Nike Softball Camp Montclair State
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Work on every facet of the game - hitting, fielding, base running, team play and more at the NIKE Softball Camp with the New Jersey Jackals.
Directing the NIKE Softball Camp at Yogi Berra Stadium is Head Jackals Coach, Matt Padgett.
- 8:1 camper to instructor ratio
- Coaching from professional directors and staff
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official NIKE Camp T-Shirt
- Great NIKE Prizes
- NIKE Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
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Director Brooks Carey
Carey joins the Jackals for his second managerial job and his 11th season in professional baseball. In five seasons as the CornBelters’ skipper, Carey posted a 248-230 record, but his biggest success came in 2015. After leading the club to its first ever winning season in 2014, Carey set his sights higher and took the CornBelters to their first playoff berth as champions of the West Division. The award-winning season marked a stunning turnaround, as Carey took Normal from eighth place in 2014 to second place in 2015.View Brooks's Bio ⟩
Prior to Normal, Carey’s coaching history began with championship roots in the Can-Am League. In 2008, Carey got his first taste of coaching pro ball when Hal Lanier, the 1986 National League Manager of the Year for the Houston Astros, asked him to be the pitching coach for the Sussex Skyhawks. Carey’s first season turned out to be a rousing success, as he and Lanier guided the Skyhawks to the Can-Am League championship.
Carey coached with Lanier over his first four seasons in professional baseball. He served again as the Skyhawks’ pitching coach in 2009 before moving with Lanier to Normal and serving as the CornBelters’ pitching coach from 2010-11. Carey then left Normal and Lanier in 2012 to become the pitching coach for the Frontier League’s Evansville Otters. He has also coached in the Arizona Winter League for 11 seasons.
“On behalf of the entire organization, we are very excited to make this announcement today,” said Jackals General Manager Joe Redmon. “Brooks is coming to us with a fantastic resume and we are confident he will be a great addition to our team and community.”
By joining the Can-Am League managing fraternity, Carey will be reunited with Lanier, who has been the manager of the Ottawa Champions since their inception in 2015. Lanier helped guide Ottawa to the league title in 2016, his first championship since the one he and Carey won with Sussex.
“I am excited about getting back to where my professional coaching career began back in 2008, right here in the Can-Am League,” said Carey. “My goal for 2018 is simple: Continue the winning tradition and ultimately bring a championship to the organization and fans of the Jackals.”
Before joining Lanier in Sussex, Carey enjoyed a successful run as a Florida high school coach at his alma mater, Key West High School. In 1998, Carey helped guide his team to the state championship with the help of future San Diego Padres shortstop Khalil Greene.
As a player, Carey pitched for four years at Florida State University before being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round of the 1978 draft. After four seasons in the Orioles’ minor league system, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1982 and spent his final season in pro ball with their Triple-A club, the Indianapolis Indians. Over five seasons in the minor leagues, Carey posted a 3.75 ERA, including two seasons at Triple-A.
“My family and I would like to thank [the Jackals’ owners] the Dorso family, Greg Lockard and Joe Redmon for the tremendous honor of being named the new field manager of the New Jersey Jackals,” said Carey. “I am very aware of the great reputation that the organization has worked hard for over the years and will give my all to maintain and uphold that reputation.”
Coach Jim Whalen
For the 15th summer, Jim Whalen will return as on field director. A pitcher at the college level, Jim is currently the coach at Colombia High School during the year. Jim was a collegiate pitcher atView Jim Whalen's Bio ⟩
For the 15th summer, Jim Whalen will return as on field director. A pitcher at the college level, Jim is currently the coach at Colombia High School during the year. Jim was a collegiate pitcher at Montclair State University where he was a member of the 2000 Division 3 National Championship team.
Camp is for softball players of all abilities, ages 7-15. Campers will be divided into groups based on age and ability.Show Less See More Camp Details
Check-in time 8:45 a.m.
Camp concludes at 1:00pm Monday to Friday.
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 prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:45 a.m. Arrival
- 9:00 a.m. Stretching, Warm Up, Throw
- 9:30 a.m. Defensive Skills - Video Taping
- 10:30 a.m. Offensive Skills - Video Taping
- 11:30 a.m. Snack Break
- 12:00 p.m. Games - Video Review
- 1:00 p.m. Campers Depart
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"My daughter, a ten year old, had a fantastic time and learned many things. She said the instruction was great and wished there was another session of camp. Thank you"
Thanks for 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."
— Day Camper
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"My daughter had a lot of fun and would love to go back next year. The coaches taught her more about the game."
The environment, staff and atmosphere at the Nike camp was so fun, inviting and wonderful
"My daughter went to 5 different week long sports related camps this summer and you were in the top 2! The environment, staff and atmosphere at the Nike camp was so much fun, inviting and wonderful and she had a fabulous time. Hopefully you have more camp sessions next summer!
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. I will highly recommend this camp to anyone who is interested in gaining skills and personal growth. We look forward to next year!!"