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Snow Valley Basketball Camps is headed to UCSB's Thunderdome in summer 2019 for one week of intensive boys basketball training! Led by USA Basketball licensed coaches and coaches with state and national titles, you'll receive the best of the best instruction and feedback amongst other like-minded, serious players.

As the longest running basketball school of its kind, you'll receive more training and more chances to improve your skills than anywhere else in the world. Emphasis is placed on defense (stance, movement, playing under control, closing out), offense (passing, receiving, movement, perimeter, inside play), position, shooting fundamentals, rebounding skills (ball and help side), transitions, open court work (guards and forwards), and 4 on 4 cut throat instruction.

Highlights Include
  • Concentrated schedule of skills training, basketball IQ sessions, and competitive scrimmaging
  • Daily focus placed on fundamentals, individual development, and game play tactics
  • Receive a personal evaluation and individual report card from your coach
  • Train with USA Basketball licensed coaches and other highly accomplished professionals
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Camp Coaches

  • Pete Rivas

    Camp Director Pete Rivas

    Pete Rivas, founder of The Works Basketball Academy, brings an impressive basketball teaching resume and over thirty years of coaching experience. A long-time staff member and USA Basketball licensed coach, Coach Rivas started working at Snow Valley in 1999 and now is a coach and teacher at Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, CA.

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  • Manasa Chanaiwa

    Co-Director Manasa Chanaiwa

    Coach Chanaiwa is USA Basketball licensed and has been a coach at Snow Valley California Basketball Schools since 1998 and contributes his SV experience to the growth of his coaching philosophy. Chanaiwa believes strongly in Snow Valley’s emphasis on teaching the game of basketball, taking this passion to various countries throughout the world as an ambassador for the game.

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  • Kerry Carter

    Co-Director Kerry Carter

    Coach Kerry is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College where he earned First Team All West Coast Conference and All Academic Honors. After Saint Mary's, Coach Kerry played pro ball in Spain, Germany, Italy, and Israel. He is also a a crowd favorite at the prestigious Drew League in LA.

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  • Snow Valley California Staff

    Staff Snow Valley California Basketball Staff

    The Snow Valley California staff is made up of of some of the state's top high school and collegiate coaches. Many bring decades of coaching experience to camp and hold regional, state and national titles. They are dedicated to providing the serious athlete high-caliber, professional training with emphasis on individual and team development, shooting technique, transitions and open court work.

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Camp Details

JULY 7-11, 2019

All Campers Check-in: Sunday between 12pm-2:30pm at Tropicana Del Norte Dorms
Check-out: Thursday day between 11am-12pm

Looking for more dates? Check out our boys and girls camps hosted at Snow Valley Basketball School's original location, Westmont College! Westmont College is boasted in the secluded foothills of Santa Barbara, offering stunning views of and Santa Ynez Mountains: Snow Valley Basketball Schools at Westmont College

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Camp Philosophy

Since 1961, the Snow Valley California Basketball Schools have been instructing kids on the fundamentals of basketball. As the longest running basketball school of its kind, you'll receive more instruction in the fundamentals and more chances to improve your skills than anywhere else in the world. This rigorous daily format includes fundamental instruction, clinics and team games that will leave each camper with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Overnight Campers

Housing & Roommates

Campers will reside in Tropicana Del Norte dorms on campus. Campers stay 1, 2 or 4 per room in a 3-bedroom suite. All suites are 3 bedroom/2 bathroom with a shared living room, microwave, refrigerator, and wi-fi. Roommates and are assigned by age and roommate request. 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: 2 per suite
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Yes
Pool: NO
Suggested Spending Money: $40 (Cash only)


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 8pm.
♦ Dinner is provided.

♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 8am-8pm.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.

♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 8am-12pm.
♦ Breakfast is provided. Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.

Daily Schedule: SUN 12PM-8PM, MON-WED 8AM-8PM, THURS 8AM-12PM

Personal Player Report Cards

Snow Valley Basketball programs feature staff and players whose own high school and college coaches were important in their basketball development, so they know how to help you achieve your basketball goals. Snow Valley treats each player as an individual. A Personal Player Report Card will be kept on your camper throughout the week, and given to them at the conclusion of camp. This report card will note particular strengths and weaknesses, and offer suggestions for individual improvement once they have left Snow Valley.

