Nike Baseball Camp Albany
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN
Get ready to become a more sound and fundamental player at our Nike Baseball Camp Albany. Coach Kaier is going to teach campers the skills required to play at the next level and maximize their potential on the field. This camp will teach you how to properly approach the game as the campers will take part in hitting, position-specific drills, team play, and will even implement what it takes to become strong mentally on the diamond.
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
- Professional Instruction from Coach Jeff Kaier and Staff
- Daily Emphasis on Fundamental Development and Team Play
- Players Grouped by Age and Ability
- Low Camper to Coach Ratio
- Excellent Training Facilities
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Camp Director Jeff Kaier
America East Coaching Staff of the Year - 2019, 2021. Jeff Kaier enters his 12th year as an assistant coach for the UAlbany baseball team in 2023, and his sixth as associate head coach. He works with position players along with practice management, scheduling, and academic support. Kaier also facilitates summer and winter camps, manages summer ball placement, and is the team's third base coach on game day.View Jeff's Bio ⟩
As Associate Head Coach, Kaier has helped the ascend the program to prominence during his tenure. His success on the recruiting trail has been paramount to the program's accomplishments.
The 2022 season saw the Great Danes finish with an overall record of 22-25, going 11-19 in conference play. Two players were named America East Second Team All-Conference at the end of the year in Brad Malm and Will Binder. Following the conclusion of the season, the team saw five players go on to sign semi-professional contracts, led by Malm who signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets.
In 2021, Kaier helped lead the Great Danes to a 22-25 overall record, finishing 20-18 in conference play. The mark secured the top seed in the America East’s Division A – the first in program history. The Great Danes led the conference in fielding percentage (.975), breaking their own school record for the second-consecutive full season. Five student-athletes collected seven end-of-season awards from the conference, including two All-Conference First-Team selections, two All-Conference Second Team selections, two All-Academic Team selections, and an All-Rookie Team selection. To top things off, UAlbany was awarded the 2021 Coaching Staff of the Year award from the America East – Highlighting Kaier’s excellence.
On March 12, the 2020 season was cut short after 12 games due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent decisions made by the NCAA and its member conferences and institutions to cancel spring events. UAlbany finished with a 7-5 record and won three-straight series to end the shortened campaign. Under his guidance, three players combined to earn four America East weekly awards in the first four weeks of the season.
In 2019, Kaier's efforts saw the Great Danes earn the most wins since 2007 with 28, and led the America East in offense with a .285 average. UAlbany broke the school record for fielding percentage (.973) and earned 10 All-Conference accolades.Kaier was part of the staff that was tabbed Coaching Staff of the Year, and earned the team's first postseason bye in program history.
Kaier was promoted to Associate Head Coach in November, 2017.
Working with the position players in 2017, Kaier's efforts resulted in an increase in slugging percentage from .344 in 2016 to .372 in 2017. Home runs increased from 11 to 32, the most the team has hit in a single season since 2010. UAlbany earned one First Team All-Conference selection, Connor Powers, two Second Team selections, Travis Collins and Kevin Donati, and one All-Rookie selection, Marc Wangenstein. The team recorded its highest GPA in history in the 2016 fall semester, cumulatively 3.25.
In October, 2016, Kaier was promoted to first assistant and recruiting coordinator.
Kaier played a key role in putting together UAlbany's 2013-14 incoming class that was recognized as the top recruiting class in the Northeast Region by Baseball America. Right-handed pitcher Stephen Woods highlighted the group, opting to attend UAlbany after the Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Under Kaier's surveillance, the Great Danes featured two all-conference selections in the 2014 season, as infielder Brian Bullard earned first-team honors and Evan Harasta was named to the second team, as well as the all-academic team.
