Nike Softball Camp York College of Pennsylvania
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Nike Softball Camps is pleased to announce its return to York College of Pennsylvania! With its state-of-the- art softball complex, campers have the opportunity to train like a college player and improve their game!
This Nike Camp will be directed by York's Head Coach, Jen Petteys and her staff. Coaches will be working with each and every camper this summer to ensure they are working towards their goals pushing to be better softball players and individuals.
- Professional instruction from Coach Petteys and college-aged instructors
- 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
- View More Details ⟩
Camp Director Jen Petteys
Jen Petteys enters her seventh season at the helm of the Spartan’s Softball program after taking over the reins on January 14, 2013.View Jen Petteys's Bio ⟩
Petteys led the Spartans to a 27-16-1 record in 2018 that culminated in a trip to the CAC semi-finals. Petteys helped coach three Spartans to garner all-conference honors that included first-team pitcher Ginger Lewis and second-team players Joanna Marmo and Ashley Meekins. The softball program also earned a team GPA of 3.53, which was good for 22nd in the nation out of 451 programs according to the Easton/NFCA release. The program has also been awarded the William DeMeester award for two straight seasons under Petteys.
Petteys has worked very hard to rebuild the Spartan program and 2017 was the best campaign of her tenure. York got off to a quick start with a 9-3 trip to Clermont, Florida. After a rough six game patch when they got back from Florida, the Spartans got rolling as they entered the thick of conference action. The Spartans won 10 consecutive games and 12 of 13 en route to yet another CAC Tournament appearance. Under Petteys, York earned their first ever win over Salisbury in the CAC tournament as they advanced to the tournament semifinals.
Post season accolades followed the impressive 2017 season as four players earned All-CAC honors. Carleigh Ruleman was a first-team pick after a conference-leading 15 homers, made her second career appearance on the All-CAC teams. Katie Maloney, Haley Hirn and Ginger Lewis all were named to the second team. Maloney finished her career as a four-time All-CAC honoree.
Along with the team success over the last three years, the softball program has garnered individual accolades as a total of 10 Spartans have earned All-CAC selections over the past three seasons. The Spartans have earned 22 CAC wins over those three seasons.
Petteys has been relentless on the recuriting trail and those efforts began to pay off with the 2015 season as York went 23-19 with a number of hallmark wins, including a victory over nationally-ranked Christopher Newport on April 11. The Spartans found continued success in 2016 as they posted a record of 25-17 and earned the fourth seed in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament, their highest seed since 2013. Also, sophomore infielder Savannah Zittle earned a spot on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Petteys earned her 100th York College victory on April 17, 2017 with a 10-2 victory over Albright at Spartan Stadium. Petteys enters her sixth season at the helm of the program with a record of 101-109-1. However, remove the first two years prior to her being able to recruit her players into the program, her overall record jumps to 76-51 overall, good for a winning percentage of .598.
"York College is a dynamic and impressive environment with state of the art facilities. Our program has implemented a high standard of performance to align with this environment. We are building a sustained level of excellence. Each player is expected to give the perfect effort each and every day, rise to every occasion and make those around them better as they do so. As a program, we are focused on process over outcome and we strive for perfection in commitment, work ethic, teamwork, character, and accountability. We look to a bright future as we work to build and sustain a championship culture.”
Petteys believes her vision and expectations are clear and there is full buy in from the team as she embarks on just her sixth full year of leading the program.
“I expect my players to excel in the classroom, outwork our opponents, be faster, smarter and more aggressive on the base paths and execute a potent high scoring offense. Every player is expected to control their controllables: Attitude and Effort. I expect each girl to play hard but play smart. We will respect the game, the opponent, and the process of improving as individuals and a team. I believe the trajectory of our program only continues to go up."
The squad got the job done in the classroom at a very high level in 2017 as they earned the William DeMeester Women's Team GPA award as they finished they year with a lofty 3.53 GPA for the campaign. The team registered an impressive 3.63 team GPA during the season, a season in which they went 28-15 on the field.
