Nike Basketball Camp Samueli Academy
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Join founder of The Works Basketball Coach Pete Rivas in Samueli Academy in summer 2023 for this Intro to Hoops camp. This camp is the perfect opportunity to learn the fundamentals of basketball and make new friends!
The Intro to Hoops Camp is designed for younger campers that are new to the sport. Campers receive an introduction to basketball and will learn basic concepts, terminology, and gross motor movements to help improve their skills and confidence.
- Emphasis placed on fundamental development and team play
- Off-court discussions and activities to enhance on-court game
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Pete Rivas
Pete Rivas, founder of The Works Basketball Academy, has an impressive basketball teaching resume with over forty years of boys and girls youth, high school, and college coaching experience. Rivas is also a USA Basketball licensed coach, long-time Nike Basketball Camp Director, and Snow Valley Basketball Schools Co-Director. He is currently on staff in La Habra High School’s Special Education Department.View Pete's Bio & Basketball Tips ⟩
Rivas began his coaching career in 1980 as an assistant at Bishop Amat High School and continued as an assistant coach at the University of California, Irvine.
Rivas started The Works Basketball Academy in 2006 to focus on high-quality instruction for youth basketball players from all over Southern California. The Works Academy operates as a complementary aspect of Rivas’ work to improve players from various vantage points, including Academy, Camps, Clinics, School, and Elite Teams.
In his 18 years with Nike Basketball Camps and Snow Valley Basketball Schools, Rivas has worked with thousands of boys and girls helping them reach their full potential. He works with campers at every level at the Nike Basketball Camps and focuses on intermediate to advanced campers at the Snow Valley Basketball Schools overnight programs in Santa Barbara, CA. Rivas is known as a skills and team developer for local high schools in Southern California. Before focusing primarily on camps in Southern California, Rivas also directed Nike Basketball Camps in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Boise, Idaho.
Coach Rivas has worked to develop local high school teams, Fairmont Preparatory Academy’s program where he helped build a small school powerhouse as Head Varsity Assistant Girls Basketball Coach in 2005. Under his leadership, the girls won ten straight league titles, one CIF Championship, and one CIF appearance. Rivas’ work has reached across the globe as he has traveled to Asia, Mexico, and South America to work with high school and club basketball players. Every summer teams travel from different countries to work with Coach Rivas and his staff.
Basketball Tips by Pete:
Director of Camp Operations Barbie Toscano
Coach Barbie Toscano is an assistant coach with Orange Lutheran Girls Varsity Basketball team. This year she helped guide the Lady Lancers to a CIF Division 1 title.View Barbie's Bio ⟩
Coach Barbie is Operations Manager for The Works Basketball Academy and Nike Basketball Camps, and is an administrator at Snow Valley Basketball Schools. Barbie graduated from Santa Ana High school in 2007 where she played under coach Pete Rivas in 2004-2005. She also played for coach Flo Lupani at Santa Ana College her 2 years.
Camp Manager Casey Kuramoto
Coach Casey Kuramoto just finished her 4th and final season of college basketball at the University of La Verne.View Casey's Bio ⟩
Her team won the regular season SCIAC title. Coach Casey has also finished her undergraduate degree in Educational Studies in hopes of working with younger children as an elementary school teacher. Casey was 4-year letterman at Fairmont Preparatory Academy, where she played for long-time Nike Basketball Camp Director Pete Rivas. Coach Casey is Nike Camps Manager and Snow Valley Basketball School administrator.
Assistant Camp Manager Camden Joko
Coach Cam was a 4-year varsity player and graduated from Mater Dei High School.View Camden's Bio ⟩
At Mater Dei she won 3 Trinity League Titles and 2020 & 2021 CIF Open Division Championships, 2022 CIF Southern Section Scholar Athlete of the Year, 2022 Orange County Athletic Directors Award.
Coach Cam finished her first college season as starting point guard at Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is currently studying Civil Engineering. She also participated in Nike Basketball Camps for 4 years, and this is her 3rd summer coaching Nike Basketball Camps.
Strength Trainer Grady O'Donovan
Coach Grady O’Donovan is currently the Strength Coach for The Works Basketball Academy and Orangewood Academy Girls’ Basketball team.View Grady's Bio ⟩
For the last 4 summers Coach Grady has also been the Strength coach for both Snow Valley Basketball Schools and Nike Basketball camps. Grady has worked with multiple high school and college teams, athletes from middle school to the professional levels ranging from boy’s and girl’s lacrosse, soccer, and basketball.
Prior to moving to Orange County, Ca, Grady is from Maryland and was a strength
coach at Healthy Baller for seven years.
As a young athlete, Grady developed a strong interest in fitness, strength, and
conditioning. After serving 4 years in the Marine Corps, Grady found his true passion in the fitness arena. Graduating from Salisbury University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a Minor in Public Health.
June 19-23, 2023
Check-in: Monday at 8:15AM
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 11:30AM
Daily Hours: MON-FRI 9AM-12PM
Coach Rivas designs his camps so that the day-to-day camp routine is comprised of the following five categories:
Warm-up: Foam Roll/Static Stretch/Stabilization/Core & Balance/Dynamic Warm-Up/Injury Prevention -- Warming up properly is the #1 thing you can do to prevent injury. We go to great lengths to make sure your body is properly stretched and stabilized before we begin training.
SAQ Attack: Speed/Quickness/Explosion/Footwork/Agility/Strength -- We will teach you the proper techniques of movement, change of direction, acceleration, deceleration, and jump/landing techniques.
Footwork: Catch & Shoot/Half Court Attack/Catch Attack/Dribble Attack/Transition Attack/Finishing Moves -- The quality of your: catching, passing, shooting and ball handling is directly related to the quality of your footwork. Our workouts are literally “built from the ground up.”
Conditioning: With Out Ball/With Ball/Combination/Competitive Drills/Controlled Scrimmage -- Once a habit has been formed it must be applied when tired and at game speeds. Out workouts conclude with an opportunity to perform learned skills in a competitive setting.
Cool Down: Foam Roll/Static Stretch/Core Stabilization/Partner Stretch/Band Stretch -- Cool down is a period vital to the regenerative process. When basketball is long done, you will still have your body to live with. A little time now will pay great dividends later in life.
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
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.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site 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.
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 Introduction/Roll Call
- 9:10 AM Warm up
- 9:20 AM Dribbling drills
- 10:00 AM Shooting/offensive skills stations
- 11:00 AM Defensive fundamentals
- 11:30 AM Skills competions
- 12:00 PM Campers depart
June 26, 2023: This was my son's first experience with playing basketball. It was wonderful to see the coaches were teaching the children to basic foundational skills of coordination for them to become better basketball players.
Coached by NWU players.
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.