Nike Basketball Camp Homewood High School
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Participate in high-energy, fun basketball training that is sure to elevate your game at this popular day camp in Homewood, AL. Directed by Elite Hoops Basketball, campers will focus at least three hours a day towards individual skill development as well as daily scrimmages.
The Complete Skills Camp helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position.
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Camp Director Tim Shepler
Tim Shepler enters his 7th year with Elite Hoops. Coach Shepler is a coaching veteran in the state of Alabama currently in his 25th year as a head varsity basketball coach. For the last 20 years of his career, Shepler has been at Homewood High School where he has built a consistently winning program.View Tim Shepler's Bio ⟩
Under Shepler, the Patriots have won or shared an area championship in nine of the last 13 years. They have also played in the state championship games twice in 2008 and 2010.
Sheplers 456 wins ranks him as one of the winningest active coaches in the entire state of Alabama. Throughout his coaching career at Homewood High School, over 25 of his former players have gone to play at the collegiate level. Impressively, this includes Birmingham star Ronald Nored who had an extremely successful career at Butler University and lead the Bulldogs to 2 NCAA Final Four appearances as the starting point guard.
Coach Shepler has a passion for teaching players the skills of the game and desires to instill the confidence that will make each player perform as a championship competitor both mentally and physically.
Camp Director Jovanka Ward
JoVanka Ward is in her fifth year with Elite Hoops Basketball and in her second year at Thompson High School as the Assistant Director of Athletics. JoVanka has 11 years of experience as a women's college basketball coach and has been teaching for nine years at the middle and high school level.View Jovanka Ward's Bio ⟩
2016-17 was JoVanka's first year at the helm of Lady Warrior Hoops. Ward finished the season 17-13 as Mountain Brook Thanksgiving Tournament Champions with 3 players on the All-Tournament Team and the tourney MVP in Niya Oden, an early season upset of top 5 ranked Spain Park who eventually went on to be AHSAA 7A State Runner-Up, a 3rd place finish (out of 16 teams) in the Spain Park Lady Jag Christmas Tourney, and cracked the top 10 with an Alabama Sports Writers Association number 9 ranking for the 7A classification.
2015-16 Coach Ward completed 4 years as the Girl's Head Coach at Homewood High School. During her final year the Homewood Lady Patriots held the Alabama Sports Writers Association #1 Ranking for 6A Girls Basketball for the entire season. Homewood completed the season as undefeated Regular Season Champions, 3 time Area Tournament Champions, Back to Back Sub-Regional & Regional Champions and appeared in the 6A State Championship game for the second year in a row, only to finish as the AHSAA State Runner-Up with an overall record of 27-7 after falling to undefeated LeFlore from Mobile, AL. Coach JoVanka Ward was selected to coach the North All-Stars during 2016 AHSAA All-Star Week held in Montgomery, AL.
In 2014-15 The 6A State Champion Lady Patriots finished the season as Walker HS Tournament Champions, Ramsay Hilltop Tournament Champions, Area 9 Undefeated Regular Season Champions, Area 9 Tournament Champions and as the first girls basketball team in school history to be ranked number 1 by the ALSWA (Sports Writers Association). The Lady Patriots held the Number 1 ranking from early December throughout the course of the entire season. They were back to back Area & Sub-Regional Champions and they are the first team to advance beyond the first round of regional play, also making them the first Regional Champions in school history. The Lady Patriots are the first team to make it to the state finals and the first state girls or boys, basketball championship in Homewood history while also setting a school-record with 30 wins. Coach JoVanka Ward was named Over The Mountain (OTM) Coach of the Year, ALSWA 6A Coach of the Year, AL.com State Finals Best Dressed Coach of the Year and USA Today Alabama High School Coach of the Year.
In the 2013-14 season the Lady Patriots finished with an Area & Sub-Regional Championship and a Sweet 16 appearance.
Before going to HHS, JoVanka spent three years at Homewood Middle School as Physical Education teacher as well as Head Coach of Basketball and 7th grade Volleyball. Prior to HMS JoVanka was an assistant women’s basketball coach at UAB for 5 years, and spent 2 years as First Assistant at Alabama A&M and other universities to include Howard and Virginia State. In 2008, a year after the birth of her daughter, she decided to step away from an 11 year career as a college coach and left behind the high demands of college athletics in order to spend more time with her family.
Coach Ward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from Hampton University, Master's degree in Technology Integration from Nova Southeastern University and Certificate in Athlete Management from Sports Management Worldwide.
Originally from Panama City, Panama Ward affectionately also calls Hampton, VA home where she grew up and finished her college playing days. She played her prep-school basketball at Kecoughtan High School, then later went on to receive scholarships to play at Old Dominion University, where she spent one year and then completed her collegiate playing career at Hampton University.
