Nike Softball Camp University of La Verne
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Nike Softball Camps is looking forward to a great summer at University of La Verne! Directing camp will be Nike Softball Camp Director, Dennis Blas. Each day will be filled with softball drills that cover hitting, fielding, base running, and team play to help each camper take their game to the next level!
Nike Softball Camps are a great opportunity for young athletes to make new friends while playing the game they love!
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
- Professional Instruction from Coach Blas and Staff
- Excellent Training Facilities
- Low Camp to Coach Ratios
- Daily Emphasis on Fundamental Development and Team Play
- Players Grouped by Age and Ability
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Camp Director Tara Anaya
Tara Anaya joined the Leopards' coaching staff prior to the 2020 season. Allis, a 2012 graduate of La Verne (then Tara Allis), had a stellar career for Leopards earing several All-SCIAC and All-West Region honors
Assistant Director Brandon Wallace
Brandon Wallace joined the University of La Verne Softball Coaching Staff in the fall of 2022 as an Assistant Coach and the Recruiting Coordinator. Brandon primarily works with pitchers, catchers and hitters in addition to recruiting. Wallace brings tremendous experience and success as a coach on both the prep and intercollegiate levels of softball.View Brandon's Bio ⟩
In 2019-2022 Coach Wallace was the Lead Assistant Softball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for CSUSB. His duties consisted of working with student-athletes academically, practice planning, working with fielding, and hitting. He was also in charge of running prospect camps as the camp director.
In 2020-2021 Coach Wallace was named the Director of Operations for the American Athletics organization. He was also the Head Coach for the 18U premier team. Coach Wallace in his short time with AA helped players receive scholarships to continue playing at the college level. He left in the summer of 2021 to continue coaching full-time at the collegiate level.
In 2017-2019 Coach Wallace was the Lead Assistant and Recruiting Coordinator at Fullerton Community College. While there he also assisted the Hornets with the infield and hitting from 2017-2019.
From 2015-2020 Coach Wallace played a big role in the travel ball circuit being the Head Coach with the Cal A's organization under Cal A's Wallace, coaching the 14U, 16U, and 18U Gold seasons. Many of his players from travel ball went on to play at all levels of college, from NCAA Division I to NAIA.
In the summer of 2016 Coach Wallace was an Assistant Coach with the Cal A's USA Select Team who faced the Denso Japan National Team.
He has also served as a High School Varsity Coach and is the owner of Wallace Fastpitch Academy, where he is a private hitting and fielding instructor.
- First Team All-region, All CCAA, CSUSB Freshman of the year
- Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team
- Las Vegas Desert Stinger Tournament Division II Champions
- Three players selected CCAA All-Star
- CCAA Tournament appearance
- CCAA Championship appearance
- CCAA player of the year
- First Team All-Region Selection
- Seven NFCA All-American Scholar Athletes
He currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga with his wife, four kids, and their three dogs.
Head Softball Coach Dennis Blas
Dennis Blas began his tenure as the University of La Verne softball coach prior to the 2020 season.View Dennis's Bio ⟩
Blas brings nearly two decades of collegiate coaching experience most recently at NAIA Hope International University where he led the Royals to their most prominent era in school history. Blas led HIU to back-to-back Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championships, one GSAC Regular Season Championship, earned 2018 GSAC Coach of the Year honors, ranked as high as a No. 6 in the NAIA nationally, picked up a No. 1 seed to the 2018 NAIA Playoffs, and never missed the GSAC Tournament.
"We are ecstatic to welcome Coach Blas to the Leo family," said Winterburn. "He brings a long track record of success and I have no doubt he will continue and enhance the winning tradition of La Verne softball. The Leopards are in good hands."
In Blas' final year at HIU, he led the Royals to a 46-14 overall record, their second GSAC Tournament Championship, and a second-place finish in the GSAC regular season. Under his guidance, Anessa Cepeda became the first player in program history to earn NAIA All-American honors. He led five players to First Team All-GSAC honors and four to NFCA All-Region accolades. The squad secured its second straight trip to the NAIA Regionals and earned a spot in the NAIA Regional Championship. The 2019 squad finished the season ranked 11th nationally and earned a No. 2 seed in the NAIA Playoffs.
In 2018 Coach Blas led the Royals to their first-ever GSAC Regular Season and GSAC Tournament Championships. His team went undefeated in the GSAC Tournament with a 3-0 record to claim a berth in the 2018 NAIA Opening Round. The Royals finished the year with the best record in program history at 47-11, ranked as high as at No. 6 in the NAIA, and had the best GSAC finish (14-6) in program history. The team also set program records in runs scored (381) and RBI (347). Four players earned First Team All-GSAC honors and NFCA All-Region recognition. For the historic run, Blas was named GSAC Coach of the Year.
