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Basketball camps are popular for teaching teens the fundamentals of the sports. But we believe that camps should offer more than that; they should train young adults to develop skills they can use in life even when they're not playing basketball.

Social Skills

Nowadays, you'll rarely see teenagers playing in the parks or playgrounds. Instead, they're at home sitting in front of a computer screen playing video games or lazing on a couch with smartphones or tablets in their hands. At camps, teenagers have a chance to interact with their peers. Also, they learn to be part of or lead a team, a life skill they will need in their future careers.

Hard Work and Dedication

Basketball camps for high school boys come with a lot of challenges, from the normal training of mastering dribbling, passing, defense, and other fundamentals to playing full-court intense games. By facing these tough hurdles in a disciplined environment, teens learn the value of hard work. With this kind of experience, they will likely grow up as dedicated individuals who work hard and never give up in the quest to accomplish their goals.

The J7 Training Philosophy

At The Intensive Basketball Camp, we don't only develop young basketball players to become better athletes, but we also teach them how to become better individuals in the real world. We do that by using the J7 training philosophy in all aspects of our training. We teach the boys the value of discipline, dedication, sacrifice, hard work, responsibility, accountability, and service. Let your teenage child participate in our camp, and you'll see positive improvements in his attitude and life skills after the camp.

Our 2017 basketball camp for boys ages 13 to 18 is open for registration. Don't let your son miss this opportunity to grow as an athlete and as a person, register now!

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Youth basketball players in the United States have a wide variety of summer training options available to them, so when you choose how you’re going to improve your game over the summer, it’s essential to first determine what your specific needs are.

The correct path for elite players is already well-established; you find the most competitive AAU team that will give you exposure to college coaches and an opportunity to see a lot of minutes on the floor. The same is likely true for high-level varsity starters—guys who could play DIII if they wanted to. But for the other 90% of high school players, the path can be more ambiguous.

At The Intensive Basketball Camp, we believe that you must achieve a proper balance between practice and in-game experience in order to maximize your effectiveness on the court. If you rely solely on weekend AAU tournaments during the summer, you will never expand your skill set to where it could be if you focused equally on practice. And similarly, if you just practice out in your driveway or at the local gym during the summer, you’ll feel overwhelmed once real the game starts.

So, we recommend that most players supplement summer gameplay through AAU or other traveling clubs with time at a camp that teaches you how to practice. That’s where we come in. We believe that practice itself is a skill, so we focus on developing work ethic and productive practice habits in players that come to our camp. We also offer nightly gameplay so you can practice your new skills in a competitive environment without the pressure of the basketball season. Through 7 hours of basketball per day, including 2000 jump shots before 8am, you will improve as a basketball player while at camp, and you’ll be able to continue your improvement once you leave with your new understanding of productive practice.

As you plan your summer for 2017, be sure to give yourself the best opportunity to succeed—plan both competitive gameplay and camps into your schedule.

Get in touch with us if you have any questions about our camp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 612-353-5000.

Our basketball clinic in 2017 is open to boys ages 13 to 18. Register now!

In any basketball league, earning a nickname is quite an accomplishment. Think of Air Jordan, King James, or The Black Mamba, and you’ll be thinking of some of the greatest players in NBA history. Another baller who is famous for his nickname is Tim Dunca, aka "The Big Fundamental."

The Big Fundamental

Compared to other nicknames, “The Big Fundamental” sounds pretty boring. However, once you know how Duncan earned it, you’ll understand why it’s one of the most deserved and hard-earned nicknames in the NBA.

Duncan has a big physique, but his game has always been even bigger because of his love for basketball fundamentals. He didn’t play fancy like other players; instead, he became popular for always sticking to the basketball basics like footwork, defensive position, passing, and effort. He created advantages for his team because of his focus on fundamentals, so his nickname is a true reflection of the kind of player he was throughout his career.

Duncan recently retired, but he didn’t go out unnoticed. Some basketball experts even argue that he’s the best power forward in NBA history. But in the end, one thing is for sure: Duncan will forever be remembered as “The Big Fundamental."

Focus on Fundamentals

The biggest thing we can learn from Tim Duncan’s success story is the importance of sticking to the basics. That’s why here at The Intensive Basketball Camp, we focus on key basketball fundamentals. Our basketball training clinic helps athletes perfect their fundamentals, because once those are in place, it becomes much easier to learn advanced basketball skills like offensive and defensive footwork, court spacing, and situational strategies.

