Snow Valley Basketball and Language Camp - International programs Santa Barbara, California
New this year, we are offering international campers the option of adding two or three week language programs prior to our Snow Valley Basketball programs. Improve your English, make new friends, and take your basketball game to a new level with this unique experience.
Since 1961, the Snow Valley Basketball Schools have been instructing kids on the fundamentals of basketball. As the longest running basketball school of its kind, you'll receive more instruction in the fundamentals and more chances to improve your skills than anywhere else in the world. This rigorous daily format includes fundamental instruction, clinics and team games that will leave each camper with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
Nike Campers have the opportunity to add a comprehensive language program to their Snow Valley basketball experience through our partnership with ELS Language schools. International students can participate in a two or three week English language course that is followed by a comprehensive Nike basketball training program. Students can choose between a traditional language camp program (Malibu Youth Program )with pre-planned activities in the afternoon and which is geared toward students aged 11-15; or a more independent driven language program (ages 16-18) held at the ELS downtown Santa Barbara Learning Center where students can live and learn with local host families in the Santa Barbara area. Both programs are followed by one, two or three sessions of Snow Valley Basketball camp which is held at the Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
International campers who are looking for a basketball only program (no language), please click here for our individual session dates.
- An amazing group of experienced high school, college, and professional coaches selected for their ability to teach the game and one-on-one coaching
- Daily Instruction, lectures, and demonstrations on fundamentals
- Intense drills aimed at improving each camper's individual skill development and knowledge of the game
- Report Card and discussion of skills with a personal evaluation
- Daily games against players of similar abilities - games until 10:00 at night!
- Build a lasting bond with local families in the beautiful Santa Barbara area
- Improve your English skills through the ELS language program offered as a two or three-week morning language program at one of two locations
- Experience California West Coast living in the seaside town of Santa Barbara, with its fantastic weather, beaches, shopping and more!
- Experience U.S. college campus living during your stay at our Snow Valley Basketball Camp
Santa Barbara is a friendly town on the Southern California coast. Known as the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara is famous for its sunny weather, Spanish-style architecture and lively college-town spirit. The city is pedestrian-friendly and offers excellent public transportation. Santa Barbara is one of the safest cities in California, and its amazing mix of mountains and beaches include everything from big city culture to outdoor adventures. It is located approximately 100 miles Northwest of Los Angeles, and within driving distance of many Northern California cities. The Santa Barbara Airport is closest in proximity to Westmont College, however the Los Angeles International airport (LAX), serves all international destinations and is located about 2 hours away. Program participants will enjoy rountrip airport transfers from LAX.
The ELS Language Center is located at 104 West Anapamu Street in Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The other location for ELS language is located at Pepperdine University in the town of Malibu. Both locations offer students the chance to live and play on the Sunny West Coast of California and improve their English skills. The Snow Valley basketball program is help at Westmont College. Located in the hills above Santa Barbara, CA., Westmont College offers a safe and secure campus environment , which includes scenic gardens, stone bridges, and stunning pathways, is an ideal place for camp. Campers reside on campus in the newly renovated Van Kampen Hall.Meet your coaching staff
A master teacher of the game of basketball, Coach Charles Sands has played and coached at both the high school and college levels. After playing as a point guard at California State College, Los Angeles, he spent eight years as the varsity basketball coach at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. Continuing his coaching career at West Los Angeles College, he established the basketball program and continued to coach there for thirty-two years winning over 400 games. With his earnest love of the game and of teaching, Coach Sands has shared his vast knowledge with his peers and players alike over the course of his impressive career.</p>
For the past twenty-five years the coach has been the co-owner of Snow Valley Basketball School, one of the most prestigious teaching camps in America. Coaches and players from all over the country and the world have partaken of skills and techniques taught there. Many have gone on to successful careers at various levels of the game. With the high regard he has received, Coach Sands has been invited to travel, conduct coaching clinics and teach basketball in many states in the U.S and in Europe.</p>
At West Los Angeles College, his teams competed in the State Playoffs, and, as a result, his coaching peers elected him Coach of the Year several times. In fact, because of his outstanding reputation throughout the state, he was ultimately elected to the California Community Coaches Hall of Fame.</p>
Since his retirement and because he is passionate about helping basketball players take their skills to another level, especially their conditioning and shooting, he continues to coach. With his incredible understanding of the game, his ability to analyze player's strengths, as well as his communication skills, Coach Charles Sands will always be a valuable asset to the game of basketball.</p>
Camp Code: BVXISV
Campers interested in adding a language program to their Nike basketball camp can choose from two language locations: Malibu (Pepperdine) or the ELS downtown Santa Barbara Learning Center.
