Nike Track & Field Camp at Delaware State University
Get better this summer!
Want to be the best? You must learn from the best! At the Nike Track & Field Camp at Delaware State University, Dover, we understand the importance of proper training and educating young runners.
The purpose of this camp is to provide middle & high school track & field athletes with event-specific skills and drills that will prepare campers for any T&F program. We cover the basic principles of training. Our goal is to help athletes build a firm foundation in the technical aspects of their events for their upcoming track season.
All campers are required to complete the Delaware State University Waiver/Release Agreement, which will be provided in Camp Information Packet.
- Overnight and Commuter (Day & Extended Day) Options
- Track & Field training program
- Open to athletes ages 12-18
- Individual and group instruction.
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- Specific training for all skill levels. All events offered, including Pole Vault.
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Camp Director Gwen Harris
The DSU graduate returned to her alma mater after serving 11 years as head women’s track and field coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Harris was just the second coach in program history of the Quakers’ women’s track and field program.View Gwen's Bio ⟩
Prior to being appointed head coach at Penn, Harris served as head coach of the James Madison University women’s track and field program for 17 years.
Harris’ duties as a track and field liaison extend far beyond coaching, as she has been a member of numerous committees including Chair of the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore., in 2001. Harris, who has been a member of the NCAA Track and Field Committee since 1999, also served as president of the Eastern Collegiate Track and Field Association in 1998. After serving as vice president in 2002, Harris was reappointed to serve as president of the Eastern Collegiate Track and Field Association in 2003.
Harris graduated from Delaware State in 1974. Though there were no recognized women's varsity sports at the time she attended the University, Harris lettered all four years as a member of the basketball, softball, field hockey, and track and field club teams. In track and field, Harris ran in various events including the 75 meters, 100 meters and 220 meters, as well as the 4x100 and 4x200 relays. She also made several regional teams in field hockey and track and field.
Immediately following her graduation from Delaware State, Harris coached at Caesar Rodney High School in Delaware where she helped lead the program to four state championships and three conference titles during her six years with the school.
Harris then went on to receive her master’s in higher education from James Madison in 1982. Harris holds Level I (1989) and Level II (1993) certificates from the USA Track and Field Coaching Education School.
For her accomplishments over the past 20 years, Harris was inducted into the Delaware African-American Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Delaware State University Athletics Hall-of-Fame in October 2010.
In addition, she was a member of the inaugural Delaware State University Diamond Extravaganza class in 2010. “Delaware Diamonds” are recognized for their outstanding contributions to women's sports and education in the First State.
Harris also serves as Director of Delaware State University's summer All-Sports Camp.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Please Note: This camp SOLD OUT in 2023. This Track & Field Camp is designed as a comprehensive training camp program which a focus on track & field fundamentals including drills, pacing, strength endurance, speed and core strengthening as well as the mental edge training necessary for top athletic performances.
We work with middle & high school T&F athletes of all abilities, to help you get better and have fun!
- Dates: June 23-27, 2024
- Age Group: 12-18
- Gender: Co-ed
- Camp Type: Overnight, Day
- Meals: All meals are provided at the on-campus dining facility. Day campers do NOT receive breakfast or dinner. Wednesday, June 28 is Pizza Night, to pre-fuel for the track meet on Thursday!
- Check-in: (Overnight only) Sunday, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
- Check-out: (All campers) Thursday, 12:00 PM
- Location: Tubman-Laws Hall (desu.edu)
- Day Camper Schedule: Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM; Thursday, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
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Overnight campers should be prepared for activity following check-in on Sunday. The first session will start at 3:00pm sharp.
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!
- Dorm: Tubman-Laws Hall Tubman-Laws Hall (desu.edu)
- Campers Per Room: 2
- 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 provided
- Air Conditioning: Yes
- Key Deposit: $70 check made out to US Sports Camps
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEES:
- Overnight Campers: Features several instructional sessions per day, three hot meals, and lodging in residence halls. An evening recreation program is also included.
- Day Campers: This option offers the same features as the resident camp minus lodging, breakfast, and dinner (Day Campers should eat breakfast before daily check-in).
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10
- Grouped by: age, ability, and experience
- Equipment needed: Campers should bring at least two pairs of broken in running shoes. Racing flats/spikes are optional. Please be sure to properly mark your equipment, so that it can be easily identified.
