McCracken Basketball Camp Goshen College

McCracken Basketball Camp Goshen College
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McCracken Basketball Camp Goshen College

McCracken Basketball Camps is excited to announce its new location at Goshen College, in Goshen, Indiana! This coed camp offers overnight and extended sessions for kids 8-18 years old looking to compete, learn new skills, and have fun this summer!

McCracken Basketball Camps Complete Skills Program offers detailed, personal instruction and drills to help players thrive, gain a deeper understanding of the game, and develop their skills at every position. 

Highlights Include

  • Skill-appropriate drills for each player and drill group
  • Top competition in daily league games and scrimmages
  • Individual and group contests for awards
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Todd German
Camp Director

Todd German

Coach German has been involved with The McCracken Basketball Camp for 43 years, first as a camper, then as a counselor, next as the assistant director, and now as the Director.

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German was a standout high school and college athlete from Bronson, Michigan. He played basketball at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and at Manchester College. At both schools he was the leading scorer, rebounder, and MVP. He received his master's degree from Western Michigan University.

CAMP GOALS & IDEALS

A high school coach once told us, “Do you know why I like your camp? It’s because you teach – you don’t just throw out the ball and say ‘play’.” The two long-stated goals of The McCracken Basketball Camp are that each camper should 1) have fun; and 2) learn to become the best player that he or she can possibly be. We work toward both of these goals in every camp activity. 

I think that basketball must be fun, and that players should look forward to going to the gym. We work to make learning how to play basketball interesting and enjoyable. Making things fun doesn’t mean not working hard. Hard work can be fun, if approached with the right attitude (just ask any former camper about our Defense Day or Stations). We also feel that being positive and offering encouragement when teaching basketball is very effective in improving a player’s confidence and interest in the game. 

Our second goal is that campers work to be the best they can possibly be. We have been saying this for 50 years. To do this, it is important that players learn how to play the game correctly, and that they practice those techniques. Playing games is good for improving reactions and decision-making in game situations, but there are limits to how much improvement can be made if all a developing player does is play games. Our program will give an advantage to the individual player looking to improve.  In competition, players tend to shy away from their weaknesses (off-hand, outside shooting, etc.) or parts of their game where they’re simply not as confident yet, as it might lead to a turnover or missed shot. In a game situation, the next thing the player knows, he or she is sitting on the bench.  At camp we give detailed instruction along with repetitive drills that will give campers the ability and confidence to become more complete players. We also show drills and practice techniques that can be used to continue to improve individual skills. Those individual skills (both basic and advanced) can be mastered and, only then, blended with those of other players so that a team may have success.

Coach German
Phone: (260) 432-0099
E-mail: todd@mccrackencamps.com

P.S. to Parents: 

Parents ask me why they should send their son or daughter to our camp. What makes our camp so different from other camps? It’s no secret. Our philosophy is that we believe in personal attention for each player, both on and off the courts. We are not an assembly line, stuffing kids into slots. The individual is the most important part of our camp and always will be.

We would appreciate the opportunity to work with your son or daughter. If you have any questions about the camp program, supervision, safety, staff, etc., please call me at the number on this brochure and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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Stephanie Miller
Camp Director

Stephanie Miller

The 7th head coach of the Maple Leafs in the program's 48-year history, Stephanie Miller begins her sixth year at Goshen College in 2016-17. 

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A 1997 graduate of Michigan State University, Miller spent the previous 12 years as a high school teacher and coach, as well as working camp and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) circuits.

"After spending most of my career in high school basketball, elite AAU programs, as well as in the direction of McCracken women's basketball camps, I was looking for a new type of challenge," Miller said of her decision to join the Maple Leaf program. "The opportunity to direct the Goshen women's basketball program in a new and exciting direction is not only a wonderful fit for me personally, but I believe I can also make a positive impact in the lives of these young student athletes as well."

The majority of Miller's career was spent at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose (Mich.) where she held the post of head varsity coach from 2000-2011.  She also had a five-year stint as head softball coach, combining to post a .655 winning percentage and coached 15 future collegiate athletes.