Petteys came to York after serving as assistant coach for Herkimer County Community College in the fall of 2012 and SUNY Cobleskill in 2011-2012. Petteys was the girls’ varsity softball coach for eight years at Canajoharie High School in Canajoharie, N.Y. where she compiled a record of 90-47-1.
Petteys was an accomplished player at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. In 1999, Petteys powered the Cardinals to a 39-11 overall record and earned NFCA All-Region First Team and NYSWCAA All-State First Team accolades as her Cardinal team won the NYS Championship as well as the ECAC North Championship. The Cardinals won 106 games during Petteys' four-year career including the school-record 39 victories in 1999.
Petteys still holds single-season records for hits (72 in 1999) and stolen bases (21 in 1996), and is second in runs scored (52 in 1999) and sacrifices (21 in 1999). She currently holds career offensive records for hits (223), on base (312) and on base percentage (.502). She is in the NCAA Division III record book for at bats in a season (174).
Petteys was inducted into the St. John Fisher Athletic Hall of Fame on September 28, 2006.
Petteys graduated Cum Laude from Fisher with a Bachelors' degree in Sociology and a concentration in Criminal Justice. She earned her Masters’ degree in Sports Science with an emphasis in NCAA Compliance through the United States Sports Academy and graduated with honors in May 2015.
In the fall of 2014, Petteys assumed the role of Coordinator for the newly designed York College mascot program. In July 2015, she became an adjunct professor in the Sport Management department at York College.
Petteys resides in York, PA with her husband, D.J., and her two children, Chance (15) and Caitlyn (12)
Coach Eric Behrenshausen
Eric Behrenshausen enters his first year on the Spartan coaching staff for the 2016-17 academic year. Behrenshausen comes to York after spending over 25 years in the high school softball coachingView Eric Behrenshausen's Bio ⟩
Eric Behrenshausen enters his first year on the Spartan coaching staff for the 2016-17 academic year.
Behrenshausen comes to York after spending over 25 years in the high school softball coaching ranks. He spent most of his tenure as the head varsity softball coach at Carlisle High School where his teams competed in the highly-competitive Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division against the top talent in the midstate region. While at Carlisle, Behrenshausen was a three-time Carlisle Sentinel Softball Coach of the Year recipient. He led the Thundering Herd to the program's first-ever postseason appearance in 1997 and guided his teams to multiple appearances in the PIAA District III playoffs. Behrenshausen also spent three seasons as the varsity assistant head coach at Boiling Springs High School where he helped lead the Bubblers to three Mid-Penn Capital Division Championships, a PIAA District III runner-up title and a trip to the PIAA state playoffs.
In addition to his high school coaching experience, Behrenshausen also spent many years coaching at the club level. He co-founded the Cumberland County Magic travel softball team in 2001 and held the office of vice president for the organization from 2001-2007. He was also the head coach for the 14U, 16U and 18U teams during his tenure with the Magic.
During his time coaching at the high school and club level, Behrenshausen saw many of his players continue their careers at the college level, most notably NFCA All-American Christina Wessman (Messiah College) and two-time All-Freedom Conference selection Lindsay Behrenshausen (Wilkes University).
Behrenshausen retired from teaching in June 2016 after spending 36 years as an elementary physical education teacher for the Carlisle Area School District. He resides in Mount Holly Springs, Pa. with his wife of 32 years, Cheryl. They have two children, Lindsay and Derek.
Coach Shane Walker
Shane Walker enters his second season on the Spartan coaching staff.View Shane Walker's Bio ⟩
Walker has transitioned exclusively to York College for 2016-2017 after completing three successful seasons at Central York High School where he led the Panthers to a record of 60-8. During his tenure at Central York, he won the YAIAA Division 1 title in all three seasons, along with back-to-back YAIAA Championships in 2015 and 2016. Shane was selected as the YAIAA Division 1 Coach of the Year in 2015 and earned the honor of YAIAA All-Star Coach of the Year in 2016.
