Cavs Academy Nike Basketball Camp
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The official youth basketball program of the Cleveland Cavaliers is coming to Andrews Osborne Academy in Willoughby, OH in summer 2019! Join the Cavs Academy staff of former professional coaches and players for a week of drills, skills, lectures, games, and contests in a fun and upbeat environment. Offering overnight and day camp options, you'll takeaway life lessons that apply both on and off the court like how to stay motivated, set goals, and be a good teammate and friend.
Cavs Academy Nike Basketball Camp is geared for players of all skill levels looking to build confidence in their game. Campers will work on athletic development, fundamental refinement, strength & conditioning, game play tactics, and basketball IQ.
- Train at Andrews Osborne Academy, a private boarding school located on 300 picturesque acres of Willoughby, OH
- Improve your basketball skills and gain confidence at the only Cavs Academy Nike Basketball Camp in the nation
- Receive a special Nike Cavs Academy jersey, shorts, basketball, duffle bag, Cavs Kid 1-year membership, membership kit, and ticket to a Cleveland Cavaliers game
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Cavaliers Academy Head Coach & Camp Director Kendall Chones
Cavaliers Academy Head Coach and Youth Basketball Development Manager (2016-Current), Duesseldorf Basketball Player (2015-2016) German Cup Finals, ART Duesseldorf Head Coach Men’s Landesliga, Sport Agenten NRW Youth Basketball (2015-2016), Science City Jena Baskets (2014-2015)View Kendall's Bio ⟩
German Pro-A Playoffs, Science City Jena e.V. U18 Head Coach, Hannover Tigers (2013-2014) Pro-B Champions, Duesseldorf Giants (2012-2013) Pro-A Champions, Essen (2009-2012) Playoffs every season (Set single-season league record for FG% 73), Essen Kids Club Youth Basketball Program (2009-2012), Joensuu Kataja Baskets Finland, Hertener Loewen (All-Bundesliga) Pro-B Champions, Colgate University Graduate (2007) (All-Tournament Team, All-Freshman Team) (12th player in school History to record 1000+ points & 500+ rebounds, set school record in most wins), Jim Chones Basketball Camps (Coach & Director 1998-2013), Orange High School Boys Basketball (Class of 2002) (3 x All-State & All District, Conference MVP, 3x All-Conference, 2x Conference Champion, 2x Sectional Champions)
Cavaliers Academy Nike Basketball Camp Co-Director Kyle Pottkotter
Kyle Pottkotter is the Nike Basketball Camp Director for all Ohio locations and is also the founder of One Five Sports. One Five Sports was founded after Kyle ended his 13 year college coaching career and is focused on providing the highest quality instruction to help players of all abilities take their game to the next level.View Kyle's Bio ⟩
Coach Pottkotter began his coaching career at the NCAA Division III power, The College of Wooster. In three years, the Fighting Scots were 71-14, won two North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, and advanced to the NCAA Championships twice, including a trip to the Sweet 16. In addition to numerous players earning all-conference awards, he helped coach two players who earned All-American honors, including one who would go on to be named the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year. During his time at The College of Wooster, Pottkotter was mentored by Head Coach Steve Moore, who ranks in the top five in both wins and winning percentage in NCAA Division III history.
In 2002, Pottkotter returned to coach at his alma mater, Denison University, as an assistant to Bob Ghiloni. Within three years, the Big Red had more than doubled their win total prior to his arrival. He helped lead them to one of their best seasons in over a decade, which included earning the right to host a conference tournament game. While at Denison, Pottkotter helped recruit and coach the school’s all-time leading scorer, in addition to numerous all-conference honorees. While at Denison, Pottkotter also served as the Head Men’s Golf Coach.
After Denison, Pottkotter moved on to another traditional Division III power, Otterbein University, in Westerville, OH. In three years, the Cardinals had doubled their win total and Pottkotter helped coach the OAC’s leading scorer and rebounder. While at Otterbein, Pottkotter worked for legendary coach Dick Reynolds.
In 2008, Coach Pottkotter began hosting and directing Nike Basketball Camps in central Ohio. Hundreds of boys and girls have come from all over the country to work on and improve their games in the summer. He continues to expand his Nike Basketball Camp offerings for both boys and girls throughout the state of Ohio.
Coach Pottkotter earned a B.A. in History from Denison University in 1999 and a M.S.S in Sport Coaching from the United States Sports Academy in 2002.
