Nike Softball Camp William Jessup University
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Nike Softball Camps is proud to bring back this camper favorite at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. Longtime Nike Softball Camp Director Debbie Nelson will lead the program and former USA player, Jenny Topping will be there as well! Be sure to reserve you spot today as this camp will sell out.
Director Debbie Nelson is recognized as one of the top private teaching instructors in the business and is the owner of All American Sports Academy in Tracy, CA. The Academy was established in 1997 and has trained over 400 all league, all conference and all star student athletes.
- Professional instruction from coaches and college-aged instructors
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- SPARQ Training Program (Speed, Agility, Quickness)
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- Official Nike Camp T-Shirt and Prizes!
- Nike Lanyard
- Nike Softball Camp Graduation Certificate
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Camp Director Debbie Nelson
Coach Nelson's training and coaching experience (over 31 years) began in Sacramento. After spending one year at St Francis High School where the team finished as CIF Champions, she spent the next six years at Sacramento State University. Coach Nelson has coached as a Nike Camps director for 21 years and as a college coach for 10 years.View Debbie Nelson's Bio ⟩
Coach Nelson serves as the Nike Softball Camp Tour Director and Head Coach. Debbie coached a tour to Australia in 2018 and looks ahead to the multiple international tours to come.
As the Assistant and Head Coach for the Sacramento State Hornets, coach Nelson's team competed in Regional and College World Series competitions. Coach Nelson also spent four years as the Head coach for the San Jose State Spartans. During Debbie's 10 years of coaching at the college level she has produced talented and top ranked teams as well as All Conference, All State, and NCAA All Americans players. Debbie also coached an 18 and under USA Team in Europe in 2001 which won the Silver Medal that year. Debbie has been a Director for the US Sports Nike Softball Camp since 1996. In 2004, Debbie joined the National Pro Fastpitch league as an assistant coach for the California Sunbirds.
As a college player, Debbie achieved All Region, All State, and NCAA All American honors while earning her Bachelors degree at Sacramento State University. In 2008, Antioch High School retired Nelson's jersey and just one year later, Nelson was inducted into the Antioch Sports Legends Hall of Fame.
Debbie enjoys coaching and teaching athletes at all levels. Debbie loves to see the self-esteem, confidence and competitive skills her students athletes achieve through participation in sports!
Guest Speaker Jenny Topping
"My junior year of high school I took two official trips - one to UCLA and one to the University of Washington. Both schools offered me a full ride scholarship. I chose the school that I felt was the best fit for me which was the University of Washington...View Jenny Topping's Bio ⟩
"My junior year of high school I took two official trips - one to UCLA and one to the University of Washington. Both schools offered me a full ride scholarship. I chose the school that I felt was the best fit for me which was the University of Washington. My freshman year of college I was fortunate to set a few records including the Home Run Record for UW, PAC-10 Home Run Record, PAC-10 Newcomer of the Year as well as records in RBI’s and batting average. I went on to transfer to California State University Fullerton where I set many more records and achievements including three Conference MVPs and four First-Team All-American honors. All the while competing in college I was fortunate to be able to compete for USA Softball every summer in a different country.
Throughout my softball career I had three major injuries, tearing my ACL ligament in both of my knees and separating a shoulder. Injuries have taught me patience, hard work, and made me recognize just how much I wanted to be one of the best players in the world.
I have competed at every level possible in Softball, so now it is time for me to share all of my knowledge and experience with you."
SUMMARY OF CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS
- 2004 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST
- 2012 OLYMPIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
- COLLEGIATE 4-TIME FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
- NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH CHAMPION
- NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH ALL-STAR
- JAPAN LEAGUE TOP 9 PLAYER
Debbie Nelson, owner of All American Sports Academy is pleased to once again bring a Nike Softball Camp to Rocklin, CA. Our camp at William Jessup University is for any softball player ages 10-18 looking to enhance their game. 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. Prospect campers will participate in SPARQ training and chalk talks on what it takes to make it to the collegiate level. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
Featured Guest Speaker - Former USA Player, Jenny Topping!
