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
- Personal evaluation of your baseball skills
- NIKE Baseball Camp T-shirt and camp prizes
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Camp Director Matt Padgett
A 17-year veteran in affiliated and independent baseball, Matt Padgett returns to the New Jersey as its hitting coach for the 2016 season. This will be Padgett’s first season coaching baseball at the professional level. A former draft pick of the Miami Marlins in 1998, Padgett developed the reputation as a consistent middle-of-the-lineup power source.View Matt Padgett's Bio ⟩
Padgett's career statistical highlights include: 120 home runs, 230 doubles, 588 RBI, and a lifetime batting average of .264.
Padgett began his playing career with the Marlins, making it all the way to Triple-A Albuquerque in 2004, where he belted 24 homers and drove in 93. While he didn’t get the call-up to the Majors, Padgett continued to play at Triple-A over the next three seasons, including stints with Triple-A affiliates for the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies.
Independently, Padgett has spent time with the York Revolution, Long Island Ducks and Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League, and the Kansas City T-Bones and Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association. In 2013, the Jackals acquired Padgett in a late season deal with the T-Bones to add power to the lineup. Padgett turned out to be a terrific addition, belting five home runs, driving in 19 and batting .324 in 19 games as a Jackal.
Padgett also spent five winters playing in Mexico and Venezuela during winter ball, an experience that the former first baseman says taught him a lot about the diverse culture of the game.
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 Essex 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 Essex 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.
At the New Jersey Jackals Nike Baseball Camp, campers are grouped by age and position to provide the best opportunity for them to improve. All aspects of the game are covered from hitting, fielding, baserunning, along with team offense and defense.Show Less See More Camp Details
Check-in takes place between 8:45-9:00am Monday to Friday at Yogi Berra Stadium
Camp concludes at 1:00pm Monday to Friday
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 prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
- Water Bottle
Camp Code: BAXDMS
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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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