Nike Baseball Camp University of Central Oklahoma
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Nike Baseball Camps is excited to bring you a camp at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK this summer. This camp takes place at Wendell Simmons Field and will be instructed by the UCO coaching staff, led by Head Coach John Martin. Campers will hone their baseball skills and take their game to the next level during a fun week of camp! Our low camper-to-coach ratio ensures that campers will receive the attention and training they need to improve their game throughout the week.
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
- Professional Instruction from Coach Martin 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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Head Coach John Martin
John Martin took over the Central Oklahoma baseball program in 2015 and in eight seasons, has totaled 245 victories for the Bronze & Blue, turning the Bronchos into a national contender.View John's Bio & Baseball Tips ⟩
Martin has a 245-148-1 record in eight years at the helm since taking the head coaching position ahead of the 2016 season. He reached 100 career wins in 2018 and did it in style, winning the final game of the regular season to not only reach the milestone, but also win Central Oklahoma its first MIAA Championship since joining the league in 2012.
Martin led UCO to four consecutive 30+ win seasons from 2016-19 and was certainly on pace to do so again in 2020. Martin had the Bronchos 17-3 overall, and ranked 12th in the country, when a global health crisis stopped the season in its tracks and ended what might have been a special year.
Martin has also led UCO in advancing to the NCAA Tournament Central Regional in each of the three seasons from 2017-19. UCO reached the regional finals in 2017 and 2019.
Central Oklahoma went 32-19 in 2023, hitting the 30-win mark for the fifth time under Martin's leadership. The Bronchos were the No. 5 seed in the MIAA Baseball Championship and lost in the opening round best-of-three series, 2-1, at Pittsburg State. Martin coached seven All-MIAA selections in 2023, including one that earned All-Region honors.
Central posted a 29-21 record in 2022, finishing fourth in the MIAA regular season standings. The Bronchos were eliminated from the postseason in the opening round of the MIAA Baseball Championship.
Martin coached All-American selection Kyler Patterson, two All-Region picks in Patterson and Garrett Takamatsu, and eight All-MIAA selections. Patterson was named MIAA Pitcher of the Year.
In 2021, Central Oklahoma won 25 games, finishing the season 25-21, and reached the MIAA Championship consolation finals after receiving the sixth-seed in the conference tournament and winning a best-of-three series on the road to advance to the semifinals. UCO went 1-2 there in wrapping up its season.
Martin has had a trio of Major League Baseball draft picks. Holden Capps was picked in the eighth round by the Kansas City Royals in 2017, Austin Lambright was picked in the 10th round by the Royals in 2018, and Spencer Van Scoyoc was also taken in the 19th round in 2019. Dylan Hall was also signed by the New York Mets following the shortened 2020 MLB Draft.
Central has had 28 players earn a combined 31 All-MIAA selections since 2016. Eight have earned All-Region honors, and four were named All-Americans.
Martin took over the UCO reigns in July of 2015 after four years as head coach at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and led the Bronchos to a 30-22 record in his first season, with two players earning All-America honors.
John, a former standout at Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Emporia State and Major League Baseball draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers, went 133-105 at Coffeyville and guided the Ravens to the regional tournament all four years.
John assumed control of the Coffeyville program in August 2011 and led the team to a school-record 33 wins during the 2012 season, earning Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year honors.
The Ravens tied that record by winning 33 games again in 2013, set another record with a 38-18 campaign in 2014 and had 29 wins in 2015. Martin took the Ravens to four straight super regional tournaments, one of just two teams in the junior college ranks to accomplish that feat.
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Martin played one year at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College before going to ESU and putting together a sensational three-year starting career at catcher.
John capped his college career by leading the Hornets to the NCAA Division II World Series as a senior and was a 24th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006. He played two years in the Dodgers organization and also played one season each for independent professional teams in Kansas City and Wichita.
Martin returned to Emporia State to start his college coaching career in 2008 as assistant coach, directing the pitchers and catchers. He helped the Hornets to a 134-42 record during his three-year tenure, including a national runner-up finish in 2009.
Martin also spent two summers as manager of the Liberal Bee Jays, a summer collegiate baseball team. He coached the team to a 42-13 record and the National Baseball Congress championship in 2010 when he was named NBC Manager of the Year.
John is married (Courtney) and has one daughter (Emmie).
Baseball Tips by John:
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
- June Dates: June 3-6, 2024 - HALF DAY CAMP ONLY
- July Dates: July 22-25, 2024 - Day Camp & Overnight
- Age Group: 8-18
- Gender: Boys
- Camp Type: Overnight Camp | Day Camp
- Meals: All meals are provided for overnight campers. Lunch will be provided for Day Campers (July 22-25, 2024)
2024 CAMP TIMES
June 3-6, 2024
- Check-in: 30 minutes before camp start time
- Daily Schedule: 9:00am-1:00pm
- Meals: No meals provided. Please bring a snack from home.
July 22-25, 2024
- Check-in: Monday, between 2:00pm-3:00pm
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 11:30am on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check-out will take place immediately after.
- Day Camper Schedule: Monday 2:00pm - 8:00pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 8:30am-2:30pm, Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm
Please note: Camp schedules and details may be subject to change.
Dorm: The Quad
Campers Per Room: 2
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 (XL-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.
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
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Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up, breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45am Arrival (Extended Day Campers), stretching
- 9:00am Individual instruction and drill work
- 11:30am Lunch, free time
- 1:00pm Fundamental instruction and drills, position play
- 3:00pm Day Campers Depart
- 4:30pm Free time, relax, visit with friends
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 6:15pm Games
- 8:30pm Chalk talks, evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights Out!
Wendell Simmons baseball field has been home to the University of Central Oklahoma's baseball team for more than 50 years.
The ballpark underwent significant renovations following the 2017 season. The field was completely leveled, as was the outfield fence. A new wall was constructed and new turf installed before the beginning of the 2018 season.
It was renamed Wendell Simmons Field in honor of the long-time coach who retired in 2010. Simmons put together a 633-374-1 record in 19 years at UCO, including a 363-151-1 mark at home. He was instrumental in earlier renovations on the field, doing much of the work himself.
Dimensions are 330 feet down the right field line, 340 feet down the left field line and 390 feet to center field.
UCO has a 90-40 home record over the past six seasons under current head coach John Martin.
Wendell Simmons Field is located on the north side of campus just northwest of Wantland Stadium and just west of the Sports Performance Center.
July 28, 2022: The kids were able to work on just about everything. Overall pleased- as both parent and camper!
July 31, 2022: He loved being with all the kids and coaches to learn from them
July 28, 2022: Getting to interact with college athletes was really awesome!
Fun and Challenging!
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.