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USA Basketball Gold Camps

Q. WHAT ARE USA BASKETBALL GOLD CAMPS?

A. USA Basketball Gold Camps are advanced-level basketball camps for 7th and 8th grade athletes. With skill instruction led by 10-time USA Basketball gold medalist head coach Don Showalter and USA Basketball licensed coaches, players train and receive top coaching instruction to improve their individual skill set, 3x3 and 5x5 game play and character on and off the court. Gold Camps are a place to get better by competing with and against top talent across the country.

Q. HOW MANY GOLD CAMPS WILL THERE BE?

A. USA Basketball will hold two Gold Camps for boys and two Gold Camps for girls in 2022. 

  • Boys Gold Camp - Richmond: May 28-29, 2022
  • Girls Gold Camp - Richmond: May 29-30, 2022
  • Girls Gold Camp - Omaha: September 3-4, 2022
  • Boys Gold Camp - Omaha: September 4-5, 2022

Q. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR GOLD CAMPS?

A.

  • Gold Camp - Richmond: Athletes who are in the 7th grade or 8th grade for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Gold Camp - Omaha: Athletes who are in the 7th grade, 8th grade, or 9th grade for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

Q. HOW DO I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

A. Apply online through each camp’s registration page:

Applications require basic player and parent information along with supporting documents to showcase the athlete’s character and skills.

Following submission, all applications will be reviewed with responses sent within 14 days. Accepted athletes will be required to submit medical information and payment to confirm their spot.

Q. WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

A. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until one month prior to each camp.

  • Gold Camp - Richmond, the deadline will be 11:59 pm ET on April 28, 2022.
  • Gold Camp - Omaha, the deadline will be 11:59 pm ET on August 3, 2022.

Q. WHAT TAKES PLACE AT CAMP ON AND OFF-COURT SESSIONS?

A. Athletes at Gold Camps will receive on-court skill instruction and off-court leadership development. Athletes will engage in drills involving footwork, ball handling, passing, and shooting along with live game play of 3x3 and 5x5. Off court leadership development includes, but is not limited to: player DNA, social media usage and how to train on your own. 

Q. CAN PARENTS OR SPECTATORS WATCH CAMP SESSIONS?

A. Each camp will have set times where parents and/or guardians can watch athletes play and also specific off-court sessions catered for parents and/or guardians in which to participate. Those times will be communicated via email as the camp date approaches. All parents and/or guardians will be required to follow USA Basketball COVID-19 protocols which will include masking when in the facility.  Due to space limitations, camp will not be open to general spectators.

Q. HOW CAN I APPLY TO BE A CAMP COACH?

A. If you are interested in being a camp coach, please fill out this FORM. If selected, a USA Basketball staff member will reach out with next steps.

Q. ARE GOLD CAMPS TIED TO USA BASKETBALL JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAMS?

A. Gold Camps are not associated with the USA Basketball Junior National Teams. Athletes who attend Gold Camps may get noticed by USA Basketball staff which could lead to future opportunities, but camps are not a try out or prerequisite for the men's or women's USA Junior National Team program.

Q. CAN I APPLY FOR BOTH CAMPS? 

A. Skill instruction and off-court sessions at each camp may be similar, but each camp remains unique based off of the athletes involved and the coaches working the camp. Athletes can apply for both camps and have the opportunity to sharpen their skills and develop further as a leader.

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR COVID-19 PROTOCOLS?

A. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 conditions, local jurisdictions and CDC recommendations until Gold Camps begin. Protocols will be confirmed and sent to parents and/or guardians as the event approaches. The health and safety of all participants including athletes, coaches, officials, and event staff is of utmost priority. Vaccination status, COVID-19 history and medical clearance will be required of all athletes.

Q. WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

A. All registration transactions are final. There will be no refunds provided, unless the camp must be canceled by USA Basketball. Should a cancellation occur, USA Basketball will refund all entry fees.

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  • Author:
    Steve Drumwright, Red Line Editorial
  • Date:
    Mar 17, 2022

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