Nike Softball Camp North Central College
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Anna Welsh and the Nike Softball Camp staff is ready to work with each camper and provide the best softball experience to enhance their game and become a better all around player! Coach Welsh's goal is to provide each camper with an enjoyable growth experience at camp where they can improve their skills as an athlete.
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- 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
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Camp Director Anna Welsh
Anna Welsh is currently the Head Softball Coach at Arizona Christian University.View Anna's Bio ⟩
Anna Welsh became the first softball coach in Southeastern University history on July 1, 2012. In their inaugural season, the Fire compiled a 27–20 overall record and finished 9–7 in Sun Conference play. The Fire’s 9–7 conference record earned the team a third-place finish in the regular season standings in their first season of competition.
Southeastern made its third consecutive appearance in the NAIA Opening Round, advancing to the championship game of the Hattiesburg Bracket by upsetting host William Carey in the semifinal.
The 2016 season saw the Fire repeat as The Sun Conference regular season champions, and returned to the NAIA National Tournament, winning the Davenport Bracket to earn a berth in the NAIA World Series for the first time in just the fourth year of competition. SEU opened the tournament with an upset win over St. Gregory's, then shocked two-time defending champion Auburn Montgomery, before losing to eventual finalists St. Xavier and Oklahoma City to finish in third place. The Fire were ranked fourth in the final NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
The Fire made its third-straight trip to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round, receiving an at-large bid to the Hattiesburg Bracket. As the No. 3 seed, the Fire defeated Southern Oregon in the first game, and knocked off the host William Carey to advance to the championship game, where they lost twice to Southern Oregon.
During the 2015 season, Welsh guided the program to its first conference championship, going 14-1 in league play. The Fire earned an at-large bid to the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, winning their first game with a win over Marian, before bowing out with consecutive losses to host Lindsey Wilson and St. Francis (Ill.). The team finished with a final record of 40-14, and ranked 20th in the NAIA in team batting average at .339. Cat Maldonado was named an All-American and The Sun Conference Player of hte Year after hitting .395 with 16 home runs and 57 RBIs.
In year two, the Fire went 36-17, including a 9-2 win over eventual national champion Auburn-Montgomery, along with #7 Belhaven, and #14 USCB. The season was also highlighted by Welsh recording her 400th career victory on March 3rd in a 2-1 win over Bluefield College.
Welsh came to Southeastern after serving as the head coach at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, for eight years.
During her time at the helm of the Pilots, Welsh compiled a record of 330–95–1, with six Mid-Central Conference regular season titles and five consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament. During her time at Bethel, she coached 11 NAIA All-Americans, 37 MCC All-Conference winners, four MCC Players of the Year, five MCC Pitchers of the Year, and the NAIA all-time home run leader, Katie Boocher, who blasted 58 career round-trippers.
Originally from Bradley, Illinois, Welsh graduated in 2001 from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in speech communication. She excelled at Olivet as a two-sport athlete, playing both softball and basketball. While at Olivet, she earned numerous awards as a shortstop and a catcher. Those awards include NAIA National Player of the Week, All-Conference, All-Region, NCCAA All-American, and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. She was also a member of the 2000 NCCAA National Championship softball team.
At just 22 years old, she landed her first head coaching job at Saint Mary’s College (NCAA D-III) in Notre Dame, Indiana, becoming one of the youngest head coaches in the NCAA. In her second season at Saint Mary’s, she led the Belles to their first conference tournament championship in program history while also producing the 2004 MIAA Offensive Player of the Year, MIAA Defensive Player of the Year, and the MIAA batting champion. Welsh and her coaching staff were also named the 2004 MIAA Coaching Staff of the Year.
Welsh was named the head coach at Bethel in 2004 and helped rebuild the program into a national contender almost immediately. In 2005, Bethel went 33–21 and earned a trip to the NAIA Regional Tournament. The following season, Bethel won the MCC Conference title with a 14–2 record and ended their season with a 37–23 overall mark.
In 2007, the Pilots made their first-ever trip to the NAIA National Championship while tying the school mark for wins with a 45–10 record. From 2008–2009, she once again led the Pilots to the NAIA National Tournament, finishing with records of 51–6 and 52–7, respectively.
In 2010, Welsh once again took her program to new heights, leading the Pilots to a No. 3 ranking nationally, which is the highest ranking in program history. That season, the Pilots made their fourth consecutive trip to the NAIA National Championship, advancing to the final eight for the first time in school history.
Her best recruiting and coaching season to date was likely 2011, when the Pilots advanced to the NAIA National Championship for the fifth consecutive season, despite key losses at nearly every position. Despite what appeared to be a rebuilding season, the Pilots went 38–8 overall, won their respective conference championship, and returned to the NAIA National Championship for the fifth straight year.
The year 2012 proved to be a period of ups and downs as the Pilots entered the season ranked No. 12 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll. After a slow and injury-filled start, the Pilots rebounded to reel off a perfect 18–0 conference record to win their sixth title under Welsh. Despite the perfect conference regular season, the Pilots failed to win the conference tournament and were shut out of making their sixth trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
During the Pilots’ run to becoming a national power, Welsh placed Bethel in the NAIA Top 25, 38 out of the 39 national polls, dating back to their first appearance on April 18, 2007.
Welsh has also held high standards in the classroom for her teams. During her time at Bethel , 17 of her players were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. In 2009, the Pilots were awarded the Girls Got Game NAIA All-Academic Award, an award given to the No. 1 overall team GPA in the NAIA. The Pilots registered a 3.54 GPA for the 2008–2009 academic school year.
Welsh’s first team at Southeastern continued the tradition of academic excellence as they registered a 3.59 GPA for the 2012–2013 academic year. The mark was the third-best GPA among all NAIA softball programs.
Also during her tenure at Bethel, she served the Pilots as an assistant athletic director, a responsibility that has carried over to Southeastern.
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
JULY 8-11 (Monday-Thursday)Show Less See More Camp Details
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: July 8 - 11
- Check-in: 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Monday: 12:00-9:00 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday: 8:45-9:00 p.m., Thursday: 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.
- 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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 9:00 a.m. Extended Day Campers Arrive/Warm Up/Hitting Stations
- 11:00 a.m. Team Contests
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:15 p.m Icebreaker/Warm Up/Throwing Progression
- 2:15 p.m. Individual Defense, Competition
- 4:00 p.m. Short Game
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Warm Up
- 6:30 p.m. Extra Reps or team competitions
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to Rooms/Lights Out
Shanower Family Field is the home to the North Central College Cardinals. Several improvements were made to Shanower Family Field in 2003. New bleachers were installed behind home plate and two new flag poles were installed behind center field.