Taking your game to the Next Level
Submitted - The Next Level Basketball male camp will run at Georgian College from July 3 to Aug. 4. The girls camp follows from Aug. 20-24. Camp directors include, from left, Jeff Rosar, Scott Seeley, Brad Smith, Dan Eves, Matt Rosar and Paul Zyla.
It's a university prep course in basketball.
Next Level Basketball, running out of Georgian College, is entering its second summer as the premier development program for high-school students looking to move up to college or university hoops.
The program, which is split into a day session for students from Grade 6-10 and a night run-through for the elite-level athletes, is a chance for kids to learn from those who have been there.
"This is a camp for guys and girls that want to get better at basketball and we're there to provide that level of instruction that players might not get elsewhere, based on our experience as players and moreso, as coaches," said Next Level's Scott Seeley.
A former Ontario University Athletics all-star, Seeley is one of a number of big names - most of which are former Simcoe County athletes themselves - that highlight the camp.
All of them have played university hoops and now are coaching at various ranks, either at high school, club, or the post-secondary level.
"I think the best thing we offer is high-level basketball," said Jeff Rosar, who runs the camp along with Seeley. "Our coaches have all played at a high level and we bring that to the camp, but it's not just basketball, basketball, basketball.
"It's high-level drills and we're teaching them what they need to succeed."
The evening session is a who's who of senior high school basketball in Simcoe County, including players who are being scouted or have already committed to universities.
"Those are the kids that have the goal of getting better to help their teams next year in high school, but also, as a longer team goal, to play after high school in college or university," Seeley said.
"We've all had those experiences and we think we can help them simulate some things and teach them some of the things that they'll need to know or have to play at one of those levels."
The former university stars can show some of the region's finest what it's like to practice with a collegiate squad.
"We think we can help them simulate some things and teach them some of the things that they'll need to know or have to play at one of those levels," Seeley said.
"The idea of that camp is to expose them to the intensity they'll need to play at, the work they'll need, and the skill that they're going to have to be able to perform at for a team in the OCAA, CIS or NCAA."
In year two of the program, they've added an off-court segment to help with the learning process.
"We're adding a classroom session for a half hour every day, where we use video and break down some of the things we're trying to teach them," Seeley said. "This way, they have more to take away from camp rather than just running around all day."
While the older players are expected to be farther along, the daytime session - for kids as young as Grade 6 - is about being taught most of the essentials.
"We teach them the fundamentals, having fun while doing it, and giving them a good day's worth of full basketball instruction, fun, and some competitive games and scrimmages," Seeley said.
"The idea of that camp is for skill development and some basic team play concepts."
This year also includes a girls camp, set to run in late August.
"The girls in this region are arguably as good as the boys, if not better," said Rosar, citing a lack of start-up time for the reason they didn't have a camp for girls last year. "We've got a bunch of good girls around here."
Like with the boys, there will be a daytime session for those less experienced and an evening one for high-level play for the girls.
Rosar has found that the kids who come to the camp are all right with putting in the work needed to succeed.
"I think they are (all right) with that, because none of them complain about doing drills," Rosar said. "We say one thing and they're moving.
"The campers we had last year were amazing," Rosar added. "They were ready to go, came early, wanted to stay late, and we're getting the same type of kids this season."
Running from July 30 to August 3, the male camp holds its skill development sessions, for kids for Grades 6-10, during the daytime, and the elite session for Grade 11 and up in the evening.
The girls run on the same setup, with their camp taking place from Aug. 20-24.
For more information on the camp, go to nextlevelhoops.ca or send them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.