Basketball camp: Everything to know on how they work
A basketball camp provides a tremendous opportunity to combine improving your ability on the court with experiencing exposure to many of the country's top men's basketball and women's basketball coaches. The latter benefit can prove to be especially valuable in the NCAA basketball recruiting process. Regardless, you should keep in mind that your focus at most of these events should be on the basketball training aspect of them and improving your knowledge of the sport and your basketball skill set.
Some of the exceptions to that general rule arise when you're participating in a showcase or a combine. The former provides you with an opportunity to perform in front of several college coaches in game-like situations. You should treat these events more like you would high school or club games. Combines, which generally don't have college coaches in attendance, measure your athleticism in non-game situations. For example, your reach and how fast you can run down the court may be measured.
The cost of a camp varies quite a bit with the most important factor being length; an overnight basketball camp will generally cost more than one that's completed the same day that it starts. The cost will also increase a bit if housing is included. Other factors that will play roles include the quality of the facilities and of the instructors. Taking all of those factors into account, most camps will include fees that range from $100 to $1,000.
Is there a basketball camp near me?
The first question that comes up in your research is usually, "Where is there a basketball camp near me?". That makes sense as, in most cases, you will want to participate in a camp that is geographically convenient. The time commitment necessary to participate will be minimal as little time will be spent traveling to it, and there will be minimal transportation costs.
Fortunately, in nearly all cases, there will be a basketball camp near you. Initially, you should research nearby college campuses as they often host basketball camps. These are usually run by that school, sometimes by private organizations. Also make sure to see if there's an event such as a Nike basketball camp near you.
What types of basketball training should you expect to experience at basketball camps? Depending on the camp, you'll most likely take part in at least a few of these basketball drills:
Your basketball training may also include taking part in scrimmages. It's also common for instructors to break down the mental aspects of the sport. This often includes watching basketball games and commenting on how those players are playing. Sometimes, they'll focus on one player or one position on the court for an extended time period and describe the actions performed there. Additionally, some camps will feature special guest speakers who will share their extensive knowledge in the sport. In some cases, they'll lead some youth basketball drills as well.
Basketball camp types
What are the different kinds of basketball camps?
Examples of private camps:
The number of options for camps offered by Breakthrough Basketball is especially extensive. This organization hosts a Breakthrough Basketball Camp in nearly every state, and many of them sell out, so do make sure to plan ahead if you want to attend any of these. Breakthrough Basketball is also known for its instructional DVDs and online videos and articles and eBooks.
Examples of college basketball camps:
Camps hosted by a basketball college provide a number of benefits that a private one is not able to. For example, if you're a basketball recruit aspiring to play at one of these schools, these camps will provide you a way to interact with those coaches in basketball settings and get a feel for those campuses. Even if you're not looking to play at that specific institution, time spent at a Duke basketball camp, Kansas basketball camp or UD basketball camp can offer a valuable experience with top coaches in a college setting.
Another important distinction between camps is whether they are day camps or overnight camps. For the latter camps, you may need to bring things like a sleeping bag and a towel. Conversely, a day camp may require that you bring a sack lunch. In all cases, check with the specific camp to see what it recommends or requires.
Also take into account when the camp is. Various benefits can be enjoyed at a basketball summer camp, a fall basketball camp, a winter basketball camp and a spring basketball camp. Most camps are held in the spring and summer, outside of the high school and college basketball season, but there are always some held during the fall and winter for those who desire those types of options.
Basketball camp guidelines and rules
Prior to heading to a camp, read up on its guidelines. These often include the following:
- Cell Phone Guidelines
- Timeliness Guidelines
- Respect Guidelines
- Arrival/Departure Guidelines
- Vehicular Guidelines
- Miscellaneous Guidelines
Additionally, take into account what may happen if these guidelines are not followed. One of the repercussions could be immediate removal from the basketball camp with no refund provided for not being able to take part in the rest of the camp.
It's also helpful to look over the daily schedule. Doing so will help you visualize the day(s) and not be surprised by an unexpected activity occurring.
What does a basketball camp need from you?