He began his love of softball over 20 years ago while umpiring in the Virginia Beach area where he worked several high level championships within the Amateur Softball Association. Walker has been extremely involved with softball in South Central Pennsylvania for the past 12 years. He has managed teams of various ages and competition levels as well as serving on numerous boards with the primary function to promote fast pitch softball.
Walker served 13 years in the U.S. Navy and resides in York with his wife Kathi and their two children, Victoria and Shane.
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
- August 5-9, 2019 (Monday-Friday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: AUGUST 5-9 (mon-fri)
- Check-in: 8:45 a.m. on Monday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: 3:00 p.m. on Friday
- Day Camper Schedule: Monday-Friday: 9:00-3:00 p.m.
What's included in the fee?
- Daily softball instruction
- Day campers: Lunch will be provided.
- Supervision: Staff members participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt: All campers receive a Nike Softball Camp t-shirt.
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.
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
- 8:45 a.m. Check In
- 9:00 a.m. Intro to Skills, Concept for the Day
- 9:15 a.m. Warm Up, Jog, Stretch, Throw
- 9:30 a.m. Offense or Defense Techniques and Drills
- 10:30 a.m. Modified softball games and situations training
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided at camp)
- 12:45 p.m. Warm Up, Jog, Stretch, Throw
- 1:00 p.m. Offense or Defense sills training or circuits
- 2:00 p.m. Modified softball games and situations training
- 3:00 p.m. Campers Depart
Spartan Softball Stadium
Spartan Softball Stadium celebrated it's 10-year anniversary in the spring of 2012. The facility features an enclosed playing surface with a 400 seat spectator seating down the first base line. The facility is an all skin infield with a natural grass outfield. The dugouts are poured concrete with brick facing while each dugout has field storage. The eight foot fence covered with a windscreen providing the Spartans with an optimal training and game facility. Three years ago, an inning-by-inning Daktronics scoreboard was installed in left center field, making the facility one of the best on the east coast.
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Olivia is more confident on the field and her batting average has gone up!
July 30, 2018: Olivia absolutely loved her experience at camp. Every day she came home talking about something new they did and how much she was enjoying camp. Even a month later, she is still talking about it, as well as utilizing the skills they taught, and the techniques they tweaked. We just had playoffs and she had a 3 RBI double! Can not wait for next year's camp, Olivia even requested that her friends/teammates go, she even mentioned the sleep away camp!
— Abbey S. Parent
She learned a lot!
July 21, 2018: Enjoyed skill development and team building components.
— Missy S. Parent
So much fun!
July 17, 2018: Fun, learning, interacting with the coaches. Coach Katie was Brooke's favorite coach
— Stephen L. Parent
Had fun and loved every minute!
July 17, 2018: Having fun while playing softball. The players conducting the camp were friendly and encouraging. My daughter appreciated the water and Popsicle beaks too, since it was so hot outside.
— Julia S. Parent
July 15, 2018: The camp counselors were awesome and had fun with the girls while teaching them new things
— Chuck S. Parent
Coming back next year!
July 15, 2018: Mackenzie learned a lot and it helped her confidence. She is already talking about doing this camp next year and a hitting camp this fall. Other camps that she has gone to have been good but she loved that she was learning but also having fun. She had wonderful things to say about all the coaches and wants to go watch some of their college games. Will be doing this camp again!
— Lisa W. Parent
July 14, 2018: My daughter really enjoyed the instruction and the one on one attention that she received. There were a lot of campers present, but she was able to have the opportunity to be coached one on one. That was a great experience for her and I think made all of the difference.
— Jennifer S. Parent
July 14, 2018: The camp taught the girls new things, but allows them to bond and have fun while doing it.
