Nike Girls Basketball Camp UC Santa Cruz
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The school's most successful head coach in history, Todd Kent, and his female players are here to help your daughter enhance every aspect of her game. Campers will be motivated to gain new skills, confidence, and friends at this all-inclusive 2019 overnight girls basketball camp in Santa Cruz.
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 shooting development, team play and more
- Discussions of basketball situational play, including time and game management
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Todd Kent
Coach Kent enters his tenth season with UCSC as the most successful head coach in program history. Over the six seasons between 2013-2018, Kent has taken the Women's Basketball program to an unprecedented level of success, making their first NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015-16 and 2016-17.View Todd's Bio ⟩
In 2013-14 the program completed their most successful season going 18-7 overall and having a program best 10-game win streak during the months of January and February. At the end of the 2016-17 season he became the first basketball coach at UC Santa Cruz -men's or women's - to tally 100 victories. Two of his players -Sarah Mackey and Leah Parrish - graduated as the top two rebounders in school history and only the second and third players at UCSC with over 1,000 career points.
Kent's team has experienced tremendous success in the classroom as well. During the 2012-13 season the team finished with a 3.45 team GPA placing the 23 nationally in DIII. In 2013-14 they again earned a team GPA above 3.4 which placed them in with the top academic teams in the country for the second year in a row. In 2015-16, UC Santa Cruz was the only team in the entire NCAA through all divisions to make the NCAA Tournament AND finish in the top five academically.
Prior to taking over at UCSC in 2009, Todd was at Seattle University where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach helping the team to an overall record of 46-20. During his second season at Seattle U the team finished 20-9 during their first year transitioning to DI. Todd was at La Salle High School in Yakima, Washington prior to Seattle where he was the Dean of Students, a teacher, and the head girls Basketball Coach. In five seasons at La Salle he compiled a record of 106-23. He led his team to a class B State Championship in 2006 and was named Seattle Times Washington State B Girls Coach of the Year. He was awarded the same honor in 2007 as well when he led his team to a state runner-up finish. Todd was also the coach of the Eastern Washington All-State Girls Team in the summers of 2006 and 2007. He has also made coaching stops at Highland HS, Rosalia HS, Lind HS, and South Puget Sound Community College.
Todd is a graduate of Eastern Washington University where he earned his degree in Recreation and Leisure Service Management. He received his Master’s In Teaching degree from Heritage University in 2003. During his free time Kent enjoys hiking with his family and mountain biking the many wonderful trails in the Santa Cruz area, with his wife Stephanie, who is the Chief Nursing Executive for Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center in Santa Cruz. The Kents are the proud parents of two daughters Frances and Hazel Lou.
Assistant Coach Sarah Anderson
UC Santa Cruz Women's Basketball hired Sarah Anderson as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. Sarah, who brings Division III playing experience, will be charged with guard development, Slugs Basketball Camps, and community relations for the program.View Sarah's Bio ⟩
She played at Lewis and Clark in Oregon, graduating in 2017 with a degree in biology as a three-year captain and starter. Her senior year she had the top 3-point shooting percentage (47.1) in Div. III and was 7th in the entire NCAA.
A native of Carmel, Anderson was a three-time First Team Mission Trail Athletic League for Carmel High School, and was League MVP and Honorable-Mention All-State her senior year for the Padres.
AUGUST 4-8, 2019
All Campers Check-in: Sunday at 12PM
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 10:30AM. Check-out following at 11AM
Housing & Roommates
Campers will reside in the Oakes College dorms (tentative) on campus 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
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 at 12PM 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
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.
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
- 7:00 AM Wake-up, shower
- 7:30 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, rest
- 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
- 5:00 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.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Enjoyed Making Friends
August 12, 2018: I really enjoyed making friends and learning more about basketball at this camp!
— Nena O. Camper
We will be back!
August 12, 2018: Charlie had a great time and would like to come next year for the whole week. I felt the kids were well supervised and stayed with the kids that weren’t spending the night until they were picked up which was very important to me. We will be back!
— Sarah D. Parent
I love this camp!
August 12, 2017: I love this camp. I made new friends. I loved when we played scrimmage and did fun games like steal the bacon and barnacles. The dorms was a good first experience for me at UCSC. This camp taught me a lot. I got better at my defense, handling, rebounding, and helped me to get better for school and for the future. It is the best b-ball camp I have ever went.
— Charlize L. Camper
Played a lot of basketball and had a great time
August 12, 2017: My girl has improved her skill a lot and got confident! She got recognised her status in each area and how she needs to train herself. She made good memories from this camp because its coaches were sweet and caring for each camper. She definitely wants to come back next year!
— Woorin J. Parent
The camp helped improve her skills.
August 11, 2017: She enjoyed the shooting camp, doing stations, and 3 on 3. The camp helped improve her skills.
— Mikaylee L. Camper
My daughter loved it!!
August 8, 2016: My daughter loved it!! Her favorite part was playing 5 on 5 and she is already looking forward to next summer!
— Amy M. Parent
One of the best experiences I ever had.
August 8, 2016: I love how long the camp is, I love how they provided overnight stay. It was one of the best experiences I ever had. My favorite part of the camp was all the conditioning that we did and the skills we learned. In my past experiences with basketball camps, I did not learn as many skills as I would've liked; however, in UC Santa Cruz's basketball camp, I learned many new offensive moves and I can't wait for basketball to start next season in my school!
— Karen M. Camper
The coaches are very inspiring.
August 9, 2016: At this camp you can make some lifelong friendships and the coaches are very inspiring. The food wasn't the best but overall the camp was amazing.
— Melodey T.
The whole week was great.
The whole week was great. Went to general camp and shooting camps back to back and really enjoyed both! Instructors were very helpful and very nice.
— Polina O. Camper
This basketball camp stands out among others
Compared to the other basketball camps I’ve been to, this one stands out among the others. I liked the camp this year even better than last year.
Great experience, I would recommend this to any girl who wants to further her basketball knowledge and skill.
— Julia M. Camper
Camp was fantastic.
Camp was fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the games at the end with the counselors - great fun. And - I learned alot about improving my shot. Thanks!
My daughter loved the overnight camp.
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 basketball game improved a lot
I had a very positive experience at the Nike Basketball Camp I attended. My game improved a lot thanks to the help of the extremely nice staff.