Toronto Summer Basketball Camp

Summer Basketball Camp

The Basketball Academy will be holding its 11th annual summer basketball camp at two locations. For weeks 1-4 camp is hosted at Glen Ames and weeks 5-6 it is hosted at Riverdale Collegiate in Toronto. This year the camp will be a full-day basketball camp for grades 1-8. Our expert coaching staff believes every player can learn the fundamental basketball skills necessary for success. Players are divided into groups by age and skill. The disciplined and structured nature of the program will ensure the highest level of coaching in a fun and positive environment. Our Toronto Summer  basketball camp runs on a weekly basis from July 2nd to August 9th.

Program details

Session Time Cost Location
Session 1: Grades 1 – 8 (Full Day) 9:00 – 4:00* $330 Glen Ames / Riverdale
Session 1: Grades 1 – 8 (Half Day) 9:00 – 1:00 $240 Glen Ames / Riverdale
  • Week 1: July 2 - July 5 (4-day week) - Glen Ames
  • Week 2: July 8 - July 12 - Glen Ames
  • Week 3: July 15 - July 19 - Glen Ames
  • Week 4: July 22 - July 26 - Glen Ames
  • Week 5: July 29 - Aug 2 - Riverdale
  • Week 6: Aug 5 - Aug 9 (4-day week) - Riverdale
Group Drills

Each day players attending our summer basketball camp will divide into groups based on age and skill level. The first 30 minutes of camp is dedicated to working on individual skills. Players will have the opportunity to apply these skills during games and stations.

 

  • Stationary / on the move dribbling
  • Layups
  • Passing
  • Shooting
Games

Scrimmages are the most important part of a players development in any youth basketball league. Every week there will be 45 minutes dedicated to games. The games will be played with stopped time on all dead balls (out of bonds, free throws, substitutions). Playing time will be divided equally. The goal is to introduce players to the atmosphere of a real game along with all the rules involved including: 

 

  • Free Throws
  • Fouls
  • Stop time
  • OBA rules
Program Development

After coaching for many years at all levels, our coaches have noticed that many youth basketball leagues were not developing a players understanding of core basketball concepts until they were in high school. Anytime a new concept is learned, it takes time to develop this new skill. We believe that these core concepts should be introduced at a much earlier stage. With the Canadian University Basketball season ending in March we are able to recruit some of the most talented players and coaches in the city to help run the program. We sat down with these coaches and identified the core skills and fundamentals that need to be developed at a young age.

Stations / Skill Development

What makes our youth basketball league different? Each week we will split into 4 groups and participate in 4 x 10 minute stations. Each station will be coached with high energy and attention to detail. Our goal is to teach to the highest level and encourage players to push themselves out of their comfort zone. Each week we will have 3 stations focusing on individual skill development and 1 station focused on basketball IQ and core concepts including:

 

  • Cutting
  • Spacing
  • Setting Screens
  • Using Screens
  • Defending on and off the ball

A few of our coaches this summer

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Ryan McNeilly

Ryan was named Ryerson team MVP in 2010-2011 and was recipient of the D.H. Craighead Award for Male Greatest Contribution to Athletics. Received both the Blue and Gold ‘R’ Awards for his contributions as a Ryerson Rams student athlete. Ryan was an assistant with the Ryerson Rams, Head Coach of the U16 Ontario Development team and currently teaches in the TDSB

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Adam Plummer

Adam played 5 years with the U of T Varsity Blues. As a powerful force inside, Adam brings great work ethic and grittiness to our program. As an undersized forward, Adam relies on his excellent footwork, movement and strength. Adam always has a smile on his face and brings great energy and enthusiasm every time he steps on the court.

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Sean Nickel

Sean played for the St. FX X-Men and the U of T Varsity Blues, becoming a two-time CIS academic all-Canadian. Sean also played for Fleming College where he was named the most dedicated player. Sean is currently a teacher in Waterloo

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Ashton Khan

Ashton played NCAA divison I basketball at Canisius college before playing in the NBL and currently plays professionally in England. This will be Ashton's second summer with The Baksetball Academy

Check out this short documentary on Ashton

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Nathan Johnson

Nathan graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2009, where he was a member of the Men’s Basketball team, who were consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally. He then went on to become Assistant Coach for the St. FX Women’s Basketball team. Nathan spent two seasons on the coaching staff at Lakehead University, during which time the Thunderwolves compiled an impressive record of 66 wins and just 9 losses. Nathan gained valuable experience last season at the professional level as Assistant Coach of the Orangeville A’s (NBLC).