Advantage Basketball Camps
Need To Know Camp Info
Hosting camps for over 20 years, Advantage Basketball Camps are held year-round in locations across the United States. They also have camps in Australia and Europe!
What I really like about Advantage is how they describe their basketball fundamentals and coaching methods. Basically what they teach campers and how they teach it to them.
Having a camp philosophy is important. Philosophy may not always come out in words at camp. It will comes out in how counselors motivate the campers and how lessons are taught.
Advantage Basketball Fundamentals
At Advantage Basketball Camps (ABC), Campers will learn important fundamentals.
An example given on ABC’s website is the correct way to dribble a basketball for making moves. Once campers learn the dribble, they will work on the particular movement over and over again.
ABC calls it drilling repetition.
The repetition helps the camper develop learn muscle memory in the basketball fundamental. ABC is huge on muscle memory.
In this example once muscle memory develops the dribbling move can be done quicker. Less thinking is involved.
Campers go through the repetitive drilling process for several basketball fundamentals.
The repetitive drills are intensive sports training for results and is definitely not a daycare environment.
See the videos below for more examples of drills.
Advantage Basketball Coaching Method
No other camp goes into detail like ABC does about how they coach campers.
On their website, Advantage discusses why some lessons are better taught by college athletes and some by older campers.
ABC also has put a lot of thought into how a camper is motivated. They always encourage an environment that fosters positive learning.
ABC even goes so far as to discuss a camper’s physical, emotional and mental game.
I recommend reading the parent-player pledge. It outlines what a parent can do so their son or daughter gets the most out of camp.
There’s also a great background story about why founder Michael Hummel started Advantage.
I’m not going to give you the whole background but it is definitely worth a read.
Top 2 Basketball Camps in the Country?
Advantage Basketball Camps boasts that Sports Illustrated ranked them as one of the top two camps in the country.
That’s a great accolade. However, I do have an issue with it.
The SI article is from 2007. So it is a bit dated. And I couldn’t read the article on their website because the font was too small.
Regardless, to be listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the “Top 2 Camps” in the past 10 years is still awesome.
Advantage Basketball Camps Discounts
Have a whole team or group of friends that want to go to camp together? Sign up a group and you’ll save money on every camper!
You must have a group of at least 5 campers to get a discount. Get 10 kids together and save even more!
You can also add the group discount to an early bird discount to save the most money. I like that!
Few More Important Points
- If your’e looking for an overnight camp, you might want to pass on ABC. There are very few overnight camps.
- Campers often attend 2 or 3 camps throughout the year. That’s a benefit of having camps hosted year round. Going to several camps helps build the repetitive drilling muscle memory. And as a camper progresses in drills they can develop higher level skills.
- Every camp listed has a flyer that breaks down the camp details. The flyer is where you can read about camp expectations, testimonials, location, dates, and cost.
Advantage Basketball Camp Swag
I don’t believe Advantage gives away any basketball gear at camp. When you sign up for a camp on their website you can purchase an Advantage basketball or t-shirt.
I will say I was a little disappointed in the camp swag department.
Advantage Basketball Camp Wrap-Up
Advantage is one of the longest running camps with many camp locations.
Our camp reviews below are mixed. But, you have to remember they teach thousands of campers every year. With that large amount of kids there’s bound to be negative experiences.
Remember, every camp will be run by a different camp director. So you can’t discount all the camps on a few bad experiences.
It may be difficult to find someone, but the best way to figure out if a camp well run is to ask a former camper’s parents how their experience was.
Alright I hope you have a better idea of what ABC is all about.
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Must Watch Advantage Basketball Camp Videos
A parent’s behind the scenes look at an Advantage Camp:
Great into to Advantage Basketball:
An older video, but still informative:
Camp & Reviews and Q&A
Definitely going back
I was worried that since Boyd was on the younger side that they would be ignored, but that wasn't the case at all! It was a good sized group by they still got some personal attention and came back with a lot of new skills.
I will definitely be sending them back to this camp!
Coaches love what they do
My son LOVED camp. I was concerned that an entire day would be too much and though he was tired at the end of the day, he was excited to get up and go the next morning.
The coaches love what they do and that translates to the kids. We can't wait for summer to do another camp!
My son felt proud and accomplished
My son improves his skills significantly each time he participates in an Advantage Basketball camp.
I sat in on a session once and was thoroughly impressed at the way the coaches had the kids working hard. They run things in an organized and disciplined way. They demand respect from the kids to the point where there is no goofing around during camp. I saw no kids screwing around and not paying attention. Each one was doing exactly what was expected. That was impressive.
They also had fun - I saw plenty of smiles. My son came away from camp feeling proud and accomplished. I wish all sports camps produced these kind of results in such a positive way. :-)
Had a great experience
My son has done multiple camps here and has loved every one. During one of the camps, he got pretty sick and had to miss a coupe days of the camp.
I talked directly with Michael afterwards about making up the days and without hesitation he said " Bring him in anytime for the weekly drop in sessions, or he can get extra work in another future camp."
