McCracken Basketball Camp Albion College
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN
AT MCCRACKEN BASKETBALL CAMPS
Formerly held at Olivet College, the McCracken Overnight Basketball Camp at Albion College is the perfect place to fine-tune your fundamental skills, compete with players of similar ability, and make new friends. Join McCracken Basketball Camp Director Todd German and staff for this boys and girls camp and have your best summer yet!
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 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.
Staff McCracken Basketball Camps
The director will be joined by trained, high-energy counselors who will help coach campers and supervise all camp activities.
Boys: July 5-8
Girls: July 9-12
All Campers Check-in: Wednesday between 1PM-2PM at Seaton Hall.
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Saturday at 3:30PM. Check-out following at 4:30PM.
All Campers Check-in: Sunday between 1PM-2PM at Seaton 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, 611 E Porter St, Albion, MI 49224.
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.
Day 2-Day 3:
♦ 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.
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
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
● Athletic clothing mentioned above
● Comfortable off-court clothing
● Flip flops
● Personal items & medications
● Washcloth and bath towel
● Fan (optional)
● Pillow, pillowcase, bed sheets, comforter, or sleeping bag
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
- 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/Swimming
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM League Games
- 9:00 PM Night Program
- 10:30 PM Lights out
One of the first on-campus facilities for indoor sports among Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association members, Kresge Gymnasium is Michigan's oldest active intercollegiate athletic facility.
Built in 1925 as a replacement for the College gymnasium destroyed in a January 1922 fire, Kresge saw its first event on Jan. 8, 1926, when Albion defeated Olivet in an MIAA men's basketball contest, 30-21. Albion went 13-7 that season, winning six of eight home contests. The next season, Albion stepped up its game, finishing with a 15-4 mark, including a 7-1 home record and the league championship.
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enjoyed the competition
July 21, 2021: My son loves the game of basketball. He enjoyed the competition, the contest they have for both, individually and team, and making new friends who loves the game like him.
— Jeffery W., Parent
Zayvion can't stop talking about the fun he had
July 21, 2021: Zayvion can't stop talking about the fun he had and the skills he learned at camp. He has already said he can't wait to return next year.
— Jaylynn R., Parent
can't wait for next year
July 16, 2021: Halie enjoyed the different events that the camp had to offer. She enjoyed being competitive with the others girls and can't wait for next year.
— Jessica B., Parent
It just gets better every year!
July 15, 2021: We always wonder before we send Kienan to camp if it’s going to be worth the cost. We’ve sent her to other camps that are full of “fluff”, but McCracken has always been a place that they are expected to come to work! At McCracken she comes home sore, happy, exhausted and full of confidence and excitement about her abilities and the upcoming season. They work hard from sun up to sun down! It just gets better every year!
— Carrie D., Parent
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