Daily Basketball Play

Daily game competition against other players of similar age and ability levels will be scheduled. Every participant will play a minimum of one-half of every game. In addition to games, a minimum of nineteen clinics concerning individual and team fundamentals will be presented during the week-long session. Drills are a big part of each clinic. We design our program to have an eight to one player to coach ratio and guarantee your son will receive an excellent week of basketball involvement.


Snow Valley Basketball Schools does not directly provide transportation to/from camp but we have gathered local transportation information to help you finalize your travel itinerary.

Driving: For general driving directions to UC Santa Barbara, visit https://www.ucsb.edu/about/visit.


If you are flying, we recommend Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport: SBA is located 1 mile from UCSB and operates the following carriers: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines. From the airport, campers can travel by rental car (if traveling with a parent or guardian), commercial and courtesy shuttles, and taxis.

Los Angeles International Airport: LAX is located 105 miles (2 hr drive) from UCSB and flies all major domestic and international airlines; please visit https://www.flylax.com/en/lax-... for a detailed list of airlines. From the airport, campers can travel by rental car (if traveling with a parent or guardian), taxi, bus, or train:

Shuttles/Public Transportation
  • LAX Recommended Group Transportation: Estimated fares range between $45-$175 one way. https://www.flylax.com/en/lax-... Time Shuttle: Prime Time Shuttle offers a wide variety of service vehicles that offer you comfort, convenience and style while getting you to camp. Choose a ride share or private vehicle to pick you up at LAX. Estimated fares range between $215-$300 one way. For more information and to book: https://www.primetimeshuttle.c... | 310-536-7927 ext 7039 | VickiM@primetimeshuttle.com.
  • Santa Barbara Airbus: The Santa Barbara Airbus will drive you directly from LAX to the Santa Barbara Hyatt Hotel. The prepaid cost is $49 one way/$94 round trip. For more details and to book, visit https://www.sbairbus.com/pages/display/laxshuttle.
  • Amtrak: Amtrak picks up at LA Union Station and drops off at Santa Barbara Amtrak where you can take a private vehicle, tax or Uber/Lyft to camp. The Amtrak cost varies on average between $25-$50 one way. For more information and to book, visit https://www.amtrak.com/home.ht... & Lodging

    There are a variety of hotel and lodging options and varying price points near UCSB for parents and families to stay during the camp week. For more information and to book lodging near UCSB, visit http://admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/visit-ucsb/directions.

    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.

    *Please note, this information is subject to change.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 6:00 AM Point Guard & Post Clinic
  • 7:00 AM Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM Organization and Warm-up
  • 8:45 AM Clinic - Offense
  • 9:35 AM Clinic - Defense
  • 10:35 AM Clinic - Shooting
  • 11:30 AM Team Practice
  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 1:15 PM Clinic - Offense
  • 2:30 PM Central Division Games
  • 3:45 PM Eastern/Central Division Games/Break for Western
  • 4:45 PM Dinner
  • 6:00 PM Organization & Individual Athleticism
  • 6:30 PM Clinic - Defense
  • 8:00 PM Western Division Games
  • 10:45 PM Lights Out

Uc Santa Barbara Thunderdome Inside

Campers will have the incredible opportunity to train and compete in one of the country's greatest college basketball arenas. UCSB's Thunderdome has quickly become one of the wildest and noisiest basketball palaces in the country. The 6,000 seat arena is now considered one of the most effective home court advantages in college basketball

Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.63 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Best Camp Ever!

    August 9, 2018: The is the best camp ever! The coaches are professional, nice, and know their stuff! Loved learning more in a positive environment.

    — Jack F. Camper

    • 4/5.
    Great Value!

    August 1, 2018: My son really enjoyed the time he spent at the snow valley basketball school. He learned a lot and improved in his skills. I recommend this camp to anyone who wants to get intensive instruction and a great value for their money spent.

    — Mark W. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Loved camp!

    July 27, 2018: Camp could have not gone better! Everything from the staff, instruction, to the kids attending were amazing. I loved my team and all of the skills I learned at camp. Can't wait to come back next summer.

    — Shannon T. Camper

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    • 5/5.
    Great camp experience!

