Nike Swim Camp at Ball State University
2024 Dates & Prices Coming Soon!
At the Nike Swim Camp at Ball State University, each camper will learn how to mentally and physically prepare for competition. Lectures and personalized instruction focus on goal setting, mental training, strength, flexibility, training techniques, nutrition analysis, pre-competitive meals, and how these contribute to swimming performance.
Ball State is located in Muncie, Indiana, a city 55 miles (one hour) northeast of Indianapolis, just off Interstate 69. Muncie’s location, in the heart of the Midwest, makes it easily accessible by highways and charter flights from many locations, including the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Dayton airports. Camp will be limited to 50 campers so we encourage you to register soon!
The Nike Swim Camp at Ball State is open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend all participants have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. Age Group, National Qualifies, High School Swimmers or Summer League Swimmers) with all four competitive strokes: Fly, Back, Breast and Freestyle.
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimmers
- Low camper to staff ratio
- Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
- Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
- Every camper is eligible to receive merit-based prizes during camp
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Camp Director J. Agnew
Directing camp this summer is J. Agnew, swimming and diving head coach for the Cardinals. He enters his fifth season in 2022-23.View J. Agnew's Bio ⟩
In his second season, Agnew helped the program reach new heights in victories and school records. Agnew guided the women's team to a dual victory over Toledo, its first MAC victory since the 2016 season. The women's squad also picked up wins against Youngstown State, Eastern Illinois, Grand Valley State and Indiana State. At the MAC Championships, the women's team set a new school record in the 200 Free Relay. On the men's side, Angew coached true freshman Jared Holder to a school record in the 100 Back along with team records in the 200 Medley and 800 Free Relays.
Agnew's first season as head coach saw the Cardinals break several school records and earn various awards and honors. At the Mid-American Conference Championships, Ball State recorded 74 lifetime bests, notched 30, top-10 swims in school history, and set school records in the women's 200 free relay, men's 100 fly and men's 200 back. Throughout the year, the men finished third at the Indiana Intercollegiate at Purdue and earned a win against Eastern Illinois. The women claimed second at the Indiana Intercollegiate and wins against Eastern Illinois and Indiana State.
The Cardinals also excelled in the classroom under Agnew's leadership. Seventeen from the women's team were named to the Academic All-MAC squad while seven from the men's team received the same honor. Additionally, the CSCAA recognized both teams for academic excellence as a team. Divers Sean Wolfe and Rachel Bertram were honored individually as Wolfe was named MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and Bertram was a CSCAA Scholar All-American.
Agnew, a Ball State graduate, returned to his alma mater after spending the previous 11 years as Purdue's men's swimming and diving assistant coach. Purdue consistently produced its highest finishes in program history at both the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Championship level during Agnew's tenure. He was instrumental in helping guide 12 swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet and represent Purdue on the biggest stage of NCAA swimming. Agnew also coached numerous Big Ten finalists.
In Agnew's second year at Purdue, he coached Andrew Langenfeld to a Big 10 record in the 50-meter freestyle. Agnew then helped Danny Tucker win the 100-meter freestyle at the 2013 US Open Championship. The Purdue men were represented by 10 swimmers at both the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. During Agnew's tenure at Purdue, the Boilermakers broke 37 school records and established 26 new freshman records.
Not only was Purdue successful in the pool, but the Boilermakers were recognized as a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team every year between 2008 and 2018.
Before heading to Purdue, Agnew was a successful high school coach with Yorktown High School and the Yorktown Swim Club, which is located less than 10 miles from Ball State. He brought the Yorktown swimming program to unprecedented heights during his seven-year tenure from 2000 to 2007, coaching eight individual state champions and 22 high school All-Americans.
In his final season with Yorktown, Agnew produced seven swimmers who went on to compete for NCAA Division I schools. The Yorktown boys' and girls' squads combined for 10 top-10 state finishes under Agnew's watch, including a runner-up showing by the 2006 girls' team. Agnew was named the 2004 Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Girls Swimming Coach of the Year after leading the team to a fourth-place finish.
Agnew earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Ball State. He earned a bachelor's in mathematics in 1996 and went on to earn a master's in educational leadership and supervision in 2008. Agnew is married to Kelly Agnew, a 1997 and 2000 graduate of Ball State. The couple has two daughters, Haley, a Purdue freshman, and Neely, who will be entering her sophomore year of high school.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early. This summer, Ball State is offering one week of overnight with an extended day camp (9:00am-9:00pm) option for ages 8-18. Campers will train each day in the Lewellen Aquatic Center, home to Ball State’s Men's and Women's Swimming teams.
- Dates: June 4-8
- Age Group: 8-18
- Gender: Coed
- Camp Type: Overnight, Extended Day (commuter)
- Check-in: ALL Campers: Check-in Sunday, between 3:30-4:00pm at North Residence Hall.
- Check-out: There will be a swim meet at 9:00am followed by a closing ceremony at 10:30am. Camp concludes immediately following the closing ceremony. Overnight Campers check-out of North Residence Hall and Extended Day Campers are picked up at the pool.
- Day Schedule: SUN 4PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-11AM **Times subject to change
- Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day (commuter) campers.
- Program: The Stroke Technique program is designed to provide competitive swimmers with a better understanding of swimming fundamentals. Stroke refinement along with constructive feedback will be the focus of the camp and allows each participant to gain a greater knowledge of proper stroke mechanics and ways to improve themselves individually.
