Nike Softball Camp University of San Diego
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With its premier field and beautiful campus, the University of San Diego makes for a perfect location where campers can receive great instruction, train hard, and meet new friends! Campers attending the University of San Diego Nike Softball Camp are guaranteed to leave camp with new hitting and fielding tools!
Directing the camp is long time Nike Softball Camp instructor and Head Softball Coach at San Diego City College, LeeAnn Taylor.
- Professional instruction from Coach Taylor and college-aged instructors
- 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 LeeAnn Taylor
LeeAnn Taylor, two-time PCC Coach of the Year (2006 & 2007), is currently in her 12th season as the Head Softball Coach at San Diego City College and her 15th season at the collegiate level.View LeeAnn Taylor's Bio ⟩
Taylor led the Knights to consecutive postseason appearances in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, she led the Knights to their best record in school history (31-10-1, 11-4 PCC) and a share of the Pacific Coast Conference championship.
Prior to City, she was an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge in 2003 and 2004 where she helped lead CSUN to consecutive NCAA regional play-off appearances. Taylor was the Assistant Softball Coach at Point Loma Nazarene University from 1998-2002 and was honored to be a part of the 2002 NAIA National Coaching Staff of the Year. During those five years, PLNU qualified for consecutive postseasons and made two trips to the College World Series, finishing runner-up in 2002.
Taylor is a native San Diegan. She attended San Diego Mesa College and was named an All-State Second Baseman her freshman year. She earned a full scholarship to Cal State Northridge and, as a junior, helped her team finish as the National Runner-Up.
Taylor earned a B.A. in Child Development from CSUN in 1995 and earned her Master's of Science degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University in 2006. She is currently working towards her Ph.D.
Assistant Coach Cheryl Schaefer
Joining LeeAnn on staff will be Cheryl Schaefer. Cheryl joins the San Diego City Staff after serving as Head Coach at Point Loma which recently dropped their top-ranked softball program. Following aView Cheryl Schaefer's Bio ⟩
Joining LeeAnn on staff will be Cheryl Schaefer. Cheryl joins the San Diego City Staff after serving as Head Coach at Point Loma which recently dropped their top-ranked softball program. Following a stellar playing career, Schaefer joined the PLNU coaching staff in 2004 and served as associate head coach for the last two seasons. During those six years, the Sea Lions have compiled a 271-86 overall record (.759 winning percentage) and qualified for the NAIA National Championship Tournament each season. PLNU was national runner up in 2007 and finished third at nationals on two occasions (2006, 2008). Schaefer has also helped mentor 28 All-GSAC players and 13 All-Americans.
Schaefer (then Bolding) was a dominating player for PLNU from 2000-03. She was a three-time first-team All-American, a three-time GSAC Player of the Year (2001-03) and a two-time NAIA Player of the Year (2001, 2002).She still ranks in the NAIA top-10 in numerous offensive categories and her name is in the PLNU university career and single season record book in 17 places. She was inducted into the PLNU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
In addition to her collegiate career, Schaefer played for Arizona Heat, a professional softball franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League, for two years (2004-05).
2019 Camp Program Offerings
All sessions are open to players of all abilities, unless otherwise noted. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level.
HIGH POTENTIAL PROGRAM (AGES 14-18) JULY 19-21
Come learn what it takes to play at the next level! Campers in the High Potential Camp will be taught advanced skills and strategies of the game of softball. The campers will get a feel of what it is like to play softball at the next level. Camp week includes: advanced field work, advanced hitting sessions and game play situations. Overnight and Day options available.
GENERAL SKILLS PROGRAM (AGES 8-18) JULY 28-31
Campers in the General Skills Camp will have the opportunity to train and work with college settings on a collegiate softball field. Campers will have fun while learning new skills. Camp week includes: field work, hitting sessions, base-running work, scrimmages. Overnight and Extended Day options are available.Show Less See More Camp Details
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 19-21 (FRI-SUN)
- Check-in: All campers at 2 p.m. on Friday. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: All campers at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
- Day Camper Schedule: Friday: 2:00-9:00 p.m. (dinner included), Saturday-Sunday (lunch included): 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CAMP DATES: JULY 28-31 (SUN-WED)
- Check-in: Overnight campers from 2:30-4:00 p.m. and Extended campers from 3:30-4:00 p.m. on Sunday. See registration packet for specific location.
