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Nike Baseball Camp at Whitworth University 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.
Directing the camp is Head Coach, Dan Ramsay. The eighth former Whitworth player to serve as head coach of the Pirates since 1955, heads into his 10th season leading Whitworth in 2017-18. Ramsay has led the Bucs to the NCAA Division III tournament twice and was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year and West Region Coach of the Year by D3baseball.com and the ABCA in 2012. Ramsay earned his 100th career victory during the 2014 season.
- Professional instruction from college coachesand college-aged instructors
- 10:1 camper/staff ratio
- Multi-level ability grouping
- Discussion topics: preparing for college baseball and personal goal setting
- NIKE Camp T-shirt, Lanyard and Prizes
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Camp Director Dan Ramsay
Dan Ramsay, the eighth former Whitworth player to serve as head coach of the Pirates since 1955, heads into his tenth season leading the Whitworth nine in 2017-18. Ramsay has led the Bucs to the NCAA Division III tournament three times and was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2016 and West Region Coach of the Year by D3baseball.com and the ABCA in 2012. Ramsay has earned 183 career victories and sits second all-time in wins at Whitworth behind Paul Merkel.View Dan Ramsay's Bio ⟩
In his eight years at Whitworth Ramsay has coached a First Team All-American and two Third Team All-Americans, 24 All-Northwest Conference selections, ten ABCA All-West Region selections, one Academic All-American and five Academic All-District selections, one conference batting champion, two West Region Gold Glove Award winners, two Rawlings Gold Glove National Award winner, and has had four players sign professional contracts.
In 2016 Whitworth won the regular season Northwest Conference Championship and started the season with 11 straight victories. The Pirates were ranked as high as #8 by D3baseball.com during the season. They earned their second consecutive berth in the Northwest Conference postseason tournament and played in their second consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament where they played host at Spokane's Avista Stadium. The Bucs won their opening game, defeating Case Western Reserve. The 2016 squad set school records for doubles in a season (98) and fielding percentage (.972), eclipsing their 2015 mark of .968. The Whitworth pitching staff led all of Division III baseball in walks allowed per nine innings (2.07) in 2016.
In 2015 Whitworth won the first-ever Northwest Conference post-season tournament, earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. In the opener of that tournament, Dan Scheibe threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in the metal bat era at Whitworth in a 2-0 victory over nationally-ranked Linfield. The Bucs then defeated host Pacific Lutheran twice to claim the title. The 2015 squad also set a school record for team fielding percentage (.968).
The 2012 season was a milestone year for the Pirates. It marked the first Northwest Conference Championship in 21 years, the first NCAA Regional appearance in program history, the first NCAA Regional Championship in program history, Whitworth's first First Team All-American in 47 years, the first NCAA Division III World Series appearance in program history, and the first NCAA Division III World Series victory in program history.
The 2011 season marked the Pirates' first 20-win campaign in nine years and the team's first winning Northwest Conference record since 2006. Whitworth's team earned run average of 4.60 was the team's best since the Pirates moved to NCAA Division III membership in 1999.
Ramsay works as a hitting and catching instructor at numerous camps throughout the region and serves as the hitting, catching, and infield coach at Whitworth while running the offense. He has directed Nike Baseball Camps through US Sports Camps for the past seven summers. Ramsay spent the summer of 2011 abroad with United States Athletes International in Spain. The team played clubs in Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid. Ramsay also helps with summer ball placement for his current student-athletes and serves as the West Region Chair for the NCAA Division III Baseball Committee.
Ramsay was an Honorable Mention All-Northwest Conference catcher for the Pirates in 2008 and a Second Team All-NWC selection in 2007 during his two seasons playing for Whitworth. Prior to his time at Whitworth, Ramsay played 2 years of baseball at NCAA Division I Gonzaga University.
Ramsay was the head coach in Cranbrook, B.C. for the Rocky Mountain Bandits in the summer of 2008 and coached as an assistant in Trail, B.C. for the Trail Jays in the summer of 2007. He spent the summer of 2005 playing for the Kamuela Paniolos in the Hawaiian Collegiate Baseball League and the summer of 2006 playing for the Everett Merchants of the Pacific International League.
Ramsay earned his undergraduate degree from Whitworth in 2008 in Kinesiology. He earned a master’s degree from Whitworth in 2013 in Administrative Leadership. Ramsay is married to his wife Lara and they have two daughters named Prescott and McLayne.
Coach Kyle Krustangel
Kyle Krustangel, a three year letter-winner at Whitworth and two time all NWC selection will be joining the Pirate coaching staff for the 2015 season. Kyle also played one year at Big Bend CommunityView Kyle Krustangel's Bio ⟩
Kyle Krustangel, a three year letter-winner at Whitworth and two time all NWC selection will be joining the Pirate coaching staff for the 2015 season. Kyle also played one year at Big Bend Community College and in the summer of 2008 he played for the Spokane Riverhawks in the West Coast League.
