Nike Softball Camp UC Santa Barbara
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Nike Softball Camps is proud to once again have Debbie Nelson directing camp at UC Santa Barbara. Nelson emphasizes hard work and the importance of being a team player. She provides each camper with new softball skills and the inspiration and self confidence to continue improving after camp.
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 Debbie Nelson and college-aged instructors
- Excellent residential, dining and training facilities
- Low camper to instructor ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play and more
- SPARQ Training Program (Speed, Agility, Quickness)
- Official Nike Camp T-Shirt and prizes!
- 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!
This camp is for any softball player ages 9-18 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.
2019 Camp Dates
- July 7-10 (Sunday-Wednesday)
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 7-10 (SUN-wed)
- Check-in: 4:00 p.m. on Sunday for all campers. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 4:00-9:00 p.m., Monday-Tuesday: 8:45-9:00 p.m., Wednesday: 8:45-4:00 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.
- 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
- 7:00 a.m. Wake Up/Shower
- 7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:50 a.m. Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 a.m. Warm up
- 9:30 a.m. Hitting Circuits/Drills
- 10:30 a.m. Baserunning Drills
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Warm up, Stretch, Throwing Drills
- 2:15 p.m. Position Work
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:15 p.m. Warm Up
- 6:30 p.m. Games/Evening Activities
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to their rooms/Lights Out
UC Santa Barbara once again hosts the NIKE Softball Camp! Known all over the world for its exceptional beauty, Santa Barbara boasts stunning scenery and glistening, palm-lined beaches. UCSB, with low humidity and mild, sunny weather, sits at the ocean’s edge and looks out on the Pacific Ocean.
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Coach Debbie is fantastic!
August 24, 2018: Reagan LOVES working with Debbie. She looks forward to her energy and excitement for the game all year. She tells everyone about it.
— Rachel N. Parent
Lots of great things!
July 20, 2018: A list of her highlights: -making new friends-one on one coaching-everyone had a good attitude-coaches feedback
— Jose R. Parent
This camp was super helpful!
July 20, 2018: Amazing coaching staff and Coach Debbie was always on top of everything, knew exactly what to do and when to do it. Diving was super fun and the hitting drills really helped improve my swing.
— Taylor B. Camper
June 19, 2018: This is my daughter's 3rd year attending the camp. As expected she is exhausted after the amount of fun and instruction she received from the great staff. The life lessons and advice, promoting self confidence, self esteem, leadership as well as the role models of the staff is inspiring. As a single father I can't thank you enough for helping me promote the same. She can't wait for next year. Thank you.
— Daniel P. Parent
Activities, skills and games!
June 19, 2018: Once again, Skyler came back with not only unsurpassed motivation but with the “language”of softball. , She insisted on articulating the skills she learned on video so she did not forget it. I was so impressed by what she was able to retain and repeat about throwing, hitting, fielding and leading off. She made over 6 minutes of demonstration videos for herself. Being able to teach others is a measure of true understanding and passion! And just as last year, that is what you guys have given Skyler. Thank you!
— Sara B. Parent
Safe, fun, and positive environment
June 19, 2018: The camp coach and staff fostered a positive environment that made all the children feel supported and safe. They all learned new Softball techniques, but most of all, their characters were also challenged and strengthened. This camp gave my daughter more than softball skills, it taught her to be kind, and to not be brought down by others.
— Tintin R. Parent
June 19, 2018: Great experience. Dakota learned so much. Camp exceeded her/our expectations. Camp director truly cares about developing the whole athlete
— Robyn W. Parent
This was everything we had hoped for!
July 31, 2017: This camp was everything my husband and I wanted for our daughter! Five days of softball was my daughter's dream come true and this camp filled each day with so much softball, she couldn't stop talking about it the entire 7 hour drive home!! She was so inspired by Debbie and all her assistant coaches that she came home excited to tell her coaches all that she learned, both physically and mentally. We will definitely recommend this clinic again and we will be attending again next year! Thank you for a wonderful, memorable experience for my girl!!
