Finding a productive activity to occupy their kids’ time during the summer is something many parents face. In the case of young adults and teens, the kids themselves often feel that they should have something better to do during the holidays beyond visits to the mall and the movies.
If you or your kid are inclined towards sports, this article may just help you find your ideal summer activity. If you have an avid interest in Basketball, want to attain a sports scholarship to college, or simply want to make it into the big leagues. Consider joining a basketball camp.
It is something professional basketball trainers encourage their trainees to do in the summer. While many people decide to join an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) program, there are better, more specialized Basketball camps available as well that can help you hone your talent.
A common perception is that Basketball camps are just for 7 to 12-year-olds. In reality, though, there are many quality summer basketball camps out there for high school-age players. The Keith Coleman Basketball Coaching (KCBC) is one such camp that caters to an older, more mature-minded demographic.
Owned and operated by Coach Keith Coleman, KCBC aims to motivate and groom its attendees into well-rounded sports enthusiasts. A military veteran with decades of experience in training, coaching, and education, Coach Coleman always encourages his players, including his high school students, to go to basketball camps in the summer, be it the KCBC or some other one.
Coach Coleman is considered one of the top basketball trainers in America and has written five books to share his expertise. Often called “The Free Throw Doctor,” Coach Coleman has trained and advised basketball players from all levels of the game. His basketball training program has gathered much praise from college coaches, pro players, and the like.
Coach Coleman sees his players being trained and evaluated by other coaches as an advantage.
“It is another set of eyes.” He says, sipping a cool can of soda. “I like to hear the unbiased observations of summer camp coaches about my players. It allows me to see where my players can do better and how I can adapt my programs to help them overcome the challenges they face. Constructive feedback is something I have always appreciated.”
Coach Coleman believes that training should be more than just a bunch of exercises and diets. He is of the view that anyone who enters his program should leave as a well-rounded professional, having received an array of skills, conditioning, and mental training.
Having gathered much success on his own, one would wonder why Coach encourages his pupils to work with other coaches. The answer is one you would receive from any dedicated teacher.
“If they (the coaches) see [the same qualities in the player as] what I see, it will only serve to reinforce the value and self-perception that I have tried to nurture in my student. “And if they (the coaches) see something I have missed, then it will allow me to work on that part of the player’s game which is weak and aim for improvement. I have always encouraged my players to seek a second opinion so that they can utilize their full potential”.
One of his high school players who took Coach Coleman’s advice of joining external basketball camps to heart is junior year student Dalton White. Dalton is an upcoming 6’3”, a 180-pound sports enthusiast who plays at Legacy Prep Academy in The Woodlands, Texas.
“Some say it takes a village to raise a child. I say it takes a whole basketball community to train a player,” says Coach Coleman.
In keeping with the advice of his mentor, Dalton has attended four separate basketball camps organized by different universities this summer, namely the University of Houston, Grand Canyon University, Tarleton State University, and Dallas Baptist University.
“I enjoyed all of the camps I attended,” said White. “Each camp gave me a different perspective of the game. I want to play in college so being instructed by college coaches helped me see what it is going to take to play at the next level.”
White has been a two-year starter at his school and is looking to make big strides this coming season.
“I knew I had to raise my training level this off-season going into my junior year, and working with Coach Coleman has allowed me to do just that,” he explains.
“Dalton is a sponge when it comes to basketball knowledge. He is a fast learner, works extremely hard, and is very coachable. I am sure his basketball performance will be sought after by many different college systems in the future.”, says his Coach proudly.
As the summer holidays enter their last month, remember that there is one more healthy, productive summer activity for young adults to partake in. Many basketball camps are aiming for exactly this time slot to explore the next generation of Basketball talent, and there is sure to be one near you, too, for younger kids, teenagers, and young adults alike.