Learn the fundamentals while having fun at our "Littles" Camp for K - 4th grades in Orland Park, Illinois!

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DATES:September 13 - October 11, 2020
Session 1: Grade K to 1, Boys and Girls
Session 2: Grade 2 to 4, Boys and Girls
COST: $165
We're excited to provide this 5 day youth camp in Orland Park, Illinois that focuses on giving your little baller the essential drills and instruction to build a foundation on how to play the game of basketball.
Learn the necessary warm up, dribbling, passing, footwork, finishing moves & foundational shooting drills all while having FUN.
Ball is not life. We’ll also talk to the kids about gratitude, attitude, kindness, success, etc.
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What Players Will Learn

What will players get out of the camp?

  • You will learn dynamic stretching that will improve coordination, core strength and flexibility while working on sports-specific movements.
  • Improve your ball handling skills with Maravich Drills
  • Partner Passing drills to learn the proper chest pass, bounce pass, flick air pass, etc.
  • Learn the proper shooting mechanics, release to finish while shooting close to the rim
  • Have fun while playing monkey in the middle, dribble tag, sharks & minnows, etc.
  • You will learn and improve your dribbling, passing, shooting form, lay-up form, and agility to take your game to the next level.

    Ball Handling

  • Be able to control and have a better feel for the basketball. Dribble with eyes up to have great court vision
  • Stationary ball handling routine that improve rhythm, feel, and coordination with the basketball
  • The ability to change speeds and directions to create separation and advantages
  • Shooting

  • How to position your feet and align your body to increase the chance of shooting the ball straight
  • A form shooting routine that almost every great shooter has utilized that can be done at home
  • Proper footwork and how to develop a quick release
  • Proper shooting hand and off-hand placement
  • Lay Ups / Finishing

  • Finishing techniques used to reduce turnovers and make more shots
  • 1 on 1 finishing drills that ingrain good habits while competing in a fun way
  • Passing

  • The ability to throw passes on target and on time
  • Using pass fakes to not telegraph your passes
  • Catch in triple threat position for an aggressive mindset
  • Footwork

  • How to use your feet to gain a better position to score from almost anywhere on the floor
  • Understand the importance of beating a defender with your feet and creating separation with the dribble
  • Learning the footwork will lessen travels and help to create separation
  • Defense

  • Learn proper defensive stance and footwork to keep the offensive player in front of you
  • Games

    Kids will also get a chance to play some fun games during these sessions. Monkey in the Middle, King of the Court, Musical Basketballs just to name a few.

    Who Can Participate?

    This 5-week camp is for Kindergarten through 4th grades, ages will be separated into two different sessions. See below while registering your son/daughter. Please note this camp is not for advanced 4th graders. Please refer to our Essentials and Elite Youth Scoring camps.
    Coach Profile

    Coach Profile - Justin Bowen

    “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
    Coach Justin Bowen frequently uses this mantra to drive his players to excellence both on and off the court. And it works!
    His Whitney Young teams won the 2017 4A Boys State Championship and they were the runner-up in 2018 with Coach Bowen serving as Associate Head Coach.
    Along with being the Founder and CEO of GOAT Sports Academy in Chicago, he’s currently Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago.
    Players love learning from him because they know he’s played at the highest levels, having played at the University of Illinois at Chicago and spending time with the San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls after graduation.
    Parents and players also love the way he mixes motivation with encouragement, so that players leave with major breakthroughs in skills AND confidence.
    Camp Details

    Camp Details


    K to 1st grade
    Sunday September 13, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Sunday September 20, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Sunday September 27, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Sunday October 4, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Sunday October 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    2nd to 4th grade
    Sunday September 13, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
    Sunday September 20, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
    Sunday September 27, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
    Sunday October 4, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
    Sunday October 11, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM


    The camp is for boys and girls from K to 4th grade.


    Each session is limited to 20 players to ensure a high number of repetitions and improvement


    Orland Park Sportsplex
    11351 W. 159th St.
    Orland Park, IL 60467


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    Observing Coaches

    Observing Coaches

    Coaches can attend for free by working the camp. Email us if you're interested in helping with the camp.
    Otherwise there is a $97 fee to attend as an "observing coach". You will get to learn new drills and techniques from Justin Bowen, just like all the players and other coaches in attendance. Visit this link to reserve your spot as an observing coach. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us or request a phone call.