In 2013, Kaier helped the Great Danes earn a No. 3 seed in the America East Tournament with a 16-14 overall conference record. In addition, UAlbany garnered seven all-conference honors, including outfielder Josh Nethaway's first-team accolade. In addition, centerfielder Nolan Gaige and first baseman Greg Muller earned second-team honors, while third baseman Matt Hinchy was named to the all-rookie squad. The Great Danes finished second in the league with a .274 collective batting average and a .288 mark in league play, while also boasting a program-record .966 team fielding percentage. Academically, Kaier aided the Great Danes to a team GPA just shy of a 3.0, marking the program's best output.
In his first season on staff in 2012, Kaier helped lead the Great Danes to a No. 2 seed in the America East Championship, as they recorded the highest total league wins in the program's Division I history, with a 16-8 record. Seven earned all-conference honors, highlighted by first-teamers Mike Tirri and Nolan Gaige, as Gaige finished the season ranked third in the nation for triples (9). In addition, left-handed pitcher Sean Lucas was chosen in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, marking the highest draft choice from the UAlbany program since 2002, and the eighth player in UAlbany history to be selected.
A 2009 graduate from UAlbany, Kaier was a pitcher and outfielder for the Great Danes from 2005-09. He was a member of the 2007 America East Baseball Conference Championship Team, marking the first time that the Great Danes won the title and went on to compete in the NCAA tournament. In the Fayetteville Regional, Kaier pitched two scoreless innings of relief against No. 7 Arkansas. During the 2007 season, Kaier led the America East in pitching appearances (26) and finished his career third all-time in UAlbany history for pitching appearances in a season. In 2009, he led the Great Danes, as a captain, to 15 conference wins.
Kaier, a Queensbury, N.Y. native, previously coached with the Halfmoon Mariners summer baseball team, an affiliate of the American Amateur Baseball Congress, serving as the head coach from 2006-11. He led them to two state championships, including a final four appearance in the North Atlantic Regional in 2009.
Kaier earned his bachelor's degree in communication with a double-minor in education and sociology from UAlbany in May 2009 and received his master's in education administration and policy study in December of 2011.
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.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2024 CAMP INFORMATION
- Dates: July 15-19, 2024 | August 5-9, 2024
- Age Group: 5-13
- Schedule: Monday-Friday | 8:30am-12:30pm
- Check-In: Begins 30 minutes prior to the 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.
Instruction will focus on the following -
- Hitting: Basic Hitting Fundamentals, Bunting Fundamentals, Situational Hitting, Understanding hitting different types of pitches, Understanding Quality At Bats (QABs).
- Fielding: Basic Ground Ball Mechanics, Basic Fly Ball Mechanics, Pop up priority/communication, Cut offs/relays, Throwing on the run.
- Pitching: Basic pitching fundamentals, Stretch vs windup, Pitching to spots, Arm Care Routine.
- Baserunning: Leads off 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, Reads on baseballs in play, Home to first, Rounding Bases, Second Base Reads of Balls to Outfield, Situational Baserunning
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.
Directors Note to Campers
"We are excited to run a Nike Baseball Camp in Albany this summer! They are the leaders in their field, and we look forward to bringing high-quality camps designed for all skills levels to the Capital District."Show Less See More Camp Details
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample General Skills Youth Camp Schedule
- 8:30am Check in
- 8:45am Skill of the Day
- 9:00am Defensive Stations/Contests and Games
- 9:30am Defensive Skills/Contests and Simulated Games
- 10:30am Offensive Stations/Contests and Games
- 12:00pm Games
- 12:30pm Dismissal
Boght Baseball Complex has 3 baseball fields, and batting cages.
August 15, 2022: My boys loved this camp and had so much fun. Definitely worth every penny. Everyone was friendly and positive. So thankful I signed my boys up.
August 15, 2022: My son has a great time. He improved on skills and learned a lot of new ones. The camp director was excellent and very easy to communicate with.
August 16, 2022: Working with the college aged coaches was exciting for my child. Meeting new kids. Fun activities/drills.
August 15, 2022: My son made friends and wanted to come back and is looking forward to next year.
August 15, 2022: Our son had a great time with the coaches and learning the game. He'l be back next year.
Recommended this camp to friends!
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.