Nike Baseball Camp Whitworth University
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Get ready for our Nike Baseball Camp at Whitworth University! This is a fun, intensive camp where campers take their baseball game to the next level. All facets of the game are covered and campers leave camp feeling confident in the new skills learned. Our low camper-to-coach ratio ensures campers will receive the attention and training they need to improve their game throughout the week.
Campers will play at Merkel Field and receive coaching from Director, CJ Perry, Head Coach of Whitworth Baseball.
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
- Professional Instruction from Coach Perry 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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Camp Director Evan Norden
Evan was born and raised in Spokane his whole life. He played baseball at Whitworth for two years and is currently a graduate assistant coach working on his masters in teaching. Working with people and teaching are his passions. This will be his second year of Nike camp, and he is hoping to give kids a great experience and teach them about the game of baseball!
Head Coach CJ Perry
CJ Perry is heading into his fifth season as the Pirate baseball coach in 2023. Perry was selected as the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year in only his second season as head coach. A Spokane native, Perry graduated from Whitworth with a Kinesiology degree and Secondary Education Certification in 2012.View CJ's Bio & Baseball Tips ⟩
Perry, now 65-68 overall, led Whitworth to the 2019 NWC regular season title with a 19-5 record, garnering the NWC Coach of the Year nod. The Pirates finished 27-15 overall after a 4-9 start and finished among the top five schools in all of NCAA Division III in team fielding percentage (.975) and in doubles (106). Perry guided the Pirates to a record of 17-20 in 2018, his first season at the helm and the Bucs were off to a strong 11-5 start in 2020 before the schedule was cancelled by Covid. Two of his players were selected in the MLB draft in 2018: Hugh Smith in the sixth round by the Detroit Tigers and Joel Condreay in the 31st round by the Colorado Rockies. Smith was selected as the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, while Condreay was named a second team Academic All-American and first team All-NWC honoree.
Perry previously served as the Pitching, Outfield and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Pirates and assisted with all recruiting for four seasons. In 2015 he received his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification through NSCA.
In 2016 Perry's pitching staff led all of Division III baseball in walks allowed per nine innings (2.07) and freshman Hugh Smith earned first team All-NWC and ABCA All-West Region honors. Perry's 2016 staff posted Whitworth's lowest ERA (3.95) since joining the Division III level, eclipsing their previous best of 4.19 in 2015.
In 2015 he helped coach Dan Scheibe to an All-NWC season. Scheibe finished 9-3 with a 2.10 ERA, leading the NWC with 104 strikeouts. Scheibe threw a no-hitter against nationally-ranked Linfield in the opening game of the inaugural NWC Tournament, the first nine-inning no-hitter in Whitworth's metal bat era.
In 2009 he played summer baseball as a member of the Spokane Riverhawks of the West Coast League and served as the assistant coach for the Spokane Bandits AAA American Legion team. In the summer of 2011, Perry played for the Atwater Aviators of Merced County and helped pitch the Aviators to a second place finish in the Far West Collegiate Baseball League. During Perry’s senior year at Whitworth he was in the starting rotation for their NCAA Regional Championship team and was named All-NWC honorable mention as a starting pitcher.
Perry also serves as the Pitching Coordinator for the Club Spokane Dodgers organization.
Perry was a two time All-GSL Baseball selection at Gonzaga Prep and played for the Club Spokane Dodgers for two years in the summer while at G-Prep. CJ is married to his wife Alexis.
Assistant Baseball Coach JT Phelan
Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach Jeff Simmelink
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: 5-13
- Camp Type: Half Day Camp (Ages 5-8) & Day Camp (Ages 9-13)
- Schedule: Monday-Thursday | Half Day 9:00am-12:00pm & Day Camp 9:00am-3:00pm
- Check-In: Begins 30 minutes prior to the camp start time.
- Meals: Lunch will be provided for Full-Day Campers.
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: Batting stance mechanics, swing decisions, Situational hitting, Drills for bat to ball skills, and hitting philosophy
Fielding: Pre-pitch routine, Groundball fundamentals, double play feeds, pitcher fielding practice, throwing routine
Pitching: Long toss routine, grip catch (change-ups, breaking balls-based on age), stretch, flatground and bullpen routines
Baserunning: Primary and secondary leads on basepaths, situational baserunning, steal jumps and dirtball reads, rounding bases when to pick up base coach
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
"Welcome campers! At Whitworth, we take great pride and responsibility in hosting young ballplayers every year. We strive to provide top-notch instruction with current college players and coaches while pairing that expertise with a fun environment to help kids fall in love with the game."
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45am Arrival (1/2 Day/Day Campers), Stretching
- 9:00am Individual instruction and drill work
- 11:30am Lunch, free time
- 12:00pm 1/2 Day Campers depart
- 1:00pm Fundamental instruction and drills, position play
- 3:00pm Day Campers Depart
Paul Merkel Field
Merkel Field: Located across from the back of the Fieldhouse, Merkel Field is home to the Whitworth baseball team. A beautiful setting for a sunny spring day of baseball, the facility has undergone several recent upgrades. Bleachers have been added and reconstructed to include seats immediately behind home plate. The backstop has been moved back away from home plate to provide a safer amount of foul territory. And a full-service press box is now in use.
July 20, 2023: The way the coaches helped build self esteem in the kids. I appreciate the way coaches taught respect for each other. Our grandson confidence grew Immensely in four days at the camp. This camp taught teamwork and respect for each other and the coaches.
July 27, 2023: Our grandson gained confidence. Staff and Kids were kind and fun. I appreciate the staff talking about respect for others and the importance of working as a team.
July 24, 2022: For first time camper here he loved the experience as whole. Feeling more confident in his skills! Also he really enjoyed the lunches provided.
July 22, 2022: My son loved the afternoon scrimmages. Loved the friendliness. Loved the food and the fun time during lunch hour.
July 21, 2022: Exposure to professionals in baseball. Good morals and behavior were reinforced.
July 21, 2022: Extremely organized, friendly coaches, encouraging the kids to have fun made this camp great.
Jack loved the camp
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.