Whether they?re running camps, clinics, or private sessions, the coaches at Better Basketball Academy always have one goal in mind: improving their pupils? on-court talents. Experienced coaches and players themselves, the academy?s First Aid- and CPR-certified staffers help maintain a failure-free environment for kids to hone the game?s fundamentals. Through technical instruction, drills, and scrimmages, children age 5?15 improve their dribbling, shooting, and teamwork, including forming human pyramids to help their shortest teammate dunk. To further inspire youngsters, the academy hosts monthly three-on-three tournaments where older players can showcase their alley-ooping and shot-blocking skills.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Kids ages 6?14
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Basketball
"My camp offers a unique quality," says Mark Karver, the owner and director of BCC Basketball Camp. "I played professional basketball for 11 years and I have taught elementary school for 11 years." A veteran of the European and Israeli basketball leagues, Mark returned to the US to put his degree in education to use. During the summers, though, he shares his ongoing passion for hoops with kids ages 6 to 14.
Mark breaks down each camp day into sessions that focus on different skills. Kids rotate through the various stations, working on everything from defensive footwork to reverse back-flip slam dunks. To keep things fun, Mark also peppers each camp with guest speakers, games, and contests.
Strength and conditioning coach Blair O'Donovan's decade of experience and work with high-level talents has yielded an array of inventive training tactics that help youth basketball players develop the same tools the pros use, including strength, agility, and speed.
Roger Mason Jr. was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2002 and played for numerous NBA teams during his basketball career, including defending NBA champs the Miami Heat. At Roger Mason Jr. Basketball Camp, he happily trades his position as player for that of coach and inspirational guide. In a state-of-the-art facility with air-conditioned courts, Roger and his staff impart the fundamentals of the game upon budding hoopsters. Camps include drills, instructional play, and one-on-one instruction, and students have a chance to hone their social skills and be a part of a team, where they'll learn to share the ball, run plays, and create air- and water-tight huddles. The camp offers programs for many age levels for both boys and girls.
The 88’x184’ Mateflex court inside Benfield Sportscenter is a shape-shifter. One day, it might be a full-size soccer field ready for child or adult leagues. The next, it could be a baseball, field hockey, or lacrosse field. Or maybe it'll be split into several different volleyball and basketball courts, with one corner cordoned off for competitive I-spy tournaments. Whatever the sport, Benfield's staff can set up the indoor arena to meet the athletes' needs. Away from the arena, Benfield Sportscenter encompasses a 1,400-square-foot training area with exercise equipment, as well as a lobby with WiFi and a snack bar.
In addition to open sessions and leagues, the staff teaches a carefully designed child-development program for ages 3 to 5. The curriculum starts with a multi-sport class, then moves on to a tri-sport class, before finally placing kids in single-sport sessions. This encourages children to find their ideal sport, whether it's basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, or lacrosse.