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USA Basketball To Conduct Regional Girls Skills Development Camp In Illinois October 17-19

  • Date:
    Oct 16, 2014

-- Five Coaches From Illinois Schools Named Court Coaches For Clinic --

USA Basketball’s first-ever Girls Regional Skills Development Camp will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Romeoville Athletic and Event Center, Romeoville, Illinois.  The Skills Development Camp, open to any female basketball player currently in 8th through 12th grade, will combine on-court skills lessons and scrimmages with off-court educational sessions.

Serving as camp director is USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director Carol Callan, while Jill Rankin Schneider (Monterey H.S., Texas), head coach of the gold medalist 2012 USA U17 World Championship and 2011 USA U16 Championship teams, and a 1980 U.S. Olympic Team member and 1979 USA World Championship Team gold medalist, will serve as the lead clinician.

USA Basketball also announced that five head coaches from schools in Illinois have been selected to assist at the camp as court coaches.  Court coaches will assist in demonstrating and instructing basketball fundamentals to the camp participants, and coaching teams during scrimmages during the clinic’s three days.

Selected to serve as court coaches for the clinic will be Kennedy King Community College (Chicago, Ill.) women’s basketball head coach Brittany Johnson; Dominican University (River Forest, Ill.) women’s basketball head coach Gabby Johnson; University of St. Francis (Joliet, Ill.) women’s basketball head coach Samantha Quigley; New Trier High School (Winnetka, IL) girls basketball head coach Teri Rogers; and Roosevelt University (Chicago, Ill.) women’s basketball head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells.

"This camp is a great opportunity for players of any level to improve their skills and to learn from USA Basketball National Team caliber coaches and an outstanding group of five court coaches from the area," Callan said. "Over the three day Skills Development Camp, players will be involved in sessions focused on fundamentals, scrimmages, a 3x3 tournament, and additionally, there will be several off-court education sessions."

Cost of the USA Basketball Skills Development Camp is $120 and includes a USA Basketball jersey and sports accident insurance. Registration can be completed online at

The camp will feature a total of six sessions, one on Oct. 17, three sessions on Oct. 18 and two sessions on Oct. 19.

The Skills Development Camp will focus on basketball fundamentals like footwork, shooting, passing, ball handling, offensive and defensive techniques, offensive and defensive concepts, scrimmages and a 3x3 tournament. The educational sessions will feature discussions on achieving maximum performance, nutrition and hydration, how to watch video and diagram plays, and for players and their parents, a session will be held on how to be supportive and what athletes want.

About USA Basketball

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States.  As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

In 2013, USA Basketball added a Youth Development Division to its organization, which is tasked with the development of youth basketball initiatives that will promote, grow and elevate the game.

USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's World Cup and women's FIBA World Championship; men's and women's FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship; the Youth Olympic Games Women’s 3x3 competition and the FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world-ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.

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