Nike Softball Camp Davenport University
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Nike Softball Camps at Davenport University is excited for another amazing summer camp. Come join the Davenport Panthers as they wrap up another successful season! This camp gives you the kind of focused, intensive training essential for improvement - no matter what your ability level.
Leading instruction is Head Coach, McCall Salmon and her coaching staff as well as members of the Davenport Softball Team.
- Professional instruction from Coach Salmon 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 McCall Salmon
McCall Salmon is in her fifth season as the head coach for the softball program. She has spent 10 years total with DU after five years as the top assistant/associate head coach. She has been on staff since the beginning of the program in 2009. In the nine seasons she has been at DU, the program has never had a losing season.View McCall Salmon's Bio ⟩
In the 2017 season, Davenport had their greatest season in program history. The team finished with an overall record of 49-10 establishing a record number of wins. DU won the WHAC regular season and tournament championship and won their first NAIA Opening Round which they hosted May 15-17. The Panthers defeated Hastings, Olivet Nazarene and then Rio Grande twice to advance to Clermont, Florida for the NAIA World Series. In the World Series they accomplished something no other WHAC school has when they won twice defeating Indiana Wesleyan (3-2) and Ottawa (4-0) in elimination games. They lost twice to LSU Alexandria in the World Series and finished the season ranked No. 5 in the NAIA in the final poll. Alexa Flores was named NFCA Second Team All-American as a freshman while Lauren French and Mallory Teunissen were also named NFCA All-Region. The 2017 team had the second-most hits (508) in program history and the most doubles (104) and stolen bases (84). The team also posted 15 shutouts during the season and allowed the fewest amount of runs (115).
The Panthers posted a 39-12 record during the 2016 season and captured both the WHAC regular season and tournament titles. The team hosted the NAIA Opening Round but could not advance further in the postseason. Emily Maves earned Honorable Mention All-American, First Team All-Region, First Team All-WHAC and WHAC Pitcher of the Year honors. McKenzie Rowe was named First Team All-Region. Mallory Teunissen was named Second Team All-Region, First Team All-WHAC and WHAC Newcomer of the Year.
In 2015, Salmon guided the Panthers to a 42-10 record and won a share of the WHAC title with a 15-3 conference record. Under her guidance, Davenport won the WHAC Tournament title and made their third straight appearance in the NAIA Opening Round.
She coached the WHAC Player of the Year and NAIA and NFCA 1st Team All-American in KC Dunne, along with WHAC Pitcher of the Year and NAIA Honoranle Mention All-American in Emily Maves during the 2015 season.
In her first season at the helm of the program in 2014, Salmon led the Panthers to a 38-10 overall record including a 16-2 WHAC record to claim the regular season (2011, 2012) and conference (2011, 2013) championship for the third time in program history. Davenport returned to the NAIA National tournament for the third time in four years finishing 2-2 overall and falling in the opening round championship game.
In 2014 she saw one player earn NAIA 2nd Team All-American honors, NFCA 1st Team & 2nd Team All-American, five All-Conference selections, including the WHAC Player of the Year and also Newcomer of the Year along with being named an NAIA Scholar team for a cumulative GPA of 3.463.
A first baseman/utility player for the Saints, McCall led her team to three straight WHAC Championships from 2005-2007 and the team posted a 134-70 overall record during her time there. Individually, Salmon earned All-WHAC honors in 2004, 2006 and 2007 while serving as the Saints team captain during her junior and senior campaigns. She also excelled in the classroom at Aquinas as she was named to the All-WHAC Academic team in 2006 and 2007 and was an NAIA Scholar Athlete in her senior year. At the completion of her senior year, Salmon was also honored with the prestigious Helen Louise Brogger Award which is given to the top female athlete in the graduating class.
Salmon received a Bachelor of Science degree from Aquinas in Business Administration and Sports Management and her Master of Art degree in Sport Administration at Central Michigan.
McCall lives in Grand Ledge, Mich. with her husband Paul and children - Colt and Kayla.
