September 07, 2011
NBC Camps Opens Fall Basketball Training Program in Pacific Northwest and Alberta
NBC Camps starts fall basketball training for athletes through its program called Varsity Academy. Varsity Academy was created to provide comprehensive skill development for athletes pre-season and post-season.
According to NBC Camps Vice President Jennifer Ferch, many parents and athletes make the mistake of getting involved with too many games and tournaments. "We encourage parents and student-athletes to re-think their understanding of talent development. Games can't elevate your talent they only reveal what you know. You can't learn pivoting and offensive moves in a game. Those skills come through specific teaching and skill work."
Ryan Carr is a former NBC Camps coach and camper, and currently an NBA scout. He cautions skill development in the U.S. is declining and attributes one of the issues to athletes spending all their time on travel teams instead of individual skill work-outs. The decline in shooting percentages in the NBA reveals he's right. "NBC Camps Varsity Academy is designed to help train athletes to improve their individual skills in shooting, defending, passing and offensive moves." says Varsity Academy Director John Fazio.
Varsity Academy offers two programs, VA Division 1 for high school athletes and VA Division 2 for athletes ages 9-13. NBC Camps Varsity Academies are now open for registration in Spokane, Pasco, West Seattle and Auburn, Washington as well as Edmonton and Calgary Alberta. Academies will soon be open in Salem, Oregon and potentially Upland, California, Helena, Montana and Yakima, Washington.