McCracken Basketball Camp McLaughlin Athletic Center
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McCracken Basketball Camp is excited for another great season at the McLaughlin Athletic Center in Antwerp, Ohio! Camp is open to boys and girls 7-14 years old looking to get better, compete, 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.
- 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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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.View Todd German's Bio ⟩
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.
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.
COMPLETE SKILLS PROGRAM: JUNE 12TH-15TH
Check-in: Monday at 8:45AM
Check-out: Thursday at 4PM
Camp Meals: Lunch is not included. Please bring your own lunch.
Camp Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-4PM
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
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.
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.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 AM Lectures/Demonstrations
- 9:30 AM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Lectures/Demonstrations/Contests
- 1:45 PM League Games
- 3:15 PM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 4:00 PM Check-out
The McLaughlin Athletic Center (MAC) is located in downtown Antwerp, Ohio, just off U.S. 24 in northwest, Ohio.