Nike Baseball Camp New Jersey Jackals
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Nike Baseball Camp is thrilled to be offering multiple weeks of camp at the Yogi Berra Stadium. At camp, campers are instructed by the New Jersey Jackal coaches and will be taught the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, base-running, team plays and more!
Directing the Nike Baseball Camp at Yogi Berra Stadium is the Jackals coaching staff.
- Coaching from professional directors and staff
- Baseball Instruction, drills and scrimmages
- Low camper to instructor ratios
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Personal evaluation of your baseball skills
- Official Nike Camp T-Shirt and prizes!
- Nike Baseball Camp Graduation Certificate
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Director Brooks Carey
Carey joins the Jackals for his second managerial job and his 11th season in professional baseball. In five seasons as the CornBelters’ skipper, Carey posted a 248-230 record, but his biggest success came in 2015. After leading the club to its first ever winning season in 2014, Carey set his sights higher and took the CornBelters to their first playoff berth as champions of the West Division. The award-winning season marked a stunning turnaround, as Carey took Normal from eighth place in 2014 to second place in 2015.View Brooks's Bio ⟩
Prior to Normal, Carey’s coaching history began with championship roots in the Can-Am League. In 2008, Carey got his first taste of coaching pro ball when Hal Lanier, the 1986 National League Manager of the Year for the Houston Astros, asked him to be the pitching coach for the Sussex Skyhawks. Carey’s first season turned out to be a rousing success, as he and Lanier guided the Skyhawks to the Can-Am League championship.
Carey coached with Lanier over his first four seasons in professional baseball. He served again as the Skyhawks’ pitching coach in 2009 before moving with Lanier to Normal and serving as the CornBelters’ pitching coach from 2010-11. Carey then left Normal and Lanier in 2012 to become the pitching coach for the Frontier League’s Evansville Otters. He has also coached in the Arizona Winter League for 11 seasons.
“On behalf of the entire organization, we are very excited to make this announcement today,” said Jackals General Manager Joe Redmon. “Brooks is coming to us with a fantastic resume and we are confident he will be a great addition to our team and community.”
By joining the Can-Am League managing fraternity, Carey will be reunited with Lanier, who has been the manager of the Ottawa Champions since their inception in 2015. Lanier helped guide Ottawa to the league title in 2016, his first championship since the one he and Carey won with Sussex.
“I am excited about getting back to where my professional coaching career began back in 2008, right here in the Can-Am League,” said Carey. “My goal for 2018 is simple: Continue the winning tradition and ultimately bring a championship to the organization and fans of the Jackals.”
Before joining Lanier in Sussex, Carey enjoyed a successful run as a Florida high school coach at his alma mater, Key West High School. In 1998, Carey helped guide his team to the state championship with the help of future San Diego Padres shortstop Khalil Greene.
As a player, Carey pitched for four years at Florida State University before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round of the 1978 draft. After four seasons in the Orioles’ minor league system, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1982 and spent his final season in pro ball with their Triple-A club, the Indianapolis Indians. Over five seasons in the minor leagues, Carey posted a 3.75 ERA, including two seasons at Triple-A.
“My family and I would like to thank [the Jackals’ owners] the Dorso family, Greg Lockard and Joe Redmon for the tremendous honor of being named the new field manager of the New Jersey Jackals,” said Carey. “I am very aware of the great reputation that the organization has worked hard for over the years and will give my all to maintain and uphold that reputation.”
Coach Jim Whalen
For the 15th summer, Jim Whalen will return as on field director. A pitcher at the college level, Jim is currently the coach at Colombia High School during the year. Jim was a collegiate pitcher atView Jim Whalen's Bio ⟩
For the 15th summer, Jim Whalen will return as on field director. A pitcher at the college level, Jim is currently the coach at Colombia High School during the year. Jim was a collegiate pitcher at Montclair State University where he was a member of the 2000 Division 3 National Championship team.
This camp is for baseball players of all abilities ages 7-15. Instruction will focus primarily on hitting, specific position fielding, base-running, and game situations. In addition, pitchers will have the opportunity to work with pitching instructors. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 Camp Dates
- July 8-12
- July 15-19
- July 22-26
- August 5-9
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 8-12, july 15-19, July 22-26, Aug 5-9 (mon-Fri)
- Check-in: 8:45 a.m. on Monday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Half Day Camper Schedule: Monday-Friday: 8:45-1:00 p.m.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily baseball instruction
- Supervision: Staff members participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt: All campers receive a Nike Baseball Camp t-shirt.
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.
- Medical Protocol: 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 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
- 8:45 a.m. Arrival
- 9:00 a.m. Stretching, Warm Up, Throw
- 9:30 a.m. Defensive Skills - Video Taping
- 10:30 a.m. Offensive Skills - Video Taping
- 11:30 a.m. Snack Break
- 12:00 p.m. Games - Video Review
- 1:00 p.m. Campers Depart
Yogi Berra Stadium
When Yogi Berra Stadium opened in the spring of 1998, baseball fans in New Jersey gained access to one of the new jewels of minor league baseball facilities in the country. Yogi Berra Stadium is home to the New Jersey Jackals, who have won four league championships in the past eleven seasons. The stadium offers seating of 3,784, plus 2,000 lawn seats, and is the home to the Yogi Berra Museum and Education Center.
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Standout experience from our vacation
August 11, 2018: As Americans living overseas, this was our first camp experience in the United States. We made the right decision because this camp exceeded expectations in the fun factor. Having fun is what my son, Davis, needed on our vacation back home and The Jersey Jackals delivered.
— Chris L. Parent
August 11, 2018: Jack loved every minute of this camp. From playing at a real stadium to the wonderful coaches and even to the slip and slide activity he loved it all. We will be back next year!
