ELS Language and Snow Valley Basketball Camp

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

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.  

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

Highlights Include

  • Experienced high school, college, and professional coaches will provide instruction and one-on-one coaching
  • Daily Instruction, lectures, and demonstrations on fundamentals, plus evening games until 10:00 at night!
  • 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
  • Option to add an ELS Language program offered at Pepperdine University (Malibu Youth Camp) where campers can improve their English skills
  • Enjoy the best of West Coast living at both the Malibu and Santa Barbara camp locations - two of Southern California's most desired vacation spots.
  • Experience U.S. college campus living during your stay at our Snow Valley Basketball Camp

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.</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>

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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



Campers participating in the joint ELS and Snow Valley Basketball program will enjoy 2 or 3 weeks of ELS language camp prior to their Snow Valley Basketball Camp at Westmont College. The ELS Malibu Youth Camp, 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 21 or June 28, or July 12. 

After the two or three-week language program, campers will transition over to the Snow Valley Basketball Camp location at Westmont College. The  first girls only basketball session starts Sunday July 12th.  The last basketball session (boys only) starts on July 26 and ends on Thursday July 30.  Basketball 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 30), campers will be taken back to LAX for their flight home.  Please look at the session dates below carefully as the Snow Valley basketball sessions are gender specific. 

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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.

ELS (and Snow Valley Basketball Camp) Arrival Dates:

  • Sunday, 6/21 (3-week language school)  followed by Snow Valley Basketball check-in on July 12 between 1-3PM. 
  • Sunday 6/28  (2-week language school)  followed by Snow Valley Basketball check-in on July 12 between 1-3PM. 
  • BOYS ONLY Sunday 7/12  (2-week language school)  followed by Snow Valley Basketball check-in on July 26 between 1-3PM. 
  • Early arrival can be accomodated, but there is an additional fee of $125 for each additional night.

Snow Valley Basketball Camp Check-Out 

  • GIRLS Session - Check out Thursday 7/19 4pm (Last meal: Lunch)
  • BOYS Session II Check-out: Thursday July 30; 4pm (Last meal: Lunch)
  • Late departures after July 30, cannot be accomodated.  All campers must depart camp on July 30. 

Travel:  International Campers will be met at LAX based on their arrival into the ELS Language school and will be taken back to LAX after the basketball camp has ended. A travel form which will be included in your detailed registration package.  


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

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

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