Ball State University
North Residence Hall
1635 N McKinley Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306
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Sunday, June 4th
- ALL Campers: Check-in Sunday, between 3:30-4:00pm at North Residence Hall.
Thursday, June 8th
- There will be a swim meet at 9:00am followed by a closing ceremony at 10:30am. Camp concludes immediately following the closing ceremony. Overnight Campers check-out of North Residence Hall and Extended Day Campers are picked up at the pool.
- Dorm: North Residence Hall
- Number of Campers Per Room: 2 per room
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and 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!
- Bathrooms: Shared
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: YES - Dorm has A/C
The staff reside in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Day campers: Dinner provided on Sunday; Lunch is provided Monday and Tuesday.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers at multi-day camps will receive a Nike Swim Camps t-shirt and prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Please bring your water swimsuit, swim cap, googles and towel(s)
- Facility: John "Jack" McAvoy Natatorium
- Medical Protocol: 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.
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!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Checklist of things to bring:
- Weather appropriate clothing for 4 nights/5 days
- Dryland training Gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt)
- 2-3 Swimsuits
- Swim Cap(s)
- Water bottle
- Hat or Visor
- Sandals/flip flops
- Spending Money ($50)
- Linens (XL twin sheets & blankets or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase)
- Bath Towel
- Snorkel (optional)
- No Fan Needed - dorm has AC
- Signed Heath & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
Checklist of Things to Bring: We recommend that all Extended Day Campers bring a daily pack with the following items: swimsuit, swim cap, goggles, towel, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, sandals, water bottle, dry land gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt) and any other appropriate clothing for that day’s activities which will be described to you on the first day of camp.
Camp Schedule & Meals:
- Sunday: Extended Day Campers should arrive dressed and ready to swim. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Extended Day Campers stay until 8:30pm. Dinner is provided.
- Monday-Wednesday: Extended Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-9:00pm. Lunch and dinner is provided.
- Thursday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 9:00-11:00am. Check-out is immediately after the camp concludes.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SWIM CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our swim camps please see our FAQ page.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 4PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-11AM **Times subject to change
TEAM DISCOUNT: If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Breakfast (overnighters)
- 8:50 AM Campers arrive, stretch
- 9:00 AM Opening Comments and Discussion
- 9:15 AM Pool Session 1
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 PM Dry Land Exercises
- 1:30 PM Pool Session 2
- 4:00 PM Campers Depart
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Pool Session 3 or Evening Activities
- 9:00 PM Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:30 PM Supervised Free time in Dorm
- 10:00 PM Lights out
Lewellen Aquatic Center
Home to Ball State’s Men's and Women's Swimming teams, campers receive instruction and work on their stroke technique in the Lewellen Aquatic Center, a 25-yard x 6 lane pool with a diving well and one meter board.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are swimmers grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
Skills that make a difference!
June 21, 2021: Our son came home with new skills each day. The coaches were friendly, and he really enjoyed the experience. In fact, the very next weekend, he got to apply his new skills to his goals. Two of which have been humps. He earned a state A cut in two strokes and a divisional cut in the butterfly. The skills he learned were applied immediately, and that made all the difference.
— Josh, Parent
already looking forward to next year!
June 25, 2021: My daughter is already looking forward to attending next year’s camp! When picking her up after the first day, she had so many positive things to say about the camp and had already decided she wanted to do it again... [she] enjoyed meeting new friends, improved technique, and coaching staff did an outstanding job
— Julie, Parent
June 18, 2021: [The highlights were] getting to learn different types of drills to improve my various strokes. Improving my technique in my strokes. I improved in areas that I was unaware I needed improvement in.
— Chayton, Camper
July 22, 2019: She really enjoyed it, made lots of new friends and learned a lot. She liked how they continued to correct her throughout the swim exercises. She felt she came out better than she went in and is now ready to work on the things they showed her. No complaints, just an awesome experience!
— Katie K. Parent
June 22, 2018: My son really enjoyed the camp and we saw improvement on all his times. I was impressed with the organization and the number of coaches. Was a great experience for him. He will definitely come back!
— Julia B., Parent
June 29, 2017: All four of my kiddos loved this experience and can't wait to go back next year! We have attended larger camps in the past, so we loved the individual attention and focus on technique. My goal for my kids was to have the experience of being at a camp, and get in the water.. and I was absolutely shocked at the progress they made in their swim technique and drops in their time, like an an entire year of payoff in a couple days! Well done all! Most of all, they had a blast and all four had a fantastic time (how did you do that?!)
— Christine S. Parent
June 29, 2017: My child thrived here. I hope that it can be at the same location next year as we will definitely be there!!!
— Larry S. Parent
June 28, 2017: The staff and coaches were amazing!! My child has taken a lot away from the experience. I can't wait to see his new skills in action!
— Nicole S. Parent
We will be back!
June 28, 2017: Our son came home excited everyday, and ready to go back the next day. He felt comfortable with the coaches, and learned SO much to take with him. He would ABSOLUTELY, do this again next year!
— Bill K. Parent
June 27, 2017: My daughter came home feeling positive about her experience. She learned something new/better for each type of stroke. She also enjoyed spending time with other kids who love the sport of swimming.
— Joanne D. Parent
June 27, 2017: Just wanted to tell you thank you again for such a fantastic experience! My kiddos had a meet today, all dropped time.. and both hit regional times for the FIRST time ever!! They are so elated with the gains they made. Thank you for all the hard work you all put into this camp, from start to finish, this was a unbelievably awesome experience for all!
— Paul M. Parent
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.