This camp is for softball players of all abilities ages 10-18. 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 22-25 (Monday-Thursday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 22-25 (Mon-THURS)
- Check-in: 1:00 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: 1:00-9:00 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday: 8:45-9:00 p.m., Thursday: 8:45-12:00 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. 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. 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/Shower
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 9:00 a.m. Bus Leaves for Fields/Arrival All Campers
- 9:15 a.m. Offensive Station Training
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Defensive Station and Position Training
- 3:30 p.m. Live Hitting/Games
- 5:30 p.m. Dinner
- 7:00 p.m. Evening Activity
- 8:30 p.m. Fitness Center Open/Free Time
- 8:30 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms
- 11:00 p.m. Lights Out
Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex
Nike Softball camps is excited to announce that for the 2018 summer, campers will get to train on the field where the 6-time WHAC champion softball team plays, at the new Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex. This became the new home of DU's baseball, softball, and tennis programs in the spring of 2013. The complex is located on 68th Street just south of the University's W.A. Lettinga Campus and Farmers Insurance Group offices in Caledonia Township. Artificial turf will be utilized for the entire baseball field and outfield for the softball stadium. The softball stadium seats 200 spectators, while dimensions for the softball field are 200' to left and right, and 210' to center.
- Davenport will enter NCAA Division 2 next season 2018, in the GLIAC.
- 2017 NAIA World Series Participants
- 6x WHAC Champions
- 6x WHAC Tournament Champions
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Great experience, definitely returning
August 20, 2018: It was hard to be away from home but she enjoyed the dormitory atmosphere, all the softball activities and the new friends I made. Overall it was a GREAT experience. She would defiantly come back.
— Lance Q. Parent
She gained so much confidence in herself!
August 03, 2018: Confidence! My daughter left camp with so much more confidence in her abilities. The staff was so positive and encouraging it made a difference in the way she stood on the mound.
— Stephanie H. Parent
She wants to come back!
July 31, 2018: She said the dorms where awesome the food was great and coach's where fun. She is excited and can't wait to come back next year. I cant thank the staff enough for growing my daughters love of the game.
— Bill D. Parent
This was a great camp!
July 30, 2018: Kylee loved getting the time with the pitching coach. She also enjoyed the sliding drills.
— Erin H. Parent
We loved it and she had fun!
July 29, 2018: Jae was happy to share how much she learned about softball at your camp. We were happy to hear of her experiences with other participants and how much she enjoyed her stay!
— Sherri B. Parent
It was a great camp over all!!!!
July 29, 2018: I loved eating pizza in the dorm with my friends. The slip and slide that they had was amazing!I liked all stations offense and defense.
— Ashlyn S. Camper
Thank you for everything! Deja is still on fire about the camp!
July 28, 2018: Deja appreciated the 1-on-1 time with the coaches. They answered her questions & showed her different tips on how to improve her game.
— Veronica M. Parent
Brynn had an awesome time at camp!!!! I’m definitely sending her again next year!!!
July 28, 2018: My daughter had a great time at your camp!!! Definitely sending her again next year!!!! She gained a lot of confidence in her skills and became a better player!!!!
— Ami M. Parent
She had so much fun!
July 27, 2018: My daughter enjoyed the whole camp experience, she made new friends and enjoyed learning and practicing with the coaching staff.
— Stanley M. Parent
Keep doing what you are doing!!
June 27, 2018: The accommodation for the girls are wonderful. My daughter always feels pushed but strongly encouraged by the coaches. A special thank you to Coach McCall and Madison Jewell they have been amazing and have made her experience phenomenal.
— Rachel L. Parent
Love the camp!
July 27, 2018: On the first night I received a text message from Tarrin that asked if she could come again next year. That told me that she was having a blast. She talked very highly about her experience and said that she learned a lot. I am very happy that she was able to experience playing with the older girls, which would offer a challenge to her.
— Korinda W. Parent
She felt safe, comfortable to perform and not feel judged!!
July 27, 2018: This was Abby's first camp and first time away from home. Not only did she love the skills camp she felt comfortable being so far away from home.
— Sarah C. Parent
Thank you for this great opportunity.
July 27, 2018: Your camp encouraged my daughter to continue improving her skills and understand the importance of working on different positions. She had a great time and mentioned how she like making new friends.
— Mary Parent
Thank you for running this camp!
July 27, 2018: My daughter loved the hitting skills development. She had a goal to consistently hit in to the outfield and she feels great about her progress.
— Tracy N. Parent
She had so much fun!
July 27, 2018: This was her first sports camp, and she thoroughly enjoyed it!
— Kristie C. Parent
Maggie had the time of her life.
July 27, 2018: We were nervous because this was her first overnight camp, but she did amazing. The staff was great and she made good friends she'll keep for a long time on top of learning skills that have improved her game.
— Karen C. Parent
She had a blast!
July 27, 2018: Learning more about different positions. Sliding skills. Meeting new people and seeing the different skills and approaches that everyone brings to the game.
