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Basketball Summer Camps

In the Zone conducts some of the best basketball camps in the area. What sets us apart? We teach the game, drill the game and practice the right way. We don’t waste time playing knock-out or taps and we don’t do much 5 v 5 scrimmaging full court (except during the Scrimmage Camp).

Camp Philosophy:

Our camps are designed to teach more than what is done at the typical school camp. We believe in detailed instruction on both fundamentals and more advanced moves. We go beyond the basics and believe that with the proper instruction and ample practice time, most kids are capable of performing advanced moves. We break things down, step by step, focusing on proper footwork, correct body position and efficient technique. They’ll never know what they can accomplish until they try. For example, we’ve had first graders dribbling between their legs and shooting from 12’ on a regulation height rim while maintaining near perfect form.

We don’t do much scrimmaging at our camps, but when we do scrimmage, we mainly do controlled small side scrimmaging, 1 on 1, 2 on 2 and 3 on 3. This results in more touches per player and a more fundamentally centric half court game. It’s our experience that as soon as we go 5 on 5 full court, all the day’s hard work goes out the window and it’s run and gun time.

We also don’t waste large chunks of instruction time playing knock-out or running low-participation competitions (we’ll do a little of this to have some fun, but its not a significant part of the days activities and is never the focus of our efforts). For most of the camp, each athlete will have a ball in their hand and will be working on their game.

We also hate standing in lines. Inevitably, there will be lines for certain drills, but generally the lines are short (2-3 kids) and we strive to maximize reps. We have 18 baskets in the gym and limit the number of campers to 72 so that’s only 4 kids at a basket.

ITZ offers 10, week-long, specialized camps focusing our training on specific objectives:

Instructors:

The Camp Director is Steve Turpening, Owner and Founder of In the Zone. Steve is on the court and running the camps 99% of the time. Most of the assistant instructors are typically current or former Division II and III college players from schools like Bloomsburg, Kutztown, Moravian, DeSales etc.

All Camps, except the youth FUNdamental camp, are still accepting registrations as of 6/19/17 @ 1:30 pm

Our Camps 2017:

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Shooting Camps

For boys and girls grades 4-12

Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16

Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14
Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 11
9:00 am to 12:00 noon

One of our most popular camps; it’s one week of pure shooting. We spend the first day doing form shooting, breaking down the shot step by step, weaving instruction and practice sessions and ultimately by the end of that first day—having a great looking shot. The rest of the week we spend taking that great looking shot and making it work in various game like situations.

We’ll also cover shooting off the dribble, shooting off the pass, shooting with the 1-2, shooting with the hop, step backs, head fakes, jab steps, shooting under pressure and much more. If you want to develop your shot or just become a better shooter, this camp is for you. We’ll take at least 500 shots a day; 2,000 shots in a week.

Note about youngsters: The camp is open to 4th and 5th graders but they need to be able to shoot at a 10′ rim and have the focus and attention span to shoot for 3 hours 5 days straight.

Cost $110/week

Please Note: this isn’t a “fun” camp; we don’t play many games. We shoot. Parents should consider their kid’s attention span and love of shooting when deciding to attend the camp.

Point Guard Camp*

Point Guard Camp*

For boys and girls entering grades 5-12
Wednesday, July 5 – Friday, July 7, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm  (3 day camp)

Learn to run the team, control the game and be a leader. Recognize basic defensive sets and common ways to counter them. Emphasis on ball handling, driving, passing and court smarts. All the things the little guys need to know: 100 different ball handling drills, 50 different offensive moves (straight line moves, change of direction moves, combination moves), 21 different passes, attacking the basket, beating your opponent off the dribble using the pro-hop and Euro-step, beating a shot blocker, attacking zones, attacking full court pressure, beating half court traps, beating the double team, reading and reacting to the defense, running the fast break and the secondary break, basic offensive rotations and more. This camp does a lot of ball handling (dribbling) and provides enough practice time to become proficient at it.

Cost $120

“After this camp, my son was able to immediately implement some of the things he learned. I saw a definite improvement in his game. He started driving to the basket and had more confidence in his shot.” — J.B. Bethlehem
*Advanced Camp

Post Player Camps*

Post Player Camp*
For Centers and Power Forwards.

For boys and girls entering grades 5-12
Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14, 2017

Monday, Aug 7 to Friday, Aug 11, 2017

12:30 to 3:30 pm

Exclusively BIG MAN PLAY. Don’t just play big, learn to own the paint: Learn and practice over 35 offensive moves and 20 defensive reads. Learn the finer points and techniques of posting up, getting position, getting open, winning the arm and leg battle and defending the post. Learn to finish with dribble drop steps, drop steps, up and unders, Shaq spins, jump hooks, pro hops, baseline sweep moves, step back shots, pro-stance, passing, sealing, setting screens to score, using screens to score, inside-out plays, offensive rotations from the post…

Cost $95/week

*Advanced Camp

Ball Handling & Finishing Camps*

Ball Handling & FinishingCamp*
For boys and girls entering grades 5-12

Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16, 2017 and

Monday, July 17 – Friday July 21, 2017

12:30 to 3:30 pm

 

Not just dribbling although we’ll do alot of that, but learning how to put moves together to attack the basket. Killer Crossovers, Combination moves, using the body to sell the move and then finishing with 16 different lay-ups. Lots of ball handling drills including 2 ball and 3 ball dribbling, tennis ball drills, medicine ball drills, partner drills, wall drills and more. Want Handles? You’ll earn them at this camp.

