Nike Baseball Camp Bothell
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Our staff is dedicated to making your stay the single most important days in your baseball career. The purpose of our camps is to teach the fundamentals as well as the advanced skills of baseball to various age levels, helping each participant to better understand the game both mentally and physically. Joining us will allow players to further develop individual skills through instruction, individual and multi-player drills, and game experience, as well as interaction with players off the field in a comfortable camp setting. Players will work hard while having fun at the same time.
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
- Stance, Balance, Mechanics, Situational Hitting & Swing Path for Hitting
- Mental Preparation & Game Philosophy
- Multi Position Training
- Video Analysis Evaluations
- Controlled Scrimmages
- Professional Instruction
- Daily Coaching Clinics
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Camp Director Joe McDonald
Joe McDonald enters his fifth season as the head coach of Arizona Christian baseball with a record of 123-76 in his first four seasons.View Joe's Bio ⟩
Culminated by their second ever appearance as a program at NAIA nationals, 2019 was a record breaking year for ACU under Coach Mac. The Firestorm broke nearly every offensive season program record including wins (39), games played (60), team batting average (.323), hits (649), doubles (111), runs scored (445), RBI (385), and stolen bases (121).
Prior to ACU, McDonald was the only head coach at Boulder Creek HS in Anthem after he started the team in 2005 (began playing varsity in 2006). Under his guidance, the Jaguars reached the Arizona state playoffs eight times which includes finishing in the top five three times.
In 2010, Boulder Creek set the state of Arizona record with 485 team hits in a season. After BCHS won the regional championship and ended with a 33-6 record in 2011, Coach McDonald was awarded the AIA State, City of Phoenix, and Northwest Regional Coach of the Year honors. One year later, the BCHS diamond was named the ABCA National Field of the Year.
On the strength of his 249 wins at BCHS, Coach McDonald saw 45 players sign to play college baseball including Coby Boulware- a 2018 Freshman All-American at TCU. Two of McDonald’s players have signed professional contracts- Alex Real with the Minnesota Twins and West Tunnell with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Success on the field was started by success in the classroom as the Jaguars posted a cumulative GPA of 3.3 in the 12 years under McDonald.
Along with coaching, Coach McDonald was the Physical Education Department Chair at Boulder Creek High School. In addition, he was named the Assistant Athletic Director of the Deer Valley Unified School District where one of his many accomplishments was starting the Victory with Honor program.
Prior to moving to Arizona, Coach McDonald served as the Head Assistant Baseball Coach at Western Oregon University from 1998-2000. He also coached a summer each in the Arizona Junior College Summer League and Northwest Collegiate Baseball League.
As a player, McDonald played two seasons at Western Oregon University and one season at Linfield College. The outfielder was an All-State selection and two time All-Intermountain Conference selection at Bend High School.
Academically, McDonald earned a physical education degree with a minor in health from Western Oregon University in 1998. Four years later, he added a master’s degree in education from Western Oregon University.
Coach McDonald and his wife, Pam, have three daughters- Jaysa, Paislee, and Liliana- and two sons- Montgomery and Kayden- that range in age from 19 to 10. The McDonalds attend Christ’s Church of the Valley. They are volunteers with the Christian Family Care Adoption Agency.
Lead Instructor Marc Linn
Head Coach at North Creek High School.
Head Coach Jo Jo Howie
JoJo Howie enters his third season at Central Arizona and will serve as the Vaqueros pitching coach and assist in recruiting.View Jo Jo's Bio ⟩
In his first season as pitching coach, Coach Howie's staff shattered the school record for strikeouts in a season with 770, posted a 3.32 team ERA and helped guide the Vaqueros to their 4th NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in school history with a 59-13 record. Central led the NJCAA World Series in ERA and 3 of his pitchers earned All ACCAC honors and 2 were named to the JUCO World Series All Tournament Team. Coach Howie's staff also had 2 pitchers drafted in the MLB Draft.
I year two, the Vaquero pitching staff led the country in both ERA (2.30) and strikeouts (703). The ERA and strikeouts both rank second All-time in the history of the program. Matt Wilkinson and Patrick Steitz received all ACCAC while Wilkinson also earned conference Pitcher of the Year.
