Nike Softball Camp George Fox University
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Nike Softball Camps is pleased to return to its Oregon location, George Fox University, conveniently located 45 minutes south of Portland. With world class facilities and a veteran Nike Softball Camp staff, campers are guaranteed to improve their fielding, hitting, base-running skills and enhance their knowledge of the game.
The staff at George Fox University Nike Softball Camp is ready to work with each camper and provide the best softball experience to enhance their game and become a better all around player! Coach Hollen's goal is "to provide each camper with an enjoyable experience where they can grow as an athlete. We will provide a structured environment with positive feedback that allows for development."
- Professional instruction from Coach Hollen 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 Jessica Hollen
Jessica Hollen, a three-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year (2012, 2015, 2018), is more excited than ever about the direction the George Fox University Bruins are heading as she enters her 11th season at the helm of the school's softball program in 2019.View Jessica Hollen's Bio & Softball Tips ⟩
- Getting to Know Jessica Hollen, Q & A.
- Softball Tip: Always Have A Plan.
- Softball Tip: Step up to the Plate with a Confident Plan
Last season (2018), the Bruins recorded their best season to date. The 2018 squad set a program-best in wins (35), led the NCAA in home runs (68, 1.48), claimed a share of the Northwest Conference Championship and reached the NCAA Division III West Regional for the second time in school history. The Bruins finished the season with an overall record of 35-11 and a conference record of 24-4. Hollen recorded her 200th win on March 31 against the Loggers of Puget Sound in a 5-inning 9-0 victory. The Bruins recorded their first-ever NWC Pitcher of the Year (Madison Sorensen), placed eight players on the All-NWC team, four players on the NFCA All-Region team and Allison Meyer was named Google Cloud Academic All-America. On the team side, the Bruins set the school record in strikeouts (227), home runs (68), RBIs (303), runs scored (333), hits (411), doubles (75) and batting average (.324). In her 10 seasons, Hollen holds an overall record of 209-204 (.506).
In 2017, the Bruins recorded their fourth straight winning season with an overall record of 20-17. They also achieved their third straight Northwest Conference Tournament appearance with a conference record of 13-15. Weather wasn't kind to the Bruins, as the team was forced to cut six games out of its original schedule. Madison Sorensen and Annie Veatch were both named to the All-NWC first-team list.
In the 2016 season, the Bruins made their first-ever NCAA Division III Softball Tournament appearance in the West Regional. The Bruins continued their road of firsts with a win over No. 1 seed Claremont Mudd-Scripps, 5-2, in the first round. The Bruins posted an overall record of 31-16, which tied the 2015 squad for most wins in program history. They also graduated the best senior class in program history – Amanda Woods, Courtney Howard, Kat Hylton and Kayla Anderson, who finished their four-year career with 103 wins. Before they earned an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins made their second straight appearance in the Northwest Conference Tournament. As the No. 2 seed, the Bruins managed a way to get back to the Championship game after falling in game one of the tournament. The Bruins collected six All-NWC accolades.
After setting a new team record for most wins in a season in 2014, the 2015 squad did it again, breaking the program record with an overall record of 31-13. The Bruins finished second in the Northwest Conference standings and made just their second appearance in the Northwest Conference Tournament. As the No. 2 seed, the Bruins made it all the way to the Championship game after falling nearly to Linfield College, 4-3. Hollen was named 2015 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year and had seven players honored with All-NWC accolades. She collected her 100th career victory on March. 1, 2015 over Puget Sound in a 16-7 - 5 inning game. She also had two players named to the All-West Region Second Team.
In 2014, the Bruins finished 24-16 on the season and 13-15 in the Northwest Conference. Hollen's team passed the 1994 team (21-8) setting a new team record for most wins in a season. George Fox finished tied for fifth with Pacific Lutheran University and missed the Northwest Conference Tournament by one game. The Bruins had five players honored with NWC accolades and will return four the five players to the 2015 season.
George Fox remained competitive in 2013 as the Bruins went 18-22 overall and 15-13 in the conference, this time finishing fifth and just one game out of a tournament spot. The Bruins recorded season sweeps of Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark, took three of four from playoff-bound Whitworth, and took a game from defending national champion Pacific Lutheran. Rookie shortstop Kayla Anderson became Hollen's first All-NWC First Team selection and was the first Bruin to be honored past the conference level since 1994, being named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-West Region Third Team. Her career record after five seasons now stands at 68-131 (.342).
