Snow Valley California Basketball Schools Westmont College
The Tradition Continues at Snow Valley Basketball Schools
The tradition continues at Snow Valley California Basketball Schools! Located at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, this camp offers a rigorous program for players willing to work hard and improve in a competitive basketball camp environment.
The Snow Valley California Basketball Schools at Westmont College provide an incredible opportunity for experienced players to advanced their game and for novice players to develop basic fundamentals and knowledge.
- Advanced drills to help improve individual development and basketball IQ
- Skill discussions, personal evaluation and individual report card
- Daily games against players of similar abilities - games until 10PM!
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Co-Director Manasa Chanaiwa
Coach Chanaiwa has been coach at Snow Valley since 1998 and contributes his SV experience to the growth of his coaching philosophy. He 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 gameView 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, 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.
2017 CAMP SESSIONS
Girls Complete Skills: July 15th-19th
Boys Complete Skills I: July 19th-23rd
Boys Complete Skills II: July 23rd-27th
Boys Weekend Offensive: July 28th-30th
Check-in: First day between 12PM-2:30PM at the Van Kampen Dorms
Girls Check-out: Last Day at 11AM
Boys Check-out: Last Day at 4PM
Check-in: Friday between 12PM-2PM at the 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. At Snow Valley California Basketball Schools, we offer the greatest array of teaching talent anywhere to help you become a better player. Each season we emphasize 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.
Overnight Campers: All Sessions
Housing & Roommates
Campers will reside in Armington and 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)
Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. 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 II 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 II check-out on Thursday at 4PM and Boys Weekend Offensive check-in on Friday at 12PM. There is no additional cost for campers staying between Boys Complete Skills I and Boys Complete Skills II (check-in and check-out are on the same day).
Extended Day Campers: Complete Skills Sessions
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 Camp Commuter Camper Hours are 8AM-11AM.
♦ Boys Camp Commuter Camper Hours are 8AM-4PM.
♦ Lunch is provided. Check-out immediately following closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: DAY 1: 12PM-8PM, DAYS 2-4: 8AM-8PM, DAY 5: 8AM-11AM (Girls)/8AM-4PM (Boys)
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.
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. The closest airport is Santa Barbara (http://www.flysba.com/).
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.
If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount. Teams can register online or via mail/fax.
- To register your team online: Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
- To register your team via mail/fax: Click "Get Brochure" above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing.
*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
The Snow Valley California Basketball Schools return to our long-standing host school at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. We are excited to offer four different sessions for the serious basketball player. Westmont College is approximately 100 miles Northwest of Los Angeles and within driving distance of many Northern California cities. Please note that all campers are responsible for their own ground transportation. The Santa Barbara Airport is closest in proximity to Westmont College. The safe and secure campus, which includes scenic gardens, stone bridges, and stunning pathways, is an ideal place for camp.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
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.
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