Howie had 4 seasons as the Head Baseball Coach at Everett Community College where he has compiled a record of 99-44 overall, winning conference titles 2 out of 3 chances. Most of that work
was done in his first two and 2021 seasons as only 11 games were played in 2020. JoJo took over the reins in the 2017-2018 season after long time coach Levi Lacey stepped down and accepted the four corners area scout position with the Texas Rangers. Howie served two
seasons (2016, 2017) as an assistant coach, in which the Trojans claimed North Region Titles, and also advanced to the NWAC Championship game each year. The first year that Howie was the Head
coach they made the final tournament finishing 6th overall. In 2019 the Trojan’s were recognized by Perfect Game as a Top 25 Junior College program in the country at the conclusion of that season
going 39-11 losing in the championship. In his last season JoJo led 2021 Everett team to a 24–8 record winning the North Region Championship, and due to COVID that was as far as the season
could go. In the four complete seasons that JoJo has been in a coaching role with the program, there have been 25 players selected to the All North Region team, 9 All NWAC players, 3 Gold Glovers, 3 ABCA All Americans, 1 North Region Most Valuable Player, and in 2019 and 2021 JoJo Howie was named the North Region Coach of the Year. Howie also spent the summer of 2016 working for the Seattle Mariners Short Season Affiliate Everett Aqua Sox, as an assistant coach and
first base coach.
Before coaching, Howie played two seasons in Division I Athletic 10 Conference for Virginia Commonwealth University where he had 30 career starts as a pitcher, pitched 6 complete games, with 154 strike outs and a 14-9 record. In 2015 Howie was the ace on the most successful team in program history, A10 Champions, Dallas Baptist Regional Champions, and eventually losing to Miami
in the super regionals. For individual accolades he received the Athletic Departments “Team First” award for leadership and inspiration, also all A10 tournament team, 2015 IP 105 with 2.74 ERA.
Howie played high school for Bellevue Christian High School winning MVP of his league in 2011. His college career started at Everett CC where he played in 2012 and 2013. The Trojans won a combined
71 games in those two seasons winning back to back North Region Title’s, and finishing 3rd in 2012 before ultimately winning the programs first NWAC Title since 1966 in his sophomore season. JoJo
pitched in game 3 of the championship tournament where he went 7.2 innings, striking out 4 and giving up 0 runs en-route to a 2-0 win vs Yakima Valley. JoJo is married to wife Brie, with two kids, 5-year-old daughter Violet, and new born son Houston.
Coach Sean Brinkley
Former Head College Coach at Georgia Perimeter College
Head Coach Nate Sadler
Head Coach at Juanita High School
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Instruction will focus on the following -
- Hitting: Mental preparation, Stance, Balance, Mechanics, Situational Hitting & Swing Path.
- Fielding: Infield- Basic Corner Play and Middle Infield Play, Mechanics, Turns, Feeds … OF- Routes, Positions, Jumps, Footwork and Throws.
- Pitching: Mechanics, Balance, Delivery, Pitches and Grips.
- Baserunning: Leads off 1st Base, 2nd Base, 3rd base, and Steals.
- Catching: Mechanics, Receiving, Blocking, Throwing, Sign Calling.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
All sessions are open to players of all abilities unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level.
The purpose of our camps is to teach the fundamentals as well as the advanced skills of baseball to various age levels, helping each participant to better understand the game both mentally and physically. Joining us will also allow players to further develop individual skills through instruction, individual and multi-player drills, and game experience as well as interaction with players off the field in a comfortable camp setting. Players will work hard but have fun at the same time.
Every year, our camp has players from a variety of different states represented. This camp is open to all individuals, groups, partial to full teams, and organizations regardless of experience. Teams and groups have the option to train together as well as play games together. We boast attendees from all over the U.S and especially welcome our international players and teams from Mexico, Japan, Netherlands, Holland, and other locations around the world. Bringing players together for this great game of baseball is what it's all about!