    August 1, 2017: Great camp experience! Great instruction and instructors! I loved all of the offensive skill work!!

    — Daniel S. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Loved every minute of it!

    July 24, 2017: My son told me this was one of the most intense athletic experiences he has ever had, and he loved every minute of it! I've never seen him so happy to be so exhausted!! The coaches were positive and gave tremendous individualized feedback that has really made a positive and lasting impact on his game. Thank you!

    — Cole R. Parent

    • 5/5.
    My son's second time attending this camp!

    July 28, 2017: This was our son's second time attending this camp, and he enjoyed his experience so much last year he convinced a friend to join him this year. Although the two boys had different skill levels, they both grew tremendously at their own level and had fun doing it! My son felt a connection with his coach and really appreciated the personal attention

    — Cole W. Parent

    • 5/5.
    My son is a skilled player and really enjoyed camp.

    August 3, 2016: My son is a pretty skilled player and he really enjoyed the camp. He liked the staff and coaches a lot and felt it was a great place to try and improve his skills. Thank you!!!

    — Tom S. Parent

    • 5/5.
    The perfect balance of hard work and enjoyment.

    August 3, 2016: Coach Amir at Snow Valley was amazing. He really connected with our son and our whole family. Awesome intensity. Perfect balance of hard work and enjoyment.

    — Cassie N. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Friends are already looking to come with us next summer!

    August 3, 2016: Loved the encouragement, constructive criticism & levels of experience. My daughter loved the diversity of levels at the camp. It made her feel more comfortable. Friends have already inquired in attending with us next summer. We can't wait!

    — Nikki V. Parent

    • 5/5.
    My son came home a better player and a better person.

    August 6, 2016: More than anything, my camper is a much better defensive player. It's an intense and structured camp which made my son a harder worker after 2 weeks. My favorite part was seeing the fellowship between the campers and teh coaches. The coaches care about the campers and spent 1-on-1 time with my son to make sure he had everything he needed to succeed. He came back a better player and a better person.

    — Sally B. Parent

    • 5/5.
    This camp pushed me in every way.

    August 10, 2016: I loved the coaches and staff. They were very positive and taught me many things about the fundamentals of basketball. Cutthroat was intense and I loved it! This camp pushed me in every way. Very, very helpful. Thank you!

    — Ka'iulani H. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Simply fantastic!

    August 10, 2016: Simply fantastic! I loved everything. The clinics, the games, the experience, and all the other activities. I think that the clinics were the best part of it all, because it was incredible to be coached and improve my game.

    — Luca C. Camper

    • 5/5.
    I really enjoyed how intense and exhausting it was.

    I really enjoyed how intense and exhausting it was. I also loved the coaches enthusiasm, they were all really energetic everyday and they knew what they were doing. Im definitely going to try and come next year.

    — Lamees B. Camper

    • 5/5.
    My game has grown astronomically.

    Every year I have been to this camp, my game has grown astronomically.The rigorous clinics, they are not for the faint of heart. However, if you want to grow as a player it is a MUST, to go to the clinics.The night games, that was always my favorite. They were the best. All of the campers would be excited to play eachother throughout the day. It is truly once in a lifetime experience.

    — Jake V. Camper

    • 5/5.
    The focus on skills and technique was amazing.

    My son had an absolutely amazing time. He enjoyed the diversity of the campers (boys from Germany, Greece, China, Africa, Switzerland), and loved the structure of the camp. He came home inspired, motivated, and ready to dive into basketball on an even deeper level. He appreciated having the trainers on hand and had his ankles wrapped on a couple of occasions. The focus on skills and technique was amazing - and the overall experience was a great "first time" away from home memory.

    — Robin W. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Snow Valley was an incredible learning experience.

    Snow Valley was an incredible learning experience. I learned about discipline, working hard, fundamentals and attention to detail. I worked hard on my skills and I know it will definitely pay off when my club and school seasons start. Thanks to all of the great coaches!

    — Justin W. Camper

    • 5/5.
    You get a lot for your money.

    Really enjoyed the camp. It all starts with the Head Director and their staff. They were all very knowledgeable, friendly, and worked well together with the staff and kids. You get a lot for your money.

    — Thomas U. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Lots of basketball!