Cavaliers Academy Youth Sports Specialist Jonathan White
Youth Sports Specialist (2018-Current), Youth Basketball Coordinator (2017-2018), Professional Basketball Player – Lima Express (2014-2015), Professional Show Basketball - Harlem Ambassadors (2014), Professional Basketball Player - Charleston Gunners (2012)View Jonathan's Bio ⟩
University of Charleston Men’s Basketball Player (2006-2011) (3x team captain, 2nd Team All-WVIAC, WVIAC All-Tournament Team, 1000+ career points and top-10 career rebounds, Sparky Adams Award for outstanding sportsmanship and leadership in the WVIAC (senior award), St. Peter Chanel Varsity Boys Basketball Player (Class of 2006, OHSAA Div III District Champion, OHSAA Regional Finals, All-Conference Accolades, Special Mention All State)
Cavaliers Academy Youth Basketball Specialist Jessica Davis
Youth Basketball Specialist/Assistant Coach – Cleveland Cavaliers (2018 – current), Executive Assistant to the GM- Cleveland Cavaliers (2017 – 2018), Assistant Coach/Director of Basketball Operations – Tennessee State University (2016 – 2017), Head Coach U17 Girls AAU – GA Pistols (2016)View Jessica's Bio ⟩
Associate Varsity Head Coach (Boys) – Redan High School (2015 – 2016), Instructional Coach – Future 150 Camp (2015, 2016), Assistant Coach Varsity (Girls) – Columbia High School (2014 – 2015), “So You Want To Be A Coach” Special Projects Intern – Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (2015), Camp Coach – Clemson University Women’s Basketball Camp (2015), Site Director (Boy’s) – King James Shooting Stars Classic Tournament (2015), Assistant Coach – Emory University Women’s Basketball (2011 – 2014), Site Director/Coach (Boy’s) – Best of the Best Under Armor Tournaments/Camps (2011, 2012, 2015), Site Director - Eric Snow Sports Camp (2012 – 2014), Operations/Coach – Atlanta Hawks Basketball Camp (2013), Co-Director – Emory University Women’s Basketball Camp (2011 – 2014), Played in Co-Ed League 2nd Highest Scorer in the league – Panama City, Panama (2008), 5 on 5 Co- Ed Intramural Champions – Florida State University (2007), Redan High School Varsity Basketball Player (Class of 2006, Runner- Up State Champions)
JULY 28-31, 2019
Overnight Campers Check-in: Sunday between 1pm-2pm at AOA Student Union Building
Day Campers Check-in: Sunday between 2pm-2:30pm at Indoor Athletic Center
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Wednesday at 11AM. Check-out following at 11:30AM.
*Enroll by April 9th to receive early bird pricing! Limited spots available.Show Less See More Camp Details
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers will reside in the ASA Student Union Building dorms on campus. Campers stay 1-3 per room and are assigned by age and roommate request. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed; if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
Linens: Not provided
Suggested Spending Money: $50
Staff members reside in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund
On the first day of camp, all day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
♦ Day Campers stay until 5PM.
♦ Meals are not provided.
♦ Day Camper Hours are 8:30AM-5PM.
♦ Lunch is provided.
♦ Day Camper Hours are 8:30AM-11:30AM.
♦ Meals are not provided.
Daily Schedule: SUN 1PM-5PM, MON-TUES 8:30AM-5PM, WED 8:30AM-11:30AM
CAVS ACADEMY MISSION
We are committed to inspiring future generations to grow the game of basketball. Our mission, showcased through some of the best athletes in the world, is to motivate the youth of Ohio and beyond to be active, make championship choices on and off the court, and build confidence in their athletic abilities through the game of basketball.
All abilities are welcome to the Cavs Academy Nike Basketball Camp! Following an initial evaluation, campers are grouped by age and ability to ensure that each individual is playing alongside others of a similar skill level. For beginners, an emphasis is placed on developing sound fundamentals while more advanced players will be challenged to improve their overall skill set.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY CONSIST OF?
While at camp, participants will experience the following activities: a dynamic stretch and warm-up to ensure players are prepared for the day’s activities; a round of stations to reinforce fundamental skills such as ball handling, defense, shooting and rebounding; conditioning drills to improve quickness, agility and endurance; a skills lecture and application; 5-on-5 exhibitions to apply learned skills in a live game setting; and various contests and fun competitions.
WILL THE CAVALIERS PLAYERS BE THERE?
When possible, select Cavaliers players will visit certain programs to interact with participants. Additionally, Cav celebrities such as Moondog, Sir CC, the Cavaliers girls and Cavaliers Legends alumni may also visit from time to time. While we make every effort to secure player visitation, appearances are in no way implied nor guaranteed and remain subject to availability due to the players’ rigorous practice, game and offseason training schedules.
WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED?
Day and overnight campers receive a special Nike Cavs Academy jersey, shorts, basketball, duffle bag, Cavs Kid 1-year membership, membership kit, and ticket to a Cleveland Cavaliers game! You will be contacted by the Cavaliers via the information provided at registration with details on how to redeem your child's free ticket. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional discounted tickets for family and friends and can upgrade your tickets if we have upgraded tickets available. Tickets will be delivered to redeemers via e-mail.
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.
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 in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. Forms mailed in prior to the camp start date will not be accepted. If you are bringing special medications, please include written instructions on the reverse side of the health form.
We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Breakfast for Overnight Campers
- 8:30 AM Day Camper Drop Off/Arrival
- 9:15 AM Dynamic Warm-up/Agility Session
- 9:35 AM Pivots/Footwork Session
- 10:00 AM Player Development Stations (4 x 12 minutes)
- 10:50 AM Water Break
- 10:55 AM Free Throw Challenge
- 11:20 AM 5v5 Practice + Games
- 12:15 PM Lunch Break
- 1:15 PM Groups Practice + Open Court
- 1:45 PM Defensive Bootcamp
- 2:15 PM Shooting Competitions/"Beat the Pro"/Numbers Game
- 2:50 PM 3v3 Challenge
- 3:30 PM Partner Hot Shots + UK Knockout
- 4:30 PM Breakdown Session: Team Offense + Defense
- 5:00 PM 5v5 Games
- 5:30 PM Pick-up for Day Campers
- 5:30 PM Dinner for Overnight Campers
- 6:30 PM Open Court/1v1 Challenge
- 7:00 PM Jr. Cavs Skills Challenge
- 7:45 PM Guest Speaker/Film Session
- 8:30 PM Overnight Campers Return to Dorms
- 9:30 PM Lights Out
Andrews Osborne Academy is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for Grades PK - 12 located on 300 picturesque acres of land in Willoughby, Ohio, twenty miles east of Cleveland. Andrews Osborne Academy opened its 80,000 square foot Indoor Athletic Center (IAC) in February 2015, offering state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The IAC is air-conditioned and houses 3 full basketball courts that will be utilized for camp instruction. There are 2 adjustable portable hoops available that will be used for younger players if necessary.