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2024 CAMP INFORMATION
- Hitting Camp Dates: June 24, 2024 | July 15, 2024 | August 5, 2024
- General Skills Dates: June 25-28, 2024 | July 16-19, 2024 | August 6-9, 2024
- Age Group: 7-18
- Camp Type: Hitting Camp & Day Camp
- Schedule: Hitting Camp 11:00am-3:00pm | General Skills 9:00am-2:00pm
- Check-In: 30 minutes prior to camp start time
- Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a snack/lunch to camp each day.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Daily Baseball Instruction
- Supervision: Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
INSTRUCTION & FACILITY
Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
Groupings: Campers are initially grouped by age and moved around accordingly based on skill level.
Facility: Outdoor Fields. Indoor facilities are available during inclement weather conditions.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Small gym bag/backpack
Athletic clothing: t-shirt, shorts, baseball pants (recommended)
Cleats & sneakers
Catchers gear (if applicable)
Packed lunch and snacks
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
Nike Baseball Camps does not provide transportation from airports, train stations or bus depots. If you have a child flying to camp, please arrange a shuttle or taxi service.
If you have a group of campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a discount. Please have someone contact the US Sports Camps office at 1-800-645-3226 with the names of each camper in the group and we will create a unique discount code for your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during checkout. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE BASEBALL CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our baseball camps please see our FAQ page.
As a player, you will be evaluated by a professional eye and receive hands-on, intense baseball training. Our goal as a staff is to provide you with the tools to better your game, increase your knowledge, skill and confidence and assist in getting you to the next level of play and beyond.
This is what you can expect to work on while at camp:
- Stance, Balance, Mechanics, Situational Hitting & Swing Path for hitting
- Mental Preparation and Hitting Philosophy
- Hand-eye coordination drills for all aspects of the game
- Opposite field hitting (staying inside the baseball)
- Hitting with two strikes - Hitting Off-speed pitches
- Situational hitting including Bunting
- Base Running with Leads, Steals, etc.
- Infield play-corner play & middle infield play
- Infield mechanics, huge reps, tweaks, turns, feeds
- Outfield play - including throwing from the outfield
- Outfield play- routes, positions, jumps, footwork
- Pitchers throw during daily scrimmages
- Pitching - balance, delivery, pitches, grips & more
- Pitching mechanics with fixes all week-long
- Catcher Skills - receiving, blocking, throwing & more
- Daily scrimmage games to put all together!
Players will have the option to be evaluated personally with Video Analysis software and have the chance to have hitting, pitching and/or fielding broken down by a Professional Instructor. Professional Instructors will provide an evaluation of feedback, changes and recommend drills to help you improve.
Video Analysis Cost Options:
- Add Video Analysis Evaluation (Hitting) $60.00
- Add Video Analysis Evaluation (Pitching) $60.00
- Add Video Analysis Evaluation (Fielding) $60.00
- Add Video Analysis Evaluation (Choose 2) $105.00 (Save $15.00)
- Add Video Analysis Evaluation (Choose all 3) $145.00 (Save $35.00)
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Note: US Sports Camps, Inc. and Nike, Inc. are not sponsors, co-sponsors, owners, or operators of the ABC Baseball Camps. ABC Baseball Camp is owned and operated by ABC Baseball Camps. US Sports Camps, Inc. is a marketing and registration service for these camps and it and Nike have no control over the operation of the camps or the acts or omissions of ABC Baseball Camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30am Check In
- 9:00am Camp Welcome
- 9:15am Stretch
- 9:25am Catch Play
- 9:35am-9:50am Base Running Stations
- 9:50am-10:30am Defensive Drills and Positional Work
- 10:30am-11:30am Hitting Stations and Drills
- 11:30am-12:00pm Lunch
- 12:00pm-2:00pm Situational Game Play
July 19, 2023: My son is a very reserved and quiet athlete, but, after Day 1- he opened up and told me he had the best time and learned so much! Each day when I would go pick him up from camp, he always had a big smile on his tired but happy face! He grew as an athlete and built his confidence by attending this camp. He is already asking about registering for next summer! Thank you, Nike Baseball Camp/Bothell!
July 14, 2022: The opportunity to practice specific skills with enough engaged repetition to ensure muscle memory.
July 14, 2023: My son loved that he had people that had experience in baseball giving him tips and tricks
July 19, 2023: My son enjoyed every day and spoke highly of the training and competition
July 14, 2023: Smaller numbers meant more one on one time for the kiddos. We loved it
His skills and confidence increased
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.