Nike Softball Camp Embry Riddle University
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Nike Softball Camps is back for another year at Embry Riddle University. This camp is a favorite among many for its balance between hard work and fun. Players leave this camp with improved skills, a higher self-confidence, and new friends!
Join Nike Camp Director and "former Coach of the Year" Sandra Wente for a week to remember.
- Professional instruction from from former Central Arizona Head Coach Sandra Wente 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 Softball Camp T-Shirt and prizes!
- Nike Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
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Camp Director Sandra Wente
She was an assistant to Craig Nicholson from 1996-2000 and in 2005. She also was part of two National Championships in 1997 and 1999 at Central Arizona College. As Head Coach she coached 5 ALL-Americans and 32 Conference and Regional Standouts and was an instrumental part in guiding her sophomores to the next level.View Sandra Wente's Bio ⟩
Had the privilege in coaching Deanna Mauer in 2007, All-American and NJCAA ALL-Star who helped the 2007 team to a Runner-Up finish in the Regional Championship she went on to play at Son Jose State University. Coached Player of the Year in 2011 Jamie Prussic, who lead the ACCAC her sophomore season in all but one offensive category. She led the NJCAA in homeruns with 30 in one season. In addition, coached Nicole Bryan who as a sophomore stole 67 bases she went on to play at the University of Arizona. Her coaching experience over the past 16 years has ranged from participating in many college camps across the country as an instructor which include Arizona State University, University of Oklahoma, Stanford University, California State Northridge and University of Oregon youth camps and for several years was involved in ASA Junior Olympic softball camps. She is also an active member of the NFCA and has coached numerous NFCA All-Americans.
In the summer 2010, she joined the USA Baseball team as a coach and traveled internationally to compete in The World Cup of Baseball in Maracay, Venezuela. The Team won the Bronze Metal. In 2011, she was asked back to USA trails to scout and be a part of the 2012 USA team selections. Sandra has also been Head Softball Coach at Hutchinson Community College (2002-2004) and an Assistant Coach at Odessa College (2005), where Odessa finished 3rd at the National Tournament in Kissimmee Florida in 2005. After finishing her softball career at New Mexico State under then Head Coach Rick Gamez who played baseball at Central in 1984 she played two years of professional baseball as a catcher and led the league in hitting both years with a 419 average.
Assistant Director Bryanne Norris
Norris became the Head Softball Coach at Chandler Gilbert Community College, in Chandler, Arizona in 2016. Norris completed her second season with the Coyotes with a record of 18-30 during regular season and making their first appearance at Regionals since 2012.View Bryanne's Bio ⟩
Before CGCC, she spent seven years at Grand Canyon University from 2008-2015, Norris was responsible for the development of pitchers and catchers, all administrative duties, and all aspects of recruiting. During her time at GCU, she coached at the Division II level (2008-2013) and the Division I level (2014 and 2015). In 2014, GCU’s inaugural year at the Division I level, they were crowned WAC Regular Season Champions with a record of 12-3 in conference and 27-21 overall. In 2015, the squad posted 28 wins and garnered a second-place finish in the WAC with a 9-6 record. At the Division II level, GCU had back-to-back postseason appearances in 2012 and 2013. GCU went to the post season for the first time in 2010 when they had a school-record 42 wins. The program hit the 40-win mark for the second time in 2013.
Norris played collegiately at Notre Dame de Namur University for two years, hitting .289 with three home runs, 30 RBI, 13 doubles and two triples as a senior. She had a career-high seven RBI in a game against BYU-Hawai'i. Norris spent her first two years at Paradise Valley Community College, and was named the team's top defensive player as a catcher. She played at Glendale Mountain Ridge High School, earning three all-region honors and has worked various camps at NDNU, PVCC, Mountain Ridge, and has offered lessons while serving as a volunteer coach for local club teams.
Norris graduated from Paradise Valley Community College with an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in psychology in 2006, Notre Dame de Namur University with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology in 2008 and Grand Canyon University with a Master of Science degree in leadership in 2010.
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 7-11 (Sunday-Thursday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 7-11 (SUN-THURS)
- Check-in: Overnight campers 1:00 p.m. and Day campers 2:30 p.m. on Sunday 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.
- Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 2:30-9:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday: 8:45-4:00 p.m., Thursday: 8:45-12 p.m.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily softball instruction
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals 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.
RAIN-OUT & STORMS
We have rented indoor gym space as well as classroom space if the weather forces us off the fields. All outdoor practices will be called inside if there is any thunder or lightening.
