If you’re the kind of caring parent who wants to give your child every opportunity to succeed on and off the court, mark your calendar with this date and time today…
Monday, January 30, 2023 at 6am PST (9am EST).
That’s when registration for our 2023 summer basketball camps officially begins and the first 2,500 signups will receive a $100 early bird discount.
Last year, the first 2,500 spots were filled in less than 24 hours so if you want to be absolutely sure your child is one of the ‘lucky players’ who receives the discount, you can join our priority list and get special early registration access (more details at the bottom of page).
What do players learn at a PGC Basketball Camp?
Every summer, over 12,000 players from across North America attend a PGC camp so they can learn “how to think the game” and become the smartest player on the floor.
But PGC is not for every player…
PGC is an intense, no-nonsense week of camp designed for serious, dedicated players only who are willing to put in the unseen hours of hard work required to reach their goals. The days are long and the nights are even longer (sometimes we play into the wee hours of the morning).
At camp, players focus on game-changing skills like:
- Basketball IQ: Learning how to incorporate the “little things” and contribute to your team in ways that give coaches no choice but to pay more attention to you.
- Gaining a Confident Mindset: Learning how to overcome setbacks, losing, injuries, being benched, unfair treatment, and all the things that rob players of their confidence and joy for the game.
- Becoming a Leader: Learning how to inspire teammates, foster a sense of urgency and get others to work together at a high performance level.
- Playmaking: Learning how to read the defense and make better decisions with the ball.
These are the kind of intangibles that mostly go unnoticed by your average player and fan in the stands but that coaches at the high school, NCAA, NBA and WNBA level look at when deciding who they want playing on their team.
Players in the 4th-7th grade have the option to attend a Point Guard Prep day basketball camp, while players from 7th grade all the way up to the collegiate level can attend one of the following PGC overnight basketball camps as part of the PGC 3-Course Curriculum:
What makes PGC different from other camps?
If you want your child to be immersed in a basketball training program where they’ll benefit from a scientifically-proven, mult-dimensional approach that maximizes learning by taking advantage of their personal learning style, then you’ll probably like the PGC teaching method…
We call it:
HEAR IT. SEE IT. DO IT.
- HEAR IT – Intense Classroom Learning Sessions
Make sure you send your child to camp with their notebook and pen to take full advantage of their time at PGC! Three times a day, they’ll attend classroom sessions. While class is in session, they’ll be expected to listen attentively, ask questions, broaden their understanding of the game, and take the classroom information onto the court and transform it directly into effective play. The week will conclude with a written final exam on their understanding of the game.
- SEE IT – Video Analysis
Video analysis is an integral part of the learning process at PGC. Students will study actual game footage of NCAA, NBA and WNBA players to see examples – both good and bad – of every aspect of effective play. This in-depth analysis can deepen your child’s understanding of the game and help them to watch – and play – basketball in a more intelligent way.
- DO IT – Court Time Designed to Reinforce Good Habits
Gym sessions at PGC are designed to turn the concepts taught in the classroom into productive action on the court. Specialized drills and game situations are used to build physical and mental habits that lead to smart, effective play.
Does PGC only focus on basketball?
A great player must be a team leader. Regardless of your child’s personality, there are certain actions, habits and communications they must make a part of their game. The elements of team leadership, both on and off the court, will be covered in depth.
When it comes to the leadership training aspect of PGC, we often receive feedback like this message from Former Fortune 500 Global COO of SAP, Leagh Turner:
“My two boys and I attended the Playmaker College camp this past week. We had all assumed we were simply ‘going to basketball camp’… If you ask our boys, they will tell you this was ‘the best week of their lives.’ What we collectively learned is that PGC is far more than ‘a basketball camp.’ PGC is a leadership experience in the cloak of a basketball camp.
I sat in the back of the classroom for an evening session and decided from there to shift my calls so I could make as many of the classroom sessions as possible.
I have attended hundreds of hours of leadership training over the years. In my view, what my boys experienced was among the best leadership/life training I have personally been exposed to. The fact that they leave loving basketball more than they did when they arrived, and with improved skills, is simply the icing on the cake.
I was struck by the fact that parents who come to collect their kids on the last day don’t really know how much their kids have been exposed to, and how open they are to being better humans as a result.”
What happens once a player completes the 3-course curriculum?
At this point, it’s time for incoming 11th – 12th grade (and college players) to head off to attend the PGC Grad School – the ultimate finishing school for any real serious basketball player.
What’s new this year?
This year, PGC is offering nearly 50 new camp locations across the US and Canada and will host a total of 150 camps.
“I’m so grateful to everyone on our PGC staff who’s been working around the clock so we can offer over 150 PGC camps, across more than 30 states and multiple Canadian provinces this upcoming summer,” says Mano Watsa, President of PGC.
“Our camp directors and basket instructors can’t wait to be back on the court and in the classroom with all our new and returning campers. And, as is usually the case, we anticipate camps will fill quickly, especially at our popular locations in Canada, California, Oregon, Texas and Washington”
To get more information on Summer 2023 camps and to join our priority list, visit our basketball camp schedule & locations page and fill out the form or call 866-338-2308.
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PGC Basketball provides intense, no-nonsense basketball training for players and coaches. Our basketball camps are designed to teach players of all positions to play smart basketball, be coaches on the court, and be leaders in practices, games and in everyday life.
We combine our unique PGC culture with a variety of teaching methods and learning environments to maximize the learning potential of those that attend our sessions. In addition to spending 6-7 hours on the court each day, lessons will be reinforced through classroom sessions and video analysis.
Our goal at PGC is to empower you with the tools to fulfill your basketball dreams, while also assisting you in experiencing the joy of the journey.