Hollen's rebuilding efforts began to bear fruit in 2012 as the Bruins went 20-22 overall and again went 15-13 in the conference, finishing fourth in the NWC after being picked for sixth and earning a berth in the four-team NWC Tournament, where they were eliminated with losses to No. 1-ranked Linfield and Willamette. It was the Bruins' first post-season appearance in 18 years. Included in their regular-season highlights were four-game sweeps of Puget Sound and Pacific in conference play, a victory over NAIA national power College of Idaho, and two one-run losses and a win over eventual NCAA Division III national champion Pacific Lutheran. The Bruins' tremendous improvement caught the attention of league coaches, who awarded Hollen with her first NWC Coach of the Year selection.
"I was excited to receive the Coach of the Year award; it is always rewarding to be recognized by your peers," admitted Hollen. "It is a testament to the hard work of my coaching staff as well as the dedication of our players."
Taking over a program that hadn't had a winning season since 2001, Hollen led the Bruins to a 5-32 overall record and a seventh-place finish in the NWC at 3-23 in her inaugural year of 2009. The following season, the Bruins improved dramatically to 13-27 overall and 7-21 in the conference, again finishing seventh. Beset by injuries to four key players early in the 2011 season, the Bruins went 12-28 and 6-22 in the NWC for another seventh-place showing.
Hollen began her softball career as a player at North Salem (Ore.) High School, but even then took an interest in the coaching side, assisting her high school pitching coach with private lessons by working with the younger pitchers. In college, she played for a season at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, then transferred to Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., and earned Junior College All-America honors as a sophomore.
Hollen's coaching career started in 2004 with a year as an assistant softball coach at Chemeketa. She served as the varsity softball coach at Stayton (Ore.) High School in 2005-06 while completing her bachelor of science degree in history at Western Oregon University, which she received in 2006. She then returned to Chemeketa as the co-head coach for the 2007 season. After attending the Willamette University College of Law, she spent a year as a law clerk in the office of the Marion County District Attorney but decided to return to coaching when the George Fox position became available.
Hollen is married to John Hollen, a former baseball player at Corban University, who serves as one of her assistant coaches. During her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing and camping. The Hollens are members of the Newberg Foursquare Church and have two daughters: Riley May, age 6, and Kinley Grace, age 5.
2012 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2015 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2018 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
1st win - 5-4 vs. Eastern Oregon, 2/20/2009
50th win - 3-1 vs. Whitworth, 4/15/2012 (second game)
100th win - 16-7 - 5 innings vs. Puget Sound, 3/1/2015 (second game)
150th win - 10-7 - vs. Lewis & Clark, 4/17/2016 (first game)
200th win - 9-0 - 5 innings vs. Puget Sound, 3/31/2018 (first game)
Softball Tips by Jessica Hollen:
Coach John Hollen
John Hollen enters his 11th season at the side of his wife and head coach Jessica Hollen for the 2019 season.View John Hollen's Bio ⟩
Hollen serves as the infield, catching and third base coach for the team, as well as being the main assistant. He also has recruiting and hitting responsibilities.
When he is not coaching at George Fox, John spends his time working as a Deputy Sheriff. He earned a degree in History from Corban University in 2006, where he also played baseball for the warriors.
Prior to coaching at George Fox, he coached baseball at North Salem High School.
The Hollens are members of the Newberg Foursquare Church and have two daughters: Riley May, age 6, and Kinley Grace, age 5.
2019 Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level.
GENERAL SKILLS PROGRAM (Ages 10-13) JULY 29-AUG 2
Campers in the General Skills Camp will have the opportunity to train and work with college settings on a collegiate softball field. Campers will have fun while learning new skills. Camp week includes: field work, hitting sessions, base-running work, scrimmages. Overnight and Extended Day options are available.
HIGH POTENTIAL PROGRAM (Ages 14-18) July 29-AUG 2
Come learn what it takes to play at the next level! Campers in the High Potential Camp will be taught advanced skills and strategies of the game of softball. The campers will get a feel of what it is like to play softball at the next level. Camp week includes: advanced field work, advanced hitting sessions, NIKE SPARQ training, weight room sessions, classroom sessions, and video analysis. Overnight and Extended Day options are available.
