Nike Softball Camp St. Ambrose University
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN
Nike Softball Camps is thrilled to announce camp at St. Ambrose University. Join us in Davenport, Iowa and improve all aspects of your game. This camp gives softball players of all abilities the opportunity to continue playing softball this summer! The camp will cover all areas of softball including hitting, fielding, baserunning, and more. This is a great opportunity to learn skills, make new friends, and have fun!
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- Professional Instruction from Coach Kelly and Staff
- Daily Emphasis on Fundamental Development and Team Play
- Players Grouped by Age and Ability
- Low Camper to Coach Ratios
- Excellent Training Facilities
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Camp Director John Kelly
John Kelly was named the head softball coach at St. Ambrose in December 2022. Prior to taking the job at St. Ambrose, Kelly served as head coach at Cloud County Community College in Kansas in 2022, and as head coach at NAIA member Ave Maria University in Florida from 2017-2021, where he led the Gyrenes to 81 victories in four seasons (including a 61-34 record in non-conference games), while setting numerous program records during his tenure.View John's Bio ⟩
"I would like to thank SAU President Amy Novak and Athletic Director Mike Holmes for the tremendous opportunity to lead the Fighting Bee softball program," Kelly said. "From the first moment I stepped on campus, St. Ambrose felt like home to me. The rich tradition of SAU, its commitment to academic excellence and innovation, along with a holistic and compassionate approach to education as a Catholic institution, create an exceptional environment to both coach at and recruit to. I look forward to continuing to build the softball program to national prominence with elite student-athletes of the highest character and academic dedication."
At Ave Maria, Kelly coached nine All-Sun Conference selections, six NFCA All-Region selections, five NAIA Academic All-Americans and the 2021 NFCA Golden Shoe Award Recipient (given to the most outstanding base stealer from an NFCA member institution) in Kalie Romig, who stole 54 bases to lead all players at the four-year level that year.
Kelly's best season at the helm of the Gyrenes came in the 2020 COVID-shortened season as Ave Maria posted a program-best 14-game winning streak, starting the season 16-3 before finishing the abbreviated year with a 19-5 overall record. The .792 winning percentage set a program record as the Gyrenes posted a 4-2 record against teams that were either ranked or receiving votes. For the season, Ave Maria outscored opponents 175-76. In 2021, Ave Maria received votes for the NAIA Top 25 while starting the season 14-4.
Kelly was previously an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Georgia Tech in 2016-2017. While at Georgia Tech, he was responsible for hitting, outfield, base running and mental game instruction as well as in-game defensive positioning.
Prior to his time at Georgia Tech, Kelly coached seven seasons with national travel softball powerhouse The Next Level (TNL) in San Diego and two seasons as head coach at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, winning a CIF State Championship in 2015 while compiling a 43-22 overall record.
Kelly is a well-known mental game expert having authored several books and audio programs on the mental game of sports, including "How She Thinks is How She Plays," and has worked with hundreds of athletes and teams at all levels from coast to coast on improving performance through mental game mastery.
Kelly played collegiate baseball at the Division 1 level as a pitcher and outfielder at the University of San Diego, graduating from USD with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He earned a Master's of Education in Counseling Psychology, Positive Coaching and Athletic Leadership from the University of Missouri in 2020. John has one daughter, Savannah, who lives and works in Switzerland.
Instruction will focus primarily on hitting, fielding, base-running, and game situations. You can expect high demand for these first come first serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
- Dates: CAMP WILL NOT RUN THIS SUMMER. CHECK BACK IN 2024.
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: Monday-Wednesday, 9:00am-3:00pm
- 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
For general questions about our softball camps please see our FAQ page.
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
St. Vincent's Athletic Complex
Home of the St. Ambrose men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's lacrosse and JV football team, the St. Vincent's Athletic Complex is a recent addition among the SAU Athletic facilities.
Just blocks from campus, the fields opened for competition in 2016 and serve as a practice facility for other Fighting Bee programs.
The St. Vincent's Athletic Complex includes two synthetic turf all-purpose fields with spectator seating; a natural grass softball complex including spectator seating and press box; a concession/athletic training building; and a parking lot.
A new locker room and storage facility was added to the complex in the summer of 2018. The 11,664-square-foot building features two large locker rooms with a total of 195 lockers for SAU’s varsity and junior varsity football team, and will provide walkout access to the SVAC field that serves as varsity practice space and is home field for the junior varsity team.
The two-story building also features a fully equipped training room, a laundry room, and ample equipment storage space for other teams that use complex, including those from Assumption High School.
The locker rooms also serve as meeting and film study rooms for the football squads. The football coaching staff occupies a suite of six offices surrounding the locker rooms on the facility’s second floor.
St. Ambrose shares this facility with Assumption High School.
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
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.