No paperwork to fill out, just an old fashioned hand shake agreement. Months later I went to sign him up for the spring break camp and Michael remembered our conversation and simply told me to sign him up for the 3 day camp and bring him for all days. It was super easy to do.
The staff is made up of very nice young adults and it is fun to watch them bond with the kids. It is a good mix of strict teaching but done in a way that the kids really respond to. You can tell that all the coaches sincerely enjoy being around the kids. When it is free time, you always see the coaches having fun with the kids. We have been many times and I expect many more.
My son's skills have really improved and he stood out among all his peers this year in basketball league. Since attending the camp, he has a basketball in his hands every chance he can get. I think everybody should try this camp out if their kids love basketball.
I Recommend Them
The coaching staff was very professional. My son learned a lot in a short period of time. I recommend Advantage Camps over all of the others
Advantage Camp - SCAM
SCAM! SCAM! SCAM! As early as 5 days before the camp, we received an email that is periodically mailed out with the camp's info. It confirmed the date and location was still the same. My husband and son showed up to find no one there. The school location says they hadn't heard of any camp occurring there at all. Tried to call the camp and email the camp. No response!
Update: I called around to all the "future" locations trying to confirm if Advantage Camps was scheduled at their venues. Some said yes and some said they hasn't heard of them at all. Quit frustrating!
Eventually, I got a hold of a coach in Arizona. She was able to help me and get a refund.
Apparently, the venue had changed and they didn't email me. Poorly organized, but not a scam.
Would attend again
The Advantage Basketball Camp is the camp for those athletes who are serious about basketball and want to take their game to the next level. The camp is focused on ball handling and shooting.
No matter how good you are with the ball or how good your shot is you can always get better. By the end of the first day I felt that I improved my handles. Some of my friends who went to the camp did not like it. They thought it was not as fun as other camps they attended this summer, but their definition of fun was scrimaging and playing knockout the whole camp. In the Advantage camp they hardly did any of this, but focused on elavating your game. For me the camp was a blast because I knew that I was improving my game and getting closer to my goal of playing at the college and professional level. So again if you are a basketball player that would do anything to better your game this camp is for YOU!
(1) Will definateley improve your ballhandiling
(2) Helps with shooting form.
(3) Has some great instructors that give wonderful advice.
(1) Needs to focus on a little more defense.
(2) The camp should end 2 hours earlier each day so your body does not burn out.
I would attend this camp again next year.
Would Not Recommend
This camp is not high level training. The head trainer is only there half of the day and during the other half of the day we were taught by a middle School coach who never had played basketball in high school. Instead of doing intensive professional drills we did receptive basic dribbling drills for the majority of the day.
I would not recommend this camp to anyone who wants to have fun or learn advanced drills. If you need a daycare that doesn't provide food then I would recommend this camp. Advantage basketball is just a name and they hire random coaches to run each different camp. It is not a professional group of people traveling from place to place.
My 13 year old son went for 3 days out of 5. The kids were packed like sardines in the much too small gym. They were not given individual attention. It looked like a factory with little if no care shown by the counselors.
I spoke to the owner Michael about my son's concerns. He was hostile and very condescending. He told me it's only for kids who are hard workers. My son bikes 25 miles at a time and has more energy and stamina than most. I was very respectful to him yet he continued to be very defensive about the program. To me, it seems like the camp is about making money. Enroll as many kids as you can, telling people that they have the best coaches (best? maybe best players but not best or even close to it with working with kids).
Bottom line: impersonal, uncaring enviroment with questionable methods of endless repetitions that doesn't hold up to the science of how to best learn a sport. Who cares how accomplished the coaches/counselors are? That's just important for their resume.
Don't Waste Your Money
Third camp child has attended. This camp was held at the new training location in Kenmore, WA. and was for "advanced" players, being coached by "top trainers".
First day of camp was total chaos, with other groups sharing the court. On the fourth day of camp, campers were left unattended on the court for the better part of two hours. Child was injured at camp due to camper kicking a basketball. Coach was not on court when this incident occurred. Director/owner of camp was notified of incident and has never contacted parents to inquire about injury or to offer an explanation as to why campers were left unattended with a "shooting machine" to baby sit them during the time the "Professional" coach was busy in the office. No offer to right this situation, refused to refund money in full for future camp. "Professional coach" was not at camp one day, and the coach who ran camp on the last day was the owners son who has no professional experience.
Camp does not live up to Mission statement which states "Advantage Basketball Camps provides a clean, safe, positive environment for our youth to lean and grow..... "
Do your Homework First
Check the court records of advantage staff before taking their clinics or having them coach your kids. Several persons affiliated with Advantage Basketball Camps have serious criminal records. Washington State maintains a database of court records. Don't assume this organization does criminal background checks on its coaches and other personal, because it either doesn't, or it ignores the results when people have serious records.
Don't Waste Time or Money!
