When it comes to the safety and education of your children, there are a lot of questions to ask and a lot of answers to provide. Here is a collection of the most common questions parents (and kids!) ask about ICA Camps.
What is special about Inner Circle Academy Camps compared to other basketball training courses or other sports camps?
ICA Camps are nationally recognized as one of the best sports training systems in the country. The camps utilize training and coaching techniques developed for professional and college-level teams. In short, the kids who attend our camps learn more and become better players.
Who are these camps for?
Boys and girls ages 6-18 who like playing basketball, who want to play on school or community basketball teams.
What will my child learn or gain from attending this camp?
The children develop an understanding of how to become an unstoppable player on the court. This translates to an enhanced sense of self-confidence and "unstoppability" in life. They will learn by practicing specifically designed drills and techniques in an intensive, but fun, basketball setting.
What do the kids need to bring to camp?
Your child will need to bring a clean, regulation-size, fully-inflated basketball. They will also need proper basketball shoes and apparel. Shorts and t-shirts are appropriate. You will want to provide them with a lunch, snacks, and a full spill-proof water bottle. (There are no refrigerators available, so pack accordingly.) The most important thing the kids need to bring is a good attitude and a willingness to work hard and to learn.
Are these overnight camps?
Almost all of our camps take place during the day only, many during weekdays, others on weekends. In all cases, you will need to make arrangements to drop off and pick up your child each day.
Do the boys and girls practice and play together?
All campers are separated into different groups by age, gender, and skill level but sometimes they may play together.
Will each student camper get individual time with the coaches?
This is one of the aspects that separates Advantage Basketball Camps from other sports camps. With our highly-skilled counselors they able to make an impact with their individual attention to students.
What is the benefit in returning to camp again and again?
Students benefit greatly from additional sessions of Advantage Basketball Camps. On each return trip to camp, students work on mastering the lessons from previous sessions. This strengthens the "muscle memory" started in the initial camp. Additionally, as students progress, the learn higher level skills. Many of our campers have attended 4, 5, or more sessions with us.
What qualifications and experience to Advantage Basketball Camps coaches and counselors have?
Our seven top counselors all have college basketball experience. Many are former students. All receive specialized training from Advantage Basketball Camps founder, Michael Hummel. Several have been with us for several years. Counselors routinely receive praise from parents and students for their abilities.
Does Advantage Basketball Camps utilize the same drills at every camp?
Yes. The fundamental drills remain the same for all skill levels. As players progress in abilities, they are given higher level drills and ball-handling moves to practice and work on.
Can my child miss a day or half-day during a camp? Will this put them behind?
It is not uncommon for kids to occasionally miss a day or have to leave early or arrive late on some days due to various reasons. We realize that family schedules require flexibility. If they miss instructions for a new drill or ball-handling move, we will ensure they get time with a camp counselor to bring them back up to speed.
My child is only 7 or 8 years old. Will this camp be too intense or hard for them?
It may be. Our camps are a lot of work. We do have special counselors trained to work with this young age group. We do not push them as hard as the older age groups. Some kids will move up with the older kids; most will stay at their age level. There are very few children who cannot meet the rigors of practice, or who do not have the stamina or physical abilities required.
My child is in high school. Is he/she too old for this camp?
We have a lot of high school kids who attend our camps. Most of the drills and teaching techniques used at Advantage Basketball Camps are the same ones used at the college level. The camps are great preparation for college-level competition.
Will my child be safe at Advantage Basketball Camps?
Safety is our number one priority. Since our founding in 1987, we have never had a child who has been seriously hurt. We are proud of this record. Advantage Basketball Camps has very strict rules. For example:
Campers are expected to never leave the gym alone, except to use the restroom, and then they are supposed to use the buddy system.
All campers using the restroom must go with another camper as a "buddy".
All counselors are expected to never be in a compromising situation with campers. When talking with campers about personal issues, our policy is to have two counselors present.