Nike Softball Camp Columbus State University
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Join the fun and improve your game at the Nike Softball Camp at Columbus State University. Refine your swing, work on your defensive skills, learn insight on how to build confidence, and meet new friends!
Directing the camp is coach Brad Huskisson. Brad has been with the Lady Cougars Softball team since 2004 and the Head Coach since 2009.
- Professional instruction from Head Coach Huskisson and college-aged instructors
- 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 Brad Huskisson
Brad Huskisson begins his 10th full year as the head coach of the Lady Cougar softball team and 14th year overall at Columbus State University in the 2018-19 year. He served as interim head coach during the 2009 season and was the top assistant in the years prior.View Brad Huskisson's Bio ⟩
The Columbus State softball all-time leader in victories, Huskisson has built the Lady Cougar softball program into one of the top in the Peach Belt Conference. His teams built on toughness, intensity and determination have become a force in the Southeast Region. The CSU 2017-2018 record: 33-19 (14-6).
In 2012 and 2013, Huskisson had his finest moments while in charge of the CSU softball program leading the Lady Cougars to the NCAA Tournament after storming to the PBC Tournament crown for two consecutive seasons.
In the 2012 PBC Tournament, hosted by CSU at Cougar Field, the Lady Cougars became the first team in PBC Tournament history to win every game in the tournament as the lowest seed in each matchup. CSU entered the tournament as the fifth seed and proceeded to take down fourth seeded Flagler, regular season champions Armstrong Atlantic State University and three-time defending PBC Tournament champions North Georgia in the championship game.
Entering the NCAA Tournament on a seven-game winning streak, the Lady Cougars defeated Augusta State 2-1 in the opening round of the Southeast Regional. After a heartbreaking 2-1 loss against North Georgia, Augusta State eliminated Columbus State from the tournament. CSU ended the season with a 40-20 record, the sixth-most wins in program history.
As the fourth seed in 2013, the Lady Cougars took down PBC Tournament host Flagler in the opening round, knocked off top-seeded Armstrong in the semifinals and routed Georgia College for a second consecutive tournament championship. The 12 runs scored by the Lady Cougars set a new PBC Tournament championship game record. CSU outscored its opponents 21-1 over the three-game tournament.
After rolling through the conference tournament, the Lady Cougars defeated Mount Olive 8-2 to open up the Southeast Regional. Columbus State then bested Armstrong for a second straight time the following day, but Armstrong dropped the Lady Cougars twice in the finals to end CSU’s season at 41-18.
The 2014 team continued the program's winning tradition in the PBC Tournament advancing to the championship game as the sixth seed. The final was cancelled due to rain keeping the Lady Cougars from an opportunity at a third consecutive championship.
Predicated on hitting the long ball, Huskisson’s teams led the PBC in home runs in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 team broke several school records including home runs by a team as the Lady Cougars sent 69 balls over the fence. The 69 home runs also broke the single-season Peach Belt Conference record.
In 2014, the Lady Cougars established a new program-best mark with 74 home runs. Nine of the top-11 individual single-season home run totals in CSU history have happened under Huskisson’s watch.
Huskisson became CSU softball's all-time leader in victories on April 21, 2018 in a 10-4 victory over Francis Marion. The win was the 319th of his career, passing his predecessor Tiffany Tootle on the all-time leaderboard.
As head coach, Huskisson has coached 28 All-Peach Belt Conference athletes in just 10 full seasons. In 2012, he coached his first NFCA All-American in Casey Googe followed by Mollie Russell in 2013.
He spent five years as the head coach at Brescia University in Kentucky prior to his arrival at CSU. While at Brescia, Huskisson took a losing program and earned conference, regional, and national attention winning 153 games in his five seasons. His first year was the only losing season he had while at Brescia. The 2004 season marked success when he led the Lady Bearcats to a 44-22 record, winning the KIAC regular season championship, the Region XII Tournament, and finishing ninth at the NAIA World Series. His 2005 squad posted a 29-16 slate and won its third-straight KIAC championship, along with the league tournament. Huskisson developed one All-America player, 13 All-Region players, and 49 All-Conference performers during his tenure at Brescia. He also produced 23 Academic All-America performers, over 100 Dean's List students and was named Region XII Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004.
Huskisson is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and, in addition to his collegiate coaching experience, has coached at the middle and high school levels. He hosts an annual Nike Softball Camp each summer bringing softball talent from around the southeast to Columbus, in addition to serving as a speaker at camps and clinics across the region.
He resides in Columbus with his wife Robin, who is a nurse manager at Columbus Regional Healthcare. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs.
This camp is for softball players of all abilities ages 8-18. 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
- June 24-27 (Monday-Thursday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JUne 24-27 (Mon-Thurs)
- Check-in: 2:00 p.m. on Monday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Monday: 2:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.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.
- 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.
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury.
- 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. 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.
