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  • 1. How To Evaluate Basketball Camps &
  • 2. Safety & Security………………………………………….….…4 Expertise………………………………………………8 Passion………………….…………………………….11 Instructor to Player Ratio………………………12 Camp Goals………………………………………….13 Curriculum….……………………………………….13 Takeaways……………………………………………14 Swag…………………………………………………….15 Next Steps & Alternatives……………………….17 TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  • 3. Our children are our most important assets. Just because someone puts the word basketball camp after their name, does not mean you drop your kid off with them. There are 3 elements of security/safety you need to look closely at when choosing a camp: Location Security, Staff Back Ground, and First Aid Training. CHAPTER 1: Security and Safety Of Your Camper // Page 4
  • 4. A former nightclub manager who trained security told us, the most basic question you can ask yourself as you assess location security is what are the top 3 risks to our assets (in this case your kids) and how will they be managed? 1. What is the surrounding neighborhood like? 2. Does the staff have total control of entrances and exits? 3. Would a threat stand out in this environment? 4. Vision. Does the staff have a good sense of vision thru the location or do they get caught up in smaller focus issues. 5. Are the kids secure in the gym, or are there other people in and out of the same bathrooms etc. 6. Can kids just go wandering off easily? 7. Are Fire Exits Clearly Marked and Operational? How To Evaluate Basketball Camps // Page 5
  • 5. A criminal background check is the bare bones basics that one should consider sufficient to offer peace of mind. We have put off several potential employees with our background check system, but we are talking about children, not the keys to a corporate office. Ask the Camp Director what background checks the staff including himself have gone thru, and what evidence of those background checks exist. Ask the Director how long he / she has known the counselors. A glossy brochure is not how you choose someone who will be around your child for a week. How To Evaluate Basketball Camps No Background Check, No Camp! // Page 6
  • 6. More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. Source: JS Powell, KD Barber Foss, 1999. Basketball is a contact sport. There are risks. Some can be managed and eliminated. Others are virtually unavoidable. We recommend half day camps. The human body cannot sustain basketball performance and focus all day. Our camp experience indicates a disproportionate amount of injuries happen in the last hours of camp. The longer the daily hours, the more injuries. When the unavoidable happens, it is absolutely essential that the Camp Director have First Aid and CPR training that is current. Ask to see copies. How To Evaluate Basketball Camps // Page 7
  • 7. 1. Did the Camp Director and Instructors play, coach or train college or pro basketball? Or is your child learning from self anointed experts? 2. Does the Director have player development coaching experience? Meaning do they teach plays or do they teach how to play? 3. Does the Camp have a teaching philosophy that you, the non-expert, can understand? 4. What other experts have endorsed this camp? CHAPTER 2: Expertise // Page 8
  • 8. 5. Exactly who is going to be the staff at this camp? 6. How many camps has the director run? 7. Can the Camp Instructors still demonstrate at a high level or are they old men? (Old guys are cool as long as they have people capable of demonstrating.) 8. What is the full time job of the Camp Director? Beware the part timer. Probe more deeply. It could be a diamond in the rough but could also be a red flag. Coach John Wooden How To Evaluate Basketball Camps // Page 9
  • 9. CHAPTER 3: Passion You don’t need to be a basketball expert to gauge this. Speak to the Camp Director. If they can’t make the time for a phone call, you have an easy answer. Does their website show a sense of enthusiasm and love for the game? Do online reviews indicate that passion and inspiration are part of the experience? Do you walk in the camp and feel the energy? Why do they do the camp? Is this a job or a passion? Your player deserves passion. Ask the camp director why someone with their experience would do camps and ask them what they hope to accomplish in a week with your child. Listen not only to what they say, but how they say it? // Page 11
  • 10. CHAPTER 4 Player : Instructor Ratio If your player wants to be part of a big factory style camp with hundreds of players you can see one of the biggest activities pictured above. Many larger factory camps can overcome numbers with a good player to instructor ratio. Ask and know this number. We like a 1:8 ratio or lower and typically limit our camps to manageabl players. Anything more than that and we don’t have the time to support kids who need help or catch kids doing things right and reinforcing good habits. // Page 11
  • 11. CHAPTER 6: Camp Goals and Philosophy Look on the website for the goals and philosophy of the camp. If the camp does not aspire to any goals, this may be a red flag. Ask the camp director on the phone. Check reviews to see if camp goals and feedback align. Most importantly, make sure your goals and and the camp’s goals align as well. Our camps are designed for education, others pure fun, some about exposure and still others about inspiration and celebrity. // Page 11 Camp goalss
  • 12. CHAPTER 7: Curriculum Look on the camp website for daily agenda or curriculum outline. No camp director should stick to that plan 100% of the time as they ideally pivot and customize to campers’ abilities after day 1. But it still shows commitment and preparation and transparency. Failing to plan is planning to fail and a specific curriculum that is shared with you is a must have. The next page outlines one of our camp agendas as a sample. // Page 11 Curriculum Matters!!
  • 13. CHAPTER 8: Takeaways Some camps do a good job of providing feedback on next steps in development for your game. Some have a formal evaluation sheet with grading. Others do rankings. And still other camps offer personalized feedback, personalized training, supplemental online curriculum, and recommendations. Look on the website and ask the camp directors what your player will take away. The next page offers a sample of what we outline as camp takeaways here in Austin. // Page 11 Next Steps?
  • 14. CHAPTER 9: Swag & Goodies Basketball Camps worldwide often give away t-shirts and other fun giveaways. Not really much educational value in swag but your kid needs that camp shirt to brag to his friends about his summer experience. This would rank very low as a priority and our camp could certainly do better in this category, but it is a factor to consider. // Page 11
  • 15. Rarely have I gone to the lowest price camp and seen a good camp experience. And there is not a direct correlation between the highest price camps and the education received. Figure out your budget and look for the best value. Not the cheapest price. Invest wisely by doing the due diligence we have outlined in this book. CHAPTER 10: Cost – Price and Value // Page 15
  • 16. Chapter 11 Basketball Camp Alternatives If budget is an issue you may ask for a scholarship. We set aside a couple of slots and know that many camps do. Distance can be ridiculous especially for parents with multiple siblings. Lastly schedules for kids have become nearly impossible to manage. There are 2 basketball training alternatives that may help these challenges. We outline them on the next page. // Page 11 “Son, we just can’t afford it. I am sorry.” “Is this really what your game needs? “ “Sorry, we can’t afford it” “How Far????” “The same week as our vacation?” “Is this the best option for your game?”
  • 17. Online Basketball Training Online Basketball Training. This is a far cheaper alternative and a self starter can really accelerate with online training. There are many good options available. Check out my basketball speed and agility class download @ Basketball HQ. You can’t beat the value here for $9.99 per month. 1000’s of online basketball videos and articles with new content added daily. All taught by expert college and pro coaches and demonstrated by great players. There is no better product out there.  has some great videos from coaches like Tom Izzo, Pat Summit…and me! How To Evaluate Basketball Camps // Page 14
  • 18. Connect With An Expert & Passionate Basketball trainer How To Evaluate Basketball Camps Hire A Basketball Trainer With some basketball camps going for as much as $800 per week, personalized basketball training may make more sense for some players. $800 can get you as many as 20 small group training sessions. In an ideal world a former college or pro player an help you magnify your strengths while addressing areas for improvement. Look for someone who specializes in player development to really accelerate. Email me at to get a list of qualified trainers in your area or check out the below resources: // Page 12 In New Jersey: Elsewhere:
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