ELS Language and Snow Valley Basketball Camp

ELS Language and Snow Valley Basketball Camp
ELS Language and Snow Valley Basketball Camp

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 ELS language program prior to their Snow Valley basketball camp through our partnership with ELS Language Centers, the leader in international English education.

Highlights Include

  • Experienced high school, college, and professional coaches will provide instruction and one-on-one coaching
  • Live and play basketball alongside American players
  • Fun evening and weekend camp activities with American campers
  • Personal basketball evaluation and skills report card is provided
  • Experience U.S. college campus living during your stay at Pepperdine University and/or Westmont College in Santa Barbara
  • Option to add a two or three-week ELS language program prior to your Snow Valley basketball camp.
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches


Wayne Carlson

Coach Carlson has been involved with the Snow Valley Basketball School for over 30 years, now serving as Co-Director.  He currently also serves as Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at El Dorado HS in Placentia, CA. 

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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.

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.

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.

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Steve Middleton

Coach Middleton served as a college Assistant Coach for 2 years and High School Boys Varsity Head Basketball Coach for over 15 years, with over 220 wins. He has been on the staff of Snow Valley Basketball School for 22 years. Served as a counselor, coach or clinician at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Basketball Camp, Wooden Basketball Camp, the UCLA Basketball Camp, and ran...


Casey Jacobsen

Former Stanford Cardinal Casey Jacobsen joins our Snow Valley Basketball School staff for Boys Session I and Boys Weekend Offensive Skills.  

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Jacobsen was a two-time All-America pick and a three-time All-Pac 10 Conference First Team selection at Stanford. He finished his collegiate career ranked third on the Cardinal all-time scoring list with 1,723 points. In three seasons, he averaged 18.1 points, shot .470 from the field, and .427 from three-point range. Jacobsen was a first-round, 22nd overall selection of the Phoenix Suns in the 2002 NBA Draft. Jacobsen played three seasons with the Suns and the New Orleans Hornets, and averaged 5.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 20.4 minutes in 234 games played (14 starts) with Phoenix and New Orleans. In addition, Jacobsen also played for the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2007-08 season. Jacobsen also played for a number of notable European clubs, including earning 2007 German League Finals MVP as a member of Brose Baskets. While with the Brose Baskets, Jacobsen helped the club win the national basketball cup and the BBL Championship. In addition to his work with the Pac-12 Network, Jacobsen also serves as a college basketball analyst for Fox Sports 1, Time Warner Cable, and various Phoenix Suns broadcasts.

Camp Details

All Inclusive Tuition

The prices listed below include all Nike Basketball Training, ELS English Language instruction and materials, on-campus housing, 3 meals a day, round trip airport transfers, weekend stayover(s), and predetermined activities.

Nike Basketball Camp Philosophy

This is a rigorous basketball program incorporating three sessions of daily basketball drills/workouts and evening games Sunday through Thursday. The weekend program begins on Friday focused on offensive skills instruction and practice. If you choose to do a third general skills session, this program starts on Sunday afternoon and runs through Thursday. These camp sessions are recommended for high school players with medium to advanced skills.  8:1 camper to coach ratio. 

ELS Language Classes

Add a two or three-week ELS Language Camp prior to the Snow Valley Basketball camp!  ELS language classes are held at Pepperdine University prior to Snow Valley Basketball Camp which  is hosted at Westmont College. Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels welcome. Three 50-minute lessons per day (Monday-Friday), plus fun afternoon and weekend excursion in and around the Los Angeles area.  See detailed sample schedule under More Details.

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Programs Available

4 Week Program: 7/10 – 8/4 - 2 Weeks of ELS Language Camp at Pepperdine + 10 day  Snow Valley Basketball Camp at Westmont College

4 Week Program: 7/10 – 8/4 - 3 Weeks of ELS Language Camp at Pepperdine + 5-day  Snow Valley Basketball Session at Westmont College

See the camp sessions available at Westmont College without ELS. Click here.

Registering Online or Submit a PDF Application

Use the links below to choose the session you'd like to attend, or download an application here and email it to international@ussportscamps.com

Accommodation & Roommates

ELS program is held at Pepperdine University: Suite Style Dorm Rooms/2-3 campers in a suite. Snow Valley Basketball Camp is hosted at Westmont College: 2 campers per room. Shared bathroom.  American roommate can be arranged if requested.

