USA Basketball Announces New Virtual Skills Camps for Young Athletes
Featuring on-screen skills instruction and drill work, USA Basketball will host two USA Basketball Virtual Skills Camps in October 2020. Basketball players of all abilities will have the opportunity to develop basketball fundamentals such as footwork, ball handling, shooting form, fitness and recovery in a remote setting through online video conferencing.
The USA Basketball Virtual Skills Camps, hosted by Pro Skills Basketball, will be offered at two ability levels, based on the USA Basketball player development curriculum.
The foundational camp will teach basic fundamentals of the game and will break down instruction to teach one skill at a time, helping players, typically 12 years old and younger, establish a solid foundation and comfort level with basketball and their balance. The inaugural foundational camp will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesdays on October 13, 20 and 27.
The advanced camp will incorporate multiple skills and instructions together as players, usually 13-18 years old, challenge themselves through stationary and movement drills, often competing with time and score. The debut advanced camp is set for 7-8:30 p.m. EDT on Thursdays on Oct. 15, 22 and 29.
Whether it is a foundational or advanced camp, no two sessions will be alike. On-screen skills trainers will demonstrate drills and lead camp for one hour of basketball instruction. USA Basketball camp coaches will monitor participants and will provide real-time feedback on performance. Each camp session will conclude with a special guest video chat to discuss life skills education or a questions and answer block.
“USA Basketball Virtual Skills Camps have been created to help address the continued development of young basketball players during this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO. “The Virtual Skill Camps will be an opportunity to connect with young, aspiring basketball players and will provide instructions and live feedback to help them continue to develop their skills in this new environment, while keeping the participants safe. USA Basketball’s Youth & Sport Development division has diligently worked to develop comprehensive programming that will be fun, interactive and effective for all ability levels. And by being virtual, we’re able to offer this new programming to more young players than ever before.”
Registration is available online and each camp is $90 per participant. Registration includes three skills sessions and a guest speaker video chat and space will be limited.
No basketball hoop is required, and participants can log into a video conference room via a private link from any computer, table or mobile device, provided they have a good internet connection.
Participants will need one basketball, proper athletic clothes and shoes and an adequate space for drills, such as a bedroom, garage, driveway, etc.
All inquiries related to USA Basketball Virtual Skills Camps should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-996-3888.