp will make me more of an asset to my JV Team. 

Clarkson University Camper

  • 5/5.
High intensity

This was a high intensity camp which taught me valuable skills in the area of volleyball. I would recommend this camp to any new comer or veteran player! 

Parent of a Clarkson University Camper

  • 5/5.
Helped me improve

My daughter really enjoyed her experience at Nike Volleyball Camp and now that the school season has started she is happy with her improvement and recognizes that her improvement is a result of suggestions and skills she learned at camp. Thank you! 

Clarkson University Camper

  • 4/5.
Knowledgeable and supportive staff

This was my first volleyball camp and I felt I learned a lot, have a better understanding of playing the sport, and thought the staff was knowledgeable and supportive.

Clarkson University Camper

  • 4/5.
Great program, great staff

I loved the camp, the program and everything about it the staff all the friends we made and thanks to the staff for always being behind us. Thanks again, and see you next year! 

Clarkson University Camper

  • 4/5.
Fun camp

The Clarkson camp was fun with a lot of different exercises and suggestions to improve skills.

Clarkson University Camper

  • 5/5.
No time to get bored

Coach Dulfer, keeps them working on their skills not allowing too much free time to get into mischief or allow them to be bored.

Clarkson University Camper

  • 4/5.
Very Enjoyable

"As a foreign player I enjoyed the camp very much. The staff was extremely helpful. We would love to come again."

Clarkson University Camper

  • 5/5.
Amazing experience

"This camp really taught me how to hit hard and and set really well. I improved tremendously while at this camp and enjoyed the other campers and how wonderful all the coaches were. I reccomend this camp to all skill levels because no matter how good you are you can always learn something more, and i believe this camp is a good way to do that."

Clarkson University Camper

  • 5/5.
Gained confidence

"This camp was great! I made new friends, learned a lot and gained confidence in my volleyball abilities, especially my overhand serve!"

Parent of a Clarkson Camper

  • 5/5.
Great instruction

"Camp was safe and secure for my daughters. They received great instruction and learned a lot from the coaches. My daughter just got asked to tryout for JV a year ahead of time so obviously this was time well spent!"

Clarkson University Camper

  • 5/5.
Best decision

The Nike volleyball camp at Clarkson University is the best decision for ANY level of volleyball player. The counselors were such amazing players and generally wonderful people. They really care about making you a better player and sharing their love of volleyball with others. I played better with my team during camp than I ever have with my school team because everyone here had the drive to improve and the coaches helped us every step of the way to become better players.

Parent of a Clarkson Camper

  • 5/5.
Thoroughly enjoyed camp

We would definitely recommend this camp to any girl who is interested in learning as much as they can about the game of volleyball. Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her experience at the camp and she learned so much which helped to to improve her game.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: All Skills
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Girls
Extended 9am-9pm $375.00
Availability: Open

Overnight $475.00
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.