Jenny's main reason for instructing - "I have a passion for taking a young girl and developing her into the most technically and fundamentally sound player possible. I want my girls to know that to be the best takes sacrifice, hard work, a strong work ethic, sweat and tears, and most importantly you have to love what you do. It is also extremely important that my girls have good support from their family as I was so fortunate to have in my career. I love creating new drills for my girls as well as pushing my own teaching boundaries."
2018 Camp Dates
- June 18-21 (Monday-Thursday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2018 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JUne 18-21 (mon-thurs)
- Check-in: 11:00-12:00 p.m. on Monday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Day Camper Schedule: Monday: 11:00-8:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday: 8:45-3:00 p.m., Wednesday: 8:45-12:00 p.m.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily softball instruction with guest speaker Jenny Topping!
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Day campers: Lunch is 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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:15 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:45 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:50 a.m. Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Warm Up
- 9:30 a.m. Hitting Circuits/Drills
- 10:30 a.m. Baserunning Drills
- 11:45 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Warm Up-Stretch/Throwing Drills
- 2:15 p.m. Position Work
- 3:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
- 3:45 p.m. Supervised Free Time
- 5:30 p.m. Dinner
- 6:30 p.m. Evening Activities/Games
- 10:00 p.m. To Rooms/Lights Out
Kathy Lund Community Park
6101 West Oaks Blvd, Rocklin 95765
Located in northwest Rocklin, this community park offers lighted soccer fields, three youth softball fields (two are lighted and one is plumbed for future lighting), 1,200 square-foot restroom/concession building, 12.65 acres of open turf, parking for 118 vehicles, playground for youth ages 5-12, and a water play area.
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Overall excellent camp!
July 11, 2018: Daughter enjoyed the training, bonding with other campers and the overnight aspect.
— Andrew H. Parent0
June 28, 2018: Savannah loved the camp, said she learned so much, really enjoyed the position practice. She even wrote what she learned in a softball journal.
— Dawn C. Parent0
June 26, 2018: I was extremely impressed with the life skills that were also taught. Not just softball. My daughter loved staying in a college dorm!
— Teri K. Parent0
June 25, 2018: She loved her coaches and the facility was beautiful, clean and felt safe. Debbie was absolutely amazing, her speech at opening ceremonies was great.
— Jessica Parent
All around excellent camp
June 22, 2018: The highlights were the food (loved breakfast and the pasta!), meeting new friends, meeting Jenny Topping and enhancing softball skills (specifically pitching).
— Sharon W. Parent
We will be back!
June 22, 2018: My daughter was able to work on her secondary positions. She had an amazing time with friends she knew and making new friends. We will be back next year. We love all the staff
— Courtney S. Parent
June 22, 2018: The softball camp really helped me grow as a teammate and a player by being a judgement free zone. It also helped me meet new people by being myself.
— Brayden W. Parent
Coming back next year!
June 22, 2018: My daughter loved every bit of the camp and cannot wait to come back next year!
— Jane S. Parent
Had an amazing time!
June 22, 2018: Nike softball camp was so fun and everyone was so encouraging! I learned so much and was improving everyday. I loved the camp so much last year that I even got my friends to come with me this year! All in all, this camp has helped me improve and become a better softball player.
— David B. Parent
June 22, 2018: I was so pleased with Coach Debbie and all her other coaches. My daughter will be back FOR SURE. One of the best ran camps I have been a part of. Thank you Coach Debbie for caring so much about each and every one of the girls, and picking an amazing staff to work with. Alyssa is in love with the game again.
— Margie H. Parent
June 22, 2018: My daughter gained so much confidence over this one week. She had a positive team building and individual skill/life skill building experience. Thank you so much!
— Bianca G. Parent
Her confidence took off
July 15, 2017: Seeing my daughter's confidence take off after being at your camp was what I hoped for and seeing it actually happen was thrilling. Sophia enjoyed meeting Jenny Topping the most.
— Walter Parent
Coaches provided life lessons along with lessons on improving her game
July 14, 2017: My daughter was able to get a lot of attention to work on the position of her liking. Her coaches were positive and motivating and provided life lessons along with lessons on improving her game.
— Sara W. Parent
Coach Debbie identified the problem with her swing and she has been hitting great
July 10, 2017: First time my daughter has gone to a sleep-over camp and she had a blast. Coach Debbie identified the problem with her swing and she has been hitting great her last two tournaments. It was run very well and my daughter built upon her skills and had a great time. Coach Debbie has assembled an excellent staff who are extremely qualified and eager to teach.