Miller also coached high level AAU basketball for nearly ten years in several age brackets.  Her Michigan Spartans 16U team were national runner-ups in 1998 with her teams reaching the state tournament on a total of three occasions.  She has also been a camp site director for McCracken Basketball Camps since 1992.

Amanda Hicks
Coach

Amanda Hicks

Amanda Hicks is an assistant coach at Goshen College and has worked for McCracken Basketball Camps for 23 years. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with honors and received...

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Amanda Hicks is an assistant coach at Goshen College and has worked for McCracken Basketball Camps for 23 years. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with honors and received her Masters Degrees from Grand Valley and Arizona State, both with honors. Hicks is the former Assistant Coach at West Catholic High School.

Camp Details

COMPLETE SKILLS PROGAM: JUNE 26TH-29TH

All Campers Check-in: Monday between 1PM-2PM.
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 3:30PM. Check-out following at 4:30pm.

More Important Camp Details

OVERNIGHT CAMPERS

ROOM KEYS

Available upon request at check-in time for a $20.00 deposit.  Deposits will be returned at checkout when the room key is returned. The deposit is forfeited if the key is lost.

EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS

On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive between 1PM-2PM dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.

Monday:
♦ Commuter Campers stay until 9:45PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.

Tuesday-Wednesday:
♦ Commuter Camper Hours are 9AM-9:45PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.

Thursday:
♦ Commuter Camper Hours are 9AM-4:30PM.
♦ Lunch is provided. Check-out immediately following closing ceremony.

Daily Schedule: MON 2PM-9:45PM,TUES-WED 9AM-9:45PM, THURS 9AM-4:30PM

 

CELL PHONES

Campers are allowed to bring a cell phone to camp.  Cell phones must be kept in the dorm room and can only be used there (not in the gym, cafeteria, etc.). Please talk to your child prior to arrival about using cell phones only to communicate important camp information (pick-up time, game schedule, etc.). We would also hope that you, as parents, keep calls to your child to a minimum. Part of the camp experience is giving your child the chance to get away and to be on their own. Cell phones are not necessary as there are pay phones available. Should an event arise, the Site Director will have a phone available for campers to use and/or will personally contact the parents.

PICTURES

A group picture of the campers may be ordered at check-in time for a fee of $5. The group picture will be handed out before the end of the camp session.

CAMP BANK

Spending money may be turned in to the camp bank at the first meeting following registration. The bank is open each day so that money may be withdrawn.

MEDICAL CARE

Complete first aid facilities are available. A hospital with 24-hour emergency service is located nearby.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.

REGISTRATION PACKET

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to the start of camp. The health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. DO NOT MAIL.  If you have special medicines to take, bring them with written instructions on the reverse side of the health report.

GROUP AND SIBLING DISCOUNTS

Sibling Discount: Siblings attending McCracken Basketball Camps are eligible for a $15.00 discount (per sibling). Campers do not have to attend the same McCracken Basketball Camp session to receive the discount, but all applications must be sent in together (no online registrations for sibling or group discounts). If you have questions, please call the camp office at 260-432-0099.

Group Discount: If 4-5 campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. If 6-7 campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $50 discount. If 8 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for an $80 discount. Campers do not have to attend the same McCracken Basketball Camp session to receive the discount, but all applications must be sent in together (no online registrations for group or sibling discounts). If you have questions, please call the camp office at 260-432-0099.

 

*Please note, this information is subject to change.

Facilities

Goshen College is located at 1700 S Main St, Goshen, IN 46526.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 AM Wake-up
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM Lectures/Demonstrations
  • 9:45 AM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Rest
  • 2:00 PM Lectures/Demonstrations/Contests
  • 3:00 PM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
  • 4:30 PM Individual Instruction/Free Time
  • 5:30 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM League Games
  • 9:00 PM Night Program
  • 10:30 PM Lights Out

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This is our first year hosting a Nike Basketball Camp at this location! For more information, feel free to contact us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP. We hope to see you this summer!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Complete Skills
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Overnight $445.00
Availability: Open

Extended 9AM-9:45PM $330.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camps. See "Camp Details" above for more specific information.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.