— Eileen G. Parent
July 14, 2018: Emma loved the interaction with her Coached. She said they worked hard to help her improve her skills!
— Matt A. Parent
Every day she showed me a new skill that she learned!
August 7, 2017: The first day of camp my daughter came home and said she had so much fun and couldn't wait for the next day. The second day of camp she said "Today was even better than yesterday, it is AWESOME! I am going to go every year!" Every day she showed me a new skill that she learned! Fabulous camp, send your kids!
— Kirsten B. Parent
Another top notch experience
August 2, 2017: Well organized, coaches were phenomenal. Another top notch experience by Coach Petteys and her staff!
— Kerry N. Parent
New skills and new friends
August 1, 2017: Opportunity to learn pitching skills and all of the friends made.
— Maggie P. Parent
Great job!! Thank you
July 15, 2017: The Coaches were very encouraging and energetic with all of the kiddos!! She had a great time. We appreciate the evaluation form as well!! We plan to attend next year. Great job!! Thank you.
— Carla S. Parent
Confidence is sky high after this camp!
July 15, 2017: Coach Jen runs a very professional and encouraging camp! Her staff is A++++ !!! The confidence of my daughter runs sky high after this camp each year she participates. This is the #1 reason we love that she attends Coach Jen's camp and it has been the highlight of her summer for the last three years and will continue to attend in future years. She is a stronger young lady as a result of the confidence she gains from Jen and her staff at York College! Thank you to Jen and staff!!!
— Bill L. Parent
Improved her game
July 14, 2017: This was our daughters first year at this camp. She absolutely loved it. She learned a lot that will help improve her game.
— Angel N. Parent
July 14, 2017: Scrimmaging was an awesome way to practice skills learned. Competitions were a fun time with peers.
— Niki E.Parent
July 14, 2017: She loved EVERYTHING about it!!!
— Kelley F. Parent
She cannot wait until the next camp!
July 14, 2017: My daughter was nervous before the first day, because she is a shy girl. The first day of camp she came home loving it! The staff was phenomenal! She cannot wait until the next camp.
— Todd H. Parent
Coaches were friendly and encouraging
July 14, 2017: Organization of the activities during the week. The staff and coaches were friendly and encouraging! My daughter loved it and can't wait to attend next year.
— Trisha D. Parent
Want to come back
Camper really enjoyed the camp and definitely want to come back next year. Thought the girls were really great.
Both daughters loved it
This is the 2nd year both my daughters attended the camp and loved it ! The interaction is very personable and they both have really improved their skills. They give the girls great confidence and very informative!. They both will be returning next year .
Great role models
Coach Petteys and her staff of players are exceptional with the girls. Great role models and a very competitive atmosphere, where they emphasize athletic improvement as well as attitude and work ethic. Best camp in the region. We have stopped sending our daughter to other camps because none of them compares with this camp at York College.
Thank you for a fun experience for our first time camper
The counselors at the York College camp were terrific. They were encouraging to the campers, enthusiastic and energetic even in the 90+ heat and humidity! Thank you for a fun experience for our first time camper.
Will be returning
My daughter had a very pleasant experience at camp. The staff was wonderful, and professional. We will be returning next year!
Lot's of fun!
I loved bunting the water balloons and then throwing them at our coaches.
My daughter loved camp!
"My daughter still talked about this camp weeks after it concluded. She LOVED it!"
Thanks for a great experience
"The director and her 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
Well worth the money!
"I enjoyed to listen to all the Coaches talk and explain drills and the reasoning behind them to the girls in a manner which to campers stayed focused and eager to jump into the drills. My daughter loves to know the right way and I love the fact that the coaches here were willing to share all and any knowledge they could to make these campers the best they can be. Thanks so much for a positive clinic experience, well worth the money."
"The coaches were excellent, and both of my grandchildren had good experiences, even though they were at very different levels of ability."
"Will be a returning customer!"