- Check-out: Graduation takes place at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Parents are invited to attend. Check out will take place immediately after.
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Sunday: 3:30-9:00 p.m., Monday-Tuesday: 9:00-9:00 p.m., Wednesday: 9:00-12:00 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 (all-skills camp only)
- 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)
- 9:00 a.m. Arrival All Campers/Softball Drills/Practice
- 11:00 a.m. Rest/Free Time
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. Chalk Talks/Team Defense and Offensive Situation Drills
- 5:00 p.m. Dinner
- 6:00 p.m. Rest/Free Time
- 7:00 p.m. Games/Evening Activities
- 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:00 p.m. Campers to their rooms/Lights Out
This NIKE Softball Camp in San Diego takes place on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego. Campers stay two per room in air-conditioned dormitories with practices and scrimmages taking place on the home field of the USD Torreros.
The playing surface is "Bullseye" Bermuda grass, with the facility also including two batting cages that allow players to work on their hitting skills. A lighted LED Daktronics scoreboard sits over the right field fence and allows fans to be kept updated on game stats. Dimensions are 210 feet down the left field line, 225 feet to straightaway center, and 210 feet to right field. The fence is 10 feet high. Stadium seating capacity is 325, and spectators are also comforted by a full-service concessions stand, and public facilities. The stadium is also lighted enabling night games.
In addition, a new public address system has been added, replacing the out-dated sound system that had been in place since its opening.
With 17 Division I teams, a wide variety of club sports and some of the best facilities in the nation, the University of San Diego provides the ideal environment for all types of athletes to take their game to the next level.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Great coaches that provided a positive atmosphere
August 10, 2018: This camp was incredible! We were worried sending our 9 yr old who has only been playing for a single spring season. Worried she would be out of her league or struggle to keep up. Instead we found amazing coaches, an incredible positive atmosphere and a mantra of everyone gets knocked down, it’s getting back up that counts. She went in not being able to slide to save her life, and came out of camp diving for second base like she has been doing it for years! Bravo coaches!
— Thea M. Parent0
It was a lot of fun for them!
August 05, 2018: The learning process was very good for the girls to understand.
— Pat S. Parent0
Camp was amazing!
August 05, 2018: I loved the throwing experience and also the slip n slide
— Maraea H. Parent0
Helped my skills!
August 03, 2018: The scrimmages were fun. The catching helped me improve my catching skills.
— Brissa M. Camper
Great coaches and awesome staff!
August 02, 2018: My child loved the camp and it renewed her love of softball.
— Gretchen S. Parent
Everything was fantastic!
August 02, 2018: The highlights of my camping experience is when we did the 5 parts in throwing especially the 1st & 2nd part (the wrist snaps and one knee). Those 2 of the 5 really helped me with snapping my hand down and following through with my throw. Another highlight was when I worked on my pitching and learned about the T drills. That drill really helped me with snapping my wrist at the right time to let go.
— Kendall H. Camper
This camp worked on everything!
August 02, 2018: Zoey really enjoyed meeting new people, batting practice, and all the additional activities. She said she learned how to properly throw the ball and also liked working on catching ground balls. She’s already talking about coming next year!
We love it!
August 02, 2018: My daughter came home with new hitting drills to work on. she really enjoyed to workouts and scrimmage games. Don't forget the ice cream party the last night. Always a highlight.
— Jennifer O. Parent
She loves it!
August 02, 2018: Second year in a row and my daughter is already looking forward to year 3!
— Rich G. Parent
August 02, 2018: In my daughter’s words: "Amazing! So much fun! I learned so much!"
— Wendy I. Parent
She loved it a lot!
August 02, 2018: My child loved the camp and it renewed her love of softball. Only positive comments about staff and coach.
— Gretchen S. Parent
Improved her catching catching
August 31, 2017: My daughter favorite thing was improving her catching skills and participate in scrimmage.
— Omar B. Parent
Enjoyed meeting new people and staying in a college dorm
August 29, 2017: My daughter loved meeting her new coach and teammates, and learning practical, fun ways to improve her softball skills. She also enjoyed the dorm experience.