— Cathy C. Parent
The more weeks, the better!
August 11, 2018: Wish there were more weeks available! Love this camp and the coaches!
— Betsy P. Parent
He was loving baseball camp!
July 30, 2018: My son looked forward to camp everyday and was happy & tired when I picked him up everyday.
— Jodi A. Parent
July 29, 2018: I like having a professional evaluate the players skills and give honest feedback. He was really excited for skill day!
— Jacob P. Parent
This camp was great!
July 28, 2018: Glad to see it was well organized and very structured. Music while kids practiced was motivational, overall kids learned and also had fun!
— Rosa Parent
He had a blast learning baseball!
July 28, 2018: My son was eager to attend the camp due to the learning experience and fun that he had.
— Dana K. Parent
He had so much fun!!
July 28, 2018: Garrett's overall experience with this camp was awesome! The camp was well organized , the way the kids were group in ages kept them engaged and focused.
— David H. Parent
It was so much fun!
July 28, 2018: Declan LOVES this camp. Nothing is better to him than being able to play baseball all day long. Very fun and supportive environment.
— Colleen Parent
He had so much fun!
July 23, 2018: My son could not stop talking about it. He liked everything you did.
— Len S. Parent
He really enjoyed it
July 21, 2018: This was our first camp experience. He had a great time and was very happy and excited about going every day.
— Robert N. Parent
So much fun!
July 21, 2018: My son came home each day, motivated and inspired, having heard suggestions from players and coaches, met other campers and competed with himself to "get it over the fence."
— Danielle Parent
Will definitely be back next year!
July, 21, 2018: My son went into camp not knowing anyone, but he had a great week in a fun, supportive environment. He enjoyed the stations in the morning - he felt like he got advice he could use to improve. He had never learned bunting so he enjoyed that experience.
— Suzanne Parent
Loved the coaches!
July 15, 2018: My son was very excited to have Jackal players be his coaches!
— Lorena L. Parent
Lots of drills!
July 14, 2018: Coaches are organized and professional. Field is well prepared. My son learned to enjoy baseball and appreciation.
— Honglin Z. Parent
Helped him improve
August 7, 2017: My son is eager to participate in camp and has enjoyed the learning aspects of the program. He believes that he has learned techniques that will help him improve in baseball.
— Dana K. Parent
Loved everything about camp
July 31, 2017: Ryan loved everything about camp. I liked that the camp staff were very prepared and really good with the kids.
— Tara B. Parent
Loved the staff
July 21, 2017: He loved the staff and getting to play on the field. It seemed like more players were engaged in coaching staff which he really liked.
— David D. Parent
New to baseball
July 19, 2017: Our son is new to baseball, and was worried he wouldn't be able to keep up with the other kids. THe coaches were extremely encouraging and enthusiastic, while holding the kids to high standards. My son had a wonderful experience, learned a lot, and signed up for an extra week because he enjoyed the first week so much. Thank you!
— Devon Parent
July 18, 2017: Meeting and being coached by the professional players of the New Jersey Jackals.
— Chris S. Parent
The camp counselors were enjoyable, entertaining & very helpful
"My son had a great time at camp. He enjoyed it so much that we signed him up for another week. The camp counselors were enjoyable, entertaining & very helpful."
Great positive energy
"Great positive energy during the entire week of camp. All the coaches were great. Had lots of fun and learned so much. Looking forward to attending again."
We Have Three Boys And Will Definitely Be Returning!
"My child was one of the younger kids and we were SO impressed with the way the instructors encouraged them and also encouraged the older kids to show good sportsmanship toward the younger ones. The camp was WONDERFUL. We are locals but I can't imagine sending my son to any other big campus camp that would measure up to this one! We have three young boys and will definitely be returning customers!!!"
Gave Me Some Perspective Of My Playing Level
"The camp was very fun and informative and really gave me some perspective of my playing level. I will definitely try to come back next year and try to bring some friends."
A Wonderful Camp Experience
"At first, my son wasn't really interested in going to camp. After the first day, he loved it. It was such a wonderful experience for him that we signed him up for another session in August."
Had Fun While Learning
"Every day at camp I learned new baseball skills and had fun doing it. The coaches were creative with drills and made sure we interacted with our camp teammates."
— Day Camper
Quality Individual Instruction
"I was impressed that the coaches worked with us individually. At other camps it was almost always as a group. They covered everything about baseball. I enjoyed the camp very much and enjoyed some of the actual players speaking and teaching us."
— Day Camper
My son had an awesome experience!
My son had a great time. It was a good balance of instruction and fun. And from a parents perspective, the camp was well run, organized and the instructors were great with the kids.
Coach Jim was GREAT! He played great background music daily. His passion for baseball is truely evident. Thanks Coach
My son LOVED this camp and will def be signing up for next year
Grandson enjoyed camp
I cannot put in words how much our grandson enjoyed camp. He stayed with us for the week and everyday came home with great stories. Believe it or not he thought it was good when several of the boys were disciplined. As coach said"this camp is also about lessons of life". He will do another camp next year. Thanks to All the staff and also Coach Smithlin!
Friendly and approachable coaches
My son had a very enjoyable week at Nike Baseball camp. He especially liked that the camp was not very big, coaches were very approachable and friendly.
Loved playing games at the end of each day
My godson had a great experience at camp and learned some new thigs esp with pitching. He will definitely return nxt year
— God parent
Loved it!! Wish my son didn't age out! They should have for age 15 to 18
My son went for 3 weeks and each week he learned something new and was able to improve upon his skills!
Appreciate performance report
Our son loved it. We appreciated the individualized performance report