Eligibility: Incoming 4th-7th grade players and coaches
Hopkins High School
August 1 – 5, 2022
5 days — 9am-4pm
Hopkins High School
August 1 – 5, 2022
5 days — 9am-4pm
Incoming 4th-7th grade players and coaches
Help Your Child Become the Most Skilled Player on the Floor
No parent wants to see their child get cut or sit on the bench all season long — that’s frustrating for everyone.
Every young player needs the skills and winning mindset to be able to make plays, score baskets, and lead their team.
THE PGC EXPERIENCE
Your Child Deserves the Best Training — Period.
Typical camps with traditional ‘stations’ won’t help your child get ahead of the pack. Neither will just playing countless AAU games.
Young players need cutting-edge skill development, decision-making training, and loads of inspiration.
At a Skills Academy camp, players get all three.
Is PGC Right For Your Child?
Skills Academy camps are for incoming 4th-7th grade players — regardless of skill level or experience.
As long as they want to get better, they’ll be a suitable group for them and they’ll have a fun and rewarding time with us.
PGC’s lessons on leadership, confidence and doing the little things are a must for any young player, regardless of position.
What Players Do at PGC…
- Hear It – Each concept is taught to the players first.
- See It – Players watch game film of pros using each skill.
- Do It – Players develop each skill through special drills & games.
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
At Skills Academy, players learn:
- Five foundational skills – ball control, shooting, passing, vision, movement
- How to improve athleticism, balance, and coordination
- How to make layups against contact
- How to see the floor and find open teammates
- How to develop an effortless shooting stroke
- How to have fun while learning new skills
- How to be a leader instead of a follower
In the Classroom
From the best teacher you can imagine, teaching their favorite subject — basketball
WHAT SETS THIS CAMP APART
Most camps do a few drills and then roll out the balls for the kids to play. The camps are usually fun, but often lead to little improvement.
At Skills Academy camps, we want players to actually get better. Every minute of camp has been designed to maximize the learning experience — while having lots of fun too.
That’s why no player who wants to improve in basketball should miss out on this camp.
This camp is open to boys and girls entering 4th - 7th grade and is the ideal starting place for any player new to PGC.
The majority of our day camps are limited to no more than 75 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 short 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 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 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.
DATE & LOCATION
Camp location and Facility
Hopkins High School
2400 Lindbergh Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Did You Know…
We Offer a 2-Camp Pass
As players benefit greatly from attending a Skills Academy camp a second time, or progressing to a Playmaker College day camp, we’ve created a 2-Camp Pass so you save 80% off your next 5-day camp.
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 2-Camp Pass fee.
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2 CAMP PASS
For only $100 more, get this camp plus another day camp in a future year.
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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.
Plans change, we understand. That’s why we offer Tuition Protection ($35) and Super Protection ($55) which gives you a full refund or full credit, depending on when you cancel.
Meet Your Director
Gabe is no stranger to the game. He’s played at a high level and unlike most, he started coaching when he was just 17. He’s got an appetite to grow and an eagerness to develop players who want to play at the next level. As a player, Gabe was well known as a defensive leader, clear communicator, and aggressive creator. He was an undersize player who had to be smart on the court in order to battle with the bigs — and he did just that....
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.
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 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. ($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)
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 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.
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.
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 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.”