McCracken Basketball Camp at Battle Creek YMCA Battle Creek, Michigan
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The McCracken Basketball Camps at the Battle Creek YMCA are the perfect opportunity to take your game to the next level. Give yourself an advantage over your competition at McCracken!
McCracken Camps is beginning its 52nd year of operation! In that time over 120,000 players have attended McCracken Camps. McCracken Camps is known as a teaching camp, offering instruction for 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.
Complete Skills Program -- Detailed instruction and drills in all the skills necessary to be a complete basketball player.
- Our 51-year program of detailed, personalized, individual instruction
- Skill-appropriate drills for each player and drill group
- Top competition in daily league games and scrimmages
- Individual and group contests for awards
The Battle Creek YMCA is located at 182 Capital Avenue NE in Battle Creek, MI.Meet your coaching staff
Coach German has been involved with The McCracken Basketball Camp for 40 years, first as a camper, then as a counselor, next as the assistant director, and now as the Director. 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 Message from the Director
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
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.
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.
Trained counselors will live in dormitories with the campers and, along with the director and assistant director, will supervise all camp activities.
Camp Code: BMXDMI
Please check in each morning at the Battle Creek YMCA between 8:45 and 9:00 am.
Check-out time is each day at 4:00 pm.
HEALTH REPORT: Parents must complete and sign the camp health form (available on-line – www.mccrackencamps.com, or by calling the camp office); be sure to include the name of your medical insurance company. Please bring this form to camp on the first day. DO NOT MAIL. If you have special medicines to take, bring them with written instructions on the reverse side of the health report.
LUNCH: Camper should bring a sack lunch each day (no refrigeration available). Cold bottled water will be available to the campers for lunch and throughout the day.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 Lectures and Demonstrations
- 9:45 Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 12:00 Lunch
- 1:00 Contests
- 1:30 League Games
- 3:15 Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 4:00 Check-out