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Head Men's Coach Ron DuBois brings an abundance of professional basketball knowledge to camp, with past NBA and FIBA coaching experience. Players can work on improving their fundamental skills or focus on their shooting game at the beautiful Santa Cruz campus.

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.

The Offensive Skills Camp program will focus on offensive skill enhancement within the framework of team play. Camp is dedicated towards individual improvement: shooting, dribbling, moving without the ball in a fast moving/flowing style that emphasizes transition play, making the extra pass and spreading the floor. 

Highlights Include
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental skill development, team play and more
  • Discussions on basketball situational play, including game management and up-tempo play
  • Official NIKE Camp T-shirt, NIKE Workbook and other great prizes!
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Camp Coaches

  • Ron Du Bois

    Camp Director Ron DuBois

    In just his 3rd season, Ron DuBois has guided the ship that is UCSC basketball and set it on a course toward long-term prosperity.  DuBois owns the unique distinction of being one of only six current NCAA coaches that has experience coaching in the NBA and is a FIBA certified coach.

    View Ron DuBois's Bio
  • Kyle Bossier Ucsc

    Coach Kyle Bossier

    Kyle Bossier enters his fourth season with UC Santa Cruz  as well as his sixth season at the NCAA DIII level.  Coach Bossier plays a vital role in all aspects of the Slug Basketball program

    View Kyle Bossier's Bio

Camp Details


Complete Skills Camp: July 23rd-27th
Offensive Skills Camp: July 27th-29th


Complete Skills Camp
All Campers Check-in: Sunday at 12PM at Rachel Carson College
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 10:30AM. Check-out following at 11AM.

Offensive Skills Camp
All Campers Check-in: Thursday between 2PM-3:30PM at Rachel Carson College
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Saturday at 11:30AM

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Campers attending both sessions will be supervised, lodged, and provided lunch on Thursday at no additional fee. It is not required for parents/guardians to attend the Weekend Offensive Skills Camp check-in on Thursday between 2PM-3:30PM if their child attended the Complete Skills Camp.

All Overnight Campers

Housing & Roommates

Campers will reside in the Rachel Carson College (formerly known as College 8) dorms on campus. Roommates are assigned by age and roommate requests. 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!

Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Not all dorms are air-conditioned.
Pool: No
Room Key Deposit: $75 check
Meal Card: $10 check
Suggested Spending Money: $50


Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. 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.


Complete Skills 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.
♦ Dinner is provided.

♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-9PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.

♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-11AM.
♦ Lunch is not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.

Daily Schedule: SUN 12PM-9PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-11AM


Offensive Skills Camp 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.
♦ Dinner is provided.

♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-9PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.

♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-12PM.
♦ Lunch is not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.

Daily Schedule: THURS 2PM-9PM, FRI 9AM-9PM, SAT 9AM-12PM


Camper Evaluation

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! Check-out 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.

Registration Packet

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. 


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.

Group Discounts

If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount. Teams can register online or via mail/fax.

  • To register your team online: Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
  • To register your team via mail/fax: Click "Get Brochure" above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing.

*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
  • 12:00 PM Lunch, Half-Day Campers Depart
  • 1:00 PM Team practice
  • 2:00 PM Full-court games
  • 3:00 PM Drills, stations
  • 4:00 PM Skill contests
  • 5:00 PM Free time
  • 5:30 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

Santa Cruz West Gym 1

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.


Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.57 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 4/5.
    My son has improved his game.

    August 1, 2016: My son says that he definitely learned new skills and improved his game.

    — Parent

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    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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.

    — Camper

    • 5/5.
    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.

    — Camper

    • 5/5.
    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. 

    — Camper

    • 5/5.
    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. 

    — Camper

    • 5/5.
    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! 

    — Parent


Nike Boys Basketball Camp UC Santa Cruz

Ron DuBois, Camp Director
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064


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