Nike Softball Camp Oklahoma Christian University
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Nike Softball Camps is excited to return to Oklahoma Christian University! This Nike Camp will motivate softball players to reach the highest potential possible while learning the correct fundamentals of hitting, fielding and overall gameplay!
This Nike Softball Camp at Oklahoma Christian University will be directed by a veteran Nike Softball Camp director, Amber Conner. Conner's camp at the University of Dallas in Texas is a camper favorite! She looks forward to being able to provide campers in Oklahoma a great experience!
- Professional instruction from college coaches 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 Amber Conner
Coach Conner began her coaching career in 2002 as a Graduate Assistant at Oklahoma Christian University.View Amber Conner's Bio ⟩
The former Nimitz graduate and collegiate All-American was the head coach at the University of Dallas for three seasons. In 2003, she joined the University of North Texas coaching staff as the pitching and outfield coach. In 2005 Coach, Conner took over head coaching duties for Decatur High School in Decatur, Texas. Coach Conner also coaches the 18U Shadows, a select softball team out of Flower Mound, Texas.
An All-State selection two years running, Coach Conner was a member of the Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State) softball program where she was selected a 1998 All-American. Coach Conner led the Bobcats to Regionals as a freshman in 1998. Posting 24 wins, she was ranked as one of the top 15 collegiate pitchers for the year. Coach Conner was named the Southland Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player in 1999 and continues to hold several school records in both pitching and hitting.
Following her coach to New Mexico State University after her freshman year, Coach Conner continued to excel on the softball diamond. She currently ranks 4th in at bats, 4th in doubles for a season, 5th in wins for a season, and 5th in innings pitched for a season.
After her 2001 season, Coach Conner chose to finish her career at Oklahoma Christian University. She led the Oklahoma Christian program to the 2002 NAIA National Tournament where she was honored as an NAIA All-American. She was also named to the NAIA All-Tournament Team, selected First Team NAIA All-Region, as well as, first team All-Sooner Athletic Conference. Coach Conner continues to hold multiple records at Oklahoma Christian University, including 41 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. She currently ranks 12th in fewest walks allowed per year in NAIA history.
Coach Tom Heath
Tom Heath started OC’s softball program in 1995 and quickly developed one of the state’s top small-college programs. In 23 seasons with the Lady Eagles, he has posted a 712-493-1 career record, reaching the 600-win threshold with a win over Rogers State on March 29, 2014, and the 700-win mark with a win at Texas A&M International on March 24, 2017.View Tom Heath's Bio ⟩
Among college softball coaches who have worked primarily at an Oklahoma four-year university, Heath’s career wins total ranks fifth. He was inducted into the OC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
In 1998, Heath and assistant coach Steve Gault were selected as the Regional Coaching Staff for the NAIA Southwest Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In 1999, Heath was named Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and in 2014 and 2015, Heath received National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region coach-of-the-year honors.
He led the Lady Eagles to a berth in the 2002 and 2003 NAIA national tournaments. His 2003 team finished No. 11 in the NAIA’s final regular-season poll. In 2013, OC’s first season in the NCAA Division II Heartland Conference, the Lady Eagles would have finished third had the conference chosen to count their games in the league standings.
In 2014, OC finished third in the Heartland Conference standings, then made a memorable postseason run, winning the NCCAA Central Region title -- the program's first postseason championship -- and advancing to the NCCAA national-title game before falling to Shorter (Ga.). In 2015, OC finished fourth in the Heartland and won a second straight NCCAA regional championship, again reaching the national-title game before losing to Simpson (Calif.).
OC's first season of Division II postseason eligiblity was 2016 and the Lady Eagles finished third in the Heartland to qualify for the conference tournament. OC again finished third in the Heartland in 2017, going 33-23 overall and reaching the conference tournament despite having only 11 active players on the roster all season.
Heath’s longtime dream of a first-class stadium for the Lady Eagles was realized starting with the 2014 season and the university honored him by naming the facility “Tom Heath Field at Lawson Plaza.” The facility gained national prominence in 2015, when it served as the site of the semifinals and final of the NCAA Division II Championship, which was moved to OC after heavy rains made the fields at nearby ASA Hall of Fame Stadium unplayable.
A 1971 Oklahoma Christian graduate, Heath was a baseball letterman as an undergraduate and also played on the OC basketball team. He earned a master’s degree from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma) in 1973 and joined the OC staff as director of intramurals.
