McCracken Basketball Camp at Saint Joseph’s College Rensselear, Indiana
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The McCracken Basketball Camps at Saint Joseph's College are the perfect opportunity to take your game to the next level. Give yourself an advantage over your competition at McCracken!
McCracken Camps is beginning its 52nd year of operation, and in that time over 120,000 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.
Complete Skills Program -- Detailed instruction and drills in all the skills necessary to be a complete basketball player.
- Our 51-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
Saint Joseph's College is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, on U.S. Highway 231.Meet your coaching staff
Coach German has been involved with The McCracken Basketball Camp for 40 years, first as a camper, then as a counselor, next as the assistant director, and now as the Director. 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.
A Message from the Director
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
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.
Trained counselors will live in dormitories with the campers and, along with the director and assistant director, will supervise all camp activities.
Camp Code: BMXRSJ
REGISTRATION: Held in Seifert Hall at Saint Joseph's College. Check-in times are 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Check-out time 4:30 p.m. Needed the day of registration: HEALTH FORM. BALANCE DUE should be paid, but if not, must be collected at registration. Credit cards will not be accepted the day of registration.
CHECK-IN: July 27th at 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
CHECK-OUT: July 30th 4:30 pm with an awards presentation which begins at 3:30 pm. on the last day of camp. Parents invited to attend awards presentation.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS: Day campers will register at the same time as the regular campers and remain for the rest of the first day. Each day thereafter the camper arrives after breakfast and stays until 9:45 pm, with lunch and dinner provided.
HEALTH REPORT: Parents must complete and sign the camp health form; be sure to include the name of your medical insurance company. Please bring this form to camp. DO NOT MAIL. If you have special medicines to take, bring them with written instructions on the reverse side of the health report.
WHAT TO BRING: Basketball gear – shorts, shirts, socks, basketball shoes. Casual wear – jeans, shorts, T-shirts, jacket or sweatshirt, pajamas. Miscellaneous articles – towels, sheets pillow, two blankets or sleeping bag, toilet articles, and a fan. PLEASE MARK YOUR CLOTHING FOR IDENTIFICATION. We are not responsible for articles lost or stolen at camp. Please leave all jewelry at home. All meals are provided and water is available, but you are also welcome to bring bottled water, sports drinks and snacks.
ROOM KEYS: Available upon request at check-in time for a $20.00 deposit. This deposit is totally refundable if the key is returned at check-out time. The deposit is forfeited if the key is lost.
CELL PHONES: Campers are allowed to bring a cell phone to camp. The phones must be kept in the dorm room and can only be used there (not in the gym, cafeteria, etc.). Please talk to your child about using them only to communicate important camp information (pick-up time, game schedule, etc.). We would also hope that you, as parents, keep calls to your child to a minimum. Part of the camp experience that can be most beneficial to young people is giving them the chance to get away and to be on their own. Of course, a cell phone is not necessary. There are pay phones available, and the Site Director will get in touch with parents, or make a phone available to any camper, should the need arise.
PICTURES: A group picture of the campers may be ordered at check-in time for a fee of $7.00. The picture will be handed out before the end of the camp session.
CAMP MAIL: If you want to receive mail at camp, it should be addressed as follows: Camper's Name, c/o McCracken Basketball Camp, Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana 47978
CAMP BANK: Spending money may be turned in to the camp bank at the first meeting following registration. The bank is open each day so that money may be withdrawn.
MEDICAL CARE: Complete first aid facilities are available. A hospital with 24-hour emergency service is located nearby.
FACILITIES: Campers will be housed in dormitories (two to a room). All meals will be served in the school cafeteria. Basketball instruction and play will take place in the Alumni Fieldhouse on campus.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 Wake-up
- 8:00 Breakfast
- 9:00 Lectures/Demonstrations
- 9:45-11:45 Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 12:00 Lunch
- 1:00 Rest
- 2:00 Lectures/Demonstrations/Contests
- 3:00-4:30 Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 4:30-5:15 Individual Instruction/Free Time
- 5:30 Dinner
- 6:30-8:30 League Games
- 9:00 Night Program
- 10:30 Lights Out