Nike Baseball Camp Rising Star Sports Ranch
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Join the fun and get better with the Nike Baseball Camp at the state of the art Rising Star Sports Ranch. This will be our only youth baseball camp in the state of Nevada, so don't miss out!
Directing the camp is Premier Nike Camp Coach and MLB Area Scout, Tom Myers. Coach Myers is dedicated to promoting the game of baseball through proper teaching of fundamentals and education.
- Professional instruction from Coach Myers and college-aged instructors
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Low camper to instructor ratios
- College Level Workouts for High School Players
- Discussion topics: preparing for college baseball and personal goal setting
- Emphasis is skill development with drills and controlled games.
- Official Nike Camp T-Shirt and prizes!
- Nike Baseball Camp Graduation Certificate
- View More Details ⟩
Camp Director Tom Myers
Directing the camp is Tom Myers, former MiLB player, Division I assistant coach, and for the past 8 years has worked as a professional scout for the Chicago Cubs organization.View Tom Myers's Bio & Baseball Tips ⟩
From 1998-2001 Myers served as the lead assistant for UCSB of the Big West conference. From 2002-2004 served in the same capacity at the Santa Clara University. He later returned to UCSB from 2005-2011 as associate head coach for the Gauchos. During the summer of 2007 Myers served as pitching coach for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate league.
Summer of 2008 Myers was the head coach for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers of the Alaskan League. From 2009-2011 Myers was the head coach for the Brewster Whitecaps of the prestigious Cape Cod League. During his time as a Division I assistant coach, Myers instructed 109 players that eventually played professional baseball with 42 reaching the Major Leagues.
Myers was drafted in 1991 by the Oakland Athletics and eventually played 5 seasons with the Athletics, Orioles and Cardinals. In 1997 Myers served as player-coach for the Dutch Professional League in Haarlam, Holland. Myers currently enters his 8th year as an area scout for the World Champion Chicago Cubs. His territory covers Central Southern California, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Myers also serves as an assistant coach each August for the annual Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers team that includes top high school players from the Southern California Area.
Myers graduated from UCSB with a degree in History and received his Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University.
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Coach Alex Hoover
Alex Hoover begins his first season as an assistant coach at Cal State San Bernardino, after spending three seasons at Division I Cal State Bakersfield. He served as the bench coach in 2017 and assisted with hitting and outfield instruction.View Alex Hoover's Bio ⟩
Hoover joined the CSUB program from Cal Poly where he served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Mustangs from 2010-14. Cal Poly appeared in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2013 and 2014. Hoover worked with the outfielders and the Mustang hitters.
Hoover moved to the Mustangs’ program after serving as an assistant coach at Santa Barbara City College from 2007-10. Hoover helped SBCC to four consecutive winning seasons and a 102-65 overall mark. The Vaqueros won the Western State Conference’s North Division title in 2001 and qualified for the California Community College state playoffs in both 2007 and 2008. He was the team’s infield coach, working with the hitters and was the third-base coach.
Prior to his coaching stint at SBCC, Hoover was Director of Baseball Operations at Pacific during the 2006 season. In his lone season with the Tigers, Pacific registered 30 wins. Hoover was an assistant coach for the Santa Barbara Foresters from 2010-13, which won two national championships during his time with the program.
Hoover went on to play one season (2001) of baseball at Santa Barbara CC and then transferred to San Francisco State and was a utility infielder for the Gators. He served as the Gators’ volunteer assistant in 2004 and 2005 while completing his bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure studies.
regular_coach Brian Kaplan
Coach Brian Kaplan began his career as a baseball coach/recruiting advisor in 1998 when he founded Allsports Recruiting Consultants, a service designed to help educate prospective college athletes and...View Brian Kaplan's Bio ⟩
Coach Brian Kaplan began his career as a baseball coach/recruiting advisor in 1998 when he founded Allsports Recruiting Consultants, a service designed to help educate prospective college athletes and their families on every phase of the college recruiting process. Coach Kaplan’s journey in baseball has taken many turns since 1998. He founded LV Metro Showcases and the Las Vegas Metrostars Scout Team (2003 Arizona Jr. Fall Classic National Champions). Coach Kap, as he is commonly known has been part of many coaching staffs along the way including:
2003 Las Vegas Metrostars National Championship Team
2006 Faith Lutheran HS Legion West Regional Finalist
2012 Peccole LL District 4 Championship Team
2013 Dixie State University NCAA D2 West Regional Host
2014-2017 Assistant Coach – Team Adidas, LV Sandlot, Chicago Cubs Scout Team
2016 Sierra Vista HS 4-1A State Championship Runner-up
2016 Sierra Vista HS Silver Legion “Coach of the Year”
Coach Kaplan has also served as both a showcase evaluator and scout for several organizations including the Global Scouting Bureau, Independent Scouting Bureau, National Scouting Report and currently as an Associate Scout for the Chicago Cubs Baseball Club.
