Nike Girls Basketball Camp Saint Vincent College
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Join the Lady Bearcats and Head Coach Jimmy Petruska in summer 2023 at the Nike Girls Basketball Camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. This Pennsylvania girls camp is formatted to help fine-tune your shooting, footwork, and ball-handling skills to ultimately improve your mental toughness and confidence, all while having serious fun!
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.
- Train with Saint Vincent College Women's Basketball Head Coach and Coaching Staff
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play, and more
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Jimmy Petruska
Jimmy Petruska begins his 12th season as the head women’s basketball coach at Saint Vincent in 2021-22, owning a career record of 202-78 during his time at the helm. Petruska helped guide the Bearcats to the PAC Championship and a National NCAA Tournament appearance in 2018-19, and his teams have appeared in five PAC Tournament title games. His teams have made it to the PAC Tournament Semifinals in every season since joining the conference as a full-time member.View Jimmy's Bio ⟩
Entering the new season, he ranks among the top-25 in winning percentage among all active head coaches in Division III.
The Bearcats have qualified for the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament in each of his 11 seasons, while making five trips to the PAC title game and winning two conference championships. Through the end of the 2019-20 season, Petruska has seen his players earn All-PAC recognition 34 times and three PAC Player of the Year honors. He was named PAC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 2014-15 after leading SVC to a 22-5 overall record and a second place finish in both the regular season and Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.
The Bearcats have also made the national postseason multiple times under Coach Petruska. In addition to 2019-20, the Bearcats earned at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Bearcats landed a spot in the Division III ECAC Tournament in 2013-14 and 2017-18.
Petruska was named the second head coach in the history of the women’s basketball program at Saint Vincent College back in 2011.
He began his college coaching career in Saint Vincent in 2006, serving as a graduate assistant. In July 2007, he was promoted to become the first ever full-time assistant coach in the team’s history. After the Bearcats finished 9-16 in 2007-08, Petruska helped lead the team to a 16-8 record a season later. In 2009-10, the Bearcats finished 24-5, and captured the ECAC South championship, before their 2010-11 NCAA tourney appearance.
A native of Valencia, Pa. and 2004 graduate of Saint Vincent, Petruska began his coaching career while still a student, as an assistant at Mars High School in Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs from 2002-04, before spending the 2005-06 season at neighboring Pine-Richland High School. He also was active in the AAU coaching ranks for four seasons.
A graduate from SVC with a degree in History, he also holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Vincent. He is a 2000 graduate of Mars High School, and is the son of James and Dana Petruska – a longtime regional high school girls’ basketball coach.
Petruska currently resides in Champion with his wife, Kelly, daughter, Mackenzie, son, Wyatt, and their golden retriever, Maverick.
JULY 9-13, 2023
All Campers Check-in: Sunday between 12pm-2pm
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 12:30pm
Housing & Roommates
Campers will reside in the Saint Benedict Hall on campus. Campers will stay two per room and 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!
Linens: Not provided
Suggested Spending Money: $40
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.
There will be optional swim time on Sunday & Wednesday from 8:30pm-9:15pm for overnight campers. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).
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.
♦ Optional Swimming, pack accordingly.
♦ Dinner is provided.
♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9am-9pm.
♦ Optional Swimming on Wednesday, pack accordingly.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.
♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9am-1pm.
♦ Lunch is not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: SUN 12PM-9PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-1PM
There will be optional swim time on Sunday & Wednesday from 8:30pm-9:15pm for extended day campers. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel). Extended day campers are welcome to stay and swim or leave at 8:30pm.
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
● 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.
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*Please note, this information is subject to change.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 AM Wake-up, shower
- 7:45 AM Breakfast
- 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, rest
- 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
Campers will train in the Robert S. Carey Center. The Carey Center is the home of Saint Vincent Basketball and Volleyball programs. First opened as Sportsman's Hall in 1952, the building was later renamed Kennedy Hall. An extensive reconstruction project took place in 2002-03, including the addition of a new wing for athletic offices, new locker rooms, weight room, gym floor, seating and more.
I learned new things and got better at old things.
Sending you and your staff a great big thanks!
