BASKETBALL

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GENERAL DETAILS & LOGISTICS

Since 2011, our women's program first launched in 2018.

This year players will arrive on June 27th and leave on July 28th

Most players will fly into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). A lot of parents drop off their players by vehicle. We do NOT provide transportation from any airports besides Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

We have a shuttle system in place that has worked extremely well for 9 years. Students will be met at baggage claim by one of our coaches. You will receive that person's name, contact, and description before arrival. That coach will escort your son/daughter to the shuttle. You will get the contact info and details of the driver as well. Your son/daughter will be under our close supervision for the duration of camp.

Similar to the pickup procedure. Your son/daughter will be taken in the shuttle to the airport. Once they arrive a coach will provide an escort to check-in and security. You'll know the details of who is driving and escorting them to security before they depart.

You can, but you are responsible for providing transportation for your son/daughter to the GS campus if you do this. We will NOT provide transportation to or from any other airports.

We have players from rising 8th grade through upcoming high school graduates. Every once in a while, we've accepted highly developed 6th and 7th graders.

We use two campuses in Pennsylvania and one in Maryland. Mercersburg Academy is about an hour north of Washington DC. The Hill School is about an hour west of Philadelphia. These campuses are about 2 hours from each other. Saint James School, our location for our women’s basketball players is in Hagerstown, Maryland. This school is about 30 minutes away from Mercersburg Academy.

Our younger group of players (8th - 10th graders) will be at Mercersburg Academy. The upperclassmen will be at The Hill School. Our women’s athletes of all grades will be at Saint James School.

The reason is because the two groups of players have two very different objectives. The older players are at camp to get exposure and train. The younger group is focused on development since they are not yet a finished product. The women are separate for safety and security purposes as well as to ensure court space.

BASKETBALL & ACTIVITIES

We have one day off scheduled, but we usually end up having 3-4 days off throughout the month. If we see players need a day to rest or if temperatures in the area become extreme, then we make the call. We'll take them to the movies, bowling, or do some other fun activity to keep them busy, but off their feet.

We have team vans that are driven by our coaches. Players are only allowed to leave campus in these vans with the rest of the team or in a vehicle driven by our resident life directors in case of an injury or illness.

We have several school tours every summer. This gives the players a chance to ask questions, see facilities, and get comfortable going through the recruiting process.

The players will have about 3 hours between practice and dinner. They also have about an hour and a half after the evening training and bedtime. There is around an hour of downtime between the morning session and lunch too. We also can provide a classroom and study hall time for players who need to spend some time on their studies.

While we understand that line of thinking, we always recommend players join Global Squad as soon as possible. The sooner a player sees the training techniques and drills the sooner they can implement them into their routine. If you wait a year and do what you've already been doing then you'll fall behind. Development is one of our main objectives and it's what we are very good at. Developing your game with us is the best thing you can do.

We almost never move a player up to the Gold team if they are not a rising senior. The Gold teams are at camp to get recruited and that is 90% of what they do. It isn't realistic and is unfair for a younger player to worry about recruiting or which college coaches are watching. Younger players need to focus on getting better and learning from our amazing coaching staff. We will set them on a path to help them reach their potential. Also, the red teams will be playing elite players their own age. They will be challenged every step of the way. Many of our campers return to our camp allowing them to experience both the red and gold programs.

The teams are divided by age. We hold a skill testing and athletic testing session on day 1 to see where the players stand. This will help if we need to make any adjustments.

On the weekend we play in very challenging tournaments against elite teams and players at large sports facilities. They will also get to do some sight seeing and college visits in the US.

The morning stations include a shooting station, skill development, weight training, and a classroom session.

Training, weight training, and practice are Monday thru Friday. We have four 45-minute stations every morning from 8:45  to 12:00. After lunch they have team practice for about an hour and a half. After dinner we have a variety of activities that change from day-to-day. Sometimes we have another skill session, focusing on a specific skill. Other days we will have a contest like 3-on-3, 21, or 1-on-1. We also have guest speakers visit camp.

RECRUITING

Yes. This is probably the most valuable part of our recruiting program. We're about relationships and we want to make sure players go to the right school. Our staff spends the next 9-10 months contacting coaches, sending film, and maximizing the recruiting opportunities for Global Squad players.

