Snow Valley California Basketball Schools - Westmont College
Where Serious Players Go to Become Seriously Better Players
Some youth basketball camps are just plain fun, where you also get better. For most young players, that's perfect.
But here, at SNOW VALLEY CALIFORNIA BASKETBALL SCHOOLS - WESTMONT COLLEGE, our emphasis is on making YOU a seriously better player!
If your desire is to focus on the skills and attitudes that will help you leapfrog average players and vault into the category of an 'MVP-type competitor' then THIS is the camp for you!
"My son couldn’t stop talking about all the fun he had doing drills and playing 5 on 5. The next tournament he played, he got game MVP, so he obviously improved."
THAT's what we're talking about. Making you the very best that you can be ... while building and maintaining that winning attitude which focuses on teamwork, precision, & excellence in every category — on/off the court, mental toughness, proper conditioning, and optimum nutrition. The whole package — geared to take you to the very top of your game.
You'll be entering a rigorous overnight basketball camp experience like no other ... a program that has been perfected over a period of 63 years! ...since 1961.
Snow Valley Basketball School, the longest running basketball school of its kind, is known for its highly qualified and licensed USA Basketball coaches who coach you up with early morning workouts, intensive trainings, and late night games.
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.
"My daughter very much enjoyed her overall experience and explained that although it was tough, she loved every second of it. Upon picking her up from camp we drove to San Diego for a 4 Day tournament and I was able to immediately see a difference in her overall performance, particularly defense!"
- Over 30 hours of guided basketball instruction
- Concentrated schedule of skills training, basketball IQ sessions, and competitive scrimmaging
- Daily focus placed on fundamentals, individual development, and game play tactics
- A personal evaluation and individual report card from your coach at the end of camp
- A Stunning Location! ...on the beautiful Santa Barbara coastline.
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Camp Director Pete Rivas
Pete Rivas, founder of The Works Basketball Academy, has an impressive basketball teaching resume with over forty years of boys and girls youth, high school, and college coaching experience. Rivas is also a USA Basketball licensed coach, long-time Nike Basketball Camp Director, and Snow Valley Basketball Schools Co-Director. He is currently on staff in La Habra High School’s Special Education Department.View Pete's Bio & Basketball Tips ⟩
Rivas began his coaching career in 1980 as an assistant at Bishop Amat High School and continued as an assistant coach at the University of California, Irvine.
Rivas started The Works Basketball Academy in 2006 to focus on high-quality instruction for youth basketball players from all over Southern California. The Works Academy operates as a complementary aspect of Rivas’ work to improve players from various vantage points, including Academy, Camps, Clinics, School, and Elite Teams.
In his 18 years with Nike Basketball Camps and Snow Valley Basketball Schools, Rivas has worked with thousands of boys and girls helping them reach their full potential. He works with campers at every level at the Nike Basketball Camps and focuses on intermediate to advanced campers at the Snow Valley Basketball Schools overnight programs in Santa Barbara, CA. Rivas is known as a skills and team developer for local high schools in Southern California. Before focusing primarily on camps in Southern California, Rivas also directed Nike Basketball Camps in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Boise, Idaho.
Coach Rivas has worked to develop local high school teams, Fairmont Preparatory Academy’s program where he helped build a small school powerhouse as Head Varsity Assistant Girls Basketball Coach in 2005. Under his leadership, the girls won ten straight league titles, one CIF Championship, and one CIF appearance. Rivas’ work has reached across the globe as he has traveled to Asia, Mexico, and South America to work with high school and club basketball players. Every summer teams travel from different countries to work with Coach Rivas and his staff.
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Camp 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 Pablo Garcia
Coach Pablo Garcia is heading into his 6th season as Head Boy's Basketball Coach at San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino for the 2019-20 year. He has been coaching high school basketball for 16 years, most of those seasons were in the Inland Empire (Riverside/San Bernardino Counties).View Pablo's Bio ⟩
He is Husband and Father to his family, but also has a strong passion and desire to coach basketball and build relationships with his athletes. He has been honored over the years to work for many different basketball camps throughout the state of California, but truly enjoys the challenging and “eye opening” experiences at the Snow Valley Basketball School.
Strength Trainer Grady O'Donovan
Coach Grady O’Donovan is currently the Strength Coach for The Works Basketball Academy and Orangewood Academy Girls’ Basketball team.View Grady's Bio ⟩
For the last 4 summers Coach Grady has also been the Strength coach for both Snow Valley Basketball Schools and Nike Basketball camps. Grady has worked with multiple high school and college teams, athletes from middle school to the professional levels ranging from boy’s and girl’s lacrosse, soccer, and basketball.
Prior to moving to Orange County, Ca, Grady is from Maryland and was a strength
coach at Healthy Baller for seven years.
As a young athlete, Grady developed a strong interest in fitness, strength, and
conditioning. After serving 4 years in the Marine Corps, Grady found his true passion in the fitness arena. Graduating from Salisbury University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a Minor in Public Health.
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
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Please note: Camp sessions SOLD OUT in 2023. You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
2024 Dates (Tentative)
Boys I: July 14-17
Boys II: July 18-21
Boys III: July 21-24
Girls: July 25-28
Check-in: First Day between 12pm-2:30pm at the dorms
Check-out: Last Day between 11am-12pm
Check-in: First Day between 11am-1pm at the dorms
Check-out: Last Day between 11am-12pm
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 the Van Kampen Residence Hall dorms on campus and stay two per room. 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)
Supervision: 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
Campers attending both Boys I and Boys II are welcome to enroll for an extra night between sessions on July 17th. This will be an additional cost of $100 and may be added during registration.
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 travel itinerary.
For general driving directions to Westmont College from SBA and LAX, visit http://www.westmont.edu/_visit... you are flying, we recommend 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.
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
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.
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
- 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
Train where it all began at Snow Valley California's original site. Westmont College is boasted in the secluded foothills of Santa Barbara, offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains. Campers will utilize the indoor courts of Murchison Gymnasium for all of instruction this year.
Murchison Gymnasium has been the home for Warriors basketball and volleyball since it opened on January 4, 1969. The gymnasium was renovated in the summer of 2008 with a new floor, new bleachers, new paint and a new sound system. The result is a brighter, more fan friendly arena which servers our athletes coaches and fans.
July 27, 2023: The drills and games were all designed for improvement. No frivolous drills or activities to fill time. The camp remained on schedule. I loved the fact that report cards were given at the end of the camp so that ye kids could monitor where they are and their progression.
August 3, 2023: We saw improvement in my daughter, Kaila's skills immediately after camp. She indicated she learned the most from Coach Pete Rivas, specifically, how to read the opponent's defensive stance and how to respond accordingly to get to the basket.
July 31, 2023: The camp report card being detailed and specific to my child and what we need to work on. It helps her coach teach her the stuff she needs to work on.
August 17, 2022: The training and experience my son got. It was something new for all of us. He really enjoyed it and it helped him get out of his comfort zone
July 31, 2023: Improve your basketball skills and make new friends sharing the same love and passion for the basketball.
July 18, 2022: It offered great instruction but also a chance to have fun and some downtime with new friends as well.
August 1, 2023: The opportunity to improve skills in a fun environment with good coaching and discipline
July 23, 2022: Diego liked the whole camp. He said the breakdown of skills was really helpful.
July 20, 2022: Making friends and doing something she thought she wouldn't be able to do.
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
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.