McCracken Basketball Day Camp at McLaughlin Athletic Center

McCracken Basketball Day Camp at McLaughlin Athletic Center
McCracken Basketball Day Camp at McLaughlin Athletic Center

McCracken Basketball Camps is extremely excited to offer camp at the McLaughlin Athletic Center in Antwerp, Ohio. McCracken Camp at the M.A.C. offers the perfect setting to improve your game this summer.

McCracken Camps is beginning its 53rd year of operation, and in that time over 125,000 players have attended. 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.

Highlights Include

  • Our 52-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

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.

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.

Camp Details

Complete Skills Program -- Detailed instruction and drills in all the skills necessary to be a complete basketball player.  For boys and girls of all skill levels, ages 7-14

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CAMP INFORMATION:

Please check in each morning at the McLaughlin Athletic Center 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).  Campers should also bring enough bottled water to last them throughout the day.
 

Facilities

The McLaughlin Athletic Center is located in downtown Antwerp, Ohio, just off U.S. 24 in northwest, Ohio.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 9:00 Lectures/Demonstrations
  • 9:30 Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Lectures/Demonstrations/Contests
  • 1:45 League Games
  • 3:15 Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
  • 4:00 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.
"I just wanted to say"

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 $195.00
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.