Krustangel has spent the past three years as a high school teacher at Bridgeport High School. He was the head varsity baseball coach all three years and was also the head varsity football coach. In the spring of 2014 Krustangel was named Coach of the Year in the North Central Washington 2B conference.
The last two summers Krustangel has served as the head coach of the Spokane Bandits AAA legion team.
Krustangel is a graduate of Whitworth where he earned his B.A. in history/social studies with his secondary education certificate. Krustangel was also a graduate of Joel E. Ferris high school in Spokane.
The Whitworth University Nike Baseball Camp is a camper favorite offering three program options: Overnight, Extended Day (9:00am-9:00pm) and Day (9:00am-3:00pm). Each program offers the full baseball experience with drills covering fielding, hitting and game time situations!Show Less See More Camp Details
Check-in time and place TBD.
There will be a brief graduation at 2:00pm. Camp concludes at 2:30pm on Friday.
Includes all baseball and night activities, all meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on last day, and double room occupancy in the dorms.
EXTENDED DAY CAMP
Includes all baseball and night activities, dinner on Monday, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Thursday, and lunch on Friday. Extended day campers will be picked up at 9:00pm each day aside from Friday when camp ends at 2:30pm.
Includes all baseball, dinner on Monday day, lunch Tuesday through Friday. Day campers will be picked up at 3:00pm each day aside from Friday when camp ends at 2:30pm.
A detailed camper registration packet containing the check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Camp Code: BAXRWW
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake-up, breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 a.m. Arrival (Extended Day/Day Campers), Stretching
- 9:00 a.m. Individual instruction and drill work
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch, free time
- 1:00 p.m. Fundamental instruction and drills, position play
- 3:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
- 4:30 p.m. Free time, relax, visit with friends
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Chalk talks
- 8:30 p.m. Evening activities
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Lights Out
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.
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Encouraging and positive
August 2, 2017: The instructors were encouraging and positive for the kids.
— Dale M. Parent
Isn't my first camp but by far the best
July 31, 2017: For my son to be in an environment where he saw with hard work he can be a pretty good ball player was excellent. He really appreciated the info on what it takes to get to the next level in baseball and college. As a parent who coaches kids I saw young men displaying the love of the game to the next generation of ball players. Isn't my first camp but by far the best.
— Bryan W. Parent
Loved the entire experience
July 31, 2017: My son loved the entire experience of the overnight camp. His favorite things were the camp competitions, the full game play and of course the free time.
— Tracy L. Parent
My son got more out of the 4 days at camp than he got during his entire last season
"This place is amazing!! My son got more out of the 4 days at camp than he got during his entire last season. Thank you all so much."
Our son fell back in love with baseball.
"Very pleased with the NIKE Baseball Camp at Whitworth University and we are looking forward to next year. Our son fell back in love with baseball. Thank you so much!"
This is the 3rd time having our son at camp
"This is the 3rd time having our son at camp. It is very professionally run and the coaches are knowledgeable and enthusiastic!!"
I got better this summer!
"This was my first baseball camp that I had ever gone to. I learned a lot baseball and also had fun during the camp. The camp taught me new individual drills that I am able to do on my own to help me improve. You can expect to see me again next year along with some of my other fellow teammates!"
— Overnight Camper
Coach Dan from the NIKE Baseball Camp at Whitworth University was an inspiration to me
"I really enjoyed the life lessons from coach Dan. He was an inspiration to me."
— Overnight Camper
Gave Me Some Perspective Of My Playing Level
"The camp was very fun and informative and really gave me some perspective of my playing level. I loved this camp and will be there next year! Best camp I've ever gone to."
— Overnight Camper
Better Appreciation for the Game
"They helped my son to appreciate the game of baseball on and off the field. I would highly recommend this camp to other ball players. I look forward to my son attending the camp next year with his little brother."
We Have Three Boys And Will Definitely Be Returning!
"My child was one of the younger kids and we were SO impressed with the way the instructors encouraged them and also encouraged the older kids to show good sportsmanship toward the younger ones. The camp was WONDERFUL. We are locals but I can't imagine sending my son to any other big campus camp that would measure up to this one! We have three young boys and will definitely be returning customers!!!"
— Overnight Camper
My Son Will Be Coming Back Next Year!
"My son had a great time with all the coaches and kids. This is his second year. He loves this camp and wants to come back every year until he is too old to do so."
Quality Individual Attention
"I was impressed that the coaches worked with us individually. At other camps it was almost always as a group. They covered everything about baseball and even introduced me to some new strength training exercises. I enjoyed the camp very much."
— Day Camper
NIKE Baseball Camp is Awesome!
"I really loved this camp. It was awesome. I made friends, had lots of fun, and learned so much. My high school coach tells me that my game has improved tremendously. Thank you all so much."
— Day Camper
It was a great opportunity for kids to be coached by college coaches! Thanks!
At the beginning of the camp I couldn't hit the ball into the outfield, now I'm hitting triples!