Nike Volleyball Camp at Elmhurst College
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Our 2019 volleyball camp near Chicago at Elmhurst College combines college level coaching, excellent training facilities, and fun!
Join Head Coach Lindsay Johnson, former Bluejay, for a fun and challenging volleyball camp designed to benefit players at any stage of their game. Campers will have the opportunity to train along side Elmhurst College coaches in a focused and safe environment, and experience life as a collegiate athlete.
- Excellent residential, dining, and training facilities
- 6-7 hours daily instruction, with 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Plyometrics and strength training
- All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps T-shirt and prizes!
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Director Julie Hall
A Bluejay Backer Hall of Fame inductee, Julie Hall recently completed her 25th year as the head women's volleyball coach at Elmhurst. Hall, the four-time NCAA Division III Midwest Coach of the Year, also serves as assistant athletic director and senior women's administrator at Elmhurst.View Julie's Bio ⟩
In 2014, Hall became the first active head coach in Elmhurst history to be inducted into the Bluejay Backer Hall of Fame.
Hall came to Elmhurst in 1994 when the Bluejays were coming off one of their worst seasons in school history. In just her second season, she had the Bluejays back on track, posting a 21-20 record. Hall captured her first CCIW title in 1998 and her teams have won eight CCIW Volleyball titles in her 20 seasons. She has guided the Bluejays to the NCAA Tournament on 13 occasions, including six straight appearances.
In 2016, Hall guided Elmhurst to the NCAA Tournament for a sixth consecutive year. Hannah Nimrick earned All-America accolades for the Bluejays while Mary Lawrence, Melissa Nava and Amy Schryver earned all-conference accolades. Lawrence and Nimrick were also named to the all-region squad.
In 2014, Hall guided Elmhurst to its fourth straight 30-win season and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays rallied past Wisconsin-Whitewater in the opening round, before falling to top-ranked Calvin College. Sam Szarmach and Melissa Nava earned all-conference, all-region and All-America accolades while Hannah Nimrick and Jackie Pavilonis were both named to the all-conference and all-region squads.
In 2011, Hall was named the AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year after leading Elmhurst to a 31-6 overall record and the team's first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006. The Bluejays finished the season ranked 19th in the nation after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
In 2005, Hall earned her fourth CCIW Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Bluejays to an impressive 31-10 overall record, and a CCIW Tournament title. The Bluejays also qualified for the NCAA Division III National Tournament for the sixth-straight season. The team was nationally ranked throughout the season, marking the sixth-straight time the team had finished the season ranked in the top-25.
Under Hall’s guidance, her players have earned 22 AVCA All-America honors including Sam Szarmach and Melissa Nava in 2014 and Nimrick in 2015 and 2016. Hall has also coached seven CCIW Player of the Year honorees and 87 all-conference players.
With her first win in the 2002 season, she surpassed Bluejay Backer Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Walton as Elmhurst’s winningest head coach in school history. A four-time NCAA Midwest Region Coach of the Year, Hall has compiled an impressive 553-290 record in 24 seasons.
Prior to coming to Elmhurst, Hall served for 13 years at Piqua (Ohio) High School as head girls' volleyball coach and physical education instructor, beginning in 1981. A member of the Piqua Hall of Fame (only female inductee ever), she was a five-time District Coach of the Year and received the Ohio High School Coaches Association's Achievement Award twice. Her Piqua High teams compiled a record of 248-80 (.756 winning percentage) and won six league championships, advanced to six district championship games, made four regional appearances, and played in the 1992 and 1993 state title games.
Hall has served as a clinician for volleyball camps at Wright State University, Ohio University and Miami University, as well as conducting high school camps throughout the Midwest.
She graduated from Ohio's Miami University with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health, and from the University of Dayton with a master's degree in supervision.
Assistant Director Lindsay Johnson
Former Elmhurst All-American Lindsay Johnson is entering her 10th season with the Bluejays as a fulltime assistant coach.View Lindsay Johnson's Bio ⟩
Johnson helped the Bluejays to their best season in over 25 years in 2012. The Bluejays captured their first CCIW title since the 2004 season and scored a regional championship, advancing all the way to the NCAA Final Four befor bowing out of the tournament.
In 2013 she helped Elmhurst compile a 37-5 overall record, its second straight CCIW title and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
Last season, she helped lead the Bluejays to their fourth consecutive 30-win season and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Johnson spent part of the 2012 season abroad working on a master’s degree at Durham University in England. While at Durham, she played setter for the University team and helped her squad to a league division championship. Johnson also made the Northumbria national team and helped her squad win the national championship, earning MVP honors of the national tournament.
After transferring to Elmhurst following her sophomore season, Johnson enjoyed a stellar two-year career as a Bluejay. She earned first-team all-CCIW honors, and AVCA All-America distinction in each of her two seasons with the Bluejays. She was named the CCIW Player of the Year and earned second-team All-America honors following the 2005 season.
In 2004 she led all of Division III and set an Elmhurst single-season record with 1,837 assists. Her assist total from 2004 ranks as the fifth-highest single-season total in Division III history (under the 30-point rally scoring system). Her 2005 season of 1,503 assists is the second-highest single-season total in Elmhurst history. Her 3,340 assists ranks second all-time at Elmhurst, while her 11.52 assists per game average is an Elmhurst record.
