Snow Valley California Basketball Schools Westmont College
The Tradition Continues at Snow Valley Basketball Schools
Since 1961, Snow Valley California Basketball Schools has helped thousands of players take their game to the next level. Designed for the serious athlete, this camp offers a rigorous program like no other - early morning workouts, intensive training, game situation study, and late night games.
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. Emphasis is placed on basketball fundamentals including defense, offense, position, shooting fundamentals, rebounding skills, transitions, open court work and 4 on 4 cut throat instruction.
- Packed daily schedule of basketball intensive skills training and games
- Focus placed on fundamentals, individual development, and basketball IQ
- Receive a personal evaluation and individual report card from your coach
- Train with USA Basketball licensed coaches and other highly accomplished coaches
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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.View Manasa's Bio ⟩
Coach Chanaiwa has coached at the collegiate and high school level for almost 20 years. He has been the Head Boys Coach at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies since 2007 and has won three section titles and Coach of the Year Awards.
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.View Pete's Bio ⟩
Coach Rivas started his coaching career in 1980 as an assistant at Bishop Amat High School, and continued on to be an assistant coach at University of California, Irvine under former Snow Valley staff members Bill Mulligan and Mike Bokosky. Pete started The Works Basketball Academy in 2005 to focus on high quality instruction for youth basketball players from all over Southern California, including directing the Nike Basketball Camps at FPA. Since 2007, the Nike Basketball Camp at FPA has hosted over 1300 basketball players and continues to this day. Previously, he also directed Nike Basketball Camps in Las Vegas, Nevada and Boise, Idaho.
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.View Snow Valley California Staff's Bio ⟩
2018 Men's Head Clinicians
- Clete Adelman: Mira Costa College (retired)
- Jerry Tamelier: Atascadero High School (retired)
- Pablo Garcia: Head Boys Varsity Coach at San Gorgonio High School
- Mark Jensen: Head Men's Coach at Whittier College Head
- Nelson Terroba: Head Coach for Saint John Riptide (Canadian National Basketball League)
2018 Women's Head Clinicians
- Kevin Kiernan: Head Girls Coach at Mater Dei High School
- Melissa Hearlihy: Head Girls Coach at Harvard-Westlake School
- Alicia Komaki: Head Girls Coach at Sierra Canyon School
Girls Complete Skills: June 24-28
Boys Complete Skills I: July 15-19
Boys Weekend Offensive: July 20-22
Boys Complete Skills II: July 22-26
All Campers Check-in: Sunday between 12PM-2:30PM at Van Kampen Dorms
Girls Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 10AM. Camp dismissed by 11AM.
Boys Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 3PM. Camp dismissed by 4PM.
Check-in: Friday between 12PM-2PM at Van Kampen Dorms
Check-out: Sunday at 11AM
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.
Housing & Roommates
Campers will reside in Van Kampen Hall on campus. Campers stay 2 or 4 per room 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!
Linens: Not provided
Suggested Spending Money: $40 (Cash only)
Both hardwood indoor and blacktop outdoor courts are used for training. Please pack accordingly and bring multiple pairs of basketball shoes to wear for outdoor and indoor instruction.
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.
Extra Night Stayover
If you are attending both Boys Complete Skills I and Boys Weekend Offensive, you have the option of staying the night in-between sessions for an additional fee of $75. This fee includes meals, lodging, and supervision between Boys Complete Skills I check-out on Thursday at 3PM and Boys Weekend Offensive check-in on Friday at 12PM. There is no additional cost for campers staying between Boys Weekend Offensive and Boys Complete Skills II (check-in and check-out are on the same day).
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.
♦ Commuter Campers stay until 8PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.
♦ Commuter Camper Hours are 8AM-8PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.
♦ Girls Daily Hours are 8AM-11AM.
♦ Boys Daily Hours are 8AM-3PM.
♦ Lunch is provided. Check-out immediately following closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: SUN 12PM-8PM MON-WED 8AM-8PM THURS 8AM-11AM (Girls)/8AM-3PM (Boys)
Both hardwood indoor and blacktop outdoor courts are used for training. Please pack accordingly and bring multiple pairs of basketball shoes to wear for outdoor and indoor instruction.
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 or daughter 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 child's travel itinerary. For general driving directions to Westmont College from SBA and LAX, visit http://www.westmont.edu/_visitors/directions_to_campus.html. If you are traveling, we recommend flying into Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Santa Barbara Municipal Airport: SBA is located 15 miles (22 min drive) from Westmont College 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, taxis and MTD buses:
- SBA Recommended Ground Transportation: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/flysba/services/transportation.asp
- Roadrunner Shuttle & Limousine Service: Roadrunner is a a door-to-door ride service offering shared ride vans, private shuttle vans and private sedans. Estimated fares range between $42-$180 one way. For more information and to book, visit https://www.rrshuttle.com/airports/sba.html
- Shuttlefare: Shuttlefare is a an airport shuttle ride service that will take you directly to/from Westmont College. Shuttlefare offers shared ride vans, private shuttle vans and private sedans/limo cars. Estimated fares range between $110-$250 one way. For more information and to book, visit https://www.shuttlefare.com/.
Los Angeles International Airport: LAX is located 95 miles (2 hr drive) from Westmont College and flies all major domestic and international airlines; please visit https://www.flylax.com/en/lax-airline-list 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:
- LAX Recommended Group Transportation: Estimated fares range between $45-$175 one way. https://www.flylax.com/en/lax-ground-transportation
- Prime 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 and drop you off at Westmont College. Estimated fares range between $215-$300 one way. For more information and to book: https://www.primetimeshuttle.com/airports/lax-airport-shuttle/ | 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 Westmont College. The Amtrak cost varies on average between $25-$50 one way. For more information and to book, visit https://www.amtrak.com/home.html.
Hotels & Lodging
There are a variety of hotel and lodging options and varying price points near Westmont College for extended day campers, parents and families to stay during the camp week. For more information and to book, visit http://www.westmont.edu/_visitors/santa-barbara-lodging.html
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
http://www.westmont.edu/_visitors/santa-barbara-lodging.htmlThe Snow Valley California Basketball Schools return to our long-standing host school at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Westmont College is approximately 100 miles Northwest of Los Angeles and within driving distance of many Northern California cities. The safe and secure campus, which includes scenic gardens, stone bridges, and stunning pathways, is an ideal place for camp. Since 1961, the Snow Valley California Basketball Schools have offered the greatest array of teaching talent to help your athlete succeed. Emphasis is placed on basketball fundamentals including 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.
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Great camp experience!
August 1, 2017: Great camp experience! Great instruction and instructors! I loved all of the offensive skill work!!
— Daniel S. Parent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.