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
- 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
- 8:50 a.m. Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Session 1
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:15 p.m. Session 2
- 3:30 p.m. Supervised Free Time
- 5:15 p.m. Dinner
- 6:30 p.m. Session 3
- 9:30 p.m. Evening Activity
- 11:00 p.m. Lights Out
Nestled in Georgia's Chattahoochee River Valley, just 2 hours south of Atlanta, Columbus State University offers beautiful surroundings and top notch facilities for softball players. Campers train on the home field of the lady cougars. The CSU facility is known widely as one of the best surfaces in the region, and possibly the country. It has been used as a practice facility by numerous national and international teams in various competitions in Columbus, including the US Olympic Team, 1996 Gold Medalists.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 4, 2018: M’Kayla had a blast. She said the best camp she has ever attended and only wants to go to Nike camps from now on.
— Crystal P. Parent
But she had a blast and cannot wait till next year.
June 29, 2018: She said the food was good. And she loved playing in the games.
— Joseph J. Parent
June 29, 2018: This camp was great and the staff were wonderful ! The facilities were very nice!
— Jennifer C. Parent
So much fun!
June 29, 2018: My daughter had a great experience and will return next year
— Telena R. Parent
Worked on specific skills
June 29, 2018: The scrimmages and one on one pitching coaching were highlights for Becca.
— Melissa H. Parent
Excellent coach and staff
June 29, 2018: This camp is great really help a lot with character building.Tons of knowledge about the sport and drills to really take your skills to the next level. Big hand applause to Coach Brad and his staff.
— Denardo B. Parent
August 14, 2017: Organized. Good facilities. Coaches and girls were nice.
— Amy K. Parent
Couldn't ask for better!
July 10, 2017: The Coach and Staff were great! You could not ask for any better! We loved it!
— Heather J. Parent
Really enjoyed learning how to bunt a different way
July 7, 2017: It was an awesome camp. She came home each day telling us how much she learned and how much fun she had at the camp during the week. Really enjoyed learning how to bunt a different way.
— Tony S. Parent
Softball made fun with unique drills and an organized structure
July 7, 2017: Softball camp through Nike made softball fun with unique drills, organized structure. Both kids and parents knew what to expect.
— Amy M. Parent
Definite skill improvement!
July 7, 2017: It was wonderful to see several of the girls return from last year, as many were from out of town! Both girls improved their skills and had a great time!
— Emilie K. Parent
Learned something every day
July 6, 2017: She liked the scrimmage games, and came home everyday telling me something she learned
— Tonya K. Parent
She loved camp
July 5, 2017: she loved meeting new friends and getting to stay overnight in the college dorms. she loved the drills and the Olympics on the last day. she loved the coaches and the helpers.
— Kristi S. Parent
Well structured camp
July 5, 2017: It was a well organized camp for young girls. The structured games revolving around basic softball fundamentals was the highlight for me and most parents.
— Corious T. Parent
Gained more confidence and love for the game
July 5, 2017: Becca came home with greater confidence and love for the game.
— Melissa H. Parent
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!"
Lots of fun, plan on returning
My daughter had a lot of fun and will likely be back next year. However, I will mention I felt the 11+ year old girls had more of challenge in hitting and fielding than the younger ones. I didn't see any position-focused coaching for the younger ones. My daughter is eight and I know her position may not be set in stone, but I still felt it would have helped her tremendously had they done more coaching with her at a position (allowed her to field balls, learn the position, etc.). Like I said, my daughter will likely be back next year so long as she continues to enjoy the sport. I just hope they involve her more in the challenges and not just let her watch the bigger girls.
Unforgettable overnight experience
My daughter really enjoyed the camp. The experience of staying at the campus was something she will never forget. She would like to attend next year.
Couldn't ask for anything more
Everyone was very nice and did an excellent job of taking care of my daughter. I couldn't have asked for anything more than the care they gave and the way they looked out for her. She got sick the first night and they were very attentive, went above and beyond to help take care of her and the communication was great. We will plan to be back next year.
Coach H is an awesome coach and I would highly recommend anyone to come to this camp! Great Experience!
She learned a lot
My daughter really enjoyed the camp and learned a lot...Thank You
Will be returning next year
"Loved this camp, coaches & team! Will be returning next year"
— Day Camper
My daughter was really engaged at the NIKE Softball Camp at Columbus State University
"My daughter was an overnight camper (13-14 year old group ) and is a player for local teams in our hometown. She loved the experience and wants to return next year. She was given instruction to improve her technique in throwing and hitting that she can replicate back home with her team. She loved the staff and was really engaged in the camp!"
I hope to go back every year.
"The camp was very well-planned out and had a good program. The times to wakeup eat and play were reasonable and the instructors knew exactly what they were doing and taught the campers in an easy-to-understand way. I hope to go back every year!"
— Overnight Camper
Another great experience.
"The director and her staff were very positive and seemed to make all the girls love to play. This is our second time doing the camp and I would do it again. Thanks for another great experience and great memories."
— Overnight Camper