McCracken Basketball Camp Battle Creek YMCA
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN AT
MCCRACKEN BASKETBALL CAMPS
Work on all facets of the game and improve your overall basketball skills and IQ at the Battle Creek YMCA with Todd German and the McCracken Basketball staff. Realize your full potential during summer 2023 through hard work, competition, and encouraging instruction and leave camp with life-long friendships.
McCracken Basketball Camps Complete Skills Program offers detailed, personal instruction and drills to help players thrive, gain a deeper understanding of the game, and develop their skills at every position.
- Skill-appropriate drills for each player and drill group
- Top competition in daily league games and scrimmages
- Individual and group contests for awards
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Camp Director Todd German
Coach German has been involved with The McCracken Basketball Camp for over 40 years - as a camper, counselor, Assistant Camp Director, and now as Camp Director. German was a standout high school and college athlete from Bronson, MI. He played basketball at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Manchester College; he was the leading scorer, rebounder, and MVP at. German received his master's degree from Western Michigan University.View Todd's Bio & Basketball Tips ⟩
CAMP GOALS & IDEALS
A high school coach once told us, “Do you know why I like your camp? It’s because you teach – you don’t just throw out the ball and say ‘play’.” The two long-stated goals of The McCracken Basketball Camp are that each camper should 1) have fun; and 2) learn to become the best player that he or she can possibly be. We work toward both of these goals in every camp activity.
I think that basketball must be fun, and that players should look forward to going to the gym. We work to make learning how to play basketball interesting and enjoyable. Making things fun doesn’t mean not working hard. Hard work can be fun, if approached with the right attitude (just ask any former camper about our Defense Day or Stations). We also feel that being positive and offering encouragement when teaching basketball is very effective in improving a player’s confidence and interest in the game.
Our second goal is that campers work to be the best they can possibly be. We have been saying this for 50 years. To do this, it is important that players learn how to play the game correctly, and that they practice those techniques. Playing games is good for improving reactions and decision-making in game situations, but there are limits to how much improvement can be made if all a developing player does is play games. Our program will give an advantage to the individual player looking to improve. In competition, players tend to shy away from their weaknesses (off-hand, outside shooting, etc.) or parts of their game where they’re simply not as confident yet, as it might lead to a turnover or missed shot. In a game situation, the next thing the player knows, he or she is sitting on the bench. At camp we give detailed instruction along with repetitive drills that will give campers the ability and confidence to become more complete players. We also show drills and practice techniques that can be used to continue to improve individual skills. Those individual skills (both basic and advanced) can be mastered and, only then, blended with those of other players so that a team may have success.
P.S. to Parents:
Parents ask me why they should send their son or daughter to our camp. What makes our camp so different from other camps? It’s no secret. Our philosophy is that we believe in personal attention for each player, both on and off the courts. We are not an assembly line, stuffing kids into slots. The individual is the most important part of our camp and always will be.
We would appreciate the opportunity to work with your son or daughter. If you have any questions about the camp program, supervision, safety, staff, etc., please call or email me directly.
Phone: (260) 432-0099
E-mail: [email protected]
Basketball Tips by Todd:
Camp Coach Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson has been coaching at McCracken Basketball Camps for over 37 years. His experience includes coaching at the high school, club, college, and professional level.View Mark's Bio ⟩
Coach Anderson Career Highlights:
- NBA D-League National Tryout Coach
- Head Coach -- Cuyahoga Community College -- 2004 National Champions
- National Coach of the Year -- NJCAA
- Conference Champions and Conference Coach of the Year
- UBA Eastern Conference Champion and Coach of the Year
- Ohio Valley Basketball League Coach of the Year
- Atlanta Elite Pro Showcase/International Pro Showcase Coach
- L A Summer Pro League Coach (Orlando Division)
Staff McCracken Basketball Camps
The director will be joined by trained, high-energy counselors who will help coach campers and supervise all camp activities.
July 31- August 3, 2023
Check-in: Monday at 8:45AM
Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 3:30PM
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-4PM
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
● Athletic, on-court clothing
● Athletic shoes
● Water bottle
● Packed lunch and snacks
● Small gym bag/backpack
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability.
The camp staff will be able to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.
BASKETBALL CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our basketball camps please see our FAQ page.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 AM Lectures and Demonstrations
- 9:45 AM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Contests
- 1:30 PM League Games
- 3:15 PM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 4:00 PM Check-out
The Battle Creek Family Y Multi-Sports Center consists of 42,550 square feet of activity floor space. The indoor area can be used as an open space or divided into separate courts which measure 46' x 78'. The Battle Creek Family Y Multi-Sports Center can be divided into seven individual courts. Four of the courts have permanent basketball standards with breakaway rims.
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can't wait for next year!
August 8, 2021: Karsen enjoyed camp and she learned so much. She can't wait for next year!
— Amanda Z., Parent
Thank you so much!
August 6, 2021: Jake had a GREAT time and said that his coach was his "favorite of all of the coaches he has ever had!" Jake has been playing basketball since we could register him, so this means a LOT! Thank you so much!
— Heather S., Parent
We would definitely do this camp again.
September 1, 2019: This was my son's first McCracken Basketball Camp. He enjoyed the drills so much he would repeat them at home. He said he learned a lot and had so much fun. and he is thrilled to be picked to attend the shoot out competition in Indiana. We would definitely do this camp again.
— Jodi W., Parent
Jake LOVED this basketball camp
August 8, 2019: Jake LOVED this basketball camp so much and every bit of it! He came home every day and talked non-stop about what he had learned that day, about his coaches, etc. He worked hard and earned many ribbons, which he was super pumped about! We purchased him a t-shirt and shorts and I think he has worn them a few times a week (as soon as they are washed, he wears them)!
— Heather S., Parent
It's a 10!
September 5, 2016: I'd give it a 10 out of 10!
— Tom C., Camper
Great camp opportunity
August 12, 2015: My daughter enjoyed the coaches and attitudes of all participants, which is generated from leadership of camp. The other kids were easy to get to know and she enjoyed the opportunity to work with other girls the same age that then became new friends. Considering her age that is saying a lot about the good atmosphere offered for learning.
— Tania B., Parent
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