Welcome to the Northern Illinois University Softball Camp website!
Are you interested in improving your skills and receiving position-specific one-on-one instruction to enhance your game? Would you like to spend the day with the Huskies and see what it's like to be a Division I student-athlete at Northern Illinois University? If so, we invite you to join Coach Sutcliffe, her staff, and the Huskie student-athletes at one of our upcoming skills camps. Campers have the opportunity to practice and train like a Huskie, working closely with some of NIU's All-Mid-American Conference, All-Region, and All-America selections. NIU Softball camps are designed to help softball players of all skill levels enhance their knowledge of the game, improve their fundamental and advanced skills, and see what it takes to be a Huskie!
All camps and clinics are open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level, and/or gender.
ELITE CAMP CHECKLIST:
Dress accordingly: Wear appropriate practice attire and shoes.
Equipment: Bring your own glove, catchers' gear (if applicable), bat, batting gloves, and helmet.
PITCHERS- YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BRING YOUR OWN CATCHER TO CATCH YOU DURING THE MORNING DRILL SESSION. This can be a parent/family member/friend/teammate/etc.; however, it CAN NOT be someone who is registered in the camp.
Shoes: Campers are encouraged to wear cleats while playing on Mary M. Bell Field. However, campers are required to wear tennis or turf shoes when hitting in the batting cages. No cleats (rubber or metal) are permitted in the outdoor batting cages or in the Chessick Practice Center if moved inside due to inclement weather.
Other Items to Bring: Water bottle (water and Gatorade will be provided) and sunscreen are also recommended.
Elite Camp: There will be a one-hour lunch break between 12:00 and 1:00pm. Lunch is not provided; however, you are more than welcome to bring a lunch with you to eat at the field or you may go out to a nearby establishment. A list of NIU athletic-sponsored restaurants can be viewed via the Visitor's Guide link at the top of this page or in the NIU Camp Information Guide in the Camp Files section within the Summer Skills Camp page.
When making your travel plans, please keep in mind that NIU is on Central Standard Time.
By Car: When driving, use either Interstate 90 or Interstate 88 when driving from the East or West; Interstate 39 when driving from the North or South. Both are toll roads that require exact change or IPass/EZ Pass. I-88, I-90, and I-290 are all toll roads. The Annie Glidden Road exit requires a $2.10 exact change only cash toll or IPass/EZ Pass are accepted. The Peace Road exit requires a $1.50 exact change only cash toll or IPass/EZ Pass are accepted.
By Air: When arriving by air, DeKalb is within easy driving distance from Chicago Rockford International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, or Chicago Midway Airport.
Hotels: A list of NIU athletic-sponsored hotels can be viewed via the Visitor's Guide link at the top of this page or in the attached NIU Camp Information Guide.
PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION/MEDICIAL WAIVER:
Prior to any camper participating in camp, a copy of the parental authorization/medicial waiver must be received. The completed form can be sent in advance via email (Coach Wade, firstname.lastname@example.org), by fax (815-753-7700), by mail (NIU Softball, C/O Ashley Wade, Convocation Center 220E, 1525 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115), or turned in at camp check-in. The PDF of the medicial waiver is attached to each camp's registration page. A certified athletic trainer will be present throughout the entirety of each camp.
REGISTRATION AND REFUND POLICY:
For all NIU camps and clinics, Jump Forward requires a processing fee upon registration which will be added upon check-out. Cancellation notices received two weeks prior to the beginning of camp will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued for ALL types of cancellations (including illness and injury) received 13 or less days before the start of camp. All cancellations/refunds must be requested via email to email@example.com by the date listed on each individual camp flyer. Transfer of registration fees to a future NIU Softball Camp or to a non-registered camper are prohibited.
All NIU Softball Camps will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the camp will be moved indoors.
If you experience any type of technical difficulties while registering, it usually is a simple fix with the switch of the browser that you're using. We recommend that you use Google Chrome or Firefox to complete the camp registration. Internet Explorer and Safari are not typically compatible with our camp registration site and often present issues during registration. If you are using Google Chrome or Firefox and are still experiencing technical difficulties, please reach out to Coach Wade by phone at 815-753-2245 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct all camp questions to Coach Wade via email to email@example.com or by phone at 815-753-2245.