ABOUT THE CAMP:
The 2021 Winter Skill Camp provides campers with the opportunity to fine tune fundamental and advanced defensive, offensive, or pitching skills. Campers will receive position-specific instruction on hitting, pitching, catching, or infield/outfield. Those who choose the offensive portion will work on developing their swing and approach to stepping in the box. Pitchers will be led through drill work for the following pitches: curve, screw, rise, drop, and change, as well as situational mental training. Catchers will work on position-specific skills including receiving, blocking, transfers, and throw-downs as well as work with pitchers on situational mental training. Position players will receive instruction on fundamentals and advanced position-specific skills in addition to a throwing breakdown and game-like situations.
*If you register for the pitching or catching camp, you are required to stay within that position for the entirety of the camp. If you register for the infield/outfield camp, you are permitted to switch between the various infield and outfield positions. However, infield/outfield campers are not permitted to join the pitching, catching, or offensive camps. If you register for the offensive camp you will not be able to go to any of the defensive portions (including pitching and catching).
Camp registration will take place inside the main Chessick doors starting at 1:00pm. Once registration is complete, camp will run from 1:30-4:30pm inside the Chessick Practice Center.
This camp is open to individuals in 6th grade through College (2028 graduates - College; those currently attending a four year institution (DI, DII, DIII, or NAIA) must be in the transfer portal in order to attend).
*The NCAA stipulates that the camp is open to any and all entrants limited only by number, age, grade level, and/or gender.
WHAT TO BRING:
DEFENSIVE SESSIONS: Campers should bring their own glove, personal catching gear (if applicable), helmet, tennis or turf shoes, and appropriate practice attire. No cleats (rubber or metal) are permitted in the indoor facility. PITCHERS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING THEIR OWN CATCHER. This can be a parent, friend, sibling, teammate, etc. It CAN NOT be someone who is registered in the camp as a catcher.
OFFENSIVE SESSION: Campers should bring their own bat, helmet, batting gloves, tennis or turf shoes, and appropriate practice attire. No cleats (rubber or metal) are permitted in the indoor facility.
**Due to COVID-19, campers are required to bring their own water bottle. Reusable cups will not be provided. Additionally, face masks/coverings will be required to be worn throughout the entirety of camp. Disposable face masks will NOT be provided, so you must bring your own face covering which covers your nose and mouth.
MEET THE CAMP STAFF:
Staffing involves NIU tenth year head coach Christina Sutcliffe, her staff, and members of the 2021-2022 softball team. In 2019, Sutcliffe led the Huskies to her seventh consecutive appearance in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, earning a four seed. The Huskies finished the 2019 season with one Academic All-America selection, one All-Great Lakes Region honoree, five All-MAC selections, two All-Freshman team honorees, one MAC Championship All-Tournament Team selection, one CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District honoree, eight Academic All-MAC players, and three MAC President's Award recipients. The Huskies etched their place in NIU record books, as Alex Frenz tossed the first perfect game since 1995, Katie Keller broke the NIU record for doubles in a season, doubles in a game, and runs scored in a game, and Katie Lamich broke the NIU record for stolen bases in a game. Additionally, Keller became the first freshman in NIU history to be named First Team All-Great Lakes Region and went on to be honored as a NFCA Top 25 Freshman, a first for NIU as well as the Mid-American Conference. The 2020 season was highlighted by road wins against College of Charleston and a 10-inning walk-off win over Jacksonville State before the season abruptly ended due to COVID-19. During the 2021 season, the Huskies recorded ninteen wins. The Huskies were led by junior Katie Keller who was named to the MAC All-Defensive Team, First Team All-MAC, NFCA First Team All-Region, and the winner of the Nan Harvey Award. Keller led the Huskies in 12 offensive catagories and even broke the NIU single season doubles record (previously set by her in 2019) with 23 doubles on the year.
NEW RECRUITING RULES:
Due to the new NCAA recruiting rules, we are no longer allowed to have contact with a prospective student-athlete until September 1st of their junior year. Following our camp, we are able to talk with any aged camper; however, it cannot be a recruiting-based conversation. Prior to September 1st of your junior year, we are not permitted to state if we are or are not interested in recruiting you, nor are we able to discuss what we are looking for in a particular class. Additionally, per our compliance office, we are not permitted to accept recruiting profile sheets following the camp from a sophomore or younger, as it can be perceived as "recruiting activities." In the meantime, we encourage you to continue emailing our coaches your playing schedules (high school and travel ball). Additionally, if you have not done so already, please fill out the questionnaire found at the top of the camp home page so that we have all of your pertinent information on file. Lastly, we highly encourage you to send your unofficial transcripts to Coach Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Cancellation notices received prior to November 20th, 2021 will receive a full refund. No monetary refunds will be issued for ALL cancellations (including illness and injury) received 13 or less days before the start of camp. In the event of a positive COVID test or extreme inclement weather, camp registration may be transferred upon approval ONLY to the next NIU Softball camp date. All cancellations/refunds must be requested via email to email@example.com. Transfer of registration to a non-registered camper are prohibited. The camp will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the camp will be moved indoors.
I/we acknowledge and agree that Northern Illinois University, including its camp participants, must comply with national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements, and the safety rules and precautions of Northern Illinois University, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which rules and precautions may be updated at any time. While acknowledging that these rules and precautions may or may not be effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, camp participants are required to comply with such rules and precautions which may include, but are not limited to, education and screening, testing recommendations, sanitization, and personal hygiene. I/we further acknowledge and agree that at any time the operations of the University may be affected and/or your camp may be impacted by the pandemic and its effects.
The NIU coaching staff and student-athletes will be wearing face coverings during the entirety of camp. Campers will be required to wear face coverings when within six feet of another camper. We will try our best to space people out and keep individuals six feet apart whenever possible.
If the camp option you are interested in is sold out and you'd like to be placed on the waiting list, please sign-up for the waiting list through the camp reigstration site or email Coach Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.