Nike Girls Basketball Camp Mackenzie Center Newton, Massachusetts
Challenge yourself this summer by joining Nike Basketball and A Step Ahead Basketball for a week of girls basketball camp at the Mackenzie Center in Newton, Massachusetts. Coach Brendan Smith, founder of ASA, and his coaching staff will lead a challenging and fun camp from August 5-9, 2013 for girls ready to take their game to the next level.
A Step Ahead (ASA) Basketball camps are designed for the player looking to improve her game. Our camp schedule is a healthy balance of learning and enjoyment while always maintaining a competitive environment. Coaches will push and motivate campers throughout the week to improve their skills and basketball IQ. While we recognize the value of scrimmaging as well as free time, we also pride ourselves in teaching the game of basketball. Drill stations, full court drills and games, offensive/defensive technique, and positional moves are all important points of emphasis with the ASA staff. Campers are expected to work hard and be receptive to coaching. For those looking to stay “A Step Ahead” on the basketball court this is the perfect camp for you.
- Superior instruction from the area's best coaches
- 8:1 camper to coach ratio
- Daily emphasis on individual skill development, fundamentals, team play, and more
- NIKE Camp T-shirt
- NIKE Camp Workbook, a handwritten evaluation, and more prizes
The Mackenzie Center is located in Newton, Massachusetts ten miles west of Boston in Middlesex County. The center has a full sized basketball court with smaller courts available. The Bishop MacKenzie Center is a first class multifunction facility operated by Sacred Heart Parish of Newton Centre, Massachusetts.Meet your coaching staff
Long time Director Brendan Smith returns to host our program. Coach Smith is the Boys' Varsity Basketball coach at Boston Latin School as well as the Owner and Director of A Step Ahead Incorporated.Read Full Bio
During his first six years as coach, Smith has lead the Wolfpack to almost 80 victories, two DCL Championships, and five tournament births. This past season Smith guided Latin school to a 17-6 record that included 10 straight wins. In the winter of 2009, Smith was named the Head Coach for the Boys Metro 11/12th grade team in the Bay State Games. In his two years as Head Coach for team Metro Smith went 8-3 in the Tournaments and won the gold in 2009.
Smith has previously coached men's college basketball at Mt. Ida College, and high school basketball at Newton North High School. Most recently, Smith successfully completed both the written and floor exams of referee school to join the referee fraternity and became a member of Board 27. He earned his undergraduate degree in Human Performance & Fitness at Umass Boston and received his Masters of Education degree from Cambridge College.
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.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 Morning Stretch/Attendance
- 9:15 Dribble Series
- 9:30 Full Court Drills
- 9:45 Drill Stations
- 10:15 3 on 3 Games
- 11:00 Full court games
- 11:45 Lunch
- 12:30 Free Throw, Two Ball, 1 on 1
- 1:15 Offensive and Defensive Team Drills
- 2:00 Full Court Games
- 2:50 "Camper of the Day" Award
- 3:00 Dismissal
Check-in Monday, August 5th at 8:30AM
Camp hours are: MON-FRI 9AM-3PM
Closing Ceremony: Friday, August 9th at 2:30PM
Parents are invited to attend! Departure: 3PM Immediately following the closing ceremony.
Lunch is not included. Please bring your own lunch.
EARLY BIRD OFFER! ALL REGISTRATIONS BEFORE MARCH 15th WILL RECEIVE A $10 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT (applied at registration time).
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. The State of Massachusetts requires a copy of camp participants’ most recent physical and record of immunizations, shots, etc., in addition to the US Sports Camps health and release form.