|Mailbag - Questions, Feedback, Reviews, and Comments
Below we also have some reviews from recent camps and one question regarding Chris Oliver’s chaotic style with the Basketball Decision Training Camps.
“This is my 13 year old son's second Breakthrough Basketball camp and he has only had good things to say both times.”
This is my 13 year old son's second Breakthrough Basketball camp and he has only had good things to say both times. First, he had fun. He liked the scrimmages and felt the competition was good. You attracted a serious group of skilled players with this camp. Second, he definitely felt that he got useful instruction/lessons - some things that he already knew that Chris reinforced and some things that were new. Also, he felt that he learned some useful variations on some moves that he was already using, which he was very happy about. Both times, as a parent, I've been impressed with how well organized your camps are and the respectful/serious approach you take to working with the kids. Definitely worth the cost and the time!
Roy Morris, father of Max Morris. Los Angeles, CA (Rating of 10)
“Keep the CalTech location and head coach
Chris Oliver and I will be back every year.”
The coaches and instructions were at the perfect level and detail. Was motivational and learning without being punitive.
Keep the CalTech location and head coach Chris Oliver and I will be back every year.
Casey Semmler (Rating of 10), mother of Camper Zack Semmler 2021 from Little Rock, AR with Coach Oliver
“I saw him struggle at first, but improve his skills throughout and more importantly his self confidence. The camp did him a world of good.”
My son is one of the bigger players on this school team and has always been a post player. They never work on ball handling, moves and counters. It's always go set picks, rebound, then give the ball to a guard. This camp gave him the opportunity to challenge himself in areas he hasn't been comfortable in. I saw him struggle at first, but improve his skills throughout and more importantly his self confidence. The camp did him a world of good. Like Coach said "It is not that you aren't good at something, it's just that you aren't good at it yet!" He already wants to come back next year.
John Watters, father of Nathan Watters at Dubuque Camp
What is up with the chaotic, unorganized style at the camp? At times, it just looks sloppy.
Joe Haefner’s Response:
I totally get where the Basketball Decision Training Camps with Chris Oliver might appear this way. However, this is purposely planned by Chris into the camps.
To sum it up quickly, Chris believes this method of teaching results in the most improvement and transfer to game performance over the long run. Learning is not a straight line. It doesn’t look structured and perfect. It’s an upward slope that ups and downs throughout the process.
I would highly advise you read this article (which is referenced above) to understand exactly why Chris teaches way.