Nike Basketball Camp Gonzales Middle School
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Join Ultimate Champions Basketball Academy Founder, TJ Jones, and staff in summer 2023 in Gonzales, LA. Learn what it takes to make the team in this popular day clinic and leave with more confidence in your game and a step up from the competition!
The Making the Team Camp help players of all abilities looking to make their school or club team. Campers will develop athletically, refine fundamental skills, and enhance their abilities at the post, wing, or guard position.
- In-depth analysis of each player's conditioning and footwork
- Discussion of nutritional goals and off-court activities to benefit on-court game
- Low camper to coach ratio to offer the most personalized instruction in a small group setting
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Camp Director TJ Jones
TJ Jones is the founder and lead skills director of Ultimate Champions Basketball Academy and is a National Nike Basketball Camp Director. Coach Jones has over 22 years of basketball experience as a player, coach and player development instructor.View TJ's Bio & Basketball Tips ⟩
Coach Jones has always been a student of the game. As a child, TJ didn’t start playing basketball until the age of 14. With little help from coaches or relatives (Coach Jones’ Uncle played for the New York Knicks), he taught himself how to play the game of basketball by watching games on television and tapes on basketball teachings of various coaches. In high school he was one of the top players in his high school history (ranked 14th in the state). He later went to UTSA to become at team captain as a sophomore. After UTSA coach Jones still had the desire to play the game of basketball. After playing in Europe and a short stint in Mexico, he decided that he wasn't as passionate about playing basketball as he was helping developing players.
Coach Jones went on to pursue his passion for developing players and became director of basketball operations at Home Court America in San Antonio. As Director of Basketball Operations, Coach Jones was responsible for developing new programs along with maintaining and increasing the quality of the existing basketball structure. Later he had the opportunity of becoming an assistant coach at a division 1 university. At as a college coach, he was extremely instrumental in player development.
Coach Jones is very unique in the aspect of working with different age groups. For some coaches, it is very difficult for them to coach and develop youth and also have the same success with developing college level players and professional players. He works well with all age groups and is very successful with them.
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Staff Ultimate Champions Basketball Academy
With over 22 years of training and coaching experience that covers all age groups and skills levels, Ultimate Champions has become one of the nation's premier basketball training academies.View Ultimate Champions Basketball Academy's Bio ⟩
Ultimate Champions Basketball Academy was founded by National Nike Sports Camp Director Terrence Jones. Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Ultimate Champions hosts Nike Basketball Camps over spring, summer, and winter break throughout Texas, New York City and most recently, Baton Rouge. Their vision is to help players enhance skill development, athleticism, explosiveness, and overall game through positive and challenging instruction.
JOIN THE 2024 PRIORITY REGISTRATION LIST!
Dates and details will be added to this page as soon as they are confirmed. Make sure your child is first in line to register after the new year by joining the Priority Registration List at no cost! Priority List members will be the first to know when our 2024 summer camp registration officially opens!
For details on all 2023 Nike Basketball Camps, please visit Nike Basketball Camps.
2024 DATES COMING SOON!
Check-in: Monday at 8:30AM
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 11:30AM
Meals: Lunch is not provided.
Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-4PM FRI 9AM-12PM
ONLY AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY? Put your shooting skills to the test and join us only on Friday, from 1pm-4pm, for the Shooting Clinic! Click the 'See More Camp Details' button below for details.
ULTIMATE CHAMPIONS PHILOSOPHY
In order to be successful there has to be a strong foundation. If a builder is building a house, he must have a strong foundation in order for the house to stand properly over time. Well, the same is for basketball. There must be a strong foundation in fundamentals for continuous individual improvement. In addition to an emphasis on skill development, camp will also aim to improve each players athleticism and explosiveness.
FRIDAY ONLY SHOOTING CLINIC (NEW!)
In the Friday Shooting Clinic campers will cover shooting psychology, the three phases of shooting, and shooting off the dribble and catch! The clinic will run on Friday after the Complete Skills camp ends, from 1pm-4pm, for $45.
POST-CAMP PERSONALIZED SKILLS ACADEMY (NEW!)
In Post-Camp Training Personalized Training, Ultimate Champions will be offering skill-specific training catered to the need of each player. The focus is to find out the challenge area of each player and spend the entire session working to improve the challenge areas. It will run Monday-Thursday, from 4pm-5pm, and be $40 (for all 4 days).
MAKING THE TEAM
In the series Coach TJ will give the tips that will give any player the advantage in making anyones team! Coach TJ has put his 20+ years of experience as a college coach and professional basketball players, coupled with speaking to over 125 coaches across the country to work and created a system, if executed, would give any player the advantage in try-outs. Here are a list of skills that will be taught:
- Team Skills
o Man to Man Defense
o Zone Defense
o Team Drills
o Man to Man Offense
o Zone Offense
o Ball Screens
o How To Get Open Without The Ball
o How To Get Your Teammates Open
- Individual Skills
o Ball handling
o One on One Moves
o One on One Defense
o Plyometric Work
o Flexibility Training
o Body weight training
o Endurance Training
o Mental Toughness
o How to play for any coach
o Finding out what your coach wants
o How to be a leader in try-outs
o How to win your coach over in try-outs
o How to out-work everyone in try-outs
Nike Versa Tack Basketballs can be purchased during registration for $25. Players can choose between a size 6 (28.5", standard girls) or size 7 (29.5", standard boys) ball, which will be passed out on the last day of camp. Please note that it is not required to bring a basketball to camp as they are provided by the staff for camp instruction. *Sales will stop on April 1st.
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.
HEALTH & RELEASE FORMS
All registered campers are required to have a parent or legal guardian fill out US Sports Camps’ mandatory Health & Release Forms online before arrival at camp. This camp does NOT require a doctor's signature on the forms.
A detailed Information Packet containing check-in location and address, on-site staff contact information, a checklist of things to bring, site-specific forms, and more will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. To check if your Information Packet is ready, click here.
PEACE OF MIND POLICY
At US Sports Camps, we hope you will not have to cancel your enrollment in camp. If you do though, there are options. For details on our Cancellation Policy, including cancellations of camp by US Sports Camps, please visit: www.ussportscamps.com/peace-of-mind-policy
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.
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.
NIKE 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
- 9:00 AM Stretching
- 9:15 AM Ball-Handling
- 9:45 AM One on One Moves
- 10:30 AM Defensive Work (stance, movement, communication, desire)
- 11:00 AM Shooting Work (foot alignment, shoulder alignment, balance, selection, technique)
- 11:30 AM 3 on 3, 4 on 4, 5 on 5
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:15 PM Stretching/Warm-Up
- 1:30 PM Ball-Handling
- 2:00 PM Passing
- 2:30 PM Guest Speaker/lecture
- 3:00 PM Offensive & Defensive Fundamentals
- 3:20 PM Shooting Skills Competition
- 4:00 PM Dismissal
Camp Dates & Prices
New Camp Dates Coming Soon!
Please join the Priority List to be notified when this program opens for 2023 registrations.