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Mike Candrea and Southwest Camps 9th Annual Elite Softball Camp

Join Coach Mike Candrea and his University of Arizona staff for a 4-day Elite Camp designed to improve all aspects of your game. This high intensity camp will offer you and other talented athletes the chance to prepare, practice and compete at a high level of competition. A maximum of 78 girls will be broken up into 6 teams of 13 players each and put through workouts and competitive situations similar to collegiate practices and games. Team defense, team offense, mental enhancement, conditioning and agility, weight room information, and specific position play will be discussed and worked on during this 4-day camp. Serious softball players will enjoy the opportunity to compete with and against others who aspire to play at the collegiate level. This camp will be intensive in nature and challenging to each and every player.

All camp activities take place on the University of Arizona campus and the beautiful Hillenbrand Softball Stadium, home of 8 NCAA National Championships. Demonstrations will be provided by current University of Arizona players along with former All Americans and Olympians. Current and former collegiate coaches from around the country make up this incredible staff. Improve your softball skills, while learning from the nation’s best!! Registration for this camp is limited and certain positions always sell out. Please make sure you act quickly to reserve your spot. Players with 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 graduation dates are eligible to participate in Southwest Camps 9th Annual Elite Camp.

Dates, Times and Information-
Check In Monday June 11th - 5:45-6:45- -Check Out- Thursday June 14th 9:30-11:45am depending on last game played. Please have your camper eat dinner before she arrives at check in on Monday. If your daughter has to depart camp early to get to a weekend tournament, please inform the camp staff at check in. Exact Residence Hall information will be sent to you approximately 3 weeks before the start of camp.

The residence halls are designed for 2 campers per room and are air conditioned. Campers will need to bring either a sleeping bag or sheets and a blanket for the twin sized dorm beds. Please bring towels, sunscreen, and all of the personal toiletries they will need for their stay at camp. All campers need tennis shoes as well as cleats. Campers can participate in shorts or softball pants, t-shirts and socks. We ask that campers do not wear tank tops or sleeveless shirts because of the intense sun and sunburns. Please bring a hand towel that they can be dip in cool water while on the field and hang around their neck to stay cool. There are ice machines at the residence halls to fill up coolers, but no refrigerators in the rooms.

Cost –The Elite camp is an overnight camp only

Refunds minus $100 processing fee given before June 1, 2018
No refunds after June 2, 2018


Hillenbrand Softball Stadium
1700 E. 2nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Residence Hall information for Overnight campers will be sent approximately 3 weeks before camp begins.

Important Camp Information

  • All players need to bring a Glove, Batting Gloves, Helmet, Bat, Cleats, Water Bottle, hat or visor, and catching gear (if applicable) and Sunscreen to camp each day. Tennis shoes must be worn in the batting cages. Metal or rubber cleats can be worn on the field. All meals are provided in the cost of your registration fee.
  • A Hat or Visor is mandatory to be worn at each practice.
  • Please mark the campers name in her items brought to camp in case something gets lost.
  • All campers will receive a t-shirt and have the opportunity to get a photograph with the U of A coaches and players
  • This is not an official function of the University of Arizona. Camps are open to all entrants, limited only by age

Frequently Asked Questions?

Will Coach Candrea be present at camp?

Yes, Coach Candrea works all sessions of camp. The current U of A softball staff is also present each day of camp.

Do Pitchers need to provide their own catchers?
No, Southwest Camps provides catchers for the pitchers in our clinics to throw to.

How ar ethe teams drafted for the Elite Camp?
Each player is listed by the position they signed up for and then we do a “mock draft” the first night of camp.

Who coaches the teams for the Elite Camp?
Each team at camp has at least 1 College coach on their coaching staff.

Can parents watch the camp sessions?
Yes, parents are allowed to view all sessions, we just ask that parents stay in the bleachers at the stadium. During the Elite Camp we play games each evening and parents are welcome to watch the games as well..

Can parents videotape the sessions?
Yes, parents can videotape a session, but they will need to stay behind the fences to do so. Please only videotape your daughter and not the clinicians

Will there be Arizona Softball clothing available for purchase?
Yes, we will have a large selection of shorts, sweat pants, sweat shirts, and t-shirts available for purchase at check in and check out.

What do I put down if my daughter plays multiple positions?
For the Elite Camp, we assign the players to teams the first night, so if your daughter plays multiple positions and wants to work on all of those skills at camp, the best option would be for her to sign up as a UTILITY Player.

Will more paperwork be sent to me?
Yes, approximately 3 weeks before the start of camp, you will be emailed the Medical Release that will need to be completed, SIGNED and returned so your daughter can participate at camp. Exact address for camp and directions will also be sent at that time.

Do you accept walk up registrations at camp?
No, we cannot accept walk up registrations at our Summer Camps

What do I do if the position I want to sign up for is sold out?
Please contact Lisa Bernstein at lisagbernstein@gmail.com or 612-581-0021 and she will get you on the waiting list and explain your other options.

Airport Transportation

Airport transportation can be arranged thru Arizona Stagecoach at www.azstagecoach.com (520) 889-1000 or any other shuttle service that you prefer. Campers flying into Tucson should arrive into Tucson International Airport no earlier than 3:00pm and no later than 10:00pm on Monday, June 11. Campers flying in before 3:00pm will need to find something to do until check in starts, as the residence halls will not be staffed until 5:30 on Monday. Campers should schedule their departing flights out of Tucson between 10:00am-1:00pm on Thursday, June 14 and should make those arrangements through Arizona Stagecoach or any other shuttle service you choose. Please forward all Airport Shuttle information to Tina at swcamps@msn.com when it becomes available.

Hotels in the Area

  • Residence Inn by Marriott: 2660 E. Medina Rd, Tucson AZ 85756   (520)-294-5522
  • Aloft Tucson University Hotel: 1900 E Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85719 (520) 908-6800
  • Radisson Suites Tucson: 6555 E. Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85710  (520)-721-7100

PLEASE NOTE: The process to register for this camp has two(2) parts. The Athlete information and Medical Release form AND payment. The forms and the payment made on the next pages are sent together to the camp office. Without completing BOTH form and payment your reservation for the camp will not be received.
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