Attending PGC was the best decision I’ve made in my career. Coaches want players to be leaders, to talk more, and to make good decisions on the court, but they don’t teach us how. At PGC, I learned how!
Janka Mincikova  |  Slovakia National Team And PG For MBK Ruzomberok Pro Team

answers to frequently asked questions

What health and safety precautions are planned for camps?

We have implemented a number of safety measures based on guidance from health authorities and requirements from the host facilities. There are detailed procedures for specific situations on this page based on these key principles:

  • Face masks will be required at check-in and check-out and at all times while walking on campus and in buildings.
  • Participants will be placed in cohorts/teams which will stay together throughout the weekend, including classroom sessions and gym sessions.
  • Health screening will be conducted at check-in with temperature checks before the first classroom session each day.
  • Visitors will not be allowed.
  • All participants and staff will practice social distancing when not on court or with cohorts.
What if I need to cancel my registration?

Things sometimes come up that are unavoidable—a scheduling conflict, injury, illness, or family emergency. We get it. That’s why we offer Tuition Protection at the time of registration, so you can have peace-of-mind.

Cancellations: If you cancel 30 days or more before the start date of your camp and you don’t have Tuition Protection, you will receive a full PGC credit for tuition fees paid. If you cancel less than 30 days and more than 72 hours before the start date of your camp, you will receive a 50% PGC credit for tuition fees paid. If you have to cancel within 72 hours of your start date, no PGC credit or refund will apply.

Please note: PGC does not capitalize or benefit from players who have to withdraw from a course. We use 100% of cancellation fees towards scholarships for underprivileged players.

Transfer or Donate Your Registration

Without a protection plan, there is a $50 transfer fee if you decide to transfer to another summer session within two weeks of your start date. If you cannot attend your PGC course for any reason, including last-minute injuries (such as concussions, ACL tears, fractures, etc.), unexpected illness (including contagious infections or any other medical diagnosis) or family emergencies, you may transfer your registration to a friend or donate it to an underprivileged player.

Note:  In the event that PGC cancels your session, including cancellations due to health restrictions imposed by federal, state, or municipal authorities, 100% of the tuition amount you’ve paid will be credited to your account and can be used toward a future PGC course. PGC does not provide compensation for any transportation-related expenses incurred.

What does Tuition Protection provide me with?

Without a protection plan, tuition is non-refundable.

Tuition Protection – Gives you a full refund if you cancel more than 30 days before the start of your camp, a full PGC credit if you cancel less than 30 days and more than 72 hours before your camp, and a 50% PGC credit for tuition fees paid if you cancel within 72 hours of your camp. $35-$45, depending on the camp.

Which course should I complete first?

Shooting College courses

If you have the opportunity to take both, we recommend completing the Online Shooting College course before your Fall Shooting College camp. Both Shooting College experiences are designed to give you similar PGC teachings, film sessions, and the shooting workout framework you need to transform your shooting.

If you’ve already taken our Online Shooting Course this summer, Fall Shooting College will provide a tremendous opportunity to ‘lock-in’ the habits you learned online. In-person camps offer the added benefit of live feedback and interaction with our PGC Directors plus the camaraderie of working out with other dedicated players.

If you’re one of the 7,500 players who have attended our in-person Shooting College weekend course in a previous year, you’ll find the Online Shooting College to be a great refresher. There is additional teaching, more workouts, and more time for you to implement everything you learn.

Summer Courses

The first place to start is to know which camps your son or daughter is eligible for, which you can find out here.

When possible, our recommended order for our 5-day, 4-night camps is:

i) Playmaker College – Rising 7th-11th grade players
ii) Scoring College – Rising 9th-12th grade & college
iii) Point Guard College – Rising 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 you’d like.

Is PGC for players of every position?

Shooting College

Shooting College will benefit any dedicated player at any level of play, from younger players to the pros. As long as you’re ready to learn, grow, and work on your shot, you’ll find tremendous value. If you’re not willing to invest the time and do the work, this course isn’t for you.

Summer Camps

Yes. We teach the game, not a group of skills specific to one position.

Any player will benefit from any PGC camp—regardless of their position—as long as they are truly eager to learn the game.

How many players attend each session?

The majority of our fall sessions have 64-96 players with a 12:1 player-to-coach ratio. Typically, basketball camps are two to three times the size of our sessions, but we don’t take any more players than our course director can know by name.

Most of our programs fill up and we often turn away lots of players, but we limit enrollment so that we can provide the best experience possible for players.

How do I know if I'm good enough to attend PGC?

We get this question often and it’s not about being ‘good enough’. If you are a dedicated player who loves the game and wants to improve, you’ll fit right in, no matter your skill level.

If you’re not interested in learning the game and getting better, PGC is probably not for you, regardless of how good you are.

What if there aren't any courses where I live?

We understand this can be a problem, and we increase our number of locations each year in order to make our camps easier to access.

Something to consider though: What’s most important to you?  The average PGC course—in any single location—attracts players from 11 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 in order to attend a session. Right now, players in North Dakota, Alaska, Lithuania, England 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.’  Since we got home, he has intensified his workouts by taking your ‘30-day challenge’. 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 I don’t know my schedule yet?