— Brandi B. Parent
This camp transformed our daughters entire mentality
July 21, 2017: We knew that our daughter would return with new and enhanced skills. That definitely happened. What we were not expecting was the increased motivation. When she came back she spoke specifically and repeatedly about how inspired she was by Coach Debbie's talks and speeches. She came back with not only improved skills but an "all in" attitude that we have never seen before. She has been playing for 6 years, so we were VERY pleased with this new athlete of ours.
— Sara and Craig B. Parent
July 20, 2017: Coaching was fanominal. Staff was fantastic. Skills taught were life long lessons
— Debbie G. Parent
Worked on many different skills
July 17, 2017: She enjoyed watching videos of her swing, working on different situations and getting to pick your position on position play.
— Marisa T. Parent
Got to learn from the college players
July 17, 2017: Learning from top college players and working on all aspects of the game both on and off the field, mental and physical
— Scott T. Parent
July 15, 2017: My child enjoyed meeting new friends, the daily training, meeting the coaches, and the high energy.
— Gene R. Parent
My daughter had fun learning so much
July 15, 2017: Well organized, everyone was friendly and very approachable and welcoming to parents and participants. My daughter called every night to share what areas she worked on for the day and how excited she was to be there learning new skills.
— Devika S. Parent
Great experience provided my daughter with more confidence
July 14, 2017: My daughter was a day camper. Every night she came home with stories about what a great experience she had that day. She is more confident as a player and learned many new skills to help her improve as she plays.
— Missy O. Parent
Had a great time playing softball and making new friends
July 14, 2017: My daughter really enjoyed getting to know her roommates. They had a blast. She also enjoyed the various drills.
— Jill B. Parent
July 14, 2017: The head coach's enthusiasm and discipline combo was phenomenal.
— Jaime A. Parent
Coach Debbie and her staff were a first rate coaching staff across the board.
"Coach Debbie and her staff were a first rate coaching staff across the board. Thanks a million!"
Honest assessment of my skills
"I've been playing competitive travel softball for five years now yet I felt the coaches at this camp helped me improve my game in many ways. They showed me where I needed improvement and were very honest in their assessments of my skills. They recommended coaches to help me continue to improve after the camp - and I really appreciate that."
— 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."
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
My daughter learned a lot of new ways to help improve her softball skills.
"My Daughter had a great time at camp. She was really impressed with all the coaches. Coach Debbie was really great on keeping up with the kids. My daughter learned a lot of new ways to help improve her softball skills. She was extemely happy with the delayed steal she showed. She has many memories that she will always keep with her and she has met many new friends. Great experience! Great job to all the coaches. Continue all the great support. Once again thank you!
Thanks for another great experience.
"The director and her staff were very positive and seemed to make all the girls love to play. This is my second time doing the camp and I would do it again. Thanks for another great experience and great memories."
— 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
A lot of people have told me I improved significantly
"I really liked this softball camp - a lot of people have told me I improved significantly and my batting skills have really improved. I also know more than one position now. I had a great time and made many new friends. I really recommend this camp and look foward to coming next year."
— Overnight Camper
Thank you for loving the game and passing it on to your campers
"My daughter is a very talented and shy softball player. This is only her 2nd year playing but because of all the pressure people put on her and the attention she gets she lost the love for softball a few months back and said she didn't want to play anymore because its not fun anymore!! I can't thank you and your staff at the camp enough because now she has that love and excitement to play again!! I'm super excited and we will be attending every year and hopefully bring more teammates with us!! Thank you for loving the game and passing it on to your campers!!"
Debbie and her staff are phenomenal
This is the 2nd year our daughter has gone to this camp and has already asked to go again. Debbie and her staff are phenomenal about pulling the best out of each girl and helping them get better every day. I would definitely recommend this camp to any girl who wants to know what it takes to excel at their sport. Thank you Debbie!
All of the coaches were very friendly and enthusiastic. Not only did I really enjoy the softball part, it was also really fun. My mom liked the "college" experience for me too. This was the best softball camp I have ever been to.