— Meiko W. Parent
Start to finish my daughter had a blast!
August 16, 2017: Start to finish my daughter had a blast! At the end of the camp period, she couldn't stop talking about what she had done and how much fun she had.
— Andrew M. Parent
August 11, 2017: This was my daughter's second year attending this camp and she's already waiting to go back next year. Amazing camp. Coach Coco was the best and all she talked about.
— Jennifer O. Parent
Coaches were super encouraging
August 10, 2017: Now that she has had a week away, the softball drills were great. She said the coaches were super encouraging. She had a rough go at the start, being homesick. But overall she liked it. The camp was very well done. I appreciated the fact that Coach Taylor stressed "strong independent women". Something I want my daughter to be. Not to mention, to be around so many great athletes who have a passion for the sport she loved, was great. I have every intention of having her go back next year, as well as recruiting her friends.
— Joe L. Parent
Fun all around
August 9, 2017: My daughter had a great time with all of the encouraging girls and coaches. It was just fun all around.
— Frank W. Parent
August 7, 2017: The softball knowledge, great coaches, and the balance between free time and activities.
— Rich G. Parent
Recognized hard work
August 7, 2017: My daughter met some new friends and learned some new softball terminology and drills. Also, the coaches really appreciated and recognized girls who listen well and work hard which is important to me since I am a teacher and coach.
— Louis K. Parent
August 7, 2017: My daughter loved the friends she made and interaction with the other girls. She was just a day camper but would like to stay next year.
— Galen O. Parent
August 7, 2017: Great experience. I really liked what the coaches and staff stood for. I would recommend this camp to everyone. Looking forward to next year
— Isabel P. Parent
See you next year
Coach Taylor and all the coaches were absolutely amazing. See you all next camp here in SD!
My daughter loved the energy and positive attitude by all the coaches
Hands Down THE Best Camp
“My daughter attended last year in San Diego. It was hands down THE best camp she has been to and she has attended quite a few. She has been looking forward to the next one since the day camp ended.”
My Confidence & Swing Are Better Than Ever!
"I want to say THANK YOU to both Coach LeeAnn and Cheryl for improving my swing! After attending their camp, my swing has become more consistent and my confidence is better than ever. My tryouts went so well that I secured a spot on the 18U team, after playing 14U last year. Thank you so much! I know I wouldn't have been able to accomplish that, had it not been for the training with you guys this summer. I can't wait to come back next year!"
— Day Camper
The NIKE Softball Camp at University of San Diego gave my daughter a passion for life!
"This was our daughter's first Nike camp experience and we can't begin to tell you how pleased we are and how much she enjoyed herself. We had a two and a half drive home in which her camp experience was the conversation all the way home. Her first practice with her team after camp showed a noticeable improvement. It wasn't just an improvement of skills, but of attitude, a passion and desire to "Be That Girl". I think this has given her something that will grow with her in life as her life's motto. She can't wait for her next camp experience. Thank you for an amazing staff and the readiness you all showed to teach our young the love of a game that translates into a passion for life!"
Coach Taylor's Positive Energy, Leadership, Strength, and Character are an Inspiration to our Daughters
"My daughter, learned a lot from the NIKE Softball Camp Director, LeeAnn Taylor and her coaches - not just softball skills, but life skills and how to think like a winner. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. Coach Taylor's positive energy, leadership, strength, and character are an inspiration to our daughters and to us parents, too. I hope she goes on coaching for a long time. She makes this world a better, brighter place. We appreciate her and all she does! Hope to see you next summer!"
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
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
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."
— Extended Day Camper
Taught My Daughter More Softball & Being A Young Lady
"I cannot put into words the experience my daughter gained from going to the camp. She not only learned skills in softball but how to be a better young lady. The morals and values the staff brought to the camp were extraordinary. We looked at sending her to another camp and decided on the NIKE Camp for convenience and I am so glad we did. She was going to be a day camper but when we got there she saw some friends and we were able to change her to be an overnight camper. I will highly recommend this camp to anyone who is interested in gaining skills and personal growth. We look forward to next year!!"
Another 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."
— Extended Day Camper