You can wait until you know your complete schedule before you register. The only problem is, the session you want to attend may be sold out by then.

To help you deal with this challenge, PGC offers Tuition Protection to give you peace of mind.

What if I’m too busy or just have too much going on?

What exactly are you doing that’s keeping you so busy? Are your activities aligned with your dreams and aspirations, or are you 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 you’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.

Great players spend more time “getting better” than “getting seen.”

How do I know it will be worth it?

Typically most things in life come with some level of risk. To make the decision to attend PGC more comfortable for you though, we offer a 100% Quality Guarantee.

Attend all gym and classroom sessions at your course, and if you don’t feel the basketball education you received enhanced your knowledge and understanding of the game, call us within three days and we’ll give you a full credit to attend a future PGC course.

But don’t just take our word for it. Check out what a few PGC grads had to share about PGC:

What's the competition level like at each session?

Shooting College

Shooting College will benefit any dedicated player at any level of play, from younger players to the pros. As long as you’re ready to learn, grow, and work on your shot, you’ll find tremendous value. If you’re not willing to invest the time and do the work, this course isn’t for you.

Summer Camps

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. We occasionally have a pro player or top NCAA player who is significantly better than everyone else, but these players understand the intention of the week is development and learning, not competition. As long you as understand this too, it won’t matter much who you’re competing against through the week.

Speaking of top players, while there are significantly more high school players than college players in attendance at Scoring College and Point Guard College courses, college players typically benefit as much if not more than high school players. As we teach details and subtleties of the game, we’ve found the more playing experience someone has, the more likely it is they’ll benefit from a PGC course.

Will I receive an evaluation at the end of the session?

Players do not receive an evaluation of their skills at the end of their PGC course. We spend 100% of our time teaching players, not evaluating them.

Players receive feedback from our director, the instructors, and other players throughout each court session, in addition to the dozens of pages of notes most players take in the classroom. We expect players to write down all the helpful feedback they receive all week long, just like any dedicated player would do.

What if I want to register, but I’d prefer to come with a teammate?

Sure, bring a teammate with you. The more teammates who attend PGC with you, the more games you’re likely to win next season.

However, don’t wait to register until you convince some teammates to join you, or you may end up losing your spot in the process.

If you only like to attend camps with people you know, think of this as an ideal opportunity to stretch out of your comfort zone. Even if your teammates choose not to enroll, you’re going to meet some incredible people—many who you’ll be friends with long after your 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

Will you be adding any more sessions to the schedule?

We do not typically add sessions once our summer schedule is announced in January or our fall schedule is announced in July. If we do add a session, we notify our PGC community via email. If you don’t receive our emails, you’re missing out.

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What if I get injured prior to my session?

If you’re injured prior to your session, we recommend you still attend. Many players have done this, and nearly every player has said they were glad they did. The majority of teaching takes place in the classroom, so as long as you can write and sit in a chair, you’ll get all the information that every other player receives.

During sessions, we do our best to ensure that an Athletic Trainer will be on site to provide ice and first aid as needed. If there is a serious injury, parents are notified and the player is taken to a local medical facility.

Note: If you decide not to attend your course due to an injury, our cancellation policy still applies.

Will my course be co-ed?

Yes. Good basketball is good basketball, regardless of gender. That’s why all our courses are co-ed. All players attend the classroom sessions together, but the genders are separated in the dorms and, when it makes sense, in the gym.

Are coaches who attend PGC courses there to recruit players?

Coaches who observe PGC courses are there to grow as a coach, and coaches who are on staff at sessions are there to assist you as a player. Exposure is not the focus of a PGC course.

With that being said, we typically have directors, instructors, or observing coaches who are college coaches or who are highly connected in the college coaching world. So, just like with any experience in life, it often pays to stand out and be special.

What if I can't afford the tuition fee?

How determined are you to attend a PGC session?

If you are truly determined, there are ways to make it happen, even if you are financially challenged. Lots of players have done it. We hear their stories all the time.

If your parents can’t help you to pay for the course, 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 course. For many years 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 you:
  • Get a part-time job and pay the tuition fee yourself. Many of our players babysit, flip burgers, hold fundraisers or wash dishes in order to attend PGC.
  • See if your school’s basketball program, or athletic department will support you.
  • Ask some family members to put some holiday and/or birthday gift money towards your 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, you will always face obstacles in your life, and some may seem impossible to overcome.  But whatever your current circumstances, there is someone out there who has faced the exact same circumstances and found a way to realize their goals.

Once you’ve done these things, if you still need assistance, let us know and we’ll do our part to support you. We help tons of players each year, especially when they’ve shown us their level of commitment to attending a PGC course.  Get further details here.

Note: We also provide a financial discount for clergy and military families. Contact us for details.

 

I'm on the waiting list for a sold out session, how do I know if a spot becomes available?

When spots become available, we’ll contact all players who are on the waiting list at that time. Once we contact all players, spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

What are my chances of getting into a course 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.

Can I sign up for another course AND a wait list and then later switch?

Yes. If you sign up for another course and spots become available in the course for which you’re on a wait list, you can switch into the sold-out session at no additional expense.

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