Attending PGC was the best decision I’ve made in my career. Coaches want players to be leaders, to talk more, to take responsibility, 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

How many players attend each session?

The majority of our sessions have between 80-120 players. 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 turn away lots of players each summer, but we limit enrollment so that we can provide the best experience possible for players.

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. 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 Playmaker College II and Point Guard College courses, college players typically benefit even more from these courses than high school players. We teach details and subtleties of the game, and we’ve found that the more playing experience someone has, the more likely it is that they’ll benefit from a PGC course.

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.

Take our 30-second test to find out if you’re a good fit for PGC.

If you are relatively new to the game, attending one of our PGC Skills Academy courses will probably be the best place to start.

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

We understand this can be a problem, and we’ve been increasing our number of locations each summer in order to make our camps easier to attend.

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 summer schedule yet?

You can wait until you know your complete summer 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 for only $45. You can also transfer to another session, if needed, without any additional cost, as long as it’s at least two weeks prior to your session.

 

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 completely risk-free for you, we offer a 200% Money Back Guarantee. Yes, you read that correctly.

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 DOUBLE your money back.

What are the dorms like?

Don’t expect the dorm rooms to be like the Hilton – they’re not. Some are nicer than others, but typically the rooms are standard college dorm rooms. We attempt to get dorms with air-conditioning whenever possible (nearly all college dorms have AC in the southern states), but some dorms don’t have it. You won’t spend much time in your room, but if you end up in a dorm that’s not very nice (or cool), it’ll be a chance for you to practice what you’ll learn at PGC about approach and mental toughness.

If you don’t require a dorm room for the week, you will save $100 off the tuition fee. We do recommend staying on-campus if possible, as the ‘full-immersion experience’ is instrumental in the transformation process for players.

Note: Meals are still included for commuting players. Commuting players will need to arrive by 8:45am each morning and get picked up between 9:15-10:15pm each evening, depending on the 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.

Can I request a roommate?

We do our best to accommodate roommate requests. The dorms are typically two players to a room, although there are a few dorms that are singles, triples or quads. You can make your roommate request after you register for your session. Your request must be made at least three weeks prior to the start of your session. Any requests made within three weeks of the start date cannot be guaranteed, and we cannot accommodate any requests for roommate changes during check-in.

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

What are the meals like at residential courses?

We have hungry players and staff at PGC courses. As a result, every meal is all-you-can-eat. Each college cafeteria provides a variety of options at every meal, and we request as many nutritious options as possible, especially as our staff have to eat cafeteria food all summer long. But, we can’t guarantee your session will have amazing food, especially as we don’t know what you think ‘amazing food’ is. If you’re a picky eater, we recommend bringing lots of extra snacks so you don’t go hungry.  

Note: We recognize some players have dietary restrictions and we work with each college to accommodate specific dietary needs. Please note your dietary restrictions on our ‘additional information’ forms once you’ve signed up and we’ll contact you if we have questions.

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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Do you offer any special gear packages when we register?

Yes, we do. When you register, you’ll have the opportunity to order our Starter Pack, Performance Pack, or Ultimate Pack, which you’ll receive when you arrive at your session. These special bundles are only offered when you register and they include PGC gear, books, and videos at discounted rates.

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.

What type of supervision do you provide?

At PGC courses, your safety and well-being are very important to us. For the vast majority of the day, all the players and staff are together on the court, in class, or in the dining hall. Our staff stay in the dorms with the players, but this is not a “camp” with dorm police to watch your every move. While we don’t have a lot of rules at PGC, we expect you to uphold the rules we have. These include not entering the dorms of the opposite gender at any time, not leaving the campus unless it’s with a parent, and being out of the lounges or hallways and in your room by curfew.

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 details can you provide if I'll be flying to a session?

If you are flying to a PGC session, you are responsible for your own transportation to and from the session. We recommend visiting the airport website(s) to determine the best means of transportation to and from the college. Many airlines have specific protocols for minors traveling alone. Please contact individual airlines accordingly.

International Travel Insurance

If you are an player attending a session in a country where you are not a resident, you must either:

  • Purchase international travel insurance and forward a copy of your certificate of coverage to PGC.
  • Provide a written letter waiving PGC of all responsibility in case of an injury or accident.

The certificate of coverage or written letter must be emailed to info@pgcbasketball.com at least two weeks prior to the start of your session.

Flight Times

We recommend booking a flight on the morning of your session that will allow you to arrive at the host college for check-in before 12 noon. If you arrive at the college before check-in begins, it’s not a problem (just bring a book to read!). If you are flying to your session a night early and you require accommodations, we may be able to assist you.

At most of our sessions, players who are at least 18 years or older can stay in the dorms a night early. To make a request for an early arrival, please contact us at least three weeks prior to your session.

Note: We do not provide supervision or meals to players who arrive a night early to a session. Due to liability concerns, we are unable to provide early arrival accommodations to players under the age of 18.

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 and Super Protection plans at the time of registration, so you can have peace-of-mind.

Cancellations: If you cancel before June 1 without Tuition Protection, you will receive a full PGC credit for tuition fees paid. If you cancel after June 1, you will receive a 50% PGC credit. If you have to cancel within 72 hours of your session, no PGC credit is provided.

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 2017 summer session within two weeks of your session. 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 unlikely event that PGC cancels your session, a 100% refund or credit will be provided. 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 before June 1, a full PGC credit if you cancel after June 1, and a 50% PGC credit if you cancel within 72 hours of your session. $45

Super Protection – Entitles you to a full refund up until 72 hours of your session, or a full PGC credit if you cancel within 72 hours. $95

Note: Without a protection plan, tuition is non-refundable.

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 info@pgcbasketball.com for details.

 

As a parent, can I watch any part of the week?

We invite parents to join us on Day 3 evening at each of our residential courses for the classroom, film, and court session. We also invite parents to join us for the opening Parent Meeting on Day 1, prior to the start of the session, and for the Closing Ceremonies on the final morning.

These are the only times we permit parents to observe, as popping in and out during the week can be a distraction for players and our staff. Parents may take their son or daughter for a meal off-campus during the week, if desired.