Nike Softball Camp Amherst College
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Nike Softball Camps at Amherst College will host two weeks of camp in July. This softball camp provides the ideal environment to improve your skills, make new friends, and have fun!
Directing the program is veteran Nike Softball Camp Director Kacey Schmitt.
- Professional instruction from experienced Camp Director Kacey Schmitt
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official Nike Camp T-Shirt and prizes!
- Nike Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
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Camp Director Kacey Schmitt
Kacey has been the varsity softball coach for Amherst Regional High School in Amherst, MA for over 17 years. She has been the director of softball and volleyball summer sports camps for the town of Amherst for 25 years, and runs sports clinics for young players with the assistance of her varsity athletes.View Kacey Schmitt's Bio & Softball Tips ⟩
Many of her former players have gone on to successful college softball careers with programs such as Boston College, East Carolina University, UMass, Western New England College, Skidmore, Lesley College, and others. She will be assisted at camp by some of these college players.
Coach Schmitt led her team to the Western Mass Cahmpionships in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Over the past 7 seasons, her softball teams have compiled a 126-32 record, and have been Valley Wheel League champions 6 of those 7 years.
Softball Tips by Kacey Schmitt:
This camp is for softball players of all abilities ages 9-18. Instruction will focus primarily on hitting, specific position fielding, base-running, and game situations. In addition, pitchers will have the opportunity to work with pitching instructors. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 Camp Dates
- July 14-18
- July 21-25
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 14-18, July 21-25 (sun-thurs)
- Check-in: 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Sunday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 1:00-9:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday: 9:00-3:00 p.m., Thursday: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 1:00-9:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday: 9:00-9:00 p.m., Thursday: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily softball instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Day campers: Lunch will be provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to provide optimal supervision, and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Nike Lanyard: All campers receive a Nike Softball Camp t-shirt and Nike Lanyard.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Players Grouped by: age and ability
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own glove, cleats, bat and a helmet and wear softball attire (softball pants recommended)
- Facility: Outdoor Fields. Indoor facilities available during inclement weather conditions.
- Medical Protocol: In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
- Dorm: See registration packet for specific on-campus dorm.
- Campers Per Room: 2 (unless otherwise noted in registration packet)
- 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 or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: No, campers are encouraged to bring a fan.
Nike Softball 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 check out. *Discount amount varies by program. Restrictions apply. Please call for details.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms may require a doctor's signature (please reference your camp packet). All required forms will be collected on the first day of camp.
Please note: This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up
- 7:15 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 a.m. Day and Extended Day Campers Arrive/Warm-up/throwing and fielding mechanics
- 9:00 a.m. Group Training Drills and Contests
- 10:15 a.m. Defensive Position Training
- 11:15 a.m. Lunch
- 12:00pm Free time
- 12:45 p.m. Varsity talks
- 1:00 p.m. Offensive and Skill Station Circuit Training
- 3:30 p.m. Day Campers Depart
- 4:00 p.m. Free time/swim
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner/free time
- 7:00 p.m. Games and activities
- 8:30 p.m. Extended day campers depart
- 11:00 p.m. Lights out!
Amherst College, a quintessential New England campus, provides the perfect setting for this five day Nike Softball Camp. Located an easy drive from Boston, Amherst’s facilities feature a 70’ x 12’ batting tunnel and the “Cage,” an indoor facility with batting and pitching tunnels.
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She had lots of fun!
July 30, 2018: She enjoyed the camaraderie with the other girls. This camp allowed her to have fun and improve her skills!
— Andrea G. Parent
July 27, 2018: She said she absolutely loved all the coaches, especially Ashley. she definitely said she had a great time!
— Lorie B. Parent
She had so much fun!
July 27, 2018: My daughter loved the camp and is excited to go back next year. She said all the counselors were nice and worked them hard. With this being her first sleep away camp I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
— Kelly B. Parent
She loved it!
July 27, 2018: Marissa had a great time despite the weather not cooperating. She enjoyed the overnight experience and can’t wait to go back next year.
— Eric Parent
Special thanks to Kacey and the coaching staff!
July 27, 2018: For the last 3 years My granddaughter always has a great experience at this camp and is definitely looking forward to next year.I truly appreciate the staff and their dedication to making this camp a VERY positive experience for Angelina.
— David C. Parent
Loved the new experience!
July 23, 2018: Jade loved the food..First time away from home and she did awesome
— Pam K. Parent
Love it more every year!
July 22, 2018: My daughter loves this camp and looks forward to it every year.
— Cathi F. Parent
Overall excellent camp!
July 20, 2018: Staff amazing, fun, well organized, Varsity talks were great, nice kids, good food!
— Christin C. Parent
Work on the whole athlete
July 20, 2018: My daughter came back from camp re-energized and ready to play more softball. She learned that attitude is everything, and took the "Varsity Talks" portion of the camp very seriously. The coaches were very positive and encouraging, while pushing the girls at the same time. This was a first overnight camp experience for my daughter and it was a huge success. She made some new friends and learned some wonderful life lessons.
— Christina W. Parent
Coming back next year!
July 20, 2018:My daughter was so happy at camp. She instantly made friends with all the girls. The things she worked on during camp including some of her problem areas were worked on - hard! She looked great at the closing game. Before we left the field she said “I can’t wait to come back next summer!”.
— Tammy Parent
Everything was perfect and she learned so much!
July 20, 2018: This was my daughters 2nd year at this camp and she had so much fun. The camp is so well run, the director and camp staff are fabulous. She learned new skills, worked on her hitting and met lots of new friends. Plus, as a high-schooler, she loved the college experience!!
— Julie D. Parent
Softball camp was so much fun!