What Coach Kaplan holds dearest in his heart after 20 years in baseball is the large number of High School baseball student athlete’s he has been able to help onto opportunities in college and professional baseball. Coach Kap’s philosophy is “Work hard, prepare every day on and off the field and in the classroom, be a great teammate, control the controllable, put others in front of yourself and the rest will fall into place”.
regular_coach Chris Pfatenhauer
Two-time Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year Chris Pfatenhauer is in his fifth season as head coach of the Dixie State Baseball program. Since his arrival in summer of 2012, Pfatenhauer has led...View Chris Pfatenhauer's Bio ⟩
Two-time Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year Chris Pfatenhauer is in his fifth season as head coach of the Dixie State Baseball program. Since his arrival in summer of 2012, Pfatenhauer has led the Trailblazers to consecutive Pacific West Conference titles in 2014 and 2015, and four-straight trips (five-straight overall) to the NCAA West Regionals, including serving as the host institution in 2013. Pfatenhauer won his 100th-game at DSU in 2015 in a 2-1 victory over Cal Poly Pomona at the NCAA regionals, and has posted a 140-67 (.676) overall record, including a 99-37 (.728) record in PacWest play.
Last season Pfatenhauer led the Trailblazers to an NCAA-era program-best 40 victories (40-14), including a program record 10-0 start to open the year. In addition, he was in the dugout for his 200th DSU game as head coach at Concordia (4/29/16), and also coached in his 300th-career game at Point Loma (4/8/16).
Pfatenhauer brings an extensive background in various levels of baseball, as well as teaching. Prior to his arrival at DSU, he spent three season as assistant coach at the University of Nevada, Reno under longtime head coach Gary Powers. Pfatenhauer worked primarily with the infielders, served as recruiting coordinator, and was a base coach. In addition, Pfatenhauer served as an adjunct professor and liaison for the UNR School of Medicine and Sports Medicine program.
For two seasons in 2008-09, Pfatenhauer was an assistant coach at Chico State (Calif.), where he worked with the Wildcat hitters, infielders and taught base running. He also served as recruiting coordinator and assisted in all aspects of the baseball program. During his time at Chico, the Wildcats played to a 77-38 record and were ranked as high as second-nationally. Defensively Chico State finished in the nation's top-15 both years and had a Wildcat infielder named to the National Rawlings Gold Glove team, while the 2009 CSU club ranked first in 15 offensive categories.
Prior to his time at Chico State, Pfatenhauer spent three seasons at the College of the Ozarks (Missouri), the last two as head coach. In his three years, the Bobcats posted a record of 88-74, while the 2005 team made the school's first playoff appearances in 20 years, and the 2006 club reached a national ranking of 17th, the highest in the program's history.
From 2001-04, he was the head baseball coach and taught physical education at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas, where he led the Crusaders to a 97-23 record, a pair of state titles and three Southern Nevada Championships. Pfatenhauer also had 12 players go on to play collegiate baseball. He was a two-time AA State Baseball Coach of the Year (2003-04) and garnered AA Southern Nevada Coach of the Year honors three times. During this tenure at FLHS, Pfatenhauer also coached the Las Vegas Metro Stars, a scout team for the best players in the area.
Pfatenhauer is credited for starting the baseball program at the College of Southern Nevada as a club team in the summer of 1998. He led the efforts to raise the entire operation budget to field a competitive baseball team. In addition he spent time as an assistant coach at Treasure Valley Community College (Ore.) and at Glendale CC (Calif.). He also served as an assistant coach with the Durango (Nev.) American Legion program and as an instructor at the Las Vegas Baseball Academy.