JoVanka and her husband Steve, who is the Head Boy’s basketball coach at Huffman High School, have a daughter named Jaelynn. Her favorite teams are her Hampton University Lady Pirates WBB, Duke Men’s Basketball (Go Bluedevils!), NY Yankees, Washington Redskins, VA Tech Football, and now as an AL resident she enjoys Crimson Tide Football.
Staff Elite Hoops Basketball
The Elite Hoops Basketball (EHB) staff is comprised of some of the best coaches in the area, specializing in camps, clinics, training sessions, leagues, and travel teams. Elite Hoops Basketball has been in partnership with Nike Basketball Camps for over 12 years, directing some of the Southeast's most popular day basketball camps.View Elite Hoops Basketball's Bio ⟩
They are dedicated to providing athletes with the proper training and tools necessary to help improve your fundamental skills, offensive and defensive moves, and overall game in a fun and motivating environment. In 2016, EHB directed over 50 Nike Basketball Camps across eight southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) with over 3600 players in attendance! Join EHB and Nike Basketball Camps today and take your game to the highest level!
Girls: June 18-22
Boys I: June 25-29
*Due to construction, the standard July boys session (July 23-27) will take place 15 minutes south at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham. To register for this session, go to https://www.ussportscamps.com/basketball/nike/nike-basketball-camps-birmingham.
Check-in: Monday at 8:30AM
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 11:30AM
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-3PM FRI 9AM-12PM
Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch or lunch money. A concession stand will be open for lunch, snack and drink purchases. $10 per day covers lunch and two snacks.
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. Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony! Departure immediately following.
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. The State of Massachusetts requires a copy of camp participants’ most recent physical and record of immunizations, shots, etc., in addition to the US Sports Camps health and release 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
- 9:00 AM Campers Arrive/Free Shoot
- 9:10 AM Stretch/Floor Length Open Up
- 9:30 AM Skill Development Work
- 11:10 AM Contests
- 11:40 AM 5 on 5 League Games
- 12:20 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Living by Numbers Individual Skill Development
- 1:40 PM Video/Speaker/Speed and Agility
- 2:20 PM 3 on 3 League Games
- 3:00 PM Campers Depart
Homewood High School in Birmingham, AL provides campers with ample room to showcase and develop their skills. With two full length courts, campers are always active. The daily format, which includes fundamental instruction, lectures, and team games will leave any young camper with renewed energy and enthusiasm for the game of basketball.
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It has been an absolute pleasure working with Coach Shep and his team!
My son has been attending the Nike camp at Homewood High School for the past five (5) years. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Coach Shep and his team! It's a great camp ... well run with high quality and skilled coaches. My son has learned a lot over the years of attending and is so sad that he has now aged out! He LOVED his coach this year who was super encouraging and the Female Coach over his division (NBA) could not have been better or more encouraging, while at the same time challenging to push further. Super big thanks to Nike for seeing the need in the Birmingham area ... to Homewood High School for allowing the community access to their facilities ... and to Coach Shep for being an awesome leader, mentor and friend to my son!
— Amber E. Parent
My boys loved, loved this camp!!! I am an instructor for majorettes and am very picky about camps that my kids go to because I never want them to just be babysat! But this camp was extremely organized and well ran and plenty of staff and my kids will be signing up for another one that is in Homewood asap.
— Hollie H. Parent
Best basketball camp ever!
Best basketball camp ever!
— Dermie C. Camper
The coaches were encouraging and patient!
My nephew is a 6'5 13-year-old who is new to basketball. The coaches were encouraging and patient! Thanks for challenging my nephew and giving him the most improved player award.
— Shelley G. Aunt
Camp is a great experience.
Camp is a great experience and all the boys we know really enjoy all aspects.
— John R. Parent
My boys had an opportunity.
My boys had an opportunity to play with many different skill levels, while challenging themselves to get better.
— Brian D. Parent
Coach Lee Miller called me with an update on my son
Coach Lee Miller even called me with an update on my son. His enthusiasm and interest in my son helped spark a new desire for basketball within him. The following week, Coach Maddux really helped them move in positive directions. My son has been to several basketball camps and I would highly recommend this camp to anyone.
This was the best one so far
Compared to other camps I’ve been to, this was the best one so far. And I liked the camp this year even better than last year.
Team and individual training was a good mix.
The camp was awesome and you get to work with all the coaches. Team and individual training was a good mix. The coaches looked out for everyone and made sure you played a lot and played fair.
Camp was professionally organized
I had a wonderful time at Nike Sports Camp and my parents were pleased with my improvement and the way in which the camp was professionally organized
Our son Hunter loved your camp
Our son loved your camp and although he is extremely active, this was the first time he has ever mentioned getting sore from exercise!! Way to Go!!