Nike Basketball Camp Berry College

Nike Basketball Camp Berry College
Nike Basketball Camp Berry College

Join Nike Basketball Camps, Coach Ford, founder of SmartHoops, and his staff this July as they help you improve your basketball game at Georgia's only overnight location!

SmartHoops is a challenging bridge-the-gap basketball program for serious athletes who are moving from entry level hoops into the highly competitive phase of middle school/early high school interscholastic or club play.

Highlights Include

  • Superior instruction
  • Low camper to coach ratio
  • 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!

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

Complete Skills

This program is intended to help players develop athletically. The individual camp is a great opportunity for young basketball players looking to develop and refine their fundamental basketball skills. This program also includes a curriculum for intermediate/advanced players looking to enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, team play, and more.

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Camp Hours


Check-in

Campers Check-in: Sunday, July 19th between 12PM-2:30PM
Location: Dorm Lobby

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.

Check-out

Closing Ceremony: Thursday, July 23rd at 10:30AM
Parents are invited to attend! Departure: 11AM Immediately following the closing ceremony. 

 

Overnight Campers


Housing & Roommates

2 campers per room. 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
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.

 

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, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $40 discount. 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. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount.

*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

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!

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 5/5.
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. 

  • 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! 

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Complete Skills
Age Group: 11 - 15
Gender: Co-Ed
OVERNIGHT $640.00
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.