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Incoming 7th-11th grade players and coaches
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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.
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 summer, 12,000 players from middle school to high school attend a PGC camp — but PGC is not for every player.
PGC is only for dedicated players who are serious about getting better.
Your child doesn’t have to take themselves too seriously in order to benefit from our camps (we still have lots of fun!), but they will need to enjoy working hard and challenging their existing self-beliefs to improve their skills.
Take our 1-minute test to find out if PGC could be a good fit…
"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 YOU'LL 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 six 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
This camp is open to male and female players entering 7th - 11th Grade and is the ideal starting place for any player new to PGC, including more advanced players.
The majority of our Playmaker College camps are limited to no more than 120 players to maximize each player's learning experience. Other camps are often 2-3 times this size, but we don’t take any more players than our camp director can know by name.
Our sessions fill up and we turn away lots of players each summer, so don’t wait to sign up.
Each day of camp includes multiple classroom, film and gym sessions.
Overnight Camps: Check-in on the first day takes place between 11:30am-12:30pm. Check-out is at 11:30am on the final day.
Day Camps: Each day runs from 9am to 4pm.
The packing list and 'getting ready' details will be available in the weeks leading up to your session.
OVERNIGHT CAMP SUPERVISION & DORMS
At PGC, the safety and well-being of each player is our top priority. For nearly the entire day, all the players are together on the court, in class, or in the dining hall. Our staff stay in the dorms with the players to provide supervision & curfew checks.
The players don't have a lot of time in the dorms, as they typically have less than an hour following the evening gym session to shower, have a snack and be in their room before curfew.
The dorms are typically two players to a room, although a few dorms are singles, triples or quads. If desired, you can make a roommate request after you register for your session.
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 7,500 coaches who have attended PGC course. Coaches consistently tell us spending 5 days 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 and meals.
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
The 3-Camp Pass makes it easier to attend ALL our camps and gives your child access to 3 camps for the price of 2.
(A 33% SAVINGS)
The pass can be used this summer or any following summer and can be applied to ANY combination of our camps.
No-Risk Guarantee: If your child doesn’t want to return for another camp, contact us within 3 days after the first camp and we’ll refund the entire 3-Camp Pass fee.
Register Today Before Camp Sells Out.
OVERNIGHT – PLAYER
Registration includes meals & accommodations for 5 days and 4 nights.
$995 - $1,195
3 Camp Pass
Get 3 PGC camps for the price of 2 – and use them this year or any future year.
(monthly payment option available)
100% Money-Back Guarantee
If your child attends the entire camp and you’re not satisfied with the basketball education they received, just contact us within three days and we’ll give you all your money back.
Single Camp - Coach
Reserve a spot with your full payment.
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.
What Players, Parents, & Coaches Are Saying...
based on 316 reviews.
See some of the reviews here.
This was the best time I’ve had. I’ve learned so much and I’ve made a lot of new friends throughout this week.
I have attended PGC over 10 years now. I am so excited to see my own kids take advantage of the teachings PGC provides. I have seen a change in my own kiddos, as well as my athletes. Thank you for the opportunity.
Fantastic teamwork and teaching this week. Very energized and can’t wait to get back on the court.
Every basketball player no matter the position should experience this camp.
Very impressed with Director Dan and the staff! Director Dan was an inspiring role model for these kids.
He's great and helped me grow with basketball. Best camp in America.
Would have been a five but injury didn’t let me play to full potential will get that fifth star next year
I learned so much at PGC that I will carry on into my school ball season this year.
I loved the camp and all the enthusiastic coaches that teached the game well. I cant wait to get home and show my family what I learned and I can't wait to do all the drills we learned. I can't wait to come back next year if I am able to!!
I had a fun time at PGC and I continued to be more open throughout the camp
Coming into PGC my mindset was that I was doing it for fun and after the camp I would get back to my main sport, distance running. However, after this experience, I am actually considering coming back to basketball.
You guys lived up to all of the advertisements I read and exceeded our expectations Bromo not only enjoyed it but is better for it Leadership and life skills that were also taught is why he’ll be back Respect
Best experience of professional development in my career. I hope to keep this energy and transform my program when I get home.
My son did not want to come home afterwards. It really gave him a fun breakdown of the game and explanation of his trouble areas, but more importantly taught him lessons of attitude and self accountability on and off the court.
This was an excellent week. Camp was run very well.
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 been 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 the basketball education they received, contact us within 3 days of the camp and we’ll give you all your money back.
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 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, including due to restrictions imposed by by government authorities or the college or 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. ($55)
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. ($95)
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.
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.
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 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 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.”