    The games at night really improved my game and the food was amazing. Food was great, dorms were great, gym was nice and lots of basketball!

    — Dominic C. Parent

    • 5/5.
    My son looked like a different kid when I picked him up

    My son looked like a different kid when I picked him up. He was always very quiet and unsure of his basketball abilities. He now is vocal and confident and becoming a leader. Camp not only helped his Bball skills but helped him grow as a young man.

    — Wesley B. Parent

    • 5/5.
    I feel more confident as a player.

    I loved how we had the ability to play so many games because I felt they were really beneficial to me and I feel more confident as a player.

    — Greg J. Camper

    • 5/5.

    My son loves the game of basketball. He is always working hard to get better, but to get to the next level needs experience coaches to provide him the tools needed to acheive this. During the week long camp, he attended every clinic and was given the tools to help him reach the next level. When I picked my son up after this camp, he was so excited about the one to one coaching he received which focused on his skills and how to get better. The tools and feed back provided by the coaches was priceless to my son and he feels he has additional tools to help he reach the next level. He can not wait until the next camp!! Thank you!!

    — Judith C. Parent

    • 5/5.
    This camp kept us going.

    This camp kept us going. Taught endurance and discipline for the game. I recommend this camp to anyone that wants to really improve their game. Met people from all over. My room mate was from Norway. Great experience.

    — Michael H. Camper

    • 5/5.
    As a parent, I appreciate the report card.

    My son had a great time and learned a lot. As a parent, I appreciate the report card at the end where there is specific feedback and areas to focus on.

    — Kristalyn F. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Thanks mom!

    I would like to take opportunity to thank my mom for sending me to this camp and this was the best camp I have attended. I would highly recommend any students to attend this camp. I was impressed with the campus of beautiful view.

    — Donna S. Camper

    • 5/5.
    It helped me know myself better.

    I definitely learned a lot about basketball. I now know my strengths and weaknesses and will definitely practice to make my game better. It helped me know myself better. Great experience.

    — Miguel B. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Memorable experience.

    I enjoyed a lot of the instruction and teaching of the camp. Most camps worry about jamming a ton of drills in your head and not a lot of instruction and teaching behind it all. They never tell you why or when to use the drill. They just give it to you and expect to see you use it somewhere. Some of the memorable experiences I had would have to be in the cafeteria and playing music on the way to the gym!

    — Kelly T. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Thank you for an excellent week!

    Snow Valley basketball camp is by far the best camp experience my boys have ever had. They learned a ton, worked really hard, and can't wait to return next summer. Thank you for an excellent week!

    — Julie B. Parent

    • 5/5.
    An awesome overall experience.

    I made new friends, both players and coaches, and had an awesome overall experience. It was really tiring, but that was a great thing. I am very proud of myself and recommend this camp to anybody who loves basketball.

    — Mitchell M. Camper

    • 5/5.
    I learned many valuable experiences.

    Overall, a very good camp. The coaches and staff were great. The food was good and the games were very fun. I learned many valuable experiences and look forward coming back to the camp again with a friend this next coming year.

    — Nathan M. Camper

    • 5/5.
    Snow Valley Basketball School will help you get to the next level!

    Snow Valley Basketball School will help you get to the next level! I improved in all areas of my game due to the knowledge and passion of the coaches. I am more prepared for varsity basketball and will utilize the fundamentals I learned this summer.

    — Kaylin B. Camper

    • 5/5.
    SVBS is an elite camp.

    SVBS is an elite camp -- better than any others in which I participate. The "old school" approach is most valuable when considering basketball is best played when the team works well together.

    — Dylan S. Camper

    • 5/5.
    I met people from all corners of the world.

    Playing games were fun because of level of competition. Meeting new people from all corners of the world. Awards and report cards were greatly appreciated. I would definitely try to come back next year.

    — Camper

Snow Valley California Basketball Schools - UC Santa Barbara

Pete Rivas, Camp Director
Tropicana Del Norte Dorms
6525 El Colegio Rd.

Santa Barbara, California 93106
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Basketball School
Age Group: 11 - 18
Gender: Boys
Camp runs Sunday-Thursday.
Overnight $745.00
Availability: Yes

Extended Day 8am-8pm $595.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
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