Attending women's basketball camp is a good idea during the lengthy basketball recruiting process. Camp can benefit a high school girl’s hoops player in many ways.
- High school girl’s basketball players can improve their game with the help of the training provided by college basketball coaches and players. This high-level instruction is extremely helpful for underclassmen who want to develop their skills.
- Girl’s basketball camps provide a level of exposure to college women’s basketball programs. But it’s important for recruits to realize that there’s not really much chance of being “discovered” at a camp. Coaches already familiar with you may evaluate your skills at a camp. But if they don’t know who you are when you show up, it’s likely they won’t know who you are when you leave.
- Camp lets you see how stack up against other talented high school basketball players. Exposure to standout hoops players can provide a good idea of the skills you need to work on the most.
- A college basketball camp lets you get a feel for campus life. You get to check out a school’s dorms, athletic facilities and other aspects of the school. This experience can help make the decision easier when it comes to choosing where you want to play college hoops.
Choosing a Women's Basketball Camp
It’s important to do your research when choosing a girl’s basketball camp. It’s also a good idea to decide if you’re going to basketball camp mainly for exposure or to work on your game.
If you want to gain exposure go to a basketball camp at a college that’s recruiting you. Remember, coaches aren’t scouting unknown players at basketball camps, so go to a camp where they already know who you are. Find out what women’s basketball coaches will be in attendance, get in touch with them, and let them know you’re coming.
If your reason for basketball camp is to improve your skills, learn as much as you can about the camp’s coaching staff. How much experience do they have? Do they have a history of winning? Do they have a habit of producing outstanding women’s basketball players? Find someone who’s been to the camp before and ask them about the level of athletic talent you should expect.
What’s the difference between invite-only “elite” camps and college basketball camps?
Elite girl’s basketball camps are generally invitation only, which means that there’s usually a high level of talent at the camp. High-quality instruction at these camps, plus a few days of scrimmaging against high-level girl’s basketball players, is excellent for player development. Getting invited to a camp isn’t always easy and you will likely need to ask your coach to submit a letter recommending you if you want to be considered.
College basketball camps are run by college women’s basketball coaches, and can also provide excellent basketball instruction. But a college basketball camp can also give a basketball recruit the chance to become familiar with the basketball program that she’s considering. Attending camp at a college that you’re interested in gives you the chance to see the school’s campus and athletic facilities, as well as gain some familiarity with the coaching staff.
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