McCracken Basketball Camp at Battle Creek YMCA

McCracken Basketball Camp at Battle Creek YMCA
McCracken Basketball Camp at Battle Creek YMCA

Battle Creek YMCA is McCracken Basketball Camp's most sought after day camp site. A short drive from major highways and roads, the YMCA is conveniently located in the heart of this Michigan town.

McCracken Basketball Camps is beginning its 54th year of operation, and in that time over 125,000 players have attended. The Complete Skills Program offers detailed instruction and drills in all the skills necessary to be a complete basketball player; suitable for players of all abilities from the most advanced high school player to the younger player who is just learning the game. We look forward to the opportunity to help you become the best you can be!

Highlights Include

  • McCracken Basketball Camp's 54 year program of detailed and personalized instruction
  • Skill-appropriate drills for each player and drill group
  • Top competition in daily league games and scrimmages
  • Individual and group contests for awards

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Todd German
Camp Director

Todd German

Coach German has been involved with The McCracken Basketball Camp for 41 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.


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

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.

Camp Details


Check-in: Monday, August 1st at 8:45AM
Check-out: Thursday, August 4th at 4PM
Camp Meals: Lunch is not included. Please bring your own lunch. 
Camp Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-4PM

Click the "More Details" button below for a sample daily schedule and information on facilities, camper evaluation, and registration.

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Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability.  Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony! Departure immediately following. 


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.


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.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


The Battle Creek Family Y-Center is located approximately 5 miles north of I-94.  Use exit 98-B towards Downtown or M-66 North.   Turn right at the corner of M-66 and Cherry Street. Two lots are available with approximately 150 lot spaces and additional parking within one city block.

The Battle Creek Family Y Multi-Sports Center consists of 42,550 square feet of activity floor space. The indoor area can be used as an open space or divided into separate courts which measure 46' x 78'. The Battle Creek Family Y Multi-Sports Center can be divided into seven individual courts. Four of the courts have permanent basketball standards with breakaway rims.  

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00 AM Lectures and Demonstrations
  • 9:45 AM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Contests
  • 1:30 PM League Games
  • 3:15 PM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
  • 4:00 PM Check-out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
"I learned so much"

I learned so much about basketball during my week at camp -- and also some things about teamwork. I probably could not have made it completely through Defense Day and Stations without the coaches and the team that I was with.

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  • 5/5.
"Kudos to McCracken organization"

As a parent of a two-time camp attendee, I'd like you to let other parents know a couple of things. First of all, this camp is not for the lazy or unmotivated. My daughter comments all the time about how challenging she found camp and how much she loved it. She's remembering and using what she's learned from camp in her regular season play. Second, if you’re looking for a basketball camp that is truly worth the "price of admission"...THIS IS IT. You as a parent get the satisfaction of knowing your money isn't being wasted but more importantly, the skills and lessons your child will come home with are priceless. The McCracken Organization employs terrific coaches for the camps. Coaches who can communicate and teach, while promoting good sportsmanship and FUN. Kudos to the entire McCracken Organization !

  • 4/5.
"I had so much fun"

I had so much fun. I have improved tremendously on my post moves. I am now shooting around the paint and outside of the paint because of your camp. If you had seen my shooting before, you would know that I have made a big improvement. Thanks to you and your staff for helping me develop my skills as a leader and as a player.”

  • 5/5.
"Just wanted to say thanks"

I just wanted to say thanks for the opportunity to be a counselor for the last two summers. I made so many friends and taught children a sport that they and I both love. But teaching them about basketball was not the most important thing. The most important thing your camp does is to teach these kids about life. McCracken Camps provide campers with discipline, motivation, sound skills, and leadership, but most importantly self-esteem and friendships. I feel extremely special to be a small part of this wonderful camp.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Complete Skills,
Age Group: 7 - 14
Gender: Co-Ed
Day 9AM-4PM $205.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.