Elite Skills & Leadership Camp in Chicago, Illinois July 5-9, 2021!

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DATES:July 5 - July 9, 2021
AGE GROUP:Grade 7 to 12, Boys and Girls
COST: $545
This is a 5-day Elite Skills & Leadership basketball camp in Chicago, Illinois .
Every aspect of your game improves with this camp. You will learn the exact skills, drills, and training methods that the Breakthrough Staff has used to help players reach the NBA level.
Our Breakthrough Staff has trained some of the best players in the world that have gone on to become Olympic Gold Medalists, NBA All-Stars, WNBA All-Stars, Elite College Players (Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky – to name a few), and Numerous Player of the Year Awards at the high school level.
You need more than elite skills!
An elite skill level will help you advance in the game of basketball. However, your understanding of the game (basketball IQ), your ability to communicate, and your leadership skills are going to separate you from the pack.
On the court, you will be an extension of your head coach. Off the court, you will have learned a skill set that help you excel in whatever profession you choose after playing basketball.
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What Players Will Learn

What will players get out of the camp?

Basketball Skills That You Will Learn At The Camp:


  • The dribble pull up game that Russell Westbrook implements to develop quick release in mid-range game
  • Three things you can do to get your shot off against bigger and more athletic defenders
  • A routine that Steph Curry, Kyle Korver and Klay Thompson follow every day to make their shot consistent and repeatable
  • Ball Handling techniques used by Kyrie Irving,Steph Curry, Chris Paul and Tony Parker

  • Develop a skill of using a cut off dribble like Chris Paul to protect the ball, draw a foul and get to the free throw line
  • Learn how to use the probe technique that Steph Curry and Tony Parker have used to attack the rim or create shots for teammates
  • Attacking full-court pressure and double-teams with poise and composure
  • Develop habits that help reduce turnovers
  • Speed Agility – Strength Conditioning- Pre-Practice and Pre-Game Routines

  • As an elite player you need to be the toughest player on the court mentally and physically, whether that is getting a stop, a rebound or scoring the winning basket
  • Exercises will be given to develop your core strength, hand strength, upper body strength and your explosiveness
  • Create a routine that will get you ready when you walk in the gym for a practice, workout or game. The best players have a routine and stick to it
  • Learn how to prepare and train at a high level, prepare and execute a workout
  • Getting Open /Cutting / Screening

  • Understand how to move without the basketball, playing with proper spacing and timing
  • Learn how to use your inside hand like Kobe Bryant to get open on cuts without getting called for a foul
  • Implement a cut into your game that will assist you in getting open against a quicker opponent
  • A deceptive technique will be taught that can create a couple of easy baskets during the game
  • Learn how to use a screen to create space for an open shot
  • Passing

  • A simple technique that will save a ½ second to get your teammate an open shot on a penetrate and pitch
  • Using a one hand pass to be quicker delivering a pass to an open teammate
  • Effectively being able to make passes into the post that lead to a scoring opportunities
  • Learn ways to use your feet to create better passing angles and reduce deflections
  • Finishing

  • Crafty finishing moves to score against athletic and tall defenders. Learn how to attack their weakness put them in foul trouble and get to the foul line
  • Learn a deceptive move that can be added into a reverse layup that will help create extra separation from a great shot blocker
  • A move that will take away the defender’s momentum in transition to create space to finish at the rim
  • Add an extra technique to the Euro Step getting the defender moving in two directions which will make it impossible to stop you
  • Develop body control while attacking the basket, stopping on a dime and finishing through contact
  • Defense

  • How to use active hands like Kawhi Leonard in getting deflections and steals that will lead to a couple easy baskets each game
  • Prevent easy baskets with an effective strategy to slow down the opposing teams offensive transition
  • 3 tips that Jimmy Butler uses to help him avoid getting screened during a game
  • How to apply ball pressure without fouling that takes the opposing team out of their rhythm
  • Ball Screen Attack

  • Learn the different ways Damian Lillard attacks ball screens to get to the rim, shoot a pull up and shoot behind the screen
  • How to create scoring opportunities for your teammates by manipulating the help defense
  • Develop a skill set to decipher what coverage the defense is in and how to attack it
  • How to make sure your primary defender is ran into the screen every time to create advantages
  • How to make plays for yourself attacking a flat ball screen and beating the second defender
  • Scoring