Coach Pfatenhauer is a 2000 graduate of UNLV, where received a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Education from Southwest Baptist (Mo.) in 2007. He and his wife, Ashley, are the parents of two daughters - Cadence and Colbie. Pfatenhauer's oldest daughter, Dylan, is currently completing work on a bachelor's degree at Fresno Pacific University.
regular_coach Patrick Perry
Patrick Perry is in his second season with the Trailblazer baseball program and serves as the recruiting coordinator and coordinates the Dixie State offense. Prior to his arrival, he spent seven...View Patrick Perry's Bio ⟩
Patrick Perry is in his second season with the Trailblazer baseball program and serves as the recruiting coordinator and coordinates the Dixie State offense. Prior to his arrival, he spent seven seasons with the University of Northern Colorado, where he served multiple roles during his time.
In his first season at DSU, the Trailblazers led the nation in sacrifice bunts (85) and finished the season ranked 14th-nationally in batting (.332), 26th in on-base percentage (.409) and 31st in total hits (596).
During his last season with the Bears, the 2015 offensive group was headlined by WAC Player of the Year, Jensen Park, who finished third in the nation in batting average (.422) and was the first player since 1993 to hit over .500 in WAC conference play. The offense ranked in the upper tier of all WAC offensive categories while making it’s first WAC conference tournament appearance.
The offense previously led the Bears to a 2013 Great West Conference regular season championship, while producing the GWC's top-three hitters in Jensen Park (.396), Nick Miller (.375) and Colby Harrison (.366). Park also received Great West Player of the Year for his efforts. The 2012 Bears group finished sixth the nation in team batting average, led the nation in triples (39) and finished top 50 as team in eight different categories. While defensively working with the infielders from 2012-2014, team fielding percentage improved from the previous three year average of .952 to .968 overall.
From 2009-2011, Perry served as the volunteer assistant coach and camp coordinator. He brainstormed and initiated camps including the Fall Future Bear and UNCO WYCO Classic which now both run in their seventh years. During that time he worked with the hitters and outfielders mentoring Jarrod Berggren, 30th round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies.
As a player, Perry played at UNC when the program transitioned into D1 competition in 2004. That year he led the nation in hitting (.478) and still holds Northern Colorado single season records for batting average, runs batted in, doubles, and total bases. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox’s in seventh-round of the 2004 MLB Draft.
In 2013, he graduated with his master’s degree in Sport Administration from Northern Colorado and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance. He currently resides in St. George and has a passion for the great outdoors fishing, hunting and camping.
Coach Bobby Rihard
Bobby is in his 5th year at DSU and is responsible for outfielder, short game, base running, and recruiting. He played at the University of Arizona and in the NY Yankees organization.
Coach Tyler Mildenberg
Tyler is the Director of Player Development at DSU and is responsible for infielders, assists in the weight room, and is our Co-Camp Coordinator. He played in 2014 and 2015 at Oregon State University, before transferring to DSU. Played 2B and 3B at DSU in 2016 and 2017 and was First Team All-West Region in 2017
Development of physical and mental game fundamentals from professional instructors...teaching the game inside and out. Groups will be designated as High School (ages 13-16) or General Skills (ages 9-12) and is intended to give the player all the skills necessary to improve and take their game to the next level. High School players will experience College Level workouts and received an entire college level training experience.
Campers train at the full size indoor facility during the day and play under the lights at night. The state of the art facility offers a five star experience like no other.
Every aspect of the game will be covered. Campers focus on their positions in during small group instruction, then break out for hitting stations and drills. In addition, situation drills and competitions round out the days. This camp is offered as an Overnight or Extended Day program. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 Camp Dates
- July 14-17 (Sunday-Wednesday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 14-17 (SUN-WED)
- Check-in: 1:00 p.m. on Sunday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 1:00-9:00 p.m., Monday-Tuesday: 9:00-3:00 p.m., Wednesday: 9:00-12:30 p.m.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily baseball instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and Dinner will be provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to provide optimal supervision, and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Nike Lanyard: All campers receive a Nike Baseball Camp t-shirt and Nike Lanyard.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Players Grouped by: age and ability
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own glove, cleats, bat and a helmet and wear baseball attire (baseball pants recommended)
- Facility: Outdoor Fields and Indoor facilities.
- Medical Protocol: In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
- Dorm: See registration packet for specific on-campus dorm.
- Campers Per Room: 2 (unless otherwise noted in registration packet)
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: No, campers are encouraged to bring a fan.