Coach Blas began rewriting the Royals' record book in 2017 when he led HIU to their first 30-win season in school history and finished .500 (12-12) in the GSAC for the first time ever. The Royals earned their second straight trip to the conference tournament and his staff guided three players to First Team All-GSAC honors and NFCA All-Region accolades. Alejandra Guillen earned GSAC Player of the Year honors, the first player in HIU softball history.
Blas led a massive turnaround at HIU during his first season at the helm. After inheriting a squad won just nine games and only one GSAC contest, Blas directed the Royals to 25 wins including nine in conference action. Guillen became the first Royals player to earn NFCA All-Region honors and was the first HIU player to pick up First Team All-GSAC honors since 2013. The Royals also earned a spot in the conference tournament after a one-year absence.
Blas' 148 wins at HIU make him the winningest coach in HIU softball history since the program joined the NAIA. He is also the fastest coach to 100 wins in Royal history.
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics, Scott Winterburn; Senior Associate Athletic Director, S.W.A., Jenna Panatier, and the hiring committee for selecting me to be the leader of the La Verne softball program," said Blas. "I am excited to be a part of La Verne's winning tradition and to set higher goals for the future. The goal of the softball program will be to compete for a SCIAC Championship every year and to lead the Leo's to an NCAA Division III Championship."
Prior to joining HIU, Blas spent 15 years at Cypress College as an assistant softball coach and 19 years as an administrator, coach, and educator at Saint Joseph High School.
With the Chargers, Blas was part of a staff that turned Cypress College into one of the most successful junior college softball programs in the country. With the help of Blas, Cypress College won four CCCAA State Championships (including three straight 2010 through 2012), 13 Orange Empire Conference Championships, and hosted a regional playoff each year Blas was a part of the program. The Charger coaching staff was named the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year four times including from 2010 to 2012. More than 50 student-athletes moved on from Cypress to play at four-year programs in that time.
At Saint Joseph, Blas wore many hats including coach, educator, and athletic director. Blas coached the basketball, golf, and softball teams and as an educator taught health courses within the physical education department. As an administrator, Blas supervised 40 coaches and staff members and coordinated 22 athletic teams across 11 sports and also handled games management, budgeting, and fundraising duties.
Blas takes over one of the most successful athletic programs at La Verne. The Leopard softball team has won 10 SCIAC Regular Season Championships, three SCIAC Tournament Championships, and has qualified for 10 NCAA Regional Tournaments and one NCAA World Series. Ten Leopards have earned All-American honors and 13 have earned SCIAC Athlete of the Year recognition.
"If you attend La Verne softball games this season, you will come out and see us play hard for every pitch and for every inning. We will compete until the final out of every game," said Blas. "I am excited to get to practice and play in such a great softball facility. Come out and cheer on your 2019-2020 Leopards."
Blas earned a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice from Cal Lutheran University and a Master's of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University.
He resides in West Garden Grove with his wife of 20 years Michelle. The pair have two children, DJ and Lolani.
Assistant Coach/Instructor Rachel Minogue
Rachel Minogue joined the La Verne softball staff prior to the 2020 season. Minogue earned All-Region, All-Mountain West First team honors, and Academic All-Mountain West recognition while a member of the Fresno State Bulldogs softball team. Minogue started all 57 games at first base during her senior season and finished with a .341 batting average, four home runs, 42 RBI, and 16 runs scored.
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. You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2023 CAMP INFORMATION
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- Age Group: 9-14
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: 9:00am-2:00pm, Monday-Thursday
- Check-In: Begins 30 minutes prior to the camp start time.
- Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a snack/lunch to camp each day.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Daily Softball Instruction
- Supervision: Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
INSTRUCTION & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are initially grouped by age and moved around accordingly based on skill level.
- Facility: Outdoor Fields. Indoor facilities are available during inclement weather conditions.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Small gym bag/backpack
Athletic clothing: t-shirt, shorts, softball pants (recommended)
Cleats & sneakers
Catchers gear (if applicable)
Packed lunch and snacks
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
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 checkout. *Discount amount varies by program. Please call for details.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SOFTBALL CAMP FAQ
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Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
He definitely will return next year
Loved playing softball for a week straight with people who have the same interest. Improving my skills.
— Parent of Attendee from This Camp in 2022
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Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.