Nike Softball Camp Lawrenceville School
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The Nike Softball Camp at the Lawrenceville School has been an East Coast favorite for over 20 years. At camp all aspects of the game will be covered including fielding, hitting, base running, and game-like situations. Campers have the opportunity to attend up to three weeks of camps.
Join the fun and get better at softball this summer at Lawrenceville! Leading these three sessions of camp for the 18th consecutive summer is Lawrenceville Head Softball Coach John Schiel.
- Professional instruction from Coach Schiel and his assistants
- 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 John Schiel
This is John’s 21st summer as Director of the Nike Softball Camp at The Lawrenceville School and this fall he will begin his 44th year as a math teacher on the Lawrenceville Faculty.View John Schiel's Bio ⟩
John Edward Schiel came to Lawrenceville in 1974 as a Mathematics master, coached freshman and junior varsity baseball, and was an assistant coach for varsity football until 1990. In 1987 he was named head coach of the girls' varsity softball team and has held the position ever since.
He earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University in 2005. His Lawrenceville team won their 4th NJ Prep A Division State Championship in 2010 and John was named Prep School Coach of the Year by the Trenton Times an honor he received from the Princeton Packet, Lawrence Ledger and the Times in his first year 1988 and again by the Times and the Newark Star-Ledger in 2002. His teams also won the Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship in 2009, 2003, 2001 and 1999. In 2015 the Big Red went 13-6 and were runners-up for the Prep A State Title.
Coach Schiel has successfully led the girls’ varsity softball team to the New Jersey Prep A Championship title in 1990, and in 2002, 2003 and 2010 the state title. He was also named the Princeton Packet and Lawrence Ledger “Coach of the Year” in 1988 and by The Trenton Times in 2002 and 2010 and Star-Ledger in 2002. While a student at Yorktown High School and Haverford College, Schiel played both football and baseball.
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
- July 14-18 (Sunday-Thursday)
- July 21-25 (Sunday-Thursday)
- July 28-August 1 (Sunday-Thursday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 14-18, JULY 21-25, July 28-Aug 1 (SUN-THURS)
- Check-in: Overnight campers 3:00-4:00 p.m. and Extended campers 4:00-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 4:00-9:00 p.m., Monday-Wednesday: 8:15-9:00 p.m., Thursday: 8:15-5:00 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.
*The Lawrenceville School is not in any way involved in the ownership or management of the Camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- Day 1 Afternoon Check In
- Days 2-4
- 7:15 a.m. Wake Up
- 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
- 8:50 a.m. Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Warm up
- 9:30 a.m. Hitting Circuits, Drills
- 10:30 a.m. Base Running Drills
- 11:45 a.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Warm up/Stretch/Throwing Drills
- 2:15 p.m. Position Work
- 3:15 p.m. Circuits
- 3:45 p.m. Supervised Free Time
- 5:30 p.m. Dinner
- 6:30 p.m. Evening Activities/Games
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms/Lights Out
The Lawrenceville School is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville has 17 dormitories, 10 classroom buildings, and 7 other support buildings on 700 acres in a rural setting.
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Softball, softball, softball
August 28, 2018: Softball all day long!
— Alyssa B. Parent
She was super happy and loved her time at camp!
August 06, 2018: I was a little nervous about leaving my daughter for the first time at an over night camp. However, every txt message or Facetime I had with her each night turned into a very happy experience for us both. Melaina explained how happy she was to be there.
— Lynn L. Parent
She had so much fun!
August 04, 2018: Warm-up games, skill drills, evening parties, Our camper came back happy and exhausted!
— Patrick O. Parent
She had fun and learned a lot!
August 03, 2018: My daughter really improved her skills. Her counselor (Tori) was Super!Ricky took very good care of the girls, she was great!
— Reynaldo C. Parent
She was taught new skills!
August 03, 2018: My daughter loved the drill - Top Dog. Also the "dance" on Wednesday night. She also learned a new rise ball grip, she was happy with the pitching instruction.
— Karen W. Parent
She will definitely be returning next year!
August 03, 2018: Stella enjoyed the counselors very much. She also enjoyed meeting new girls with the same interests and goals. She had a blast! Stella and myself were very impressed with the camp and how it was ran.
— Christine Z. Parent
She will certainly be back!!!
August 03, 2018: Reagan had an amazing time!!! They worked hard which helped her improve her skills....And they also had fun with down time! I never anticipated how much learning and fun she would have!!!
— Jana B. Parent
We keep coming back!
July 27, 2018: This is the third year my daughter has attended the camp. Each year she feels challenged and grows from the excellent coaching that she receives.
— Melissa B. Parent
She had so much fun learning new skills!
July 27, 2018: Had a great time with girls Who love softball just as much as they do. Make great friends played a lot of softball. Was glad to hear that air condition was in the rooms. After a long day of softball it made it more comfortable for them.
— Gina C. Parent
She had so much fun!
July 27, 2018: Julia loved the independence of staying overnight and being with friends. She also bonded with the young counselors!
— Tanya D. Parent
July 23, 2018: The competitive provided a competitive yet fun environment!
— Tommy D. Parent
Coming back next year!
July 22, 2018: My daughter had a lot fun and will be returning next year with her teammates hopefully!!
