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Summer Basketball Camp IV

Summer Basketball Camp IV Recap

Day One

After a week break from our third Summer Basketball Camp, our fourth and final Summer Camp began with a lot of excitement! Monday’s camp activities consisted of relay races, which included backwards dribbling, dribbling around the cone ten times and then doing the cabbage patch, where players moved their basketball in the cabbage patch motion. Campers also worked on their ball handling skills through practicing low and high dribbles, two ball dribbles, and cross-overs. Along with ball handling skills, campers learned how to shoot correctly, focusing on form and making sure they keep their “follow through” position. Lastly, teams were created from each age and skill level with popular NBA team names like the: Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Celtics, and Bulls.

Day Two

Day two of camp contained a couple of games like knock out. For knock out, players start at the free throw line and have to try and make a free throw before the player behind them makes a basket. If the player misses, they have to hustle to get their ball and make the shot from whichever position before the player behind them makes a basket, or they are out. Players also had another shooting competition, which helped them apply their correct shooting form that they learned the day before. Lastly, coaches walked and talked groups through set plays.

Day Three

Day three followed with more fun and friendly competition for the players! Ball tag, the camp’s most popular game was one of the core activities for the day. Ball tag is a game where players must constantly dribble their basketball while trying to avoid other players from knocking their ball out of bounds. At the same time, players also had to try and knock out other players’ basketballs to eliminate their competition. Sounds difficult, but campers caught on quickly. Over the course of the day, players also participated in dribbling competitions, learned how to take direction from coaches in regard to plays, and finally a ball tag championship round. Ball tag championships were narrowed down to two champions from each division to face off against other champions.

Day Four

The last day of camp consisted of three main stations. Players rotated through stations of defense, ball handling, and a shooting relay race. As always, on the last day of camp, players got to play games, games, and games! Teams played three full court basketball games, which was probably the best part of the day. At the end of camp players got to take home awesome prizes like a t-shirt, brand new basketball, wristbands, and gift certificates.

SoCal-Elite Basketball Camp III

SoCal-Elite Basketball Camp III Recap

Day One (8/11)

SoCal-Elite’s third Summer Basketball Camp kicked-off Monday morning as about 90 eager campers walked into the gym at 9:00am. Before the fun and games, all of the coaches were introduced and ground rules were set to make sure each player had the best experience at camp. All players were then divided into groups, first by age and then by skill level. Like any sport, it is always important to start off with a warm up. Coaches led warm ups in each individual group, ages 4 to 14, through ball handling and stretching. Next was the core of the camp, stations. Monday’s stations consisted of six stations in the areas of: 1. Ball handling, 2. Shooting, 3. Passing, 4. Footwork, 5. Defense, and 6. Lay-ups. Each station ran about ten minutes long and players were able to interact with every coach through the rotations as they learned and practiced a new skill. Lastly, campers ended the day with 5 on 5 scrimmages and closed with a traditional SCE huddle.

Day Two (8/12)

On Tuesday morning, campers were up bright and early at the SCCCA. Just before nine o’ clock, balls were flying; players were already dribbling and shooting baskets while they waited for the starting whistle to sound. As always, warm up groups were divided and the day began. Campers fell into a routine of warm ups, stations, snack, and games after day two. Tuesday’s stations were 20 minutes long and focused on: hand-eye coordination using tennis balls, shooting in the key, shooting form, and transitions from defense to offense.

Day Three (8/13)

Before Day Three of camp began, players were working hard to perfect their free throws, jump shots, and some of them, their three pointers. Some coaches were showing off their 3-point range, trick shots, and not quite perfected dunks. Wednesday’s warm ups included pivot squats, figure 8 dribbling between the legs, bear crawls, and backwards dribbling. The day’s stations of three 20-minute rotations focused on two ball dribbling, a defensive shell drill that showed players how to position their bodies -“see player, see ball”, and games of lightning.

Day Four (8/14)

Thursday was probably the day most campers were excited but sad about because it was the last day! Just before the last day of camp started, campers were practicing on their own while others had fun watching some of our coaches compete in games of lightning. After warm ups, teams were given jerseys and then split off into stations. Thursday’s stations comprised of 20-minute rotations of ball handling, games, and more games! At the end of camp each player took home a SoCal-Elite shirt, a drawstring bag, kid’s meal vouchers, OC Youth Sports bracelets, and a new basketball. At the end of the week, all players had a great time playing and learning about basketball, improved on their skills, and took home awesome gifts and memories!

If you or some you know is interested in joining our final summer basketball of the summer (Aug. 25-28), click here: SoCal-Elite Summer Basketball Camp IV

SoCal-Elite Summer Camp II

SoCal-Elite Summer Basketball Camp II Recap

In case you missed our second basketball camp of the summer, we’ve got you covered with a recap! The camp ran from July 27th to July 31st at Northwood HS with four fun-packed days of basketball.

Day One

Our annual Northwood summer camp started off strong with our very first Social Media Challenge. We were excited to see a great turn out of returning campers accompanied by many new faces ready to learn! The first day had one basic agenda and that was to teach everyone the fundamentals of a perfect jump shot. After about thirty minutes of getting used to all the changes in their shots, all of the kids seemed to be making more shots and having a lot of fun. The campers learned about the three key fundamentals to shooting: knees bent, elbow straight, and hold your follow through until the ball hits the rim or goes in! Once everyone had their shot looking like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, we had a camp-wide shooting competition. The kindergarten group won both rounds of the shooting competition, though they might have had some assistance from the coaches. They were then announced champions while the remaining groups of campers all had push-ups to be done!

Day Two

The second day of camp was primarily focused on dribbling and a touch of defense. Patrick, SoCal-Elite’s head trainer, lead the whole camp in several dribbling drills, which ended with his favorite two-ball dribbling drills. To take care of the defense, every grade level worked on a “shell drill,” which taught everyone how to play defense correctly! Camp ended with our daily basketball games that would qualify each team into the championship games of their respective grade levels.

Day Three

Camp began with reinforcing all of our previous lessons in fundamentals to ensure no one forgot what we had learned the first couple of days. Lay-ups and footwork were the primary focus of the third day and coaches spent most of their time instructing proper techniques. Towards the end of the day, we played a few games of knockout to warm up for the next day’s championship round of knockout!

Day Four

Last day of camp and we already had six winners of our daily Social Media Challenges. At this point, everyone was waiting to see who would be the grand prize winner! During the final day of camp, we played a few more games of knockout to see who would represent his or her team in the championship round. The championship round consisted of two kids from each team to compete for the ultimate bragging rights! Next was the final full-court games that were matched up in order of the best records from the entire camp. As the final day of our Northwood basketball camp concluded, the grand prize of our Social Media Challenge was won by five-year-old Collin Tjin, who received a brand new 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball!

If you would like to sign up for our remaining 2014 Summer Basketball Camps, register below!

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