Find Women’s Basketball Camps and Tournaments Near You
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College basketball camps are a chance for high school basketball players to show their skills on the court in front of college coaches. With the college basketball season running at the same time as high school games and tournaments, camps are crucial to getting coach exposure. This section dives into the different types of camps, helping families choose the right one for them.
2020 women’s college basketball camps
Each year we pull together a list of every college women's basketball camp in the country with the date and cost for each camp. However, most college camps scheduled for 2020 have been canceled due to the NCAA’s response to COVID-19. Please check with camp organizers for the most current information on camp availability. Keep checking back because we'll post 2021 summer camps here when details are available.
Why attending girls basketball camps is important
During the regular season, college and high school basketball games are scattered throughout the week, making it extremely difficult for college coaches to travel and see their top prospects play in-person. But in the off-season—especially during live periods—they can hit the road and scout several players at once. In fact, it’s common for the athletics department to split up and travel to different camps and tournaments so they can attend as many events as possible. That’s why summer basketball camps and tournaments are such a crucial part of the women’s basketball recruiting process.
Women’s college basketball tournaments
Basketball tournaments provide student-athletes with an opportunity to see how they measure up against top recruits across the country and more importantly, it gives them a chance to compete in front of college coaches. While several different tournaments can prove to be advantageous—local and nationwide—families should thoroughly research events and connect with college coaches ahead of time to improve their chances of being recruited.
Timing matters, too, as summer is an essential time in the recruiting process. When coaches are in season, they don’t have many opportunities to travel to high school basketball games. Instead, they’re more likely to travel during the off-season and attend certified events where they can watch several athletes compete at once. While NCAA Division 1 and some Division 2 coaches have more flexibility with their budget to travel, Division 3 college coaches tend to recruit at local tournaments.
Keep in mind that coaches attend tournaments with a list of recruits they want to see play. So, student-athletes should reach out to coaches via email and telephone before events and let them know where they’ll be playing. When student-athletes call coaches, they’re allowed to talk on the phone. As long as the student-athlete is the one initiating contact, communication is allowed. That’s why it’s so important to be proactive and loop in a high school or club coach who can act as a liaison and help facilitate a time to talk.
Here are a few popular tournaments that coaches attend. You can also visit the NCAA’s website to see a list of certified events where coaches will be.
- Run 4 the Roses – Louisville
- Nike Tournament of Champions – Chicago
- US Junior Nationals – Washington DC (typically a mix of NCAA D1, D2 and D3 coaches at this tournament)
- End of the Trail – Oregon City
How to get invited to basketball camps
Basketball camps give student-athletes an opportunity to compete against top recruits, refine their skills and compete in front of college coaches. Typically, coaches invite student-athletes to participate in their camp via email. They might also mail information to families. However, it’s important to decipher the kind of invitation you’re receiving—personal or generic.
The truth is that many schools use showcases and camps as money-makers. Can athletes gain valuable skills and improve their game at a camp? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean they’re being recruited. Coaches tend to invite a lot of athletes to their camps and simply don’t have the time to notice everyone. So, athletes who receive a generic invite are mainly there for skills development and aren’t actively being recruited.
On the other hand, student-athletes who receive a personal invitation are more likely on the coach’s list of top prospects and will be evaluated in-person. These recruits already established a relationship with the coach and even spoke to them on the phone (remember, when the student-athlete initiates contact and calls a coach, they’re allowed to talk on the phone). We often remind families to be proactive in their recruiting, and this is especially important when it comes to camps. Email coaches an online profile and highlight film to get on their radar before you attend.
How to choose college basketball camps for high school students
Camp can be a very beneficial experience for families. It gives student-athletes a chance to see what college life is like, while also improving their game. We recommend that you research individual basketball camps that we have included in this list, but we also want to make sure you know the main differences between college and exposure camps.
· College basketball camps are run by the college’s basketball program. You’ll gain knowledge and instruction from the high level of teaching at this type of program and will have the opportunity to get a sample of campus life at the school where the camp is located.
· Basketball exposure camps have the goals of evaluating players and helping players develop exposure and get a player ranking. Although they are not tied to a specific university, many basketball exposure camps have amazing track records and cite alumni who have gone on to top college programs. Many of these camps are invitation-only, so the talent level is high—and excellent for player development. They also offer players an opportunity to play in front of college coaches.
· Lastly, you may have heard camps referred to as college elite basketball camps. These are typically invitation-only events that bring together the top recruits from each graduate class to compete against each other at a national level. They’re run by college coaches on the school’s campus, so they’re a great way for athletes to get exposure to coaches.
Keep in mind that most coaches attend events with a list of players they want to see. If you want to get recruited at a camp or showcase, you need to reach out to college coaches ahead of time. Email your online profile, including your highlight video, and follow up with a phone call.
How much do basketball camps cost?
When calculating the cost of a camp, families need to consider both the camp’s registration fee and additional travel expenses to attend. A one- or two-day basketball camp will typically cost between $50 and $300, while a four- or five-day overnight camp can be north of $1,000. The type of camp, number of instructors and level of facilities all affect the cost of a basketball camp.
Find women’s basketball camps near me
Camps are a great way to develop your technical ability and strategy, especially in the offseason, and play in front of college coaches. See a list of the best basketball camps near me.