He served as assistant baseball coach for five years and as interim head coach for one year, in 1981, guiding the Eagles to a 23-26 record.
The Oklahoma City native coached Amateur Softball Association softball for 12 years and has been active in the sport at all levels of competition.
The 68-year-old Heath is married to Susan (Eggers) of Sacramento, Calif. They have a son, Nathan, and a daughter, Kristin. Heath’s brother, Randy Heath, was OC’s longtime track and field coach before retiring in 2015.
Coach Jessica Ruckman
Former Oklahoma Christian outfielder Jessica Ruckman is in her seventh season as a full-time assistant coach for the Lady Eagles after spending the 2011 season as the program’s graduate assistant. After the 2014 season, she was named as OC's associate head coach.View Jessica Ruckman's Bio ⟩
Ruckman played a key role in OC's memorable 2014 season, as the Lady Eagles went 42-16, won the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region title -- the program's first postseason championship -- and reached the NCCAA national-title game. OC won a second straight NCCAA regional title in 2015 and again advanced to the national-title game.
In 2016, OC's first as a full NCAA Division II member, the Lady Eagles finished third in the Heartland Conference and qualified for the league's postseason tournament, and OC repeated that effort in 2017 despite a roster with only 11 healthy players.
The 29-year-old Ruckman grew up in Stillwater and, as Jessica Hauf, played for OC from 2007 to 2010. She graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from OC, then earned a master’s degree in sports administration from East Central in December 2013.
She became a full-time assistant in June 2011 and handles all administrative services in addition to her on-field duties. She is married to Zach Ruckman.
Coach Steve Gault
Assistant coach Steve Gault has worked alongside head coach Tom Heath since the Oklahoma Christian softball program began in 1995 and has become known as one of the region's top pitching tutors.View Steve Gault's Bio ⟩
His work at OC was recognized in 2015 when a portion of OC's indoor practice facility was dubbed the "Steve Gault Pitching Center."
A graduate of Central Oklahoma, Gault coached 19 years at Crooked Oak School in Oklahoma City. He also coached varsity basketball, football, baseball and track and has been involved in Amateur Softball Association competition at all levels.
Gault is active in softball camps and serves as an instructor to a number of pitchers in the Oklahoma City area.
He and his wife Diana have four daughters: Joanna (Valdez), Karen, Becky and Stephanie. Karen, Becky and Stephanie are OC graduates who played for the Lady Eagles.
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.
2018 Camp Dates
- July 08-11 (Sunday-Wednesday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2018 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 08-11 (SUN-Wed)
- Check-in: 1:00 p.m. on Sunday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 1:00-9:00 p.m., Monday-Tuesday: 8:45-9:00 p.m., Wednesday: 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.
- 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.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Well rounded camp
July 12, 2018: My daughter loved that the coaches explained how to improve their performance through technique, listened to the girls when they had questions or did not understand something, and they encouraged the girls the whole time.
This was a great camp.
July 12, 2018: My daughter had a great time and was really excited each day of camp. Thank you for letting her have an exceptional experience.
— Janet E.
My daughter learned a lot of new techniques that will make her a better player
July 15, 2017: My daughter raved about this being the best camp she has attended and she learned a lot of new techniques that will make her a better player.
— Andy B. Parent
All my daughter talked about for weeks
July 14, 2017: My daughter had an amazing and fun time at camp. That was all she talked about for weeks after completing the camp. Instructors were amazing and helpful at improving my daughter's softball skills and knowledge.
— Todd C. Parent
New Camp - Review From Amber Connor's Nike Softball Camp at University of Dallas
"My daughter participated in the 2014 Nike Softball Camp at Dallas University. Going into this camp, she was very nervous about what to expect, but came out a completely different person and player. I believe that this Nike Camp, helped her grow as an athlete and as a person. There aren't enough thank you's to be sent to the amazing staff that worked with each and every camper!! They helped her find a new love and appreciation for the game of softball. She is already talking about and looking forward to going back to camp next summer!!!"
Had a really great coach
There was one coach who really went above and beyond. She had long brown hair and wore texas attire. She would pitch behind the net. She was awesome. I would have love to see more coaches like her. There was always many coaches on the field but a few times you saw them talking instead of paying attention. I felt some girls were making simple mistakes simply because no one was paying them attention.
Will be returning
Loved it will be back next year
Very impressed, money well spent!
The best camp, and money well spent!! I will recommend this camp at any location to other team mate parents without a doubt. Very impressed!
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