Linens and Laundry

Bed sheets, pillow, and towel provided. Onsite facilities available. $2.50/wash and dry. 


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included everyday expect check-in and check-out days. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated if alerted before camp.

Westmont Weekends & Activities

Weekends at Westmont are all about Basketball with a special offensive skills program running Friday through Sunday.There are no excursions planned, just basketball instruction.

ELS Language Camp Activities

For those who attend the ELS language camp, prior to the Nike basketball camp: each afternoon and weekend is filled with a variety of exciting activities in the LA area. On the Sunday prior to the Snow Valley camp, participants will travel to Westmont College to start their Nike basketball camp. 

Airport Transfers

Round-trip airport transfers provided from Los Angeles International Airport. Transportation between Pepperdine and Westmont College is provided. Provide flight itinerary when registering or at least 3 weeks prior to camp start date.

Unaccompanied Minor Services

Nike Sports Camps will provide a greeter at the airport if your campers is flying to camp with an unaccompanied minor plane ticket. Typically the airlines require the greeter's details such as name, driver's license number, phone number, and address. Nike Sports Camps will not have this information until the week before your child arrives at camp. Please email international@ussportscamps.com to collect all information one week before your child comes to camp to avoid any hassle or extra wait time fees at the airline. 

Medical Insurance

For an additional $60, add supplemental health coverage. On-site school nursed and trainers available for on-site injuries. You must be medically insured while at camp. If your health insurance will not cover you while in America, you must find alternative coverage whether that is the one US Sports Camps provides or otherwise.  

Wi-Fi & Communication

Wi-Fi access in common areas and dorm rooms available to campers. Camp office provides computer access for Skype and Email.

Spending Money

Suggested $50/week for spending money.

After Registering

A detailed camper welcome packet containing health & release forms, emergency contact info, and a packing list will be emailed to all registered campers in Spring 2016. Our health and release forms require a doctor's signature and will be collected on the first day of camp. International campers must have health insurance valid in the US in order to attend camps.


The ELS Language Camp  is located at Pepperdine University in the town of Malibu and the Snow Valley Basketball Camp is located at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.  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, and is an ideal place for camp. Campers reside on campus in the newly renovated Van Kampen Hall. Both locations offer students the chance to live and play on the Sunny West Coast of California and improve their English skills.   

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 6:00 AM Point Guard & Post Clinic
  • 7:00 AM Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM Organization and Warm-up
  • 8:45 AM Clinic - Offense
  • 9:35 AM Clinic - Defense
  • 10:35 AM Clinic - Shooting
  • 11:30 AM Team Practice
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:15 (13:15) PM 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

Camper Reviews

Group Leader from ThailandInternational Coach

  • 5/5.
Best Camp We Experienced

We brought a group of boys from our basketball program in Thailand and it was an incredible experience.  While in the US, our boys participated in several US basketball camps and the Snow Valley Basketball Camp was by far the best basketball skills camps we attended. We are looking forward to next summer when we will be bringing another group of excited campers!  Thank you

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  • 5/5.

Phil is the only junior in the starting line up on a senior-laden team and flips between the 2 and 1 guard spots.  He will probably wind up the team's leading scorer and first or second in rebounds, steals, and assists.   Defense is very good.  Mixes his offensive production between outside stuff and rebounds/put backs with a few slashes to the basket every game.  Finishes well.  Sealed a one point win taking a charge with no time left the other day that was pretty heady.

All of this to simply say "thank you" for your contribution to his development.  His skill sets are very high and game IQ very high.  I attribute that to investing in Snow Valley Basketball Camp.

  • 5/5.
Rigorous but fun!

This was a rigorous but fun experience. I got great feedback which has helped to improve my game. I now know the areas that I need to work on and I am striving to improve my game every time I go to the court. I would recommend this program to anyone who seriously wants to improve their technique and be a better player!

  • 5/5.
One-on-one coaching

I benefited from the one on one coaching. My coaches knew when to push me so as to reach my potential. Facilities were nice and clean. Food was excellent.

Camp Dates & Prices

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For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.