Nike Swim Camp at Ball State University
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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 and 24 hour supervision
- 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.View J. Agnew's Bio ⟩
Agnew, a Ball State graduate, returns 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.
This summer, Ball State is offering one week of overnight and extended day camp (9:00am-8:30pm) 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.
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-8:30PM, THURS 9AM-11AM
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 prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Check- in takes place between 3:00-4:00pm on Sunday, June 16th. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 4:00pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time. Extended Day Campers will depart that evening at 8:30 p.m. after swimming, dinner and orientation.
There will be a closing ceremony at 10:30am on Thursday with check-out immediately following. Exact time and location of the camp closing ceremony will be confirmed by the camp director on the first day of camp.
ROOMMATES & HOUSING
The campers live and dine in a modern, well- equipped, air conditioned residence hall complex near the pool facility. Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. 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! Boys and girls are housed on separate floors with gender specific counselors on them.
- DORM: Studebaker East Complex
- BATHROOMS: shared
- LINENS: Not provided
- AIR CONDITIONING: Yes
- SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $40
- MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
SUPERVISION: Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPER SCHEDULE
Extended Day Campers check-in between 3:30-4:00pm on the first day. Arrive dressed and ready to swim. At that time, you will be assigned a counselor and you will be given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Departure each day is around 8:30pm for Extended Day Campers.
DAILY SCHEDULE: SUN 4PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 9AM-8:30PM, THURS 9AM-11AM
All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner is included for Extended Day Campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.
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 Extended Day 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
- 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.
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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