McCracken Basketball Camp Adrian College
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN AT
MCCRACKEN BASKETBALL CAMPS
This highly sought after camp offers the perfect balance of skills, drills and fun. Campers will have the opportunity to work on their individual and team play skills that will give them the confidence and tools to help them become successful athletes.
McCracken Basketball Camps 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
Boys: July 15-18
Girls: July 22-25
All Campers Check-in: Sunday between 1PM-2PM at Estes Hall
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Wednesday 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.
If you wish to receive mail while at camp, please address as: Camper's Name, c/o McCracken Basketball Camp, Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan 49221
Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all camp activities, both on and off the court.
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.
Second and Third Day:
♦ 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: DAY 1 2PM-9:45PM, DAY 2-3 9AM-9:45PM, DAY 4 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.
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.
*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
- 9:45 PM Extended Day Campers Depart
- 10:30 PM Lights Out
Adrian College is located in Adrian, Michigan, approximately one hour southwest of Detroit, just off U.S. Highway 223. Campers will be housed 2 per room in the Adrian College dorms. All meals will be served in the school cafeteria.
Basketball instruction and play will take place in the Merrilat Sport and Fitness Center. Built in 1990, Merillat Sport and Fitness Center provides educational, recreation and fitness facilities for all Adrian College students, faculty members and staff. The 80,000 square-foot complex includes a multi-sport forum for general recreational use with courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis, surrounded by a one-tenth mile indoor track.
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My daughter is a new basketball player and loved camp!
July 27, 2016: I want to start off by saying that I personally love McCracken Basketball Camp. I went there 4 summers myself when I was ages 9-12. My daughter is a very new basketball player and she learned way more at this camp than I could ever teach her (I used to play myself but it has been a long time!) She absolutely loved camp and told us that she had the best time. She loved the contests, the skill work, the scrimmaging and the fun camp activities. She is definitely a stronger player.
— Lana J. Parent
More than just a basketball camp.
July 27, 2016: This was more than just a basketball camp. Not only did it teach the game of basketball, it also was a wonderful life experience. I loved the focus on sportsmanship.
— Jen L. Parent
Such a positive experience.
July 28, 2016: Excellent drills, games, and activities. Such a positive experience.
— Sarah D. Parent
My daughter was inspired by the talent at camp.
July 29, 2016: For my beginner basketball player, she was inspired by the talent and the coaching to move forward with her own training. She learned drills she could do on her own to improve as well as the importance of teamwork.
— Rohanna L. Parent
We'll be back next year
July 30, 2015: One of the workers made an impact on my son and spent some one on one time helping him. The only thing I would recommend is meeting each of the workers and understanding their background. As a parent, this would help set your mind at ease.
— Julie S. Parent
Camp was excellent
August 2, 2015: My favorite was meeting new people and getting to make new friends. The shooting day was great too since I needed help on my form and I got increasingly better. I even got second place in the shooting competition and now I can come meet everyone again in October!
— Telessa S. Camper
I loved the 5 v 5 tournaments
July 28, 2014: I had a great time at the McCracken basketball camp. The coaches were great, and so were the facilities. I look forward to coming back next year.
— Devon K. Camper
August 16, 2014: Our daughter was registered as a day camper as we were nervous about her age no willingness to stay overnight. After one day she was begging to be an overnight camper. The instructors were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and sincere. We will 100% be registering our daughter next year. We've already began recruiting friends.
— Allyson M. Parent