Eligibility: Incoming 7th-11th grade players and coaches
Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
June 12 – 16, 2023
5 days — 9am-4pm
Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
June 12 – 16, 2023
5 days — 9am-4pm
Incoming 7th-11th grade players and coaches
Do You Want to Truly Help Your Child in Basketball?
None of us want our kids to get cut, sit on the bench, or fall short of their potential.
That’s painful to watch and it breaks our heart as parents.
That’s why we created the Playmaker College camp, so your child will finally get the roadmap, teachings, inspiration, and tools to make teams, get minutes, & stand out on the floor.
THE PGC EXPERIENCE
Your Child Deserves the Best Training — Period.
Sure, you can get world-class skills training in a few other places too.
But, there’s no other place on the planet for players to develop their basketball IQ, mindset, leadership, playmaking, and confidence — all at the same time.
Here’s Why Your Child Needs to Develop These Skills »
A great player contributes to their team in ways the average fan never notices. However, good coaches always notice these “little things.” So, if your child wants to be a great player, they better learn how to do these “little things” too.
Most players play the game with little thought about their mindset. Yet, at every level of play, a winning mindset separates average players from ‘the great ones.’ At PGC, your child will develop the mindset to be a champion.
It takes energy and intelligence to ‘run the show’ for a team. Leaders have to inspire teammates, foster a sense of urgency, and get others to work together. PGC is a ‘leadership laboratory’ for every age and stage to develop these skills.
What if your child could transform their perspective towards setbacks, losing, injuries, being benched, unfair treatment, and all the things that can rob them of their confidence and joy? Well, they can transform — and we’ll teach them how.
Coaches always tell their players to communicate on the court, but most players don’t know what to say and resort to useless ‘chatter.’ At PGC, we teach players exactly what to say and how to say it.
Is PGC Right For Your Child?
Each year, 14,500 middle school and high school players attend a PGC camp — but PGC is not for every player.
PGC is for dedicated players who truly want to get better — regardless of position or skill level.
Take a Tour! Get 3 free videos with an inside look at PGC classroom, court, and film breakdown sessions.
"I just finished Playmaker College with my 12-year old son. It was one of the most amazing experiences of both our lives. We got a year’s worth of knowledge in one week—not just lessons in basketball, but in life. This was more than worth the investment of time and money."
What Players Do at PGC…
- Hear It – Each habit or skill is taught in the classroom first.
- See It – Players watch film of pro players using each habit.
- Do It – Players learn to apply each habit in game situations.
What Players Don’t Do at PGC…
- There are no talent shows or swim breaks.
- There are no celebrity autograph sessions.
- And, we don’t roll out the balls and “just play.”
WHAT PLAYERS GET
PLAYERS DEVELOP THESE SKILLS
In this camp, your child will discover how to:
- Blow by a defender, finish strong, and get to the foul line
- See the court and find teammates before they’re open
- Beat double-teams, traps, and full-court pressure
- Play fast and stop on a dime like Arike Ogunbowale
- Develop ‘ball on a string’ handles like Kyrie Irving
- Control a pesky defender like Rajan Rondo
- Move without the ball like Allie Quigley
Players return to their teams with improved skills, increased confidence, and greater poise — ready to stand out against the competition.
In the Classroom
From the best teacher you can imagine, teaching your child’s favorite subject — basketball
On the Court
For four hours a day of the most creative, challenging, and competitive gym sessions ever
THE DEEPER IMPACT…
Beyond skills, this camp gives players a vision for their career — and life. Far more than just a pep talk, these ‘intangibles’ are taught and woven into the fabric of every classroom, film, and court session:
Ownership – How to take responsibility for every thought and action.
Self-discipline – How to take greater initiative on and off the court.
Energy-giving – How to bring infectious energy and uplift to others.
Here’s what a former Fortune 500 executive said after the camp:
Read Her Surprising Story »
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.
It should be said that the Director was exceptional and inspiring, and the team that supported him was excellent as well. Please accept my sincere thank you for doing the kind of work that has the potential for such positive impact on our children’s lives. We have registered for your Summer Lifetime Pass for both boys.”
