Nike Baseball Camp Lake Forest Academy
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN
Join us this summer for Nike Baseball Camp at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois! Athletes will train throughout the week to practice baseball skills, meet new friends, and have a memorable summer camp experience!
Directing the program is Ed Zeifert, with instruction from the Illinois Institute of Technology Coaching Staff. We are excited to offer these programs in a safe, fun, and competitive environment.
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
- Professional Instruction from Coach Zeifert 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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Director Ed Zeifert
The 2023 season will mark Ed Zeifert's 8th year as Illinois Institute of Technology Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Director of Athletics.View Ed's Bio ⟩
Zeifert, a two-time Association of Division III Independents Coach of the Year (2017, 2018), has accumulated seven All-NACC players (not counting honorable mention), 52 NACC Scholar-Athletes, one COSIDA Academic All-District selection, one COSIDA Academic All-America Second Team athlete, three D3baseball.com All-Midwest Region players, and four ABCA All-Midwest Region selections throughout his tenure at Illinois Tech. He's also coached a pair of Association of Division III Independents Pitcher of the Year honorees as well as nine All-Association of Division III Independents First Team players, and seven All-Association of Division III Independents Second Team selections. Zeifert previously served as an assistant baseball coach at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. He served as Benedictine's infield/hitting coach and organized all fall, preseason, and regular season practices. He also played a large role in recruitment and scouting, and was an integral part of in-game management. Zeifert served under Division III coaching legend John Ostrowski, who won 990 contests in 43 seasons at Benedictine. The Eagles were successful during Zeifert’s time with the team, posting a 191-148 (.563) record and coaching 19 all-conference athletes; eight all-region players; three COSIDA Academic All-Americans; a NACC Freshman, Hitter, and Pitcher of the Year; and an NCAA Division III All-American. In 2013, Benedictine reached the NCAA Division III Tournament and finished with a 32-12 record.
Prior to Benedictine University, Zeifert served as head baseball coach at the College of Lake County (CLC) for two seasons. He posted a record of 56-47 at the helm, and produced 15 All-Skyway Conference selections as well as two all-region selections. CLC earned a No. 4 regional seed in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II playoffs in 2006.
Zeifert served as an assistant coach at several camps and clinics, as well as with CLC and the DuPage Dragons of the Central Illinois Collegiate League. He also was an assistant at his alma mater, Clarke College, for the 2003-04 season. Zeifert was a four-year letterwinner at Clarke, where he made the Dean’s List all eight semesters while earning a bachelor’s degree in history in 2003.
Zeifert serves as the Illinois Tech athletic department admissions liaison in addition to his baseball duties. He resides in Oswego, Illinois with his wife Rachel and their three children, Isaac, Molly, and Lily.
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 22-25, 2024
- Age Group: 8-14
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: Monday - Thursday | 9:00am-3:00pm
- 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: Campers will be instructed on swing fundamentals via daily tee, short-toss, and batting practice. We will create opportunities for each camper to translate those fundamentals into competition every day so each camper can understand the value of immediately translating skill acquisition to results-based action.
- Fielding: Campers will be taught the basic fundamentals of catch play and the use of short actions to collect outs and prevent base advancement. Campers will acquire fielding skills in each defensive position group. We will use both drill work and daily competitions to help foster translation from skill acquisition to results-based action.
- Pitching: Campers will be taught the core fundamentals of strike-throwing. We will teach proper mechanics, balance, and timing that leads to effectively throwing strikes and collecting outs. We will use drill work and competition to ensure that new skill acquisition immediately translates into gameplay.
- Baserunning: Campers will be taught how to score a run. This will include proper home to 1st/2nd base techniques, two-base advancement mentality and routes, base stealing, and other skills, i.e. ball in dirt reads. Baserunning is a passion of the camp staff and can be immediately translated to competition.
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.
Director's Note to Campers
"Camp is fun. Our goal is to teach and challenge each day. We create an environment where both learning and execution can take place. We also seek to provide each camper with an experience that enhances their level of baseball skill and experience. For example, our younger campers may not spend much time on the fundamentals of stealing a base or learning a dirt ball read. However, they will understand how to run to first base and embrace a two-base mentality. Our older campers may spend more instructional time on leads and pitcher reads, adopting a 'thief' mentality. We will create these distinctions in each phase of camp to promote growth in each camper."Show Less See More Camp Details
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30-9:00am Camp Check In — Coach Zeifert/Coach Cantlin. Name, T-Shirt, Health Form Confirmation, Blake/Lazes/Jack play with kids, organize dugouts, get to the correct group
- 9:00-9:10am Camp Introductions
- Coach Zeifert
- Ryan Cantlin—IL Tech Pitching Coach
- Connor Blake—IL Tech Pitcher/INF
- Alex Lazez—IL Tech Pitcher
- Jack Frair—IL Tech INF (All-Conference at Prospect)
- 9:10-9:20am Movement Based Activity
- Dodgeball (Inside Group w/Staff)
- 9:20-9:30am Dynamic Stretch/Warm-Up — Ryan Cantlin
- 9:30-9:40am Water Break / Set Outfield Segment
- 9:40-10:30am Outfield Segment
- 1. Barehand Ground Ball Rollouts--Lazes
- 2. Fly Ball Barehand “Routes”—Cantlin
- 3. Frisbee/Football Go Routes—Jack
- 4. Fence/Wall Angles—Blake
- 5. TBD—Z
- 10:30-10:40am Water Break / Set Infield Segment
- 10:40-11:30am Infield Segment
- 1. Camp Catch Play—All together
- 2. Hand and Hops—Short Hop Sequence—Z/Lazes
- 3. Rollout/Short Catch Play—Cantlin
- 4. Attack the Ball…Get downhill—Jack
- 5. Slow Roll Fun—Blake
- 11:30-11:40am Water Break / Set Daily Game
- Gold Glove Play in Group…Group Winner moves on to Camp Final
- 11:40-12:00pm Gold Glove Camp Game
- 12-12:45pm Camp Lunch Break / Set Hitting & Offensive Segment
- 12:45-1:30pm: Hitting/Offensive Segment
- 1. TEE Station—Jack
- 2. Front Toss—Lazes
- 3. Outside Pitch Focus—Blake
- 4. Inside Pitch Focus—Cantlin
- 5. Home to First Baserunning
- 1:30-1:40pm Water Break / Set Game Play
- 1:40-2:50pm Game Play
- 2:50-3:00pm Daily Camp Recognition
- 3:00pm Dismissal
Alumni Stadium, Baseball Field
- Resurfaced and pitched at a one degree slope to prevent puddles, the infield was completely redone.
- Two dugout areas, a steel-fencing backstop, a bullpen and a practice pitching mound were added.
July 27, 2023: Seeing the physical changes that my son experienced throughout the camp. A better awareness of skills that he needed to develop, abilities to apply them right away in real world situations during games with his regular league, and an increase in stamina and strength.
August 3, 2023: Skill based, where coaches took time to show, teach, and practice specific skills. My son really enjoyed the competition days, like homerun derby.
July 27, 2023: My child had fun even when he went in knowing no one!
July 27, 2023: The whole thing was a great experience!
July 27, 2023: Our son LOVED every minute of it!
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.