Nike Girls Basketball Camp UC Santa Cruz
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Join UC Santa Cruz Head Coach Todd Kent 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 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 twelfth season with UCSC as the most successful head coach in program history. Over the six seasons between 2013-2018, Kent took the Women's Basketball program to an unprecedented level of success. Under Kent, UC Santa Cruz made their first NCAA Tournament appearances back-to-back 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.
Co-Director Monica Armstrong
Coach Armstrong joins the Banana Slugs from the University of Colorado. She worked for six years for the women's basketball program first as an academic mentor and then as the Recruiting Coordinator and Special Assistant.View Monica's Bio ⟩
Prior to Colorado, she was an assistant at Mt. San Antonio College in southern California and was head coach for West Coast Premier basketball Academy for seven years.
She and her wife Akilah Bradley-Armstrong, UC Santa Cruz's Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Success, live in Santa Cruz with their daughter.
July 28-30, 2023
All Campers Check-in: Friday 3-5 PM at Stevenson Res Hall
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Sunday at 11:30AM. Check-out following at 12PM
Housing & Roommates
Campers will reside in the Stevenson Residence Hall dorms 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 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.
♦ Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner provided.
♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-11AM.
♦ Breakfast is provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: FRI 5-9PM, SAT 9AM-9PM, SUN 9AM-12PM
UC SANTA CRUZ COVID POLICY
Masking/Symptom Screening/Vaccinations/Testing: Attendees are required to follow the current campus guidelines on masking, symptom screening, vaccinations, and testing. Please note that campus vaccination and testing requirements are subject to change and could include the requirement that all attendees must either be up-to-date (including any booster doses when eligible) with a COVID vaccine that is authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) OR they provide proof of a negative COVID test upon arrival and test regularly during their time on campus.
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.
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 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
- 5:15 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.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Overall Average RatingStars
Coached by actual college players
August 13, 2019: Her favorite part was meeting other basketball players that are her age and loved being coached by actual college players! She seemed to learn the most through 3 on 3 scrimmages.
— Huibin P., Parent
We will be back next year
August 13, 2019: Gabby enjoyed learning the breakdown of the games from offense and defense and also how to move the ball, not just dribbling. We will be back next year!
— Edlina M., Parent
she learned a ton
August 9, 2019: Eva loved getting to work with the coaches, she enjoyed the talent show, and she was really proud of her improvement and it seems like she learned a ton! These were long days and she was tired, but she could not wait to go back each day.
— Jamie F., Parent
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., Parent
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.
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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.