  • Learn multiple live ball moves that are designed to blow past your defender
  • Develop mid-range moves that will create 2-3 feet of separation from your defender to get an uncontested shot
  • Understand how to use Triple Threat in a way that gives you options to attack your defender no matter how they are guarding you
  • Developing a Championship Mindset, Leadership Habits & Communication Skills To Excel On And Off The Court

    Developing A Championship Mindset & Mental Toughness

  • Learn strategies that professional and Olympic athletes have used to shift their mindset for success
  • How to exercise your mind to develop it into a championship mindset
  • How to become stronger bouncing back from adversity and setbacks
  • Leadership

  • Being a leader people want to follow
  • Learn the intangibles that make “Great Leader"
  • 5 ways to ingrain successful leadership habits
  • 7 tips that have made Chris Paul, Steph Curry and Tom Brady effective leaders
  • How to effectively lead a huddle
  • How to improve self-confidence and get more done with better self-discipline
  • Communicating With Teammates, Coaches, & Referees

  • Techniques how to get your teammates to work together and harder throughout the season
  • Tips to make sure you and your teammates are better in practices and games
  • How a few simple strategies with referees will get a few calls to go your way
  • Develop communication skills that can be infectious in making your team a great communicating team
  • Social media strategies that get people to want to help you
  • Effective ways to handle peer pressure
  • Tips For Recruiting And Attracting Coaches

  • What the 6% do to receive a college athletic scholarship
  • What coaches are looking for in student-athletes
  • Keys to being coachable
  • How To Be More Productive & Improve Performance Through Nutrition

  • A goal setting system that makes your dreams become reality
  • How to function at high levels with proper nutrition
  • How to create an action plan to success
  • 4 Strategies to become more effective in less time
  • Video Breakdown Analysis of Elite Players

    You will get to see video breakdown analysis of some of the best basketball players in the world. You will see how they execute certain skills and make decisions on the basketball floor, so you apply it to your practice sessions to elevate to an even higher level of play.

    Who Can Participate?

    This camp is for boys & girls going into the 7th - 12th grades. Ages/skill levels will be separated.

    Itinerary of your first day at camp:

    8:00 AM

    Check In / Registration

    60 Minutes

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    9:00 AM

    1st On Court Session

    70 minutes

    10:10 AM

    1st Classroom Session

    20 Minutes

    10:30 AM

    2nd On Court Session

    80 Minutes

    11:50 AM


    70 Minutes

    1:00 PM

    2nd Classroom Session

    30 minutes

    1:30 PM

    3rd On Court Session

    70 Minutes

    2:40 PM

    3rd Classroom Session

    25 Minutes

    3:05 PM

    4th On Court Session

    60 Minutes

    4:05 PM

    4th Classroom Session

    20 Minutes

    4:30 PM


    60 Minutes

    5:30 PM

    Life Skills Training

    120 Minutes

    Coach Profile

    Coach Profile - Charlie Miller

    1990 – 1994: Lettered all 4 years for varsity basketball team at South Miami
    H.S. Leading scorer in the state of Florida senior year averaging 32 points per game.
    1994: Selected as a McDonald’s All-American. In the same year selected to play in
    Magic Johnson’s Roundball Classic, a national high school all-star game.
    1994: Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year. The player chosen for this award is evaluated and selected on the basis of outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary personal character demonstrated within and beyond competitive athletics.
    1995: Represented the United States in basketball at the Junior Olympics in Athens, Greece.
    1994 – 1998: Accepted Scholarship to play at Indiana University at Bloomington under legendary Coach Robert Montgomery Knight. Played all 4 years and graduated with a B.S. degree.
    1998 – 2004: Played basketball professionally across Europe and in the U.S.
    Camp Details

    Camp Details


    Monday July 5 2021 - 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
    Tuesday July 6, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
    Wednesday July 7, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
    Thursday July 7, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
    Friday July 9, 2021 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


    The camp is for boys and girls from 7th grade to 12th grade.

    Players will be grouped based on grade and gender to start during the individual skill work drills.


    Each session is limited to 50 players to ensure a high number of repetitions and improvement


    Lake Forest College - Sports & Recreation Center
    555 N. Sheridan Road
    Lake Forest, IL 60045


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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 Charlie Miller, 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.