- Facility: Delaware State University Alumni Stadium
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.
- Extra Athletic clothing
- 1-2 pairs of broken-in running shoes/ event spikes
- Non-running shoes
- Water bottle
- Small gym bag/backpack
- Extra spending money (suggested $40)
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
- Athletic clothing mentioned above
- Comfortable non-running clothing
- Underwear and socks
- Flip flops
- Personal items & medications
- Washcloth and bath towel
- Alarm clock
- Swimsuit and towel
- Pen and paper for notes during guest speakers
- Cell phone (if you have one)
- Fan (optional)
- Pillow, pillowcase, bed sheets, comforter or sleeping bag (linens are NOT provided)
- Laundry detergent
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.
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.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE TRACK & FIELD CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our Track & Field camps please see our FAQ page.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:30am Arrival & Check-In (Day & Extended Day Campers)
- 8:45am Camp Announcements
- 9:00am Camp warm-ups and drills
- 9:30am Stretch and water break
- 9:45am Event Group Training
- 11:00am Water break
- 11:15am Core / Stability
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 1:15pm Breakout session
- 2:30pm Conditioning / Cardio
- 3:30pm Pool / Active Recovery / Rest
- 4:00pm Check Out + Departure (Day Campers Only)
- 5:00pm Free Time / Dinner
- 7:00pm Camp Activities
- 9:00pm Check Out + Departure (Extended Day Campers Only)
- 9:30pm Bed Check (Overnight Campers)
- 10:00pm Lights Out
Alumni Stadium is a 7,193-seat multi-purpose stadium in Dover, Delaware. It is home to the Delaware State University Hornets football team and outdoor men's and women's track and field teams. The facility opened in 1957.
Camp Questions & Answers
Are the campers supervised throughout the camp?
Yes, campers are supervised by the coaches and staff. Staff members reside in the same dorms as the campers and provide supervision during instruction, dining times, evening activities, and in the dorm. All staff members complete criminal and sex offender background checks before working the camp
Does this camp have medical personnel on staff?
We have a certified athletic training on-site and a doctor on-call at all times in case of a training injury or medical ailment/emergency.
How many campers are placed in a dorm and do you accommodate roommate requests?
Most rooms are doubles though we do have some singles and triples. When you register for the camp, you have an option to submit a roommate request. If you would like to add a roommate request after registering for a camp, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email. We accommodate all roommate requests, made before 2 weeks before the start of camp, if placed in a double room dorm. If we must place the camper in a single, we will room them side by side. Campers who do not submit a roommate request will be placed in a dorm with other runners, similar age and same gender.
Do the dorms have air-conditioning?
Dorms are not air-conditioned. Please bring a fan.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
Campers dine in the school cafeteria which offers a variety of different meal options that are sure to accommodate most campers’ dietary needs. In the case that a camper possesses extreme dietary restrictions, please reach out to school’s Dining Services to make the proper accommodations.
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams. If you come to camp by yourself, we place you in a dorm room with another single camper, similar in age. It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Health & Release Form does not require a doctor’s signature. This online form is required to be filled out accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and submitted online before the first day of camp.
My child does multiple events; will there be opportunities for her to train on multiple skills during camp?
Yes campers can train with multiple event groups
My child is new to the sport, do you accept athletes who are beginners in the sport?
We bring the best out of campers of all skill levels. All we require is a positive attitude.
July 1, 2022: My daughter enjoyed the balance of training with social/recreational activities. She also loved the coach
July 1, 2023: Seeing all the parents attend the track meet on the last day to see the development of there child.
June 30, 2023: My daughter really loved the dorm and the food was good. Track meet on the last day was fun.
July 6, 2023: The welcoming staff and the amazing organized check in and check out process.
July 1, 2022: Watching my daughter PR in the triple jump at the end of camp mini meet.
July 6, 2023: Meeting new people learning different things to help with my skill
June 30, 2023: [Highlights included] seeing the track meet and to hear my child say she will return.
July 5, 2023: Learning the importance of stuff that I overlooked previously.
He loves this camp!
[The highlights were] running with, playing games with, and getting advice from camp counselors, who were amazing people and coaches.
— Parent of Attendee from This Camp in 2022
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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.