Our basketball clinic in 2017 is open to boys ages 13 to 18. If you have a son who has dreams of playing in the NBA like Tim Duncan, or just making his high school team, register now!

It would be unfair to say that Jeremy Lin rose to stardom through sheer luck and media exposure. Even the best NBA players acknowledged his playing and how he had reinvigorated the undermanned New York Knicks back in 2012. It was through relentless hard work and a determination to improve his game that Linsanity, the basketball phenomenon that swept the globe, was born.

Many cite the Harvard alumna’s explosive first game at Madison Square Garden on February 4, 2012, as his stepping stone to glory. Of course, scoring 25 points, pulling down 5 rebounds, and dishing out 7 assists in a professional basketball game is a top-notch performance. But this is not where Lin’s rise to greatness began.

An Intense Focus on Training and Improvement

Linsanity began much earlier, with the reworking of a jump shot in a backyard court in California in 2010 and muscle-building workouts at a Menlo Park fitness center. In the off-season of 2011, after his first season in the NBA, he doubled his squats, increased his body weight, and tripled his pull-ups. Not only did Lin work on his conditioning and playmaking, but he also trained his mind to overcome doubt and rejection. Growing to become a formidable basketball player requires an intense focus on both physical and mental training.

The J7 Training Philosophy

This is why we’re here, to provide high school boys basketball camps where they can train their bodies and minds. Our training camp aims to perfect the essential basketball fundamentals, from shooting and passing to footwork, finishing, and situational strategy. In addition, we also emphasize the development of life skills such as leadership, attitude, discipline, and hard work.

The J7 philosophy is a training philosophy that guides everything we do at The Intensive Basketball Camp. It is through commitment that a person can become a better athlete and person. With virtues such as discipline, dedication, sacrifice, hard work, responsibility, and service, we instill this philosophy in our athletes, teaching them how to apply it in both life and basketball.

If your son is between the ages of 13-18, contact us at The Intensive Basketball Camp with any questions you may have. If you would like to be notified when the 2017 Intensive Basketball Camp opens for registration, please sign up for notification on our Notification Request Form.

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Bet On It: Basketball Trains Work Ethic

At The Intensive Basketball Camp, we understand that it takes more than skill and passion to play the game; a strong work ethic may be the best way to truly improve your game. A positive mental attitude, and a knowledge that you can overcome any obstacle, phyiscal or mental, helps athletes improve through perseverance, patience, and hard work. Although The Intensive Basketball Camp is a summer basketball training camp limited to boys ages 13-18, we encourage parents to start their son’s basketball training early on in life. Sport can be a positive agent of chance in any young man's life, but love for the game must be built continuously beginning at a young age. That's the best way to make basketball both a passion, and a tool that will help him succeed on the court and in life.

Stamina Through Routine

Improvement doesn’t happen in a day; it is a never-ending process. At The Intensive Basketball Camp, we require our players get up at 6:30 AM each morning for performance training drills and shooting practice—we guarantee that each player will get up at least 2,000 jump shots before 8:00 AM at this basketball camp. This solidifies practice and athletic training into their everyday routine, which they will have to do after camp if they choose to take the sport seriously. It also takes more than good shooting skills to make an excellent player, so we put them through workouts designed to improve other fundamental skills like ball-handling, footwork, and defense. We mix in drills designed to improve physical performance, including sprints, distance running, core strength, agility, and plyometric strength.

Learning Work Ethic Through Practice

Our teaching philosophy focuses on work ethic and discipline. This not only challenges a player physically, but also mentally. If your son wants to take his game to the next level—whether that means making the freshman team, starting on varsity, or playing collegiately—this basketball camp for high school boys provides a proven way to improve. Our program goes beyond teaching boys how to play basketball and win. We aspire to impart seven essential character-building traits in our athletes: discipline, dedication, sacrifice, hard work, responsibility, accountability, and service to others. No matter what they choose to pursue later in life, these values help them to build a solid foundation for success. If your son is between the ages of 13-18, contact us at The Intensive Basketball Camp with any questions you may have. If you would like to be notified when the 2017 Intensive Basketball Camp opens for registration, please sign up for notification on our Notification Request Form.

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