July 20, 2018: Mia enjoyed meeting new friends and learning some new skills and building on some existing ones. It appears the environment of a college setting was a plus (giving her the ability to be a little independent) She also enjoyed the counselors and they were encouraging and supportive.
— Jane H. Parent
Met new friends
July 20, 2018: Gabby loved the drills and meeting new girls.
— Lori R. Parent
July 20, 2018: Everyone is really nice. There was a focus on love of the game.
— LeighAnne Parent
Such a great camp!
July 20, 2018: She loved everything....pitching techniques, the sessions, the food and most of all the new friends she made.
— Kara Parent
July 20, 2017: My daughter enjoyed meeting new people and the options for food were great.
— Raquel V. Parent
Staff was professional and organized
July 21, 2017: Granddaughter had a great experience, thought the staff very prepared and age appropriate drills for different age groups and camp director very prepared, very professional and very friendly.
— David A. Parent
Fantastic group of counselors and coaches
September 26, 2017: Can't speak highly enough of the counselors and coaches. The focus on individual skills and BMR's is spot-on.
— Andrea G. Parent
Great experience at first sleep away camp
July 25, 2017: This was my daughter’s first Sleep-away camp! She had a great time and loves her friend/roommate even more now! This camp was a huge step in her softball and social skills as a 12 year old! I cannot thank you enough! Kendall wants to come back next year!
— Erika S. Parent
The staff emphasized effort and a positive attitude
July 20, 2017: My daughter has been to several overnight camps. She loved this camp! No issues at all! Campers were great and staff was great!! I loved how the staff emphasized effort and positive attitude!
— Beth R. Parent
Great mix of softball and activities
September 26, 2017: We loved that the girls got a lot of softball time but the counselors also split it up with other fun activities.
— Angela G. Parent
My daughter had fun while learning
My daughter had so much fun, while learning important softball skills. We will definitely be signing her up again!
— Kim M.
Already wanting to return!
"My daughter loved camp!! Learned some new skills and friends. She is already asking to go back next year"
— Julie D.
No changes needed, great camp
My daughter's highlights were how she got better at batting and throwing she feels more confident. Everything was great just how it was.
— Aliz G.
Got my daughter out of her shell
My daughter came out of her shell, made new friends and learned a lot from the coaches.
— Brittney W.
Knowledgeable and helpful staff
"Wonderful, cheerful, knowledgeable staff and counselors on a beautiful campus. Very helpful instruction and good advice"
— Michelle G.
My daughter will be sleeping over next time
My daughter had a great experience at this year's camp and can't wait to go again next year and sleep over this time.
Got to work on my pitching
I really liked all the counselors, and meeting new friends. Working with someone special on my pitching was very helpful. Everyone was very nice, and I was not so nervous this year like last year.
Recommend overnight camp t get the full experience
Fun. Felt like I was missing out on a little as a day camper. We suggest that if you do two different weeks of camp, have one week for younger kids (9-12ish) and one week for the older kids (13-18). As an older camper, I would find this more challenging and I think I would learn more.
— Day camper
Loved camp despite the heat
Despite the heat, my daughter loves the softball camp. The counselors were great and she had a lot of fun. During the final day games, perhaps the younger players could play an actual game on the diamond with the respective beginning pitchers, catchers, etc. from the week. Consider extending the day an hour to give them a chance to play as the older kids versus up on the grass with counselors doing the leg work.
Significant improvements on defense
I am the campers parent and my daughter really enjoyed the camp. She has made significant improvements on defense but there wasn't too learned honestly on the offence / hitting side of things. She REALLY needed to have more work on her timing and hitting various speed pitches. I think she still struggles as much with this after camp as she did before.
Fantastic overnight experience
What a fantastic experience for a first overnight camp. Excellent staff, great facility, quality instruction and new, lasting friendships.
— Overnight camper
Great pitching instruction
Pitching instruction was very helpful. Pitching and hitting in game situations would make for an even better experience.
Great encouragement at my daughter's first year of camp
This was my daughters 1st year at camp and she loved it. She got lots of encouragement and feels more confident in her overall skill level. She is looking forward to coming back next year.
Appreciate the coaching
I appreciated all the work the coaches put in to working with me
Staff made me feel welcome
The counselers were great! They made me feel welcome and we had a lot of fun.
I learned new skills from the staff and the other campers.
"The softball camp helped me refresh my softball skills and it gave me the opportunity to learn new ones from both the staff members and the teammates that I played with. I had a great experience and definitely would recommend this camp to others."
— Overnight Camper
My daughter had a great time meeting new friends
"My daughter had a great time meeting new friends. She said the food was great! She had so much fun that she wants to go back next summer."
The camp was amazing.
"The NIKE camp at Amherst was AMAZING! The camp far exceeded our expectations and I will recommend several of the conditioning drills to my Varsity coach so my High School team can benefit from them as well. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCE!"
— Overnight Camper
Taught My Daughter More Softball & Being A Young Lady
"I cannot put into words the experience my daughter gained from going to the camp. She not only learned skills in softball but how to be a better young lady. The morals and values the staff brought to the camp were extraordinary. We looked at sending her to another camp and decided on the NIKE Camp for convenience and I am so glad we did. She was going to be a day camper but when we got there she saw some friends and we were able to change her to be an overnight camper. I will highly recommend this camp to anyone who is interested in gaining skills and personal growth. We look forward to next year!!"
"My daughter came home from camp telling us about all these new drills she learned. These drills were creative and helped her learn the correct techniques. We will definitely be sending her back to this camp next year."
Can't wait to bring my teammates!
"I had such a good time at camp that this year I'm bringing some of my teammates! They saw how much I improved and want to improve as well!"
— Day Camper