The first program at Malibu is a short distance from the LAX airport, and is geared towards younger campers (9-15) and offers a traditional language camp environment, with comprehensive language programs in the morning and a full menu of exciting pre-planned afternoon activities and weekend excursions. The second location is the downtown ELS Leaning Center in Santa Barbara. This program is geared towards an older and more independent minded student looking to expand their language skills and broaden their horizons while staying with a local Santa Barbara host family. Both programs offer an excellent language learning environment in a highly sought after California location. Our very popular Snow Valley Basketball program provides the perfect ending to their Language experienceand is sure to delight any passionate basketball fan and player. Offering a very competitive training and practice program, players are challenged to excel and improve all facets of their basketball game.
After their two or three language program, campers will transition over to the Snow Valley Basketball Camp location at Westmont College. The first session of camp starts Sunday July 13th. A weekend offensive skills camp falls between the two sport sessions, and starts on July 18th through July 20th. The last basketball session starts on July 20 and ends on Thursday July 24. Whether you attend one, two or all sessions, campers will enjoy 5-6 hours of daily training and evening basketball scrimmages which put their newly honed basketball skills to the test. During the Snow Valley Basketball Camp - campers will reside in on-campus dorms at Westmont College. At the conclusion of camp, (July 24th), campers will be taken back to LAX for their flight home.
Snow Valley Basketball programs feature staff and players whose own high school and college coaches were important in their basketball development, so they know how to help you achieve your basketball goals. Snow Valley treats each player as an individual. A Personal Player Report Card will be kept on all campers throughout the week, and given to them at the conclusion of camp. This report card will note particular strengths and weaknesses, and offer suggestions for individual improvement once they have left Snow Valley.
Daily game competition against other players of similar age and ability levels will be scheduled. Every participant will play a minimum of one half of every game. In addition to games, a minimum of nineteen clinics concerning individual and team fundamentals will be presented during the week long session. Drills are a big part of each clinic. We design our program to have an eight to one player to coach ratio and guarantee your son or daughter will receive an excellent week of BASKETBALL INVOLVEMENT.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 6am Point Guard & Post Clinic
- 7:00 Breakfast
- 8:00 Organization and Warm-up
- 8:45 Clinic - Offense
- 9:35 Clinic - Defense
- 10:35 Clinic - Shooting
- 11:30 Team Practice
- 12:30 Lunch
- 1:15 (13:15) Clinic - Offense
- 2:30 (14:30) Central Division Games
- 3:45 (15:45) Eastern/Central Division Games/Break for Western
- 4:45 (16:45) Dinner
- 6:00 (18:00) Organization & Individual Athleticism
- 6:30 (18:30) Clinic - Defense
- 8:00-10:40 (20:00-22:40) Western Division Games
International Campers will be met at LAX based on their arrival into the ELS Language school. A travel form which will be included in your detailed registration package.
Possible Arrival Dates:
Sunday, 6/29 (3-week language school) followed by Snow Valley Basketball check-in on July 13th (see details below)
Sunday, 6/29 (2-week language school) followed by Snow Valley Basketball check-in on July 13th (see details below)
Snow Valley Basketball Camp Check-in
• July 13 between 1-3pm - meet at Van Kampen Hall. (note, first meal will be dinner at 4:45pm.
- Campers should come dressed and ready to play. After registration, campers will report to gym at 3:30pm.
• Boys Check-out: Thursday July 24; 4pm (Last meal: Lunch)
Note, in between the two complete skills basketball sessions, there will be a Weekend Offensive Skills Program. All Sport and Language campers will be enrolled in this program. This Offensive Skills Program will begin on Friday at 12 Noon and run through Sunday morning. The next week session will begin again at 3:30 pm on Sunday. All campers will be supervised during the transition time between each program. The Offensive Skills Program will focus on Passing, Catching, Footwork, Shooting, Dribbling, 3-on-3, 4-on-4, and Cut-Throat. This program will be led by California Community College Hall of Famer Charlie Sands. Coach Sands will guide you through his offensive skills progression. This program will be invaluable tool in helping you become a better offensive player.Read camper reviews