Cost $95/week

*Advanced Camp

Offensive Skills and Scoring Camps*

Offensive Skills and Scoring Camp*
For boys and girls grades 5-12

Monday, June 19 – Friday June 23, 2017 and

Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 2017

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Like the offensive end of the court? Then this is your camp. This camp is a blend of all the other camps. We’ll build the shot like in the Shooting Camp (but won’t spend as much time on it). We’ll do ball handling and driving like in the Perimeter Camp. We’ll do post moves like in the Post Player Camp and we’ll run small sided scrimmages like the Scrimmage and Court IQ Camp. If you can only do one camp this summer, this is the one to do.

We’ll do form shooting, shooting off pass, dribble, using 1-2, hop, step backs, head fakes, jab steps and sweeps. We’ll do lay-ups but not just right and left handed: we’ll do over-hand, under-hand, baseline near side of rim, baseline reverse, near hand and far hand reverse lay-ups, wrong-handed lay-ups and front of rim lay-ups.

Ball Handling will focus on crossovers, in –and –outs, double crossovers, spins, retreat dribbles, between the legs, behind the back and combination moves.

Learn the two-man game which focuses on pick and rolls, give and goes, back door cuts and handoffs. Three-man game: using away screens, down screens, cross screens, offensive rotations and the 3 man weave.

This camp has it all.

Cost $180/week

*Advanced Camp

Court IQ & Scrimmage Camps*

Court IQ and Scrimmage Camp*
For boys and girls grades 5-12

Monday, June 26 to Friday, June 30, 2017 and
Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

THIS CAMP IS BEING OFFERED TWICE IN 2017!!

Like to scrimmage? In the Zone’s twist on scrimmaging is to start small and build up. Learn the skill, practice the skill, then use the skill in a controlled small side scrimmage. On Day 1 we’ll learn individual offensive skills and reads (ie jab step and drive) then play 1 on 1 to practice and reinforce the skill. Day 2 we do pick and roll, give and goes and then play 2 on 2. Wednesday it’s moving without the ball, coming off screens, screening away and then its 3 on 3 half court. Thursday and Friday we cover offensive and defensive rotations, attacking zones, presses and traps. Then we go full court and practice these sets in game like situations. This camp is uniquely fun and instructional at the same time.

We really work hard to keep the kids working on the right things during these scrimmages. Too many times, in camp environments, scrimmage time means run and gun—throw out everything you learned and go coast to coast as fast as you can and win at all costs. That’s not what we’re about.

Cost is $180/week

*Advanced Camp.

Scoring and Shooting Camp*

For boys and girls grades 5-12

Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Camp combines the best parts of the Shooting camp, Ball Handling and Finishing Camp: Jump Shots in the morning, Lay-ups and lots of dribbling in the afternoon. Learn and practice how to put the ball in the basket. Cost $180

Youth FUNdamentals Camps

Youth Skills Camp
For boys and girls entering grades 1-5
Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2017 and

Monday, Aug 7 – Friday, Aug 11, 2017 ******SOLD OUT as of 7/26/17**********

9:00 am to 12:00 noon

*THIS CAMP is SOLD OUT*

This is a fundamentals driven camp for the little ones. It is about learning basketball and having fun. Campers will learn a skill, drill it and then reinforce it while playing a variety of games. For example, a short 2 minute lesson on dribbling will be followed by a few drills and then a game of dribble tag. A short lesson on the jump stop will be followed by a game of Red Light—Green Light. Each game reinforces a specific basketball skill. The youngsters learn and practice solid basketball fundamentals while having fun and without those boring stand-in-line drills. This is a great way to teach kids. We also scrimmage but mostly keep it at 2 on 2 and 3 on 3. The last day we’ll do a 5 on 5 scrimmage to get the kids familiar with game procedures and full court concepts. Kids are grouped by age and ability but we also honor friend/sibling requests.

Cost $95/week

*ADVANCED CAMPS are not appropriate for beginners. Campers should have a couple years of playing experience, be able to perform a descent weak handed lay-up, shoot a 15’ jump shot and have a working knowledge of the rules of the game (traveling, fouling, blocking etc).

“My son has done camps all over NJ and the Poconos and the ones at In the Zone are by far the best. Coach Turpening goes into so much more detail and also explains when to use certain moves. No other camp can compare to In the Zone.” – J.H. Washington, NJ

“You guys really run nice camps. Not a lot of hype and you do what you say you are going to do. In fact you do more than you advertise. I wish all camps were like that. We’ll be back next summer.” – J.S. Clinton, NJ

Summer Camp Player Discounts:

  • AAU Discount: Current Members of the In the Zone AAU Basketball Club receive a 40% discount on ITZ run camps (cannot combine with any other discounts; not transferable).
  • Multi Camp discount: Sign up for a second camp and get 10% off the second camp. Take 20% off for a third camp, max discount 30%.
  • Sibling Discount: Each sibling receives a 10% discount.
  • Register with a buddy and both receive a 10% discount.**
  • Register with 2 buddies and both receive a 15% discount.**
  • Register with 3 or more buddies and each receives a $20% discount.**

** to receive the Buddy discount, each person must list their Buddies on the registration form. Cannot combine multiple offers .

For a printable 2017 summer camp brochure, camps brochure2017