— Christie F. Parent
July 22, 2018: This camp was an amazing experience for my daughter. It was wonderful to see that the camp director, John selected such strong wonderful role models to guide the girls for the week and to continue to nurture their love of the game.
— Colleen V. Parent
It was so much fun!
July 20, 2018: My girls were day-campers that not only want to go back next year but they want to be overnight campers!
They loved it!
July 20, 2018: John and Ricky are fantastic and flexible. We have attended two years now and not once do I worry about the safety of my daughter.
— Kelly F. Parent
She can’t wait to come back next year!
July 20, 2018: Liv had a great time and said she felt like she learned a lot! She said the coaches were awesome! They had lots of fun while learning which is a win win
— Sherry H. Parent
Playing and learning
August 14, 2017: Playing softball with my fellow teammates, playing games at camp, learning from my counselors/instructors.
— Dan A. Parent
Returned to her travel team with more confidence
August 12, 2017: My daughter had such a great time that she wanted to stay for another week. she returned to her travel team with a lot more confidence!
— Charlie C. Parent
August 8, 2017: This is my 10 year old aughters second year at the camp. While she didnt know anyone, each week she went to camp she made new friends and came home excited to show off the skills that she learned. The camp days were well structured and the counselors were nurturing.
— Mellisa B. Parent
August 7, 2017: My daughter me a lot of new friends and re-connected with friends she met at last year's camp. She is hitting much better after camp.
— John M. Parent
Making new friends
August 7, 2017: I liked making new friends, and improving my skills.
— Starr C. Parent
Learned a lot
August 5, 2017: My daughter enjoyed meeting new girls and learning from the counselors
— Roxanne B. Parent
Made friends who love softball
August 2, 2017: My daughter took away a few key points to improve her skills, but more importantly she made friends who love softball too.
— Jennifer Parent
August 1, 2017: A strong daily routine that had a jam packed schedule.
— Brian D.
August 1, 2017: Warm and friendly environment.
— Damon U.
July 31, 2017: Last year, my daughter had such a great time that she talked about camp the entire year! She just finished her 2nd year and again, had a great time. New friends, softball, independence and responsibility- what else can a teen ask for? Thank you Coach John and to the entire staff for making this fun, competitive and a place where they can develop their skills! Thank you Ricki for taking care and looking out for all of the girls. I know my daughter is in good hands.
— John S. Parent
Girls who love softball
July 31, 2017: The opportunity to spend four days with a group of girls who love softball is definitely the highlight.
— Ted M.
Can't wait to come back next year!
my daughter loved the camp. she had a great time!
Always kept you active, never bored. Always some activity going on.
Absolutely incredible experience
"John was kind enough to speak with me a few times before camp started and then, again, the day my wife and I dropped off our daughter. I write this morning to thank you just so so much for providing her an absolutely incredible experience. We spoke with our daughter throughout her week at L’Ville and she was so excited throughout the week. When we spoke with her Wednesday night, she told us she wasn’t ready to leave and then, when we picked her up yesterday, she told us she couldn’t wait to come back next year. She told us that she wants to come back for all 3 weeks. From the check-in process with the coaches, to your wonderful wife Rikki’s interaction with the girls, to all of the instruction during the week to the final very warm-feeling closing ceremony, you, your coaching staff and your family do an amazing job at not only teaching softball, but in providing a warm and welcoming environment for the girls. In closing, I wanted to share with you a short story following our return from camp yesterday. We arrived home at about 5:30 and the first thing our daughter said to me was, “Daddy, grab your glove, let’s go have a catch.” She had played about 8 hours of softball for the previous 5 days and all she wanted to do was play more. She was hooked on the sport before she went to camp and, now, it appears that her love of the game has deepened. Not only that, but in my working out with her a little yesterday, she really has improved. Her footwork is better and her hands are softer. Not only that, listening to her talk about the drills you did and why you did them, she seems to have a far more advanced understanding of the game than she did just 5 days ago. John – again, I want to thank you and your incredible staff for giving an amazing week to our daughter. We look forward to getting enrollment forms for next year!"
The coaches were all very helpful
"I enjoyed my week at the Nike Softball camp. I can't wait for next year, and I am having my sister attend with me. The coaches were all very helpful. This helped improve sliding and diving really well. Thank you."
— Overnight Camper
My daughter made great friendships and enhanced her skills through the drills at camp
"My daughter has been talking nonstop about the friendships that she's made and the fondness that she has for the staff at camp. She has also has been speaking glowingly about the attention to detail regarding the position work & rigorous drills, that she has endured while at the camp."
The camp counselors were not only successful softball players but also great students
"The Nike Softball Camp at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey was a birthday gift for my daughter....she said on day 2 of camp that it was the best birthday gift ever!!!! She enjoyed all aspects of the camp, the softball instruction and fun activities. I was most impressed with the camp counselors. They were not only successful softball players but also great students. Thanks to the camp organizer, John Schiel for selecting such wonderful role models and for highlighting both athletic and academic success."
Nike Director, John Schiel does a great job!
"My daughter loved the camp and would do it again as it is a great experience. John Schiel does a great job."
Honest assesment 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
Another great experience
"The director and his 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
The NIKE Camp was amazing!
"The NIKE camp at 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
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