I actually really enjoyed summer basketball camps as a kid and I strongly encourage parents to send their kids to affordable camps to help develop a passion for the game of basketball.
However, if you are starting to take basketball more seriously and are looking to improve your basketball skills, a lot of summer basketball camps present problems to this. One, you have anywhere from one day to one week and you're done. With this, you can barely touch the surface in regards to many basketball skills, because there isn't enough time in the week to thoroughly cover everything.
Some camps focus on particular skills like a 2-day basketball shooting camp which allows the coaches to cover the topic more in-depth. This does still present a problem, because there is nobody to monitor the player after the camp.
Now, what's the effective alternative to this that could even save you money?
Find a QUALITY local coach or academy that you can attend over a longer period.
This is great because:
Learn More About Basketball
When you have 16 to 40 hours of basketball dumped on you at a basketball camp, it's hard to take in all of the new stuff. However, if you are attending an academy or going to a local coach, you can take in an hour or two of information per week. You also are able to have a professional monitor you for months and even years which is more effective than just a few days.
A good trainer will be able to progress players over a long period of time, so you are challenged in new ways. Camps can be a one-size fits all deal. Some things are too difficult for some players, while other things are too easy for some players.
Get Sample Workouts, Learn How to Develop Workouts, & Learn How To Workout
A good trainer will also give you a sample basketball workout to do until your next visits. Also, after an extended period of time with a trainer, he will be able to teach you how to organize workouts and progress to different exercises. As Don Kelbick tells us, "Knowledge is power."
The coach will also teach you how the best players work out and what you can do to be your best.
Spread Out Your Payments & Get More Bang For Your Buck
Some academies give you the flexibility to spread out the payments which makes things easier on the pockets.
Dollar for dollar, you can also get a bigger bang for your buck by attending an academy or trainer. If you strictly have a budget of $250 for the summer, you could get 10 to 20 sessions for that type of money and it's over a longer time period.
Even though, 1-on-1 training is great. It can get quite expensive. If you like personalized attention and want to pay a lower price than 1-on-1 training, an alternate may be small group training of three to ten kids.
On the other hand, some might argue that the 1-on-1 training is worth the price to receive that individual attention for one to two hours. They would rather attend a 1-on-1 training session once every two to three weeks than a small group training two to three times.
Learn life lessons
If you find the right coach, they will not only teach you about the great game of basketball, but they will instill great qualities that will help you succeed in the game of life.
Some examples are: accountability, discipline, hard work, doing the right thing, etc.
Get Honest Feedback
Too often, players will attend exposure camps when they are not ready to be exposed. They will receive bad advice from misinformed, uneducated, or sometimes greedy people around them. If the recruiters see that your skills are subpar, that will be a hard first impression to change.
A good coach will give you honest feedback and let you know if you're ready and probably even give you connections to a good summer team for the exposure camps.
Develop A Relationship
This may be the last thing you think of, but it could be the most important. If you and the coach develop a good relationship and they see that you are a good person, you'll find that the coach will go above and beyond to help you advance in your basketball career & business career.
There are some great basketball camps that I would definitely pay money to attend. However, camps are not the best answer for certain situations. And hopefully, this gives you another option for a player that enjoys the game of basketball and wants to improve.
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