Former Global Chief Operating Officer
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This camp is open to boys and girls entering 7th - 11th grade and is the ideal starting place for any player new to PGC, including advanced players.
The majority of our day camps are limited to no more than 80 players to maximize each player's learning experience.
Typical camps are 2-3 times this size, but we don’t take any more players than our camp director can know by name.
Our camps fill up and we turn away lots of players each summer, so don’t wait to sign up.
The camp runs from 9:00am-4:00pm and check-in on the first day is from 8:25am-8:50am.
Each day includes interactive classroom and video sessions, as well as action-packed gym sessions.
The final day of camp ends at 2:00pm and parents are invited to come at 1:30pm for the closing wrap-up.
Note: There is a 30-minute lunch break for players to eat a bag lunch or for parents to drop off lunch.
At PGC, the safety and well-being of each player is our top priority. For the entire day, all the players and staff are together on the court, in class, and in the eating area.
At many camps, the Director is a celebrity athlete or coach who lends his or her name to the program — but little else.
At PGC camps, the Director personally leads every session and takes the time to know every player by name.
Our team of Instructors will be there to inspire and support your child through every session. Our Instructors are typically PGC grads who have played college basketball and coach high school or college basketball.
"I have worked with some great teachers of the game, however, this week at PGC, I observed the best teacher I've ever seen. The sessions were powerful, purposeful, and efficient. Not a session went by where I wasn't thrilled with the content and delivery. I can't tell you how impressed I am with PGC."
— Coach Dave Jankowski, La Palma, California
Join over 10,000 coaches who have attended a PGC course. Coaches consistently tell us the time they spent at PGC is the most beneficial investment they’ve made in their coaching career.
At your PGC camp, you’ll attend all classroom, video and court sessions – just like players. You’ll also benefit from daily interactions with the director and other like-minded coaches through in-session huddles.
If you're thinking about sending your player to PGC this summer check out our Partner Program to receive FREE tuition and special discounts available exclusively for your players.
DATE & LOCATION
Camp location and Facility
Dodge Jones Youth Sports Center
1042 Loop 322
Abilene, TX 79602
SPEAK WITH A CAMP SPECIALIST
Have questions about camp and want us to call you? Choose a time that’s convenient for you and we’ll give you a call then.
Did You Know…
PGC Offers a 3-Course Curriculum
A curriculum that’s been specifically designed to progress from one course to the next:
1. Playmaker College → 2. Scoring College → 3. Point Guard College
As players benefit greatly from attending a Playmaker College camp a second time, we’ve created a 2-Camp Pass so you can save BIG on your next 5-day camp.
We also offer a Lifetime Pass available after you register for $4,995.
With the Lifetime Pass, your child can attend up to 3 PGC camps each year for the rest of their playing career (including college!).
And with our No-Risk Guarantee, regardless of which pass you purchase (2-Camp Pass or Lifetime Pass), if your child doesn’t want to return for another camp, contact us after their first camp and within this calendar year and we’ll refund the entire pass fee.
Register TODAY Before Camps Sell Out!
Join over 125,000 players & 10,000 coaches who have attended PGC.
Single Camp - Player
Reserve your spot today.
2 Camp Pass
Get 2 camps for just $497.50 each – and use them this summer, fall or anytime in the future.
Single Camp - Coach
Spaces are extremely limited. Reserve a spot now with your full payment.
The PGC Promise
If your child attends the entire camp and you’re not satisfied with their basketball experience, contact us anytime this calendar year and we’ll give you all your money back.*
Plans change, we understand. That’s why we offer Tuition Protection and Super Protection which gives you a full refund or full credit, depending on when you cancel.
Meet Your Director
Called “the hardest working guy we know” by his fellow directors at PGC, Todd worked to become a key player on back to back state championship teams before being recruited to play at Wilmington College. He has a first to get there and last to leave mentality, which has served him well in the game.
Todd’s a players coach who wakes up energized, teaches with passion, and leads with care.
Few people his age know the game as well as he does and can teach it with the clarity and charisma he teaches with....
