Nike Boys Basketball Camp UC Santa Cruz
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Join former UC Santa Cruz Assistant Coach Kyle Bossier and staff for drills, skills, and a whole lot of fun this summer of 2023! Work on all aspects of the game, set yourself apart from the competition, and make long-lasting friendships.
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.
- Daily emphasis on fundamental skill development, team play and more
- Discussions on basketball situational play, including game management and up-tempo play
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Kyle Bossier
Kyle Bossier, former assistant coach at NCAA Division III UC Santa Cruz, enters his fifth summer directing the Nike Boys Basketball Camp at UC Santa Cruz. Bossier now enters his second season at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO as lead assistant coach.View Kyle's Bio & Basketball Tips ⟩
Kyle Bossier began working at Colorado Mesa in June of 2018 and will rejoin head coach Mike DeGeorge as his top assistant after working with him seven years prior at Rhodes College. Bossier will be in charge of recruiting and be active in all aspects of the program including scouting, player development and planning practices.
Kyle came to Colorado Mesa University from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. While with the Wildcats, Coach Bossier was the lead assistant, helping the team to a Northwest Conference tournament berth and a 16-win season.
In the 2016-17 season, Coach Bossier was a graduate student-manager and video coordinator at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Ca. While with the Gaels, Bossier earned a Master's Degree in Kinesiology and was a part of a program that set a school record for wins while reaching the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
From 2012-16, Bossier was an assistant coach at NCAA Division III UC Santa Cruz. While with the Banana Slugs, Bossier coordinated recruiting, scouting, player development, fundraising and strength and conditioning. During his time there, the program twice set school records for Division III wins in a season.
Bossier began his coaching career at NCAA DIII Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. After volunteering his first year as a video coordinator on Head Coach Mike DeGeorge’s staff, he was promoted the next season to varsity assistant coach, and head junior-varsity coach. During his two years, the Lynx achieved the greatest turnaround in program history, improving their win total from seven to eighteen.
On a part-time basis, Coach Bossier has worked as a Scout for the San Antonio Spurs, Director of Nike Summer Basketball Camps, Owner of Slug Hoops Youth Basketball Training, Instructor of Physical Education, and Head Coach of Top Flight Elite U16 AAU and 15U Hoop Salem High Academic.
Kyle played basketball at Santa Rosa High School before attending Santa Rosa Junior College and Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Kyle earned a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies, emphasis in Kinesiology, Leadership and Business Management.
Basketball Tips by Kyle:
July 31-August 4, 2023
All Campers Check-in: Monday from 8AM-10AM at the Rachel Carson Residence Hall
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Friday at 12PM. Check-out following at 12:30PM.
Housing & Roommates
Overnight campers will reside in the Rachel Carson dorms on campus and stay three or four per room. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
Linens: Not provided
Room Key Deposit: $75
Meal Card: $10
Suggested Spending Money: $50
The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
Extended Day Campers
On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
♦ Extended Day Campers stay until 9PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner are provided.
♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-9PM.
♦ Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.
♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-12:30PM.
♦ Breakfast is provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: MON 10AM-9PM, TUES-THURS 9AM-9PM, FRI 9AM-12:30PM
UC SANTA CRUZ COVID POLICY
As of 6/27/23, all COVID policies at UC Santa Cruz have been lifted.
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 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.
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
- 7:00 AM Wake-up, shower
- 7:45 AM Breakfast (Overnight campers only)
- 9:00 AM Extended Day Campers arrive; stretching and conditioning
- 9:15 AM Instructional stations
- 10:30 AM Lecture
- 11:00 AM Full-court games
- 11:45 AM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Team practice
- 2:00 PM Full-court games
- 3:00 PM Drills, stations
- 4:00 PM Skill contests
- 4:30 PM Free time
- 5:15 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Back to gym, league games
- 9:00 PM Extended Day Campers depart
- 10:00 PM Overnight Campers to rooms; Lights Out
Just 27 miles south of San Jose and 65 miles south of San Francisco, resting on a 2,000-acre redwood forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean, U.C. Santa Cruz is a magnificent setting for camp. Campers will practice and play in the West Field House Gym, the home facility of the U.C. Santa Cruz Slugs. The west gym features a hardwood basketball court (94' x 50') with 6 adjustable hoops and court lining. Bleacher seating for up to 350 people.
Jax came home everyday and wouldn't stop talking how great it was.
My son had a great time.
August 1, 2016: My son had a great time at this Nike camp. As a parent, I sat through the final ceremony and I thought Coach James gave a great speach at the end. He impressed me a lot. Unfortunately, he will be too old to attend camp next summer.
— David D., Parent
Coaches and counselors were incredibly motivating.