Don't waste your money!!! Very disappointed! If your child is not learning anything they will not refund your money! It is very basic skills and they don't put older kids with age group. My daughter who plays varsity was doing drills that the younger kids were doing. Not high intensity anything. Called Coach K and got very negative response since it was only day one. Very disappointed and a waste of my money. Would not recommend!
Our son did two camps in the summer. One camp in Edmonds was very organized, but he did a camp in Monroe and it was very chaotic and disorganized. We figured it must just be this one camp.
Well, we had him tryout for the 5th grade team for ABC. I do not think there is much communication between Mike Hummel and the coaches. There is so much confusion and minimal communication to the parents of what is going on. It is like one hand is not sure what the other hand is doing.
It really is a shame because they make statements on their website about being the top 2 camps. In their mission statement it mentions that emphasis is placed on establishing "Christian morals". This is very interesting because we have found that the leadership has lied to us on multiple occasions. There obviously is very little honesty and integrity in this organization.
It is too bad Pete Marovich is not running this because it would be done so much better and with more accountability. The skills being taught are great, but the parents are left out to dry as far as knowing what is going on. Not to mention we are paying alot of money for this program and receiving mediocre treatment from management and coaches. Look elsewhere!!!
Summer with ABC: Just Great!
My 12 yr old son just finished his 5 days at ABC (Aguora Hills, CA) and he had the best time! We are from Italy and my son was very interested in trying a camp with coaches from NBA & NCAA backgrounds. He learned a lot and improved his game! All the coaches (there were always 2 each day for 30 players) were great with students of all ages - they were attentive and patient yet authoritative.
Coach Carlos in particular was outstanding, even dedicating some 1on1 time with my son as well as with other students who were interested (thank you coach Carlos!). The drills were excellent and demanding. The gym (Aguora High) was clean and exceptional. Next time we're in the States, my son would definitely do this camp again, if possible.
Horrible Experience - Wont go back
My son attended this day camp last summer in Edmonds WA. He signed up with a friend, and both kids have played basketball and enjoy the sport. The camp was 9-5. There were at least 50 if not more kids packed into the gym. Very little supervision, Mike Hummel did make a couple choice appearances, and other than that it was just no-name coaches supervising and teaching the kids. The kids were only allowed to leave the gym to use the bathroom for the entire 8 hours. Their 'breaks' were drinking water and eating snacks and lunches on the sidelines of the gym. When they were finished eating they would get up and shoot around.
The COACHES would step outside, and have their lunch in the sun, leaving a gym full of unsupervised kids - ages 8-15. There were safety and bullying issues, I brought it up to Mike Hummel and he chastised me for speaking badly about his program. 'there is a reason we are rated by sports illustrated....blah blah blah.' After the first day my son was tired, sore, had blisters on his feet and didn't want to go back.
Not at all a fun camp, yes he did improve some of his ball handling skills, but the overall experience was horrible. I ended up picking him up early the last few days of the camp, I just felt bad about leaving him in an unsafe, not fun, boot-camp like environment. My son was 8 at the time, and before we signed up for the camp I talked with someone at the Advantage office if this is an appropriate camp for an 8 year old. I was assured this would be a good camp for him. Boy was I wrong. The camp was nothing like the fliers and website said it would be.
Horrible camp, My son attended 5 day Roseville, CA July 2012. Started late everyday, 45-50 mins of calisthenics followed by a 15 min water break. 1 coach 3 helpers for 60 kids ages 6-15. Very little instruction, all on 1 court. ( 5 open courts.) Mostly shadow drills, kids would get another 15 min break 40 mins before lunch. 3 15 min shot drills(total) in 5 days, 1 15 min D drill all week, some unnecessary, trick drills. No correction given. Lunch always ran long, an hour talk given by 1 of the unqualified helpers, another 30 mins of calisthenics.
Called ABC mid camp but the person I spoke with, (when i asked his named he paused for a while then said, Chris, reluctantly.), said he had other lines flashing and wanted me to tell the coach to call him. Next day I called ABC again, same guy answered . I told him the coach was still doing 50 mins of calisthenics, asked him if he was Chris, he answered, sure . He told me that I didn t have the coach call him and that he had other lines flashing.
Mike Hummel or Chris or whoever he is does not care. DO NOT let your child attend an ABC camp, trust me!! P.S. Kids never got t shirts.
Worth The Money
My Son attended camp at Curtis HS.
It's well worth the money & time invested, lot of reps w/ ball handling & good workouts as well, could use some attention in the area of grouping kids with appropriate ages when scrimmaging though. We would attend again.
No Safety Procedures
An intense program great for the kids skills but many of the kids got hurt. Do not send your young ones to this camp. My son broke his finger no one took care of him or called me. He sat for 2 hours on the side line until the camp day was over. No one questioned why he wasn't playing or why he was crying.
I tried to explain my concern about the safety procedures at camp to the owner and he really didn't care what I had to say and gave me the tough it out attitude.
Question: For all the parents with Complaints - Did you contact the national camp operator?? You could possibly find a person to contact on their site. I'm sure he or she will want to know if a camp is poorly run. Maybe they'll give you a refund. Hopefully they read this site!