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, breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 a.m. Arrival at the field (Day Campers), Stretching
- 9:00 a.m. Individual Instruction and Drill Work
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch/Free Time
- 1:00 p.m. Position play and Games
- 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart, Free Time, Visit with Friends
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Chalk Talks/Relax
- 8:30 p.m. Evening Activity
- 10:00 p.m. Back to Rooms/Lights Out
Embry Riddle University is located just 90 miles northwest of Phoenix. This beautiful campus covers 539 acres of high-altitude western terrain,with campus life centered in a one-mile area. Campers will have the opportunity to reside in the dorms in the center of campus and train at nearby Pioneer Softball Multi Field Sports Complex.
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Great campers and staff!
July 22, 2018: Alyssa learned new softball skills and improved on old ones. She met new friends and gained greater confidence in her game and in dealing with others.
— Scott Parent
She had a lot of fun!
July 13, 2018: I appreciate how well they adjusted when the weather changed unexpectedly. Her highlight was all the new friends she had met!
— Amanda Parent
Learned so much!
July 13, 2018: Tahlia had a great time she made lots of new friends and is looking forward to coming back next year instruction was top notch she’s able to catch a fly ball with two hands which is something that I’ve worked on with her for a long time and haven’t been able to get her to do yet so thank you!
— Allan M. Parent
July 13, 2018: Playing the softball games was the most enjoyable.
— Jollery E. Parent
Great learning at camp!
July 13, 2018: Our girls did learn some different techniques and life lessons.
— Joseph G. Parent
Great level of experience at the camp
July 13, 2018: Barlow made several new friends, and was able to perform at a high level with out the pressure of family and existing coaches
— Chris B. Parent
July 13, 2018: Zoey had a blast staying overnight with teammates and new friends. She learned new life experiences.
— Richard K. Parent
So much fun!
July 13, 2018: My child loved camp, I would not change thing.
— Joe D. Parent
Best camp she has attended!
July 14, 2017: This was the best camp she has attended! We have been to others and none compared to the comprehensive training they experienced. They had so much fun that my child can't wait to go again! They trained hard and played harder! Most of the players are even keeping in touch afterwards! They made many new friends! Great experience!!! Thank you!
— Jona S. Parent
Immediately wanting to return for next year
July 14, 2017: I brought my daughter and three of her teammates to the camp. From the first night they were already saying we want to go back to camp next year. Each day they expressed what they had learned and how they can improve at different skills. They all were excited to get back home and to teach there teammates what they learned. Next year we will be bringing more girls up for this wonderful camp.
— Joseph G. Parent
Loved learning how to pitch
July 14, 2017: My daughter loved meeting new freinds and loved being able to pitch for the first time. She also learned new pitches to throw. We will be back next year!!!
— Patricia W. Parent
My daughter had a great time
July 19, 2017: My daughter had a great time, learned new skills and made new friends.
— Stacy R. Parent
She hasn't stopped talking about camp
July 19, 2017: Loved all of the coaches. My daughter can't wait for next year. All of the campers were super sweet and were very outgoing. She made a lot of new friends. She hasn't stopped talking about camp. The director was amazing and we couldn't be more impressed. My daughter has gained so much from this camp. I can't wait for her teammates back at home to see how much she has grown and gained from this amazing experience. We loved this Nike camp!!!
— Paula F. Parent
May daughter got to learn from the older campers
July 14, 2017: My daughter had a chance to pitch and then move up to a group of older girls that she currently plays with on a tournament team. She learned how to throw a drop ball.
— Anna L. Parent
Very accessible staff
July 22, 2017: The camp directors were amazing and made themselves available for us worried parents. We were so grateful when they bought our daughter a cake and had the campers sing happy birthday to her.
— Jason W. 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!!"
Fun and helpful
It was fun and helpful. Great time!
Had a great time meeting new friends
I had a great time at camp!! I received lots of instruction and made new friends
My daughter developed a new love for softball
My daughter had an amazing time. Above all her self esteem was boosted and she has a new love for softball. My only wish is she could have more one on one with her position. I do feel that having such a wide variety of ages can be difficult for both the camper and the coaches. I'd love to send my daughter again but would really love if she was in a smaller group of 10-13 year olds or something like that. Thanks to Coach Wente and Coach Cat for their positivity and enthusiasm! They were awesome!
Eager for next year!
My daughter loved the camp, coaches and experience. She met a lot of new friends and eager to attend the camp next year...which will do!
Loved every minute
My daughter has been there for the last 2 years and loves every minute.
I Met So Many Friends
"I never thought meeting new friends would be so easy. Can't wait to see them again next summer at camp!"
— Overnight Camper
Honest Assessment of My Skills
"I've been playing competitive travel softball for five years now yet I felt the coaches at this camp helped me improve my game in many ways. They showed me where I needed improvement and were very honest in their assessments of my skills. They recommended coaches to help me continue to improve after the camp - and I really appreciate that."
— Overnight Camper
Thanks for another great experience
"The director and her staff were very positive and seemed to make all the girls love to play. This is my second time doing the camp and I would do it again. Thanks for another great experience and great memories."
— Day Camper
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