Nike Basketball Camp Berry College

Nike Basketball Camp Berry College
Nike Basketball Camp Berry College

Georgia's popular overnight camp located northwest of Atlanta is directed by SmartHoops founder, former Duke point guard and team captain Richard Ford whose passion for teaching and inspiring youth athletes is unquestionable. Coach Ford brings a challenging basketball program to athletes of all abilities.

The Complete Skills and Concepts Camp helps players of all aspirations and abilities develop a sound understanding of the game and fundamental skills. This camp emphasizes game speed decision-making and skills development/enhancement.

Highlights Include

  • 8:1 camper to coach ratio
  • Encouraging, individualized instruction from SmartHoops founder, Richard Ford
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play, and more
  • Fundamental instruction, lectures and team games
  • Official NIKE Camp T-shirt, NIKE Workbook, and other great prizes!
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Richard Ford
Camp Director

Richard Ford

Richard Ford is SmartHoops founder and former Duke point guard. His teaching approach is concept-based. In addition to intense on-court instruction, Richard also holds entertaining classroom sessions to break down the fine points of the game. Richard reinforces his concept-based instruction with video clips, personal stories, and cooperative learning/teaching approaches.

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After a successful high school career, Richard enrolled at Duke and worked his way from a mere day to day varsity practice player as a freshman to a full member of the varsity team, then to a full scholarship player, and ultimately to a team captain – all under Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski. 

His senior year, Richard received the Ted Mann Award as the Duke player contributing most to team morale and also received the Captain’s Award for team leadership. Richard also received recognition in the classroom, being named to the ACC Honor Roll for outstanding academic performance. Richard’s senior year, Duke began its impressive run of NCAA tourney appearances.

Richard has spent much of his life teaching young players intelligent basketball strategies. He has run and worked basketball camps for 20 years, and has taught male and female players from second graders to D-I college athletes in a variety of contexts. For six years, Richard co-directed a national point guard camp, teaching high school and college point guards the finer aspects of point guard play in venues from coast to coast.

Camp Details

2016 COMPLETE SKILLS CAMP: JULY 17TH-21ST

Campers Check-in: Sunday between 12PM-2:30PM
Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 10:30AM. Check-out following at 11AM. 

Click the "More Details" button below for information on meals, dorming, supervision, and facilities.

More Important Camp Details

Dorm Information

Housing & Roommates

2 campers per room. Dorms are TBD. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!

Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Yes
Pool: No
Room Key Deposit: $50 check
Suggested Spending Money: $40

Supervision

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.

 

Camper Evaluation

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

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 in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. 

Scholarships

We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.

Group Discounts

If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount. Teams can register online or via mail/fax.

  • To register your team online: Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
  • To register your team via mail/fax: Click "Get Brochure" above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.

Facilities

Berry College is located near Rome in Northwest Georgia, only 65 miles northwest of Atlanta and 65 miles south of Chattanooga. Berry College, one of the world's largest campuses at 28,000-acres, offers a beautiful environment for learning. Overnight campers reside in the dormitories where staff act as resident advisors and supervise campers overnight. In addition to basketball instruction, campers will take part in nighttime activities like movie night and pizza night. 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 AM Wake-up/Get ready for the day
  • 7:45 AM Breakfast
  • 8:50 AM Stretching and Conditioning
  • 9:00 AM Classroom Session/Lecture
  • 10:00 AM Ball Handling Skills and Drills
  • 10:30 AM Skill Development
  • 11:00 AM Team Games
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:45 PM Classroom Session/Lecture
  • 3:00 PM Offensive/Defensive Skills Stations
  • 5:00 PM Dinner
  • 6:45 PM Classroom Session
  • 8:00 PM Gym - Practices/Games
  • 11:00 PM Lights out

Camper Reviews

  • 5/5.
The counselors/coaches were incredibly motivating

The counselors/coaches were incredibly motivating...my son would practice outside until dark after a full day of camp. We will definitely sign up again.

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  • 5/5.
My daughter is looking forward to camp next year

My daughter loved your camp. She came back with a new sense of basketball and responsibility as well. I was 100% satisfied with the results. My daughter is looking forward to gong to the camp next year! 

Lynnette H.Parent

  • 5/5.
My son came home with academic, character and basketball skill goals.

My son came home with academic, character and basketball skill goals. He says it was worth the time and money invested. My son expressed the need to continue the work and practice what he has learned by attending the camp - This is something that I have trying to encourage him to do since he started the sport. Therefore from a mother’s perspective his game has already improved.  

Tee B.Grandparent

  • 5/5.
I love the intensity of the program

I love the intensity of the program. My grandson learned fundamental and techniques that is helpful to him in order to perfect his playing of basketball. 

Katieanne P.Camper

  • 3/5.
Made new friends

I really liked how we got time to connect with our people on our hall because I got to make new friends.

Dalton K.Camper

  • 5/5.
The staff members were great and they were always enthusiastic!

The camp was great! I learned new things and perfected old things. The staff members were great and they were always enthusiastic! I will remember everything about this camp!

  • 5/5.
Camp taught me new skills and made me a better player

The gym was great and the coaches made it fun to be there. I learned more about basketball and new skills like jump stops, pass fakes, and pump fakes. I still use the shooting drills that we practiced. Once I left camp I felt like a better player.

  • 4/5.
Camp gave me the courage

The camp gave me the courage to go out for the basketball team at my school this year.

  • 4/5.
This was the best one so far

Compared to other camps I’ve been to, this was the best one so far. And I liked the camp this year even better than last year. 

David S.Camper

  • 5/5.
Lots of fun and can’t wait for next year!

The staff was amazing people. LOVED the campus. I was taught many things I have never been taught before. Lots of fun and can’t wait for next year!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Complete Skills
Age Group: 11 - 15
Gender: Co-Ed
OVERNIGHT $650.00
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.