Nike Baseball Camp Southwestern Assemblies of God University
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Matt Cornacchione and his staff lead the Nike Baseball Camp at Southwestern Assembly of God University (SAGU) this summer. A great experience for any baseball player wanting to improve their game and have fun!
At camp, all aspects of the game are covered and players walk away feeling confident. The SAGU Nike Baseball Camp staff is ready to work with each camper and they are excited to bring their love of the game every day! They will cover fielding, hitting, base-running, game time situations as well as schedule scrimmages where campers can showcase their new skills!
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
- Professional Instruction from SAGU Head Coach Matt Cornacchione and Staff
- Daily Emphasis on Fundamental Development and Team Play
- Players Grouped by Age and Ability
- Low Camper to Coach Ratios
- Excellent Residential, Dining and Training Facilities
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Camp Director Matt Cornacchione
Matt Cornacchione begins his 5th season as Head Coach of the SAGU Baseball Program.View Matt's Bio ⟩
In 2019, his first year with the Lions, Cornacchione helped lead a program that secured 12 wins in 2018 to a then school record 26-wins and an appearance in the Sooner Athletic Conference semi-finals.
A shortened 2020 season would see the Lions secure their first positive winning percentage in school history as they finished their season with an 18-10 mark.
In 2021, the Lions would again top their all-time wins mark, securing 29 victories, their best finish in conference play, and a victory in the SAC tournament.
2022 would again be a record setting year for SAGU Baseball as the Lions would top their previous best wins mark, capturing 36 victories. The Lions would finish conference play at 16-8, a third place finish in league play, and the first winning season for the program in the SAC. The 2022 squad would place an all-time best 5 players on the Sooner Athletic All-Conference team. The Lions season would culminate as the number 1 seed in the NCCAA National Tournament in Kansas City, where they would secure a 4th place finish.
Prior to SAGU, Cornacchione served 9 seasons as head baseball coach at Nyack College, a NCAA DII baseball program just north of New York City. During his tenure, the Warriors appeared in the conference tournament 5 times: 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, & 2018.
Cornacchione has received several honors throughout his career, twice receiving the honor of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year (2012, 2014), NCCAA East Region Coach of the Year (2012), and has also received the institutional coaching award as Nyack College Coach of the Year twice (2014, 2016). The Warriors have also been selected as the recipient of the CACC Sportsmanship award on three occasions under Cornacchione (2011,2013,2014) an award voted on by the coaches within the CACC.
In 2012, Nyack College completed the 2nd biggest turnaround nationally in NCAA Division II, moving from a 3-35 team in 2011 to a 26 win team in one years time. The 2012 team would lead the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference in runs scored, total hits, on-base percentage, batting average, and team defense. The Warriors also established themselves as one of the fastest teams in the nation, their 181 stolen bases ranking 2nd nationally in NCAA Division II.
Before arriving at Nyack, Cornacchione spent two years Bloomfield College, in Bloomfield, NJ, where he served as Assistant Head Baseball Coach and Sports Information Director within the athletic department.
Cornacchione entered the coaching ranks at his alma mater, spending two years as an assistant coach at Geneva College. During his time there, he helped lead the Golden Tornadoes to a 2007 AMC North Division regular season title, Geneva's only AMC title in school history.
As a 3-year starter at Geneva College, he made starts for the Golden Tornadoes at 6 different positions including catcher, pitcher, third base, outfield, and designated hitter. In 2004 he was named a team captain and also received AMC All-Conference Honorable Mention, helping the Tornadoes to their first American Mideast Conference playoff appearance in school history, and a 4th place finish at the NCCAA World Series.
Cornacchione holds a bachelor's in Elementary Education from Geneva College (PA) and a Master's degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sports Administration from Montclair State University (NJ).
Matt and his wife Makayla were married in 2011, and have two sons: Pierce and Kade. Their family resides in Waxahachie.
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.
2024 CAMP INFORMATION
Basic Skills Half Day Camp
- Dates: June 10-13, 2024 | July 8-11, 2024
- Gender: Coed
- Half Day Camper Schedule (Basic Skills): 9:00am-12:00pm
- Check-In: Begins 30 minutes prior to the camp start time.
- Meals: Lunch is not provided.
Overnight | Extended Day Camp
- Dates: July 15-18, 2024
- Gender: Boys
- Check-in: 12:30pm-1:00pm on Monday for all campers.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 12:00 pm on Thursday. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Campers Schedule: Monday 1:00pm-9:00pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 9:00am-9:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
- Meals: All meals are provided for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day (commuter) campers
Please note: Camp schedules and details may be subject to change.
Dorm: Guynes Hall
Campers Per Room: 2 per room.
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) 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.
- Hitting: Basic Hitting Fundamentals, Timing, problem-solving based drills, Understanding hitting different types of pitches, Understanding Quality At Bats (QABs).
- Fielding: Constraints based drills… Infield technique and mindset, Basic Fly Ball Mechanics, Pop up priority/communication, Catching and Throwing, 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, Angles when running the bases, 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
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
For general questions about our baseball camps please see our FAQ page.
Directors Note to Campers
"Welcome campers, we are excited to see you this Summer at SAGU's Nike Baseball Camp. Our camp is structured around teaching fundamental skills through small-sided, developmentally appropriate games. Our camp aims to teach the game through a fun, competitive environment, where players of all skill levels can be challenged to improve their fundamental skills and apply them to in-game performance." -Matt CornacchioneShow Less See More Camp Details
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Summer Camp Sample Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up, breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45am Arrival (Extended Day Campers), stretching
- 9:00am Individual instruction and drill work
- 12:00pm Half Day Campers Depart, Lunch (Overnight/Extended Day Campers), free time
- 1:00pm Fundamental instruction and drills, position play
- 4:30pm Free time, relax, visit with friends
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 6:15pm Games
- 8:30pm Chalk talks, Evening activities
- 9:00pm Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00pm Lights Out!
SAGU can be found just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The smaller community provides a quiet, rural atmosphere while all the excitement of the big city awaits only 25 minutes away.
July 16, 2023: My son has expressed that he would like to attend again next summer and the camp just finished. Watching the kids especially the newbies learn and smile. My son has learned so much and gets excited and practices steps any time we go to the batting cages or just toss the ball around. The Coach and staff are kind and friendly! Great experience.
July 13, 2023: My son learned so much at the camp. The coaching staff was awesome. It was a great experience. My son left camp with so much confidence from his learning experience.
July 24, 2022: The dorm experience, college baseball play including being responsible to walk to the mess hall and practices and such is HUGE for the experience.
July 21, 2022: Giving my kids an opportunity to learn and grow as individuals. They felt important having the college guys play baseball with them.
July 16, 2023: The professionalism and the amazing, fun experience my kiddo had. Absolutely amazing!!
July 25, 2022: My son loved making new friends and improving his baseball skills
A fantastic time
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.