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Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: July 29 - August 2 (General Skills & High potential)
- Check-in: 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Monday: 12:00-9:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 8:45-9:00 p.m., Friday: 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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 9:00 a.m. Extended Day Campers Arrive/Warm Up/Hitting Stations
- 11:00 a.m. Team Contests
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:15 p.m Icebreaker/Warm Up/Throwing Progression
- 2:15 p.m. Individual Defense, Competition
- 4:00 p.m. Short Game
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Warm Up
- 6:30 p.m. Extra Reps or team competitions
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms/Lights Out
Nike Softball Campers will train at the Curtis and Margaret Morse Athletic Field Complex, home to the George Fox University baseball and softball teams.
Located across from the Wheeler Sports Center on Fulton Street and Villa Road on the northeast corner of the campus, the complex was renovated using a major donation from Curtis and Margaret Morse, avid supporters of Bruin athletics. The Morse family has had a long association with George Fox, with four generations of the family having attended the Newberg school.
All three Morse fields are natural-grass surfaces. The baseball field has temporary bleachers for 250 and a full-scale electronic scoreboard in right field, while the softball field has seating for 100 fans and a small electronic scoreboard on top of the third base dugout.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
This was a great camp!
August 07, 2018: She loved bonding with other softball loving girls, had a lot of playing time. She really loved the catching exercises.
— Karen R. Parent
She learned so many valuable skills for the future.
August 07, 2018: It was a fun environment that encouraged meeting new people. The camp had tons of skill development opportunities (tiring, but worth it). The college players have great relationships with each other, and created something I hope my daughter will emulate with current and future teammates.
— Jason A. Parent
I learned so many new skills!
August 06, 2018: I enjoyed the scrimmages and that each athlete was given attention and specific things that could be improved.
— Felicity H. Camper
This camp was so much fun!
August 04, 2018: Not only did this camp help me to sharpen my skills, but I also had a blast while I was there! Staying in the dorms was a really cool experience as well.
— Sherri R. Camper
It was so much fun!
August 04, 2018: I really enjoyed meeting new people that love softball
— Kristie S. Camper
August 04, 2018: Fun, food was good, classroom experiences were good, learned lots! The campus tour was helpful to both parents and kids!!!!
— Patty F. Parent
I loved it!
August 04, 2018: The coaches were nice and the food was really good!
— Taryn M. Camper
She learned so much from catching sessions and scrimmages!
August 04, 2018: Thank you for providing such a fun and learning filled week for our daughter. She had a great time!
— Jennifer W. Parent
I had a blast!
August 04, 2018: I had a lot of fun not only playing softball, but also playing fun games and going creative exercises with my teammates.
— Lillian B. Camper
A good experience with my daughter's team
August 13, 2017: My daughter enjoyed the coaching and experience with her team.
— Rachel B. Parent
Already in talks about next year
August 9, 2017: My daughter had a blast. She is already talking about next year.
— Keisha F. Parent
My daughter really enjoyed the mix of training and social time
August 9, 2017: My daughter enjoyed the staff, meeting new friends, and the food. She liked being on a college campus (a beautiful one at that) and having a good mix of training, learning, and free time. The staff made nice accommodations for the excessive heat. I appreciate that the staff/counselors are current GF players- great role models for my daughter.
— Tara Parent
Went by herself and made new friends
August 7, 2017: My daughter enjoyed the experience very much. She went by herself so pairing her up with another solo girl for her roommate was very important.
— George P. Parent
I hope to come 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
The high potential camp challenged me
"Although the conditioning, speed, and agility drills were tough, they are memorable and I would recommend them to my high school and travel ball teams."
— Overnight Camper
I would recommend this camp!
"I had a lot of fun and met many new people! I would totally recommend this camp!"
— Day Camper
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
"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."
Very helpful and approachable staff
The staff was very helpful and understanding And approachable hope to see them next year
Great experience learning from college players
Great opportunity to spend some time on your own at a great facility while pushing yourself to get better at softball with other players of your level and interest. I really appreciated the pitching help from Coach Hollen hearing from someone who actually pitched in college is really neat.
The hitting and individual position work definitely helped me
I thought it was great that we all got to know the coaches and understand what they would tell us, the hitting drills and individual position work definitely improved my playing. I hope to be back next year.
Glad to hear my daughter wants to go back
My daughter really enjoyed it and said the coaches where awesome. She wants to go next year too