McCracken Basketball Camp Goshen College
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN
AT MCCRACKEN BASKETBALL CAMPS
Back for its second summer, this coed camp offers youth athletes the opportunity to compete, learn new skills, and most importantly have fun! Receive the full camp experience as an overnight camper or commute as an extended day camper.
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
Camp Director Stephanie Miller
The seventh head coach in the GC women’s basketball program’s 52-year history, 1997 Michigan State University graduate Stephanie Miller begins her seventh year with the Maple Leafs in 2017-18.View Stephanie Miller's Bio ⟩
Miller was named Crossroads League co-coach of the year in 2015-16 after the Maple Leafs set a school record with 27 wins, advancing to the Fab Four of the NAIA Division II National Tournament for the first time in program history. The team was picked to finish seventh in the league in the preseason coaches’ poll and finished the season ranked fourth—in the nation. Goshen won a program-record 15 Crossroads League games, taking second place, and hosted a CL tournament matchup for the first time since 2004. The 2004 team was also the only previous squad to qualify for nationals.
In 2014-15, Miller led the Maple Leafs to an 18-13 record, Goshen’s first winning season in 10 years, improving on a 4-26 mark the year before. Her team finished 9-9 in Crossroads League play, went on a seven-game winning streak for the first time since 2004, and reached the conference quarterfinals for the first time since 2008.
Out of Miller's first six recruiting classes, every player to play through her senior season has graduated. The group includes five 1,000-point scorers, two NAIA All-Americans and a first-team all-NAIA tournament pick along with three Goshen College record-holders.
Miller's athletes account for more than 20 percent of the spots in Goshen's record book with 68 of the 303 positions in the top 10 (including ties) occupied by players of the last six seasons. They have earned 10 all-conference honors, seven conference player of the week victories, and nine Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete certificates.
Her most recent job before Goshen was at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, Michigan, where she posted a .655 winning percentage and coach 15 future collegiate athletes; between 2000 and 2011, she coached basketball for 11 years and softball for five.
The Grosse Ile, Michigan, native also coached high-level AAU basketball for nearly ten years in several age brackets. Her Michigan Spartans 16U team were national runner-ups in 1998 and she reached the state tournament three times. She has also been a camp site director for McCracken Basketball Camps since 1992.
Assistant Coach Amanda Hicks
Amanda Hicks begins her second season as an assistant basketball coach at Goshen College in 2016-17.View Amanda Hicks's Bio ⟩
An alumna of Grand Valley State University and Arizona State University, Hicks taught and coached at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., for five years, compiling a freshman basketball record of 86-12. She was also an assistant basketball coach for an Estrella Foothills (Ariz.) girls team that reached the state final four, compiling a 44-1 record in three years as the JV coach. Hicks also served as an assistant softball coach at each high school and has been a head or assistant site director for McCracken Basketball Camps since 1999.
Hicks lives in Goshen, where she is the assistant principal at Parkside Elementary School. She enjoys running and describes herself as a beginner triathlete.
JUNE 25-28, 2018
All Campers Check-in: Monday between 1PM-2PM
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 3:30PM. Check-out following at 4:30pm.
Available upon request at check-in time for a $20.00 deposit. Deposits will be returned at checkout when the room key is returned. The deposit is forfeited if the key is lost.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive between 1PM-2PM dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
♦ Commuter Campers stay until 9:45PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.
♦ Commuter Camper Hours are 9AM-9:45PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.
♦ Commuter Camper Hours are 9AM-4:30PM.
♦ Lunch is provided. Check-out immediately following closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: MON 2PM-9:45PM,TUES-WED 9AM-9:45PM, THURS 9AM-4:30PM
Campers are allowed to bring a cell phone to camp. Cell phones must be kept in the dorm room and can only be used there (not in the gym, cafeteria, etc.). Please talk to your child prior to arrival about using cell phones only to communicate important camp information (pick-up time, game schedule, etc.). We would also hope that you, as parents, keep calls to your child to a minimum. Part of the camp experience is giving your child the chance to get away and to be on their own. Cell phones are not necessary as there are pay phones available. Should an event arise, the Site Director will have a phone available for campers to use and/or will personally contact the parents.
A group picture of the campers may be ordered at check-in time for a fee of $5. The group picture will be handed out before the end of the camp session.
Spending money may be turned in to the camp bank at the first meeting following registration. The bank is open each day so that money may be withdrawn.
Complete first aid facilities are available. A hospital with 24-hour emergency service is located nearby.
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 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.
GROUP AND SIBLING DISCOUNTS
Sibling Discount: Siblings attending McCracken Basketball Camps are eligible for a $15.00 discount (per sibling). Campers do not have to attend the same McCracken Basketball Camp session to receive the discount, but all applications must be sent in together (no online registrations for sibling or group discounts). If you have questions, please call the camp office at 260-432-0099.
Group Discount: If 4-5 campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. If 6-7 campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $50 discount. If 8 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for an $80 discount. Campers do not have to attend the same McCracken Basketball Camp session to receive the discount, but all applications must be sent in together (no online registrations for group or sibling discounts). If you have questions, please call the camp office at 260-432-0099.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Wake-up
- 8:00 AM Breakfast
- 9:00 AM Lectures/Demonstrations
- 9:45 AM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Rest
- 2:00 PM Lectures/Demonstrations/Contests
- 3:00 PM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 4:30 PM Individual Instruction/Free Time
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM League Games
- 9:00 PM Night Program
- 10:30 PM Lights Out
Goshen College is located at 1700 S Main St, Goshen, IN 46526. Campers will utilize the Roman Gingerich Recreation and Fitness Center (RFC) for basketball instruction. The RFC offers state-of-the-art facilities:
- Three full-size basketball and multipurpose courts
- 200-meter running track
- 2,800-square-foot weight room
- Four racquetball courts
- Exercise machines (steppers, exercise bikes, rowers and elliptical machines)
- Large training room and exercise science lab
Adjacent to the RFC are lighted tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and the 400-meter Eigsti Track and Field Complex.