MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State softball program, which has won three of the last four Mid-American Conference Regular Season Championships, will host its annual Winter Softball Camp on January 6, 2013 at the Ball State Field Sports Building.
Campers will have the option to pick up to three two-hour sessions to hone their skills in pitching, catching, hitting and defense.
The cost of one session is just $65 dollars, with each additional session costing just $45 each.
2013 Ball State Winter Softball Camp Sessions
Pitching (9 - 11 a.m.): Pitchers will work on fundamentals and pitch development. We will go over correct form for movement pitches and work on the mental approach to pitching. You must bring your own catcher.
Catching (9 - 11 a.m.): Emphasis on footwork, receiving, blocking and throwing to all bases. We will also work on the mental approach for catchers.
Hitting (Noon - 2 p.m.): Emphasis on the fundamentals of the swing and swing breakdown. We will go into detail about the mental aspect of hitting and approach to at bats.
Defense (2:30 - 4:30 p.m.): Emphasis on the fundamentals of infield and outfield footwork and throwing techniques.
2013 Ball State Winter Softball Camp Directors:
Head Coach Craig Nicholson - Nicholson is entering his seventh season as the head softball coach at Ball State University. Under his guidance, the program won its first-ever Mid-American Conference regular season championship in 2009 with the best league record in program history (18-3) and has since went on to win two more MAC crowns in 2010 and 2012. The 2010 squad, which set program records for wins in a season (43) and winning percentage in a season (.729), also captured just the second MAC Tournament title in program history to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Nicholson, the 2009 MAC Coach of the Year, has led the Cardinals to a 204-145 (.585) record over his BSU career, including an 82-44 (.651) ledger in MAC action. The fastest coach to reach both 100 and 200 wins in program history, Nicholson owns a 927-235 (.798) career coaching record including his 723-90 record in 11 years at Central Arizona. He led Central Arizona to four National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships ('97, '99, '03 and '05), earning National Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year accolades all four years. He also stands as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Junior College Coach of the Year in '97, '99 and '05.
Assistant Coach Kassie Stanfill - Stanfill begins her first season at Ball State after spending two years at Middle Tennessee. A 2009 graduate of Louisville, she has experience coaching all facets of the game. Primarily responsible for developing the hitters and outfielders at MTSU, Stanfill helped the Blue Raiders offense establish a program record with 41 home runs last season. The team's batting average also climbed from .247 in 2010 to .272 in 2012 under her guidance, while the program finished the 2012 season with the second-best slugging percentage in program history at .424.