— Kelly M. Parent
College life experience
July 7, 2017: Our player really liked the "college life" experience of staying in the dorms etc. She also raved at how great the food was.
— Brian R. Parent
July 7, 2017: They were very accommodating of my campers allergy issues. I felt completely safe leaving her there. She had a blast and will go back next year.
— Christina G. Parent
She had fun, she felt supported, and she looked up to all the coaches.
July 5, 2017: My daughter LOVED this camp! She had fun, she felt supported, and she looked up to all the coaches. As a mother, I loved this camp because it not only focuses on skills, but is a much more well rounded experience. The camp touched on things like the mental game and teamwork as well as skills, and even hit areas like social media, college prep, challenges of being student athletes, and lifting up and supporting each other as respectful young women. I've never seen a camp focus so much on the WHOLE girl, not just the sport. Highly recommended!
— Beth L. Parent
Great role models and ambassadors for the game
July 5, 2017: Great role models and ambassadors for the game.
— Carl J. Parent
July 5, 2017: My daughter loves the Nike softball camp experience the coaches and Debbie are all amazing strong positive women.
— Rachelle M. Parent
Enjoyed hearing Jenny Topping speak
July 5, 2017: The highlights for Kendra were related to the sessions where Jenny Topping spoke and engaging with Coach Chris.
— Dianna C. Parent
Thank you Debbie
July 5, 2017: Helped with the strength of my daughters throwing arm. Technique was improved....Thank you!!!
— Edward H. Parent
Loved getting dirty on the field
July 5, 2017: Marina enjoyed her camp experience overall - loved getting dirty on the field, meeting new friends, and especially the food!
— Kris M. Parent
Focusing on positions
July 5, 2017: I liked that they separated all the different positions so that they could focus on each. The classroom sessions were very helpful too. More vegetarian options would be nice.
— Phillip H. Parent
Debbie Nelson and the coaches were phenomenal
Debbie Nelson and the coaches were phenomenal. My daughter not only had a great time with her coach and softball "sisters", but also learned a lot for her mental game. Debbie and the crew go above and beyond to make it not only an enjoyable, educational camp, but also make it a priority to ensure the safety of the campers. Highly recommend to any skill level - there is always something to be learned with the wealth of knowledge of camp leaders.
Strongly encourages the ethics, sportsmanship, and personal development
I really appreciate that the camp has an emphasis not only on the physical development of these girls but also strongly encourages the ethics, sportsmanship, and personal development of each of these young women. My daughter looks forward to it very much every year.
Met new friends
My daughter had a wonderful experience at camp... She had a great time meeting new friends and working on her softball skills! She appreciated Debbie's knowledge of softball and what her awesome team of coaches taught her over the week at camp. She looks forward to attending another camp in the near future!
Had an amazing time and asked on the 2nd night to come back next year, thank you for the extra work at night, parents noticed a difference
Enjoyed every aspect of it
My daughter had an amazing time at camp. She enjoyed every aspect of it and has already said she was going back next year and staying in the dorms. Debbie Nelson is a very knowledgeable coach, with great energy and relates well with kids. We loved the fact that her assistants were college players. Great job Nike/Debbie/AASA
Focused on being a student athlete
"My daughter loved the fact that they were so positive about being a student athlete and keeping your grades up at an early age. She loved every minute of the camp and she has played travel for 5 years. She will be back."
Debbie was amazing and extremely helpful on getting me to realize my own talent
"Debbie was amazing and extremely helpful on getting me to realize my own talent and to not give up on myself as a player. Before coming to camp I was in a slump and was questioning if I was good enough to continue with this sport. She also helped renew my love for the sport."
— Overnight Camper
My daughter is more confident
"My daughter said she 'loved it', was a great experience, learned a lot, and feels a lot more confident in her mental ability."
Looking forward to returning for my 3rd year of camp!
"I had a great time at camp this year. It was nice to be back again for my second year. I love how coaching staff helps you with whatever problems you have. I hope to come back next year for my third year!!!"
— Overnight Camper
I Hope To Go 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 NIKE Camp was AMAZING!
"The NIKE camp 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
"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."
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