Choosing a Camp
Many, many basketball camps have sprung up throughout the East. Everyone, it seems, is holding a camp. While some camps are good, most are average at best and camps with speakers are the worst. Camps that have speakers in the morning and speakers in the afternoon should pay you to attend their camp.

DAYS/NIGHTS - Players should go to an overnight camp that is at least 4 days. Anything less is too short. With tryouts the first day and All Star games the last day, you should have 2 full days of games, instruction and tournaments between the first and last day.

FACILITIES - When you pay for a camp, you can expect to play all games on indoor courts. If a camp plays their games outdoors, find another camp. You can play outdoors at home for free. Additionally, every gym should have a trainer on duty. Dorms should be air-conditioned.

COMPETITION - Many camps offer little competition. You get great satisfaction to be the MVP at camp, but the best player improves the least. Attend a camp that has your level of competition or better. If you are a college prospect, you should go to an All Star oriented camp. You should have at least one hour of station drills per day and competitive tournaments (1-on-1, 2-on-2, 3-on-3, free throw and three point).

TEAM CAMPS - Don't even consider going to a team camp with only 8-12 teams. There will either be too much competition and you'll lose every game by 20 or there will not be enough competition and you'll win every game by 20. You should go to a camp with at least 2-3 different leagues with 2-3 different levels of competition so you can play close to your level.
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