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my child is good enough to attend?
We get this question often and it's not about being 'good enough.'
If your child is a dedicated player who loves the game and wants to improve, they'll fit right in. If they're not interested in learning the game, PGC is probably not for them, regardless of how good they are.
Players are placed in skill-based groups, so if your child is a less experienced player, they'll be with others who are similar — and if they're one of the top players, they'll be with other top players.
How do we know it will be worth it?
Over 110,000 players and 7,500 coaches have attended a PGC camp over the past 30 years and the feedback is consistent.
Players who are eager to learn and get better have a really special experience. A player who thinks they know it all already and isn't interested in getting better doesn't typically enjoy their time with us.
As long as your child has a passion for the game and wants to improve, they're going to love their time at PGC.
As we stand behind the experience we provide, and to remove any risk for you, we are the only camp in the camp industry to offer a 100% Money-Back Guarantee.
If your child attends the entire camp and you’re not satisfied with their basketball experience, contact us anytime this calendar year and we’ll give you all your money back PLUS pay for your child to attend any camp of your choice.
What's the competition level like at each session?
While the level of competition may vary slightly from session to session, there is nearly always suitable competition for the varying levels of the players. As long as your child understands that the main intention of the week is development and learning (not competition)... it won't matter much who they're competing against throughout the week.
What if we want to register, but our child would prefer to come with a teammate?
Sure, they can bring a teammate with them. The more teammates who attend PGC with them, the more games they’re likely to win next season.
However, don’t wait to register until they convince some teammates to join them, or you may end up losing your spot in the process.
If your child only likes to attend camps with people they know, think of this as an ideal opportunity to stretch them out of their comfort zone. Even if their teammates choose not to enroll, they’re going to meet some incredible people—many who they’ll be friends with long after their PGC session.
“Before I came to PGC, I was thinking, “I’m not going to know anyone there!”. But, as it turns out, I was welcomed into an extraordinary environment of athletes, instructors, and directors who made me feel like I was at home.”
— Misha Jones, Manassas Park, Virginia
“What I love most about PGC is the attitude and approach of everyone around me. I have never been surrounded by such great, driven, and positive people. It just shows what kind of athletes PGC attracts.”
— Jacquie Chataway, Mississauga, Ontario
What if we don’t know our summer schedule yet?
You can wait until you know your child’s complete summer schedule before you register. The only problem is, the session you want to register for may be sold out by then.
To make it risk-free for you, we have two Tuition Protection options available when you reserve your spot (see below). In addition, as long as it's at least two weeks prior to your session, you can transfer to another camp without any additional cost.
What if I need to cancel my registration?
Things sometimes come up that are unavoidable—we get it. That's why we offer Tuition Protection options, so you can have peace-of-mind.
Cancellation Policy: If you can't attend your camp for any reason, including schedule conflicts, last-minute injuries, a concussion, an unexpected illness, or a family emergency, as long as it's at least 14 days before your session, you can transfer 100% of your camp fees paid to a future camp, transfer it to a friend, or donate it to an underprivileged player. Cancellations within 14 days of the camp will receive a 50% PGC credit for fees paid.
In the event that PGC cancels a session, due to restrictions imposed by government authorities or the facility, 100% of the tuition fees paid will be credited towards a future PGC camp. Without a protection plan, tuition is non-refundable.
Tuition Protection - Gives you a full refund if you cancel more than 30 days before your camp and a full PGC credit if you cancel within 30 days. ($35)
Super Protection - Gives you a full refund if you cancel more than 3 days before your camp and a full PGC credit if you cancel within 3 days. ($55)
If I'm on the waiting list for a sold out session, how do I know if a spot comes available?
Once a session sells out, if spots come available, we contact all the players on the wait list at the same time. The spots are then filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
What health and safety precautions are planned for camps?
We will implement safety measures based on guidance from health authorities and requirements from host facilities. These measures may change leading up to camp.
There are detailed procedures for specific situations on this page. For details for a specific camp or situation, please call our team at 866-338-2308 to discuss details specific to your athlete.