Johnson, who earned her bachelor's degree from Elmhurst in 2006, spent the 2007 season as an assistant coach at Washington and Jefferson College. She was inducted into Elmhurst's Bluejay Backer of Hall of Fame in 2011.
This year we are offering an Overnight and Extended Day (9:00am-8:30pm) camp for girls, ages 10-18, of all ability levels. See "More Camp Details" for further information.
2019 CAMP DATES
- July 11-14
This camp is open to girls, ages 10-18, of all abilities. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff and placed into groups based on age and ability level. Campers will master the fundamentals and develop proper mechanics through a mix of drills, games and competitive play.
Please note: The following information may be subject to change.
2019 SESSION SCHEDULE
CAMP DATES: JULY 11-14
- Check-in: 11:00am-1:00pm on Thursday at the Frick Center.
- Check-out: 11:00am-11:30am on Sunday
- Extended Day Camper Schedule: Thursday 1:00pm-8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00am-8:30pm, Sunday 9:00am-11:30am
What's included in the fee?
- Daily volleyball 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 campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Volleyball Camps t-shirt and prizes.
- Volleyballs: Volleyballs are provided for each camper to use during instruction at camp, so campers do not need to bring their own. Campers do have the option of purchasing a Molten Volleyball for $17 at the time of registration. Balls will be given out on the last day of camp.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff to camper ratio
- Players Grouped by: ability, age, years of experience
- Equipment Needed: Players should supply their own kneepads and have at least one pair of well broken-in volleyball (court) shoes. Campers do not need to bring their own balls.
- Facility: Indoor Courts
- 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.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Camper Registration Packets, emailed to all campers closer to the camp’s start date.
- 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!
- Bathrooms: On each floor
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: Please refer to the Camper Registration Packet. A/C availability depends on our specific dorm assignment.
Nike Volleyball 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. The closest airports to campus are Chicago O'Hare International and Chicago Midway International Airport.
If you have a group of eight or more 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
- 7:00am Wake-up, shower, breakfast for Overnight Campers
- 9:00am Extended Day Campers arrive. Stretching & Warm-up
- 9:15am Training Session I
- 12:00pm Lunch, rest
- 1:30pm Training Session II
- 4:00pm Free time, rest, dinner
- 6:30pm Training Session III
- 9:00pm Extended Day Campers depart. Overnight Campers to rooms.
- 10:00pm Lights out
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Loved the games!
July 18, 2018: My daughter loved the nightly activities and games during practices. Great experience!
— Colleen C. Parent
Great evening activities
July 18, 2018: My daughter enjoyed the after session activities and making new friends.
— George S. Parent
July 17, 2018: The love of the game was very clear! You can see in all the coaches eyes they loved to be a part of this amazing team!
— Karen S. Parent
July 17, 2018: The scrimmaging was very fun, and the people there were very welcoming and nice.
— David H. Parent
July 17, 2018: My daughter enjoyed all the drill games that kept the camp enjoyable. She also loves moving to a team after day one that better matched her skills and level of play. Finally, she loved the food!!
— Kathy K. Parent
Improved her skills
July 17, 2018: The Nike camp helped my daughter improve her serving and overall skills to prepare her for High School try-outs in August. The camp was very structured and effective for achieving each individual objective. I would suggest adding an additional day on to the camp that they are there longer.
— Shameka T. Parent
July 16, 2018: My daughter had a great time at the Nike volleyball camp. She strengthened her skills, learning from experienced players and coaches who were encouraging and supportive. She enjoyed the intensity of the training sessions which only helped her to improve.
— Jennifer B. Parent
Learned a lot!
July 17, 2017: The experience of having a great team and she had a lot of fun. The great thing was everyone got playing time. The tournaments and scrimmaging was a great experience. The extra activities were also very fun for her. It was a bit warm in the gyms this year. Maybe having some fans would be good for next year. The coaches were great. They really showed you the correct way to do something and they really had knowledge of the sport. I also like the fact that they were hands on. In conclusion the whole experience was fun and we learned a lot, and you guys should keep doing what you are doing.
— Tania W. Parent
Everything was great!
July 17, 2017: Learned a lot and had fun! We will be back next year. Everything and everyone was great.
— Alyssa M. Camper
July 17, 2017: She enjoyed the game play and instruction stations. We wish the camp was longer, it was so fun!
— Robert L. Parent
Loved meeting new people!
July 17, 2017: My daughter loved watching the coaches play volleyball, learning volleyball techniques in the various module and meeting other campers!
— Suzanne B. Parent
Loved the positive attitudes!
July 17, 2017: Mia really enjoyed all aspects of the camp and all the coaches. She said she was impressed by the attitudes of all her coaches and the girls that attended.
— Lori L. Parent
Got better as a player
If you want to learn more skills or prefect old skills, Nike Volleyball camp is the perfect place to do just that and meet knew friends that could last a life time. I learned new skills and got better as a person and player. Whether you get a group to go with you or you go by yourself you will have a great time!!!
— Elmhurst Camper '16
Positive reinforcement and positive attidutes
My daughter has limited exposure to Volleyball through a local club. This camp not only increased the level of instruction she was able to receive, but she also benefited through positive reinforcement and attitude instruction. Additionally, there were many coaches who all had impressive skill sets and credentials which allowed her to look up to them on many levels. I will absolutely sign her up for next year and look forward to it.
— Parent of Elmhurst Camper '16