Snow Valley Basketball and Language Camp - International programs

Snow Valley Basketball and Language Camp - International programs
Snow Valley Basketball and Language Camp - International programs

Improve your English, make new friends, and take your basketball game to a new level with this unique basketball and language experience in Southern California.

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.  

Students can choose between a  traditional language camp program like the Malibu Youth Program with pre-planned activities in the afternoon and which is geared toward students aged 11-16;  or a more independent driven language study program (for ages 16-18) held at the downtown Santa Barbara ELS Learning Center, where students live and learn with local host families in the Santa Barbara area.  (Please see the short videos below.)  Both offer a two or three week program and each are followed by one, two or three sessions of Snow Valley Basketball camp which areheld at the Westmont College in Santa Barbara

Whichever program you choose, you'll learn much more than just English or improve your basketball skills. Your time at camp will be one of the most memorable times of your life where you will meet incredible friends and experience English and American culture inside and outside the classroom.  

International campers who are looking for a basketball only program (no language), please click here for our individual session dates

To view a short video on the ELS Downtown Santa Barbara program (for ages 16-18) see below.

To view a video on the ELS Youth Language Camp in Malibu (for ages 9-16)

Highlights Include

  • 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

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Charlie Sands
Camp Director

Charlie Sands

<p> 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...

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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.</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 Details

Camp Code: BVXISV

Sport and Language Program Overview

Campers interested in adding a language program to their Nike basketball camp can choose from two language locations: Malibu Youth Camp at Pepperdine or the ELS downtown Santa Barbara Learning Center.  In both locations, the language program preceedes the Snow Valley basketball camp. For more information on the camp, click here.

The first location at Malibu, is a short distance from the LAX airport, and is geared towards younger campers (9-16.) It offers a traditional language camp environment, with comprehensive language program in the morning and a full menu of  exciting pre-planned afternoon activities and weekend excursions. The start date for  the Malibu Youth Language Program is June 29 or July 6. The full program concludes after basketball camp on Thursday July 31. 

The second location option, at the downtown ELS Learning Center in Santa Barbara, starts on June 29 and concludes after the basketball camp on Thursday July 31.

All language campers will have 15 lessons (each lesson is 50 minutes) per week. All language classes are in the morning. Language assessment is done on the first Monday of their language session. Students have free time in the afternoon to explore the local area of Santa Barbara with their new friends/or host families (SB downtown Center) or enjoy pre-planned afternoon activities each day at the Malibu Youth Camp at Pepperdine.

After their two or three-week language program, campers will transition over to the Snow Valley Basketball Camp location at Westmont College. The  first session of camp starts Sunday July 20th. A weekend offensive skills camp falls between the two sport sessions, and starts on July 25th through July 27th.  The last basketball session starts on July 27 and ends on Thursday July 31.  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 31st), 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.

More Details

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.  

Arrival Dates:

  • Sunday, 6/29  (3-week language school)  followed by Snow Valley Basketball check-in on July 20 (see details below) 
  • Sunday, 7/6  (2-week language school)  followed by Snow Valley Basketball check-in on July 20th (see details below)
  • Early arrival can be accomodated, but there is an additional fee of $125 for each additional night.

Snow Valley Basketball Camp Check-in

  • Sunday July  20, or July 27 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.

Snow Valley Basketball Camp Check-Out 

  • Boys Session II Check-out: Thursday July 31; 4pm (Last meal: Lunch)
  • Late departures after July 31, cannot be accomodated.  All campers must depart camp on July 31. 

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.  


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 held 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.

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

Camper Reviews

International 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.

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