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. Realize your full potential this summer through hard work, competition, and encouraging instruction.
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 German's Bio ⟩
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
JULY 29-AUGUST 1, 2018
Check-in: Monday at 8:45AM
Check-out: Thursday at 4PM
Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-4PM
A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to the start of camp. The health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. DO NOT MAIL. If you have special medicines to take, bring them with written instructions on the reverse side of the health report.
*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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It's a 10!
September 5, 2016: I'd give it a 10 out of 10!
— Tom C. Camper0
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. Parent0