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.
Brandon Todd — who sometimes bills himself as "The 5'5" Dunker" — has dreamed of dunking since he was a little boy. He wore ankle weights and did 200 calf raises each morning in the hopes of catapulting himself up to that elusive rim. And then the day came that he finally made contact with the hoop. He was a 5-foot-tall seventh grader, and his obsession with basketball was just beginning. He began training harder than before, focusing both on his dunks and his overall game. Soon, he was flying up to the hoop with almost no visible effort.
Brandon didn't want his training breakthroughs to exist just for himself, so he created a 12-week program to help others achieve the same success that he enjoyed. He leads beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes through intense workouts via different online instructive videos.
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.
Sport Fit's gold membership grants aspiring athletes and established exercisers 30 consecutive days of calisthenics, including unfettered access to fitness centers and motivational group-exercise classes. Sport Fit's Bowie location boasts basketball and tennis courts, as well as a variety of indoor pools for swimming laps, alleviating aches, and trying to find Nemo. Bowie's group-exercise schedule is brimming with brawn-boosting group classes, including Pump Fit, Zumba, and 2K Knockout Fitness. For restless gym-goers, the Laurel Fitness and Swim and the Laurel Racquet club offer two separate locations from which to lift weights, labor over lay-ups, or lounge in a whirlpool or sauna. Athletic endeavors abound at Sport Fit in Severna, where a long list of weekly workouts displays a wealth of ways to maximize musculature and tone tendons.
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.