Prior to arriving at a boys basketball camp or a girls basketball camp, you'll need, at a minimum, to have completed a registration form and provided payment information. On this form will generally be basic information about yourself, including your name, gender, birthday, grade, address, names of parents or guardians and corresponding phone numbers and email addresses. If necessary, make sure to indicate which camp you'll be attending. Lastly, read through the fine print and ensure that it's signed.\
If you suffer from any allergies or need to provide medical information such as you having asthma, let the camp know in advance. Note that allergy information is only necessary to give if food will be provided.
How are basketball camps run?
What should you expect at a basketball camp? For ones hosted by colleges, that team's head coach will generally be the camp director with some or all of their assistant coaches and some of their players taking part in leadership roles as well. Private camps usually have basketball coaches with similar credentials in charge of imparting their knowledge to their campers. Note that camps will often have a certified physical trainer on duty as well.
What skill level should I expect at a basketball camp?
Prior to signing up for a camp, it's important to research it fully. One important reason to do so is to determine if your playing ability and aspirations fit the type of camp that it is. You want to avoid camps that are too easy or too advanced for you. If you're an NCAA basketball recruit, an elite camp may be perfect for you. Conversely, if you're not looking to play beyond high school or are not even in high school yet, you'll want to take part in a more casual type of boys basketball camp or girls basketball camp.
Although some elite camps will require that you be approved prior to being allowing to register, many do not limit anybody from joining as long as you meet the gender and age requirements. However, in those latter cases, organizers will strongly recommend that campers join camps that fit their skill levels.
NCAA basketball recruiting and camps
For top basketball players, one of the most significant benefits of a camp is its influence on their recruiting paths. Are you already involved with or looking to be involved with Duke basketball recruiting or Illinois basketball recruiting? Participating in camps, not necessarily just those hosted by those two schools, will help you stand out in the recruiting process. Direct exposure to top coaches is a great benefit while the skills learned will help you perform at higher levels back on your high school and club teams.
Since only 3% of male players and 4% of female players move on to NCAA basketball squads, it's important to take advantage of anything that can make that happen. Of course, camps are not the only activities than can help you take that step, but they can provide considerable assistance.
Other things that you can do to help you be more recruitable include being more proactive in the learning process with your high school and club coaches and being more proactive in the recruiting process. Continue to learn the game and practice those skills throughout your time in high school. Staying on top of your schoolwork will often play a pivotal role as well. Not only will doing so provide you with a wider selection of schools that may be interested in you, but coaches also prefer to have players who they expect to be able to handle college work.
You also want to educate yourself on recruiting-specific information. This can include perusing relatable recruiting guidelines. For example, take into account that a female point guard who's looking to play at a lower D1 school or a higher D2 institution should, in most cases, have garnered multiple years of AAU experience, competed on a national level and earned honors such as all-state and all-region.
It also helps to learn about the basketball recruiting calendar and rules. For example, although you can generally contact college coaches at any time, they're much more limited as far as when and in which ways they can reach out to you. Knowing why this is limited at any given time will help you understand this process from their perspective and know what to expect.
Basketball recruiting assistance
One of the ways that many receive assistance in the recruiting process is by taking advantage of the resources offered by Next College Student Athlete. NCSA has been helping high school student-athletes become collegiate student-athletes since it was founded in 2000. Those who work at NCSA understand that much of the recruiting process is a mystery to those going through it and can be overwhelming and confusing. They also know how important it is to be more proactive and less reactive and stress that.
NCSA staff members regularly help high school student-athletes create a recruiting plan of what to do throughout all four years of high school to improve the odds of you finding a great overall fit for yourself. They also understand that so much of your collegiate experience will take place outside of the gym and want to help you find a new home in a setting that fits your overall aspirations. Of course, basketball will be a significant part of that, but it will be far from the only factor.
Over the past couple of decades, more than 200,000 NCSA clients made that move to a college roster in a wide variety of sports. Also, 35,000 college coaches are a part of the NCSA network, providing additional benefits to athletes. The coaches are also pleased by what's offered as they look to find their own best fits, which includes creating a roster filled with players that fit the team's, campus' and local community's cultures.
If you'd like to start taking advantage of what NCSA can offer you, fill out your free profile today. Make sure to call 866 495-5172 if you have any questions about that form or about NCSA's offerings.