Are there swim breaks or special outings?
There are no talent shows, swim breaks, or celebrity autograph signings, and we don’t roll out the balls and “just play”. You can find these things at many basketball camps, but not at PGC.
We believe when you invest in your game, you should actually get better and improve. So, our commitment is to NEVER waste a player's time or attention.
Which camp should I attend first?
When possible, our recommended order for our 5-day, 4-night camps is:
i) Playmaker College - Incoming 7th-11th grade players
ii) Scoring College - Incoming 9th-12th grade & college
iii) Point Guard College - Incoming 9th-12th grade & college
If this order isn't ideal for you based on the location of our sessions or your availability, you're welcome to attend our camps in any alternative order.
There is no recommended order for attending our Skills Academy day camps or our 2-day Shooting College camp.
What if the camp is just too far away?
The average PGC camp attracts players from 11 different states, as well as a handful of international players. Hundreds of players fly, endure long bus rides, or beg a parent or coach to drive them 10-12 hours to get to PGC. We are constantly amazed at how far some players will travel to attend a session.
Right now, players in North Dakota, Alaska, Lithuania, and New Zealand are coming up with creative ways to get themselves to PGC.
So, don’t let distance be a deal-breaker for you. Where there’s a will, there's usually a way.
“When we left PGC, we had a 10-hour trip ahead of us, so I thought that Daymon would sleep most of the way home. Although physically exhausted, he was so energized and excited that we talked for over nine hours about his experience at PGC. He said, ‘Dad, this was one of the greatest weeks of my life.’ Last night, I watched him play in open gym and he is already incorporating what he learned into his game. Thanks for the positive impact that you made on our son.”
— Joe Osborn, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
What if my child is too busy and just has too much going on?
What exactly are they doing that’s keeping them so busy? Are their activities aligned with their dreams and aspirations, or are they just following the crowd and hoping for the best? Great players don’t base their games—or their lives—on hope. And, they certainly don’t follow the masses. First, they decide what they want; then they go out and find the people and learning opportunities that will get them there.
What good is it to be seen by hundreds of college coaches at AAU events if they’re not doing anything special to stand out from the crowd? A good college coach can pick out the best players on the court within the first five minutes of a game. Sometimes, they can even spot the best players during warm-ups, just by noticing how they carry themselves and interact with others.
Smart players spend more time “getting better” than “getting seen.”
What if we can't afford the tuition fee?
How determined are you or your child to attend a PGC camp?
If you are truly determined, there are ways to make it happen, even if you are financially challenged. Lots of parents and players have done it. We hear their stories all the time.
If you can’t help your child pay for the camp, don’t let that stop you. Right now, a player in Texas is figuring out how many lawns he has to mow to get to a session, while a player in Chicago is calculating how many driveways she has to shovel to get to a camp. For decades now, players have been resourceful in finding ways to raise the money they need to attend. What about you?
Here are a few quick ideas to assist your child, as they can:
- Get a part-time job and pay some of the tuition fee. Many of our players babysit, flip burgers, hold fundraisers or wash dishes in order to attend PGC.
- See if their school’s basketball program or athletic department will support them.
- Ask family members to put holiday and/or birthday gift money towards the tuition fee.
- Ask a coach or a teacher for help in seeking financial assistance from a community organization. Many local small businesses raise money to support young people who need assistance—especially if the opportunity is focused on leadership and character development.
As a competitive athlete, your child will always face obstacles in their life, and some may seem impossible to overcome. But whatever the current circumstances, there is someone out there who has faced the exact same circumstances and found a way to realize their goals.
Once they've done these things, if they still need assistance, let us know and we'll do our part to support you. We help many players each year, especially when they've shown us their level of commitment to attending PGC. Get further details here.
Note: We also provide a financial discount for clergy and military families. Contact us for details.
What are my chances of getting into a camp if I'm on the waiting list?
Spots occasionally become available within a month or two of the start date of a sold-out session. Your chances depend on how many cancellations there are for a given session and how many other athletes are on the waiting list at the time spots become available.