Chicago North Shore, IL 2023 Softball Summer Camp at the Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest, IL 60045


Campers will get to play at Lake Forest Academy's newly renovated turf fields. Lake Forest Academy's campus is conveniently located just 30 miles north of Chicago and 60 miles south of Milwaukee.

Camp is open for all abilities and ages 8-17.

About Our Coaches

Joe Kinsella

The 2023 season will be Joe Kinsella's 17th at Lake Forest College and 23rd as a collegiate head coach. The five-time coach of the year in the Midwest Conference owns a 358-227-1 overall record and impressive 180-32 mark in MWC play during his first 15 seasons at the College.

Under Kinsella's direction, the 2022 Foresters posted a 24-15 overall record and won 15 of 16 league games to capture the 12th MWC title in program history. Josie Klein was voted MWC Position Player of the Year and Hannah Smith the MWC Pitcher of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. They were joined by three teammates as First Team All-MWC honorees while two others were named to the second team.

The 2022 MWC championship in the last nine years and Lake Forest has advanced to every four-team MWC Tournament since 2000. The Foresters have won four conference tournaments and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament five times during Kinsella's tenure. They have also won a total of 10 NCAA Tournament games and a regional tournament during that time.

Kinsella's players have earned 75 all-conference awards and 15 MWC Player or Pitcher of the Year honors in the last 16 years. He has also coached Lake Forest players to 27 All-Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Fourteen Foresters were named Academic All-MWC in 2021, giving the team 108 since Kinsella took over as head coach. They have also earned the MWC Elite 20 Award five times since 2016. In addition, Josie Klein was named First Team Academic All-America® by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2022.

Lake Forest has excelled in numerous statistical categories under Kinsella's direction. Members of the program set or tied four school records in 2022 and the program's top marks in 67 different categories have been recorded during Kinsella's time as head coach. Among the records set during his tenure is the 2015 team's 35 victories en route to an NCAA Regional Tournament title and appearance in the Super Regional round. In addition, Lake Forest has led the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, runs batted in, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, total bases, stolen bases, walks, hit by pitch, earned run average, opponent batting average, saves, strikeouts, putouts, assists, and fielding percentage during Kinsella's tenure.

Kinsella was the head coach at Millsaps College for six years before coming to Lake Forest. He took over a 1-26 program at Milsaps and directed it to three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference West Division championships, one league title, and an NCAA Regional third-place finish. Individual Lady Majors were named All-SCAC 38 times, earned 36 Academic All-SCAC honors, and were voted SCAC Players of the Year twice during his six seasons. He was named the conference’s Coach of the Year in 2003. He also founded and directed Joe Kinsella’s Major Impact Softball Camps LLC, which he ran throughout Mississippi during the summer. In addition to softball, he was an assistant football coach from 2000-03.

Prior to coaching at Millsaps, Kinsella was the head coach at Dakota Wesleyan University for one year, an assistant softball and football coach at Illinois Wesleyan University for two seasons, a campus minister at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, Illinois for a year, and a softball, track & field, and cross country coach at Resurrection High School in Chicago for three seasons.

Camp Details

Overnight: Check in will be from 12:00pm-1:00pm on Monday at the dorm at Atlas dorm.

Extended Day: Check in will be from 12:30pm-1:00pm on Monday at Atlas dorm. Campers should be dropped off at 9:00am and picked up at 8:30pm each day except for pick up on the last day.

Day: Check in will be from 12:30pm-1:00pm on Monday at Atlas dorm. Campers should be dropped off at 9:00am and picked up at 4:00pm each day.

Check Out: All Campers will check out at 12:00pm Thursday at the Softball Field.


Day Camp
Monday: check in 12-1pm and goes until 4pm (1 softball session)
Tuesday: 9am-4pm (2 softball sessions, lunch included)
Wednesday: 9am-4pm (2 softball sessions, lunch included)
Thursday: 9am-12pm (1 softball sessions)

Extended-Day Camp
Monday: check in 12-1pm and goes until 8:30pm (2 softball session, dinner included)
Tuesday: 9am-8:30pm (2-3 softball sessions, with evening activities, lunch and dinner included)
Wednesday: 9am-8:30pm (2-3 softball sessions, with evening activities, lunch and dinner included)
Thursday: 9am-12pm (1 softball sessions)

*number of sessions and typical drills/schedule for the day depends on staff/director of camp.

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