The counselors and coaches were incredibly motivating. My son would practice outside until dark after a full day of camp. We will definitely sign up again next year!
This camp was the best one so far.
Compared to the other basketball camps I’ve been to, this one was the best so far. I like the camp this year even better than last year.
My basketball game has improved tremendously.
I really loved the Nike camp. I made friends, had lots of fun, and learned so much. My high school coach tells me that my game has improved tremendously. Thank you all so much.
I am a better player now.
The camp helped me learn a lot about the game and what I have to do to reach my goals. I am not only a better player now but I feel I could go further because of this camp.
You'll have a great time.
The camp worked us hard, but if you put in the work and genuinely enjoy basketball, you'll have a great time, just like I did. I made new friends, but most of all learned new basketball skills and toned them. I'm coming back next year.
An experience you need.
The camp was outstanding and overall an experience you need to take your game to the next level.
— Adrian C., Camper
Very organized and well ran camp.
Your kid will love this camp and he will be two levels above where he started. Great coaches and friendly kids. Very organized and well ran camp-- great food choices. WE are coming back next year!!
— Zarina K., Parent
My son said "I am having the time of my life!"
100% happy with the staff and coordinators Kyle and Ron top notch! Kyle and his staff were very helpful with any questions and things that I or my son needed helped with during the stay at camp. I texted my son and asked him if he is having fun: My son said "I am having the time of my life!"
— Gina M., Parent
The best camp ever!
The best camp ever! I have learned a number of new moves and skills to practice by myself at home. Looking forward to another great summer next year. Wish to see all my teammates again at UCSC in 11months.
— Ethan W., Camper
My son's first overnight camp.
August 7, 2016: This was my son's first overnight camp. There was a good balance of training and mingling. I really appreciated the small group training and the fact that the facilities are close to each other which makes it an easy commute for the kids. My one suggestion would be to add yoga or more stretching sessions.
— Jennifer C., Parent
he had the time of his life
August 3, 2019: It was amazing for him, he had the time of his life during this camp! It was like a dream for a French boy playing basketball with American people. It was a great experience for him to discover new coaching styles and see how different basketball is in America.
— Vincent F., Parent
My son has improved his game.
August 1, 2016: My son says that he definitely learned new skills and improved his game.
Great coaches, one on one support and coaching.
August 1, 2016: Great experience. Our son said that he was given great ideas for improving his game and was able to practice a lot during the week and get very good instruction and coaching. I appreciated the safe atmosphere. I really liked the positive and helpful staff when I dropped off and picked up my son. He was very very happy during the week and learned a lot from the coaches. He also enjoyed all the boys at the camp. The location is great, coaches were fantastic with one on one advice and encouragement.
— Sara B., Parent
I learned something new every day.
July 29, 2016: Excellent camp! Great staff, coaches, kids, and facilities. I love the game of basketball and being able to add new learning to my knowledge of the game is the best thing. I learned something new every day that I can utilize on the court and out in the real world.
— Ben F., Camper
The whole thing was fun
July 31, 2017: Eli enjoyed the coaching staff and gained a lot of confidence from them.
— Eli S., Parent
I wouold definietlly recommend this camp!
July 31, 2017: I Learned basketball tips to use when trying out for high school basketball. I wouold definietlly recommend this camp!
— Ethan W., Camper
My son loved the camp!
August 10, 2017: My son loved the camp! He really enjoyed the skills, Couches, accommodations, food, friendships & overnight stay in the dorms experience. He wished it was for a longer time, Like 2 weeks.
— Michael R., Parent
Loved the Full Time Daily Basketball Activities
July 27, 2018: My camper loved the full time daily basketball activities, networking, making new friends, the food and the dorm room experience!
— Steve W., Parent
He Loved Every Minute Of It!
July 30, 2018: He loved every minute of it. He loved playing basketball for 8 hours every day, loved sleeping in the dorms, loved eating at the cafeteria and loved being with friends.
— Jenny O., Parent
Teamwork, Attitude and Leadership!
August 03, 2018: My son loved the continuous reinforcement of intangible skills such as teamwork, attitude and leadership.
— Ken O., Parent
he would like to come back again
July 26, 2019: Daniel really enjoyed the camp, he said his highlights were the league games and the playoffs. Daniel really liked his coach and he learned a lot from him. Daniel said that he would like to come back again!
— Merav F., Parent
really enjoyed the dorm experience
July 31, 2019: Dax loved playing basketball everyday, all day! He also appreciated the yoga routine for stretching and getting focused each day. He also really enjoyed the dorm experience and meeting his roommate who is now a friend.
— Ashley D., Parent
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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.