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 check out. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
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 may require a doctor's signature (please reference your camp packet). All required forms will be collected on the first day of camp.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake-up, breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 a.m. Arrival (Extended Day Campers), stretching
- 9:00 a.m. Individual instruction and drill work
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch/Free Time
- 1:00 p.m. Instruction and drills, position play
- 4:30 p.m. Free time, relax, visit with friends
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Chalk Talks
- 8:00 p.m. Evening Activities
- 8:30 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Lights Out
RISING STAR SPORTS RANCH RESORT, MESQUITE NV.
Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is specifically designed for hosting sports teams and their guests. Located 80 miles north of Las Vegas and 36 miles south of St. George. Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is ideal for camps or tournament because of its unique room configurations, proximity to some of the newest and nicest fields and sport facilities in Southern Nevada. There are also exceptional meal plans and catering all within a safe and stylish environment. When not competing or training, your team can relax in the “backyard” complete with basketball hoops, tether ball, and giant chess, or when the weather turns, can enjoy our arcade with over 20 games and attractions. Mesquite has seven golf courses within 10 minutes so you can do a team bonding event on a course or fit in a round.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
He learned so much!
August 09, 2018: My son enjoyed the training he received. He met friends and learned a lot.
— Amanda B. Parent
Lots of fun!
August 07, 2018: Aiden loved the camp experience
— Mara P. Parent
He had an amazing time!
August 03, 2018: It was a pleasure for my son to learn some more about pitching from Tom Myers. He was so excited to meet Mike Bryant (Kris Bryant’s dad!!!!) and was super appreciative of the instruction from coach Blake.
— Nicholas L. Parent
Keep the camp at Mesquite. Great venue.
August 03, 2018: Great organization. Good communication. Excellent instruction.
— Kevin C. Parent
Rising Star was and is amazing!!!
August 02, 2018: Jack loved being away from home, new and different coaches, being with his teammates, and meeting Mike Bryant
— Amy Parent
August 02, 2018: High-level instruction. Fun. Engaging. SAFE.
— Paul R. Parent
We absolutely loved it!
August 02, 2018: My son had an amazing experience and enjoyed his time meeting new friends while playing the game. I was able to watch a lot of the training since I stayed on property and the drills were something I loved watching. I am already looking to sign up my son for multiple camps next year.
— Andre C. Parent
Tyler can’t wait for camp next year!
August 02, 2018: Wow! My son has been to a lot of different baseball camps in the last few years, and this, by far, is the best! All the coaches are very knowledgeable and all have years of experience. The boys were kept busy from the time they got there until the time they left. They spent a lot of time working on offense, defense, playing in scrimmages, mingling with each other off the field and just overall having a great time! You can tell the coaches really care about wanting to teach these boys how to be the very best they can be! I would highly recommend this camp for any boy that has a love for baseball and wants to improve their game.
— Tammy Parent
They loved it and will be back next year.
August 02, 2018: This camp was amazing. The best parts were working with the coaches, continuous positive feedback and real time corrections. Thank you to the coaching staff for a memorable experience!
— Jaime C. Parent
Great coaching staff
August 9, 2017: Great coaching staff, very positive and highly skilled at what they do.
— Blaine H. Parent
August 8, 2017: The camp was really great. The coaches worked with us on all aspects of baseball. The facilities were really nice also. Meeting other players from other places was awesome. Thanks Rising Star.
— David S. Parent
August 8, 2017: My son had a great experience and learned a lot. He was already talking about going back next year on the drive home!
— Tisha W. Parent
Felt like a pro
August 7, 2017: Rising star ranch really enhanced my son experience! He felt like a major league ball player the accommodations, hotel staff and fantastic food made this a 5 star experience. Going to baseball for a young boy is a lifetime memory but to attend a Nike camp at Rising Star exceeded all expectations. My son felt like a MLB player, the rooms were way above any standard of camp that I have seen. The quality of food and service from Rising Star was more like a hotel than a camp.
— Shelley S. Parent
A lot of fun
August 7, 2017: Hanging out with everyone was alot of fun but i really enjoyed learning new things and how nice and awesome the coaches and staff treated us!!!
— Kristen B. Parent
August 7, 2017: My son had a great time at this camp! I appreciate the Rising Star and NIKE sports camp for their attention to detail and providing a great experience for my son. Can't wait until next year!
— Chris T. Parent