Choosing a Basketball Camp
Dick Baumgartner`s Basketball Shooting
When choosing a teaching camp - pick a skills camp and
not one whose emphasis is on exposure or team play. We
are a teaching camp and it`s our job to teach your son
or daughter the very best offensive techniques available. This is what
we do! It is done by drilling and one-on-one instruction given by our
professionally trained staff. With the experience of teaching shooting
and other offensive skills for the last 32 years we are the best at what
we do. Remember, we teach at our camps what the great players are doing.
Simple Teaching Methods
In some parts of our website we go into detail to explain shooting or
another offensive fundamental. This is done so a coach or player will
better understand the offensive fundamental. When we teach shooting or
another offensive fundamental at our basketball shooting camps we do it
in a very simple way through great drilling, techniques, word usage, and
one-on-one instruction. We have gotten great results with our simple teaching
methods in the last 32 years.
Enrollment at the Dick Baumgartner Camps has been very good so players
compete against players of their age and ability.
Most exposure camps send out letters inviting players to their
camps. They also invite college and universities coaches to watch the
players while they are playing games. Some of these players invited are
college prospects and some are not. Exposure camps mainly play games all
day with very little drilling and one-on-one instruction.
The main emphasis of team camps is playing games against teams of similar
age and ability. Teams usually play 3 to 5 games a day. Team camps usually
run for 2 to 3 days. Most team camps have no drilling or one-on-one instruction.
Coaches like to take their players and compete against other teams.
Basketball Fundamental and Skill Camps
Many of the basic fundamental camps put most of their emphasis on teaching
defense. When checking out fundamental camps make sure to check out what
fundamentals they are teaching. Like in all types of camps there
will be some very good fundamental camps and some not as good.
Fundamental and skill camps will vary the most in what is taught, number
of games played, drilling, and one-on-one instruction.
Check Out Camp Competition
With the great number of exposure camps and team camps most fundamental
or skill camps will have small enrollment. The small enrollment usually
doesn`t allow players to compete with players of their age and ability.
This leads to a lot of 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 or younger players playing and
competing against older players.
A lot of players in the last 32 years have credited their playing
success and getting college scholarships to what they have learned at
the Dick Baumgartner Shooting Camps.
The following information is given so a
player or parent will understand some of the areas we cover.
You Will Learn Drills and Techniques Which Will Teach You
1. To pull up and shoot anytime off the dribble.
2. How to spot up and use correct techniques to shoot the 3 pt. shot well.
3. The very best driving skills to easily beat the defense.
4. Attack drills to beat the defense.
5. To dribble in a way that you will control the defense.
6. How to drive to the basket and finish well ( conventional lay-up and
7. The important keys in shooting a free throw well.
8. How to re-locate and get open to shoot.
9. In general to shoot well spotting up and also on-the-move shooting
10. Great shooting footwork, body-head position, and balance.
11. How to shoot quicker
12. How to develop better range
13. How to sight the target when on-the-move and when shooting a free
14. Correct form, grip, and shooting pocket, etc.
15. Passing and receiving (receiving correctly is very important in shooting)
We are able to do all of the above and more because of our 32
years of experience in running the Dick Baumgartner Shooting Camps. Again,
the most often made comment about our camp is that the player learned
more at our camp than all of the other camps he or she attended put together.
Another part that we really work hard on is to have a player leave camp
knowing how to practice correctly on their own. We repeat drills enough
and give enough repetitions so with the work-out sheets we give to take
home a player knows how to correctly practice on their own.
The following is a recent testimonial from a parent
who observed our camp for a week while his daughter participated in our
camp. We really welcome parents and coaches to attend and watch our camp
during the week. We are proud of what and how we teach shooting and other
Steve Parker from Albuquerque, New Mexico
really understood our camp, and I believe he has expressed what our
camp can do for a player.
I am asked why I brought my daughter halfway across the country to your
shooting camp when there are so many skills and team camp options available.
The answer is simple. Your camp has a uniquely focused purpose developing
excellence in shooting the basketball. The instruction is in depth and
individualized for each player. The other camps we investigated simply
don`t measure up to your Standard. Skills camps typically
try to cover too may skill areas and the instruction ends up skimming
the surface, lacking depth in any area. For the most part, the skills
a player takes into a team camp are the same ones they leave with.
I appreciated that at your camp, shooting the basketball is THE
concentration and it is treated as a science. Your lectures and drills
on the how`s and why`s of each individual element of shooting were excellent.
What was really magical to me was how you brought all those
individual elements into an intergrated whole by camp`s end. Everything
came together beautifully and you could see in the kids` eyes that they
really "got it". My daughter came home with a clear understanding
of how to practice your shooting system and she`s enthusiastically working
on it every day now.
As an old school ballplayer myself, my favorite impression from the
camp was the emphasis on pull up shooting as a critical addition
to three point shooting and driving skills. Basketball commentators
these days heavily criticize the lost art of the mid-range game. The
art of pulling up off the dribble and shooting is alive and well at
your camp. I`m convinced that the individual instruction, drilling on
footwork, head-body position, timing, and other offensive techniques
will teach players who attend your camp to become great scorers.
Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Alburquerque, New Mexico
Latest Testimonial On A Great
Amanda Wolke attended our
basketball shooting camps for a couple of summers. She credits our basketball
shooting camp for a lot of her success. She attended Cumberland High School
in Greenup, Il..
Amanda holds most of Cumberland High School records and some state and
She averaged 41.9 points per game last year which places
her 2nd best in Illinois history.
In one game she had 56 points.
Amanda also lead the nation in some free throw catagories. She averaged
14.6 free throw made per game which was first in the nation.
Amanda made 28 free throws in one game which tied her for 4th place nationally.
Amanda is another one of the great success stories we have had from both
boys and girls who have attended our camps in the last 32 years.
Message to Players - Both Boys and Girls
If you want to learn the very best techniques on how to score you need
to attend the Dick Baumgartner Basketball Shooting Camps.
Parents, and Players:
I hope the above information has helped explain some of the differences
in camps. I also hope the information has helped to explain how the Dick
Baumgartner Shooting Camps can help players with shooting and other offensive
-- Coach Dick Baumgartner