Sending you and your staff a great big thanks for your commitment and dedication to a phenomenal camp! My daughter repeatedly reminded us it was the best week of her life right along with her Bruins Nationals week! We greatly appreciate your kind words to her! We will most certainly recommend your camp and will be returning with 2 of our 4 girls next summer.
The camp was fun and informative.
I recommend this camp to anyone who loves basketball. The camp was fun but was also very informative.
This is my daughter's second year back.
This is my daughter's second year back. We also brought three other girls to camp this year. They loved it too!
This camp rejuvenated her love for the game!
My daughter was feeling a little down about basketball. This camp rejuvenated her love for the game! Thank you!!
My daughter was not going to stay overnight but then changed her mind. The staff's willingness to let her stay was fantastic and they made it as easy as possible. She loved it and wants to come back next year.
My daughter had a great time.
My daughter had a great time, learned a lot and made a bunch of new friends. She can't wait to go back next year!
It was a blast.
The camp was great. It took a lot of hard work and dedication but it was a blast and in the end it completely revolutionized the way I play basketball by making me much better. I recommend this camp to anyone.
Our daughter loved meeting so many new basketball friends!
Our daughter loved playing so many games daily‐‐ and she loved meeting so many new basketball friends! She learned so much‐‐ has been talking about "when I go back next year"!
It was fun and fast paced.
It was fun and fast paced. It was hard work but I can not wait to go again!
I will be back next summer for sure!!
I learned a lot at camp. They helped me get better at defense and learn some new techniques. I will be back next summer for sure!!
— Taylor P., Camper
You really work hard and learn a lot of skills.
I liked to make new friends and you really work hard and learn a lot of skills to help with upcoming season. Overall great experience.
— Morgan Z., Camper
We hope to sign up again next year!
July 22, 2019: Lexi had a great experience at her first ever sleepover camp. She came home with improved confidence and an excitement to apply the skills that she learned/improved upon. We hope to sign up again next year. Thank you!
— Jodi L., Parent
SUPER fun experience.
This was my first overnight camp, was a SUPER fun experience and really looking forward to next years. I made new friends, loved the staff and improved my game.
— Morgan S., Camper
I learn so much every time I go to camp.
Anyone who wants to excel in their game should attend this camp. It improves your skill and teaches you how to become a better player. I learn so much every time I go to camp. I have been attending camp since I was eight years old. This was my fourth year and I cant wait till next year. Thank you Nike, St. Vincent, Coach Jimmy and all the staff for an awesome experience.
— Caranda P., Camper
Our daughter really enjoyed the overnight camp
August 29, 2017: Our daughter really enjoyed the overnight camp and the opportunity to continue to develop her basketball skills with the Saint Vincent basketball coaches and players
— LiAnne H., Parent
Bonding as a team, learning new moves
July 22, 2017: The highlights of my camp experience were bonding as a team, learning new moves! I love how the campers are able to play with a team and be able to bond with new girls!
— Tori P., Camper
Keep up the good work.
July 24, 2017: My daughter had a lot of fun and I believe that not only did she learn, but the camp helped increase her wanting to work harder to be a better athlete and basketball player. Keep up the good work. There was a lot of positive energy and it appeared that all the coaches had great connections with their individual teams at the conclusion of the camp.
— Megan M., Parent
July 20, 2018: This is my daughter's second year attending and she always has a great time. She learns a lot from the staff and other campers and she has made some great friends. She is already talking about next year!
— Kia D., Parent
July 20, 2018: Elena got personalized attention, motivation, and coaching from the staff. She got along well with her roommate and liked her team. The personalized skill report card is very useful for ongoing training
— Gary P., Parent
July 20, 2018: My daughter had an outstanding experience at St. Vincent’s. The head coach was very welcoming, and his players were positive female role models for the young ladies attending camp. I couldn’t have asked for a better first overnight camp experience.
— Erica T., Parent
Loved the level of play
July 24, 2018: My daughter enjoyed being pushed and the level of intensity. It's the first time she's really been pushed that hard on a consistent basis.
— Damian W., Parent
Coaches were amazing
July 20, 2019: The coaches were amazing and made camp a lot of fun along with a competitive and challenging environment.
— Stacey M., Parent
Hannah loved every second
July 21, 2019: Hannah loved every second of the camp and when she told me about it she used the words encouraging, pushing me to my fullest, fun, and improving every minute.
— Dana C., Parent
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