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.
WINTER CAMP CHECKLIST:
Dress accordingly: Wear appropriate practice attire and tennis/turf shoes
Equipment: Bring your own glove, catchers' gear (if applicable), bat, batting gloves, and helmet. Pitchers are required to bring their own catcher who is not participating in the camp. This can be a parent, sibling, other relative, or friend, but cannot be someone participating in the camp.
Shoes: Campers are required to wear tennis or turf shoes. No cleats (rubber or metal) are permitted in the Chessick Practice Center.
Other Items to Bring: Water bottle (water and Gatorade will be provided)
Winter Skills Camp: There will be a 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 in the Hall of Champions 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 Winter 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.
**Due to construction on I-88, please plan your travel time accordingly taking the construction into account.
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 Summer 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, a processing fee is required upon registration and is reflected in the price shown on the website. NO refunds will be given for ALL types of cancellations (including illnesses and injuries) made after 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.
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 email@example.com.
Please direct all camp questions to Coach Wade via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 815-753-2245.