Nike Softball Camp at Whitworth University
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Head Coach Bob Castle will direct a Nike Softball Camps at Whitworth University this summer! Campers will play at Diana Marks Softball Field in Spokane, Washington. Fantastic facilities and an amazing coaching staff highlight an exciting week of camp for campers ages 8-16.
Note: US Sports Camps, Inc. and Nike, Inc. are not sponsors, co-sponsors, owners, or operators of the Whitworth University Softball Camps. Whitworth University Softball Camp is owned and operated by Whitworth University. US Sports Camps, Inc. is a marketing and registration service for these camps and it and Nike have no control over the operation of the camps or the acts or omissions of Whitworth University Softball Camps.
- Nike Sports Camp T-Shirt, Wristband, Sticker, and Potentially Other Prizes!
- Professional Instruction from Whitworth Softball Coaching 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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Head Coach Bob Castle
Bob Castle took over as Whitworth's softball head coach in the fall of 2019 and is now entering his fourth season guiding the Pirates. Castle guided the Pirates to their first winning record of his tenure in 2022, leading the Bucs to a 25-17 overall mark and a 15-13 Northwest Conference record. Six Pirates earned All-NWC honors, including first team honoree Heather Menzer.View Bob's Bio ⟩
Whitworth started out 5-9 in 2020 before the schedule was cancelled by Covid. The 2021 team finished in second-place in the Northwest conference tournament. That team also placed seven Pirates on the All-Northwest Conference team and placed 16 players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athletics list. The Whitworth softball team ranked 27th in all of NCAA Division III for grade point average during the 2020-21 academic year with a cumulative team GPA of 3.67.
Castle was an assistant coach for previous head coach Cristal Brown from 2015 through 2018. During that time he was part of three consecutive Northwest Conference titles (2015, 2016, 2017). Castle also worked as a softball umpire for 14 years, including 11 years working at all collegiate levels.
Castle has served as the general manager of the Kalispel Golf and Country Club since May 2016. He is a board member for the Spokane Indians Youth Baseball & Softball organization. He had previously been Whitworth's Assistant A.D. for corporate partnerships and sponsorships and served as the radio voice of Pirate football and basketball for 18 years. Castle attended Spokane Community College, completed his bachelor of arts degree in organizational management at Whitworth University and his masters degree in organizational leadership at North Central University. He also holds certifications in sports management from Columbia University and food and beverage management from Cornell University.
Coach Shannon Wessel
Shannon Wessel played for Whitworth from 2014-2017. Wessel was a sophomore starter on Whitworth’s first ever conference championship in 2015 and she led her team to two subsequent championships and regional appearances in 2016 and 2017.View Shannon's Bio ⟩
During her freshman year she started 40 out of 41 games, batted .352 and tied a Whitworth record for most stolen bases in a game (4). Wessel began her career playing second base and transitioned to outfield by her junior year. She earned academic and Northwest Conference recognition all four years. Wessel retired as one of the best hitters in school history, setting a school record for hits in a season (62) and career records for hits (185), runs scored (122) and triples (10).
Wessel graduated from Whitworth in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and stayed to earn her Masters in Teaching in 2018. She joined the softball coaching staff in the fall of 2019 and serves as an assistant coach while teaching science at Mt. Spokane High School.
Assistant Coach Gracee Dwyer
Grace Dwyer graduated from Central Washington University after earning a softball scholarship. While she was at CWU, the Wildcats made many appearances in conference championships and regional play. Dwyer earned Scholar Athlete awards from the GNAC conference each season. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and School Health and Movement Studies, and Secondary Education, while also obtaining an endorsement in Math.View Gracee's Bio ⟩
Dwyer is a 2018 graduate of University High School. At that time she also completed the Running Start program at Eastern Washington University.
Dwyer was a four-year varsity starter in both slow- and fast-pitch softball for the Titans. Dwyer earned many awards, including first team All-Greater Spokane League seven times, GSL MVP twice, team MVP, team Most Inspirational three times, and team Offensive MVP three times. Grace also played on the varsity basketball team for three years, earning three Most Inspirational awards.
Dwyer led her fast-pitch teams to two state appearances and four regional appearances, winning two of them, and three GSL championships. Due to her athletic and academic success, Dwyer was honored as the Lady Titan Award winner and the GSL Student-Athlete award.
As a coach's kid, Dwyer has experience in leading and assisting many softball camps since playing in select ball. She also joined in coaching the 2022 state-qualifying fast-pitch softball team at University.
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.
2023 CAMP INFORMATION
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- Age Group: 8-16
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: Monday - Thursday | 9:00am-4:00pm
- 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.
Directors Note to Campers
"Whitworth University Softball is excited to run a Nike Softball Camp in Spokane. As the only four-year softball program in Eastern Washington, we know there are so many young ladies that want to enhance their skills, enjoy this game and meet new friends. We would like to welcome all of those who have a desire to be better softball players and learn life lessons through this great sport of softball." -Bob CastleShow Less See More Camp Details
Camps are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00am Camp Picture and Dynamic
- 9:30am Fundies (IF/OF) & Over Shoulders
- 10:10am Defense Groups Position Specific Instruction/Drills (IF/OF/P&C)
- 11:00am Break for Lunch
- 1:00pm Hitting Presentation
- 1:30pm Hitting Circuit
- 3:00pm Baserunning Clinic
- 4:00pm Campers Depart
The Diana Marks Softball Field offers the highest quality in athletic fields. Opened for softball in the spring of 2000, the complex includes a complete softball field with in-ground dugouts, batting cages, and bleachers. The facility has its own state-of-the art scoreboard and a shared press-box with the Whitworth Soccer Field for filming/viewing above and concessions stand below. The facility includes a team changing room and spectator restrooms conveniently located adjacent to the bleachers.
Sloan said each day felt like it flew by so fast.
My daughter had a great time. She was excited to meet Cal swimmers and improve her skills.
— Parent of Attendee from a Similar Camp in 2022
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.