— Gregory J. Parent
SHE ALSO FOUND OUT WHAT HARD WORK IS ALL ABOUT.
July 27, 2018: SHE LEARNED HOW TO BUNT AND SLIDE PROPERLY AND MADE NEW FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER.MY DAUGHTER CAN'T STOP TALKING ABOUT HOW MUCH FUN SHE HAD AND THE THINGS SHE LEARNED AT CAMP. SHE IS ALREADY PLANNING NEXT YEARS TRIP AND SO ARE WE. THANK YOU TO NIKE AND THE DAVENPORT COACHES AND STAFF FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
— Jeremy H. Parent
Thanks again to all u guys that were part of this experience!
July 27, 2018: Thanks again for talking to my daughter and showing her what she is doing right and wrong in softball she is so excited to be able to do this we will be back next year!
— Heather Parent
Helped build her confidence and knowledge of the game!
July 27, 2018: This was my daughter’s second year attending Nike Softball Camp and can’t wait for next year already!! Can’t say enough about how great the staff is. Not only do they work on skills they put a huge emphasis on confidence and being a positive leader and teammate!
— Tony Y. Parent
July 27, 2018: This was her second time attending and she was very pleased again with her experience
— Tonya H. Parent
Great staff and facilities
July 29, 2017: My daughter had a great time and has not stopped talking about much she learned and all the fun she had. The camp really opened her eyes to the next level of softball and she is excited to put what she learned to use on the field! I also appreciated the fact character building was a huge part of the camp and not just an emphasis on the sport. Great staff and Facilities!
— Tony Y. Parent
Totally worth the long drive to get to camp
July 29, 2017: My daughter loved it and can't wait to come back next year. It is worth the five hour drive there! Davenport University has amazing coaches and staff. I greatly appreciated the nightly email updates and pictures from that day. It made me confident that my daughter was in good hands. Wouldn't change a thing. Very organized and cared about the girls. Learned fun new drills and always positive even when correcting mistakes. Loved it!!
— Kristene G. Parent
Great experiences as overnight campers
July 25, 2017: The girls indicated the camp was very organized and food was great! They loved the dorm experience and the staff at camp. They said they were all very encouraging and were not negative! -all 4 of them would love to go again!
— Kim M. Parent
Great facilities and coaches
July 21, 2017: She loved the coaches, activities, dorm and even the food. She is ready for next year. Davenport has a great facility and awesome coaches.
— Drew C. Parent
Great seeing my daughters smile every night at camp over FaceTime
July 21, 2017: My daughter had so much fun! She learned so much, the coaches gave her great feed back and things to work one. She met so many new friends and can't wait to go back! This camp was by far the best, most organized camp my daughter has attended! The coaches were friendly, very encouraging, and my daughter loved them!!! The camp was very well organized, the coaches were wonderful and my daughter learned so much! She had a permanent smile on her face all week when she face timed me and can't wait to go back next year!!!
— Hillary K. Parent
Everything was great
July 21, 2017: Everything about the camp was a fun great experience.
— Jason M. Parent
Looking forward to next year!
July 20, 2017: My daughter really enjoyed her experience and is looking forward to attending again next year!
— April J. Parent
Updates were appreciated!
July 20, 2017: I loved the daily updates as a parent.
— Gerlandina E. Parent
Great camp all around!
July 20, 2017: Very good instruction in a positive atmosphere, great food, incredible accommodations and an engaging staff
— Steve S. Parent
My daughter had a blast and learned new skills in a fun environment
July 20, 2017: Everything was well organized and planned properly. My daughter had a blast and learned new skills in a fun environment.
— Taryn L. Parent
The facilities at the NIKE Softball Camp at Davenport University were fantastic.
"The facilities at the NIKE Softball Camp at Davenport University were fantastic and my daughter enjoyed the potential college experience with busing to fields and staying in dorms. We will be back next year to gain some more knowledge for what it takes to play in college"
NIKE Camp at Davenport was Amazing!
"The NIKE camp at Davenport 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!"
— Day 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
Organized and well run
Camp was run very well.
Overall great experience
Overall, a great experience for my daughter! Thank you everyone involved.
Interesting to learn about the mental side of the game
I thought learning about the mental game of softball was very interseting and good to learn about. I enjoyed talking with the coaches about their softball career
Thank you for the hard work
Coaches/Camp Counselors were amazing. Davenports facilities are amazing and the staff takes pride in their program.
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