Nike Baseball Camp Embry Riddle University
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN
Team up with our top-notch coaching staff this summer in Prescott, Arizona, and take your game to the next level! Campers will train in all areas of the game - hitting, fielding, base running, and team play. This is a great opportunity for any player looking to improve their game, have fun, and raise their confidence.
Directing the program is Joe McDonald, Head Coach at Arizona Christian University.
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- Professional Instruction from Coach McDonald and Staff
- Daily Emphasis on Fundamental Development and Team Play
- Players Grouped by Age and Ability
- Low Camper to Coach Ratios
- Excellent Training Facilities
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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 Jerod Aker
Head Coach at Apollo High School
Assistant Coach Jeff Ostereode
Assistant Coach at Arizona Christian University.
Coach Sean Brinkley
Former Head College Coach at Georgia Perimeter College
Coach Josh Milner
Josh Milner, was been hired to become the seventh head coach of the Hawks baseball program on May 23, 2022.View Josh's Bio ⟩
Coach Milner has an impressive resume that includes extensive collegiate coaching experience, but most importantly he has a history of changing lives through his ministry.
Most recently, Milner served five seasons as assistant head coach for the Arizona Christian University Firestorm. His baseball responsibilities at ACU included serving as bench coach, recruiting, and working with catchers. Off the field, Milner was charged with the spiritual development and mental well-being of the Firestorm coaches and players. He will take the helm of an up-and-coming Hawks team that features many talented young pitchers and position players.
Milner has also worked full-time with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) over the past three years in the Phoenix area. He will continue this ministry, transitioning to part-time with the organization in San Diego to serve high schools around SDCC. Milner believes in using his calling as a coach to be a positive influence on athletes. He loves handing out Bibles, starting coaches' Bible studies, and ultimately seeing lives transformed by Christ.
Milner received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in English from Wayland Baptist University and has been working on a Master's in Kinesiology at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Prior to WBU, he attended Glendale Community College.
Coach Milner and his wife Melissa are approaching their 18th anniversary. They have 2 children, a daughter, Ryann, 15, and a son Travis, 13. Ryann is a basketball player who loves getting things done and hanging out at sporting events. Travis, who is a great friend to many a ballplayer, loves anything to do with being outdoors. In addition to coaching, Milner loves to have game nights and hang out with friends. He likes to camp with his family and explore the outdoors whenever he has free time. Don't be surprised if you also find Coach Milner on the disc golf course.
Coaches Additional Phoenix Camp Coaching Staff
Instructors will be comprised of a variety of current and or former professional players, college coaches and professional scouts.
Instruction will focus primarily on hitting, fielding, base-running, and game situations. You can expect high demand for these first come first serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
2023 CAMP INFORMATION
THIS PROGRAM HAS CONCLUDED FOR THE SEASON. PLEASE JOIN OUR PRIORITY LIST TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN THIS PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION.
- Age Group: 10-18
- Gender: Boys
- Camp Type: Overnight Camp | Day Camp (9:00am-4:00pm)
- Meals: All meals are provided for overnight campers. Dinner provided for day campers on day 1. Lunch is provided for day campers on days 2 & 3.
- Check-in: 1:00pm-2:00pm on Sunday for all campers at Hall 1 (Mingus Mountain Complex)
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 12:45pm on Wednesday. Parents are invited to attend. Check-out will take place immediately after.
- Day Camper Schedule: Sunday 2:00pm-9:00pm, Monday-Tuesday 9:00am-4:00pm, Wednesday 9:00am-1:00pm.
Please note: Camp schedules and details may be subject to change.
Dorm: Residence Hall 3
Campers Per Room: 2
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 (Twin XL) or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
Air Conditioning: Yes
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
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
Athletic clothing mentioned above
Comfortable off-field clothing: pants, shorts, shirts, sweatshirts
Personal items & medications
Washcloth and bath towel
Pillow, pillowcase, bed sheets, comforter or sleeping bag
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
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Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-Up, Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45am Arrival at the Field (Day Campers), Stretching
- 9:00am Individual Instruction and Drill Work
- 11:30am Lunch, Free Time
- 1:00pm Position Play and Games
- 4:00pm Day Campers Depart. Overnight Campers: Free Time, Visit with Friends
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 6:15pm Chalk Talks, Free Time
- 8:30pm Evening Activities
- 10:00pm Lights Out!
Embry Riddle University is proud to once again host the NIKE Baseball Camps this year. Located just 90 miles northwest of Phoenix, this beautiful campus covers 539 acres of high-altitude western terrain, with campus life centered in a one-mile area. Campers will have the opportunity to reside in the dorms in the center of campus and train at nearby Kuebler ballpark.
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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.