In this part of the globe, summer time (March to May) is not just a season for sand and sea. While we have some of the best beaches on the planet, we probably also have the most basketball-related activities in the world during the summer. Proof of this is the fact that you won’t find any empty basketball court in the country during this period. Even the barangay courts are fully booked from sunrise till late at night. Tournaments are being held simultaneously nationwide. Needless to say, summer in the Philippines is basketball-fun season.
But apart from competitions, basketball clinics and camps also abound during this time. Parents, kids and young adults have numerous clinics to choose from, from the mini barangay-run clinics to school-based camps to the more prominent and commercialized ones. Without a doubt, joining these clinics is a great way for youngsters to spend the summer. It’s not just fun but also healthy. And kids get to gain new friends.
But not all clinics can be worth your child’s precious break from the classroom. Here are some guidelines to choosing the best basketball camp for your child:
Inquire about the credentials of the camp director and his teaching staff.
You don’t need a well-known coach or former pro star to lead the hoops camp for your child. Some lesser known coaches can be better teachers of the sport. It’s not really about how successful the coach is in his career. But it sure makes sense to check the credentials of the camp’s teaching staff if they have the experience and skills to teach. Basketball is not really a simple sport because it involves so many skills – ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and defending among others. Participants also need to learn about techniques in jumping, proper footwork, and making the right decisions. More importantly, the best clinics also teach life lessons and leadership. And so, you need to have credible coaches to preach these.
Ask for the camp module or program.
Take a look at the camp’s program to see if it suits your child’s needs. Some drills might be too advanced. Some might be too boring.
Check the schedule of sessions and actual venues.
Different camps have different schedules. Parents tend to ignore this only to find out later on that some sessions run smack into the family outing. Inspect the venue as well if it’s safe and accessible.
Ask around for feedbacks from past clinics.
It’s best to ask other parents or kids about their experiences with the same clinic. Was it fun enough? Did they learn much? Was it a rip off?
Some kids are veteran campers. They’ve been to different clinics. Ask them or their parents which clinics are the best in town.
When you’ve selected a clinic for your child, here are some tips to get more value for your money:
Accompany your child and observe.
It’s a lot of fun to watch your child go through the drills. Even bring a video cam. You can also evaluate each session and make comments or suggestions to the director.
Take notes of teaching points.
Kids tend to forget a lot of important details. To help them learn faster, take notes of the important lessons so you can remind them later on.
Encourage your child but don’t give instructions during the clinic.
You can cheer or give encouraging words to your child while doing the drills or playing in competitions. But never rule the roost and overshadow the coaches. It’s not your clinic.
Ask the clinician for feedbacks about your child’s progress.
It’s always good to ask the coach about his evaluation of your child’s progress. This way, you’ll know if your kid can be the next Kiefer Ravena.
Review at home.
Learning doesn’t stop after the clinic. You’d want your child to keep improving and advance to the next level. This means you must continue the work at home. Anyway, it’s much better than those darn video games.
But the utmost goal must be for your child to have fun and make the most of his or her two-month summer vacation.