No. We have players playing college basketball all over the U.S. From Maine to Florida and from New Jersey to Hawaii. The reason we're able to do this is because our network has grown. College coaches trust our program and college coaches attend these events on the east coast. The east coast has the best high school basketball in the world (ESPN).

Yes. Players get seen by close to 1500 coaches each summer. That is not an exaggeration. We play against some the best teams in the U.S. in some of the biggest and best events.

No. The only thing we guarantee is the players will get elite training and a lot of exposure. It's up to the player to play well and display Global Squad qualities while coaches are watching.

Yes, every year we have several players that attend high schools and private boarding schools in the U.S. We have a great network of high academic and good basketball schools where we send players. We've placed players at high academic prep schools like New Hampton Prep, Cheshire Academy, Mercersburg Academy, Blair Academy and Andover. We generally place players in high schools on the east coast, specifically the mid-Atlantic and northeast. These regions have the best high school basketball in the world (ESPN).

FACILITY & LIVING

Yes. We've dealt with everything including food allergies, vegans, vegetarians, and those with religious restrictions.

Players eat in the dining hall: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is a concession stand open in the evenings where they can buy pizza, snacks, and Gatorade to hold them over if needed. They are allowed to have snacks in their room too.

Players are responsible for keeping their rooms clean, picking up trash, doing and folding laundry. We take this seriously and hold kids accountable. We're trying to build life skills and responsible young people. Some of the best compliments we get are from parents who have a son/daughter returning home who cleans up and does his/her own laundry.

Depending on the room size there will be 2-4 players per room.

Players stay in the dorms. They're very comfortable with A/C and a common room where they can relax.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Our athletic performance team, headed up by Chris Gorres, specializes in injury prevention. They do a great job of monitoring the workload. These trainers work with the best athletes in the world and will take very good care of our Global Squad players.

We are not able to provide insurance, players are required to have travel and medical insurance.

There is a hospital 10 minutes from The Hill School, 20 minutes from Mercersburg Academy, and 15 minutes from Saint James School.

We have a tremendous athletic performance team that helps with injury prevention and rehab. We have an athletic trainer that deals with minor injuries like ankle sprains. We take players to the hospital when it is needed.

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SAFETY & SECURITY

All campuses are gated with 24/7 security. Also, our 3 to 1 player to coach ratio allows for constant supervision.

NCAA coaches and coaches that work Global Squad are required to get USA Basketball Gold Certified. This certification comes with a full criminal background check. Additionally, coaches are required to comply with Mercersburg Academy's background safety procedures which include them getting an extensive background check.

Our coaches have been in the college basketball world for many years and must come highly recommended. Many of our coaches have been with us for years.

REGISTRATION & COST

Cash is more widely accepted and easier for the concessions on campus and at tournaments, but they will be able to use a Credit Card as well.

Players will need to pay for laundry, concession stand, 8 meals, and team activities. Some activities include movies, shopping malls, and bowling. $10 – $20 per day should be enough. This depends on your child’s shopping and eating habits.

We write everyone an official invitation letter upon request. This can be taken to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy. We have never had anyone rejected when using one of these letters.

Food, housing, training, games, recruiting, etc. We do not cover lunch and dinner on the weekends. With different game schedules, it's too difficult to plan. Essentially players cover 8 meals all month as well as any team excursions including shopping, bowling, movies, etc..

No. We leave this up to the families so they can meet any special accommodations necessary for their child’s transportation.

The summer academy costs $5,925. That comes out to about $185 per day. The food and housing alone is about $100 per day. So the other $85 pays for games, recruiting, training with an NBA trainer, and learning from 40+ NCAA coaches. It's a tremendous bargain.

OTHER CONCERNS

Yes. We've  yet to be in a situation where we haven't been able to meet a request. Global Squad truly is a melting pot with players coming from over 60 countries and many different backgrounds. This will not be an issue.

Absolutely. We love when coaches come see what we're doing. The program is great on paper, but it's even better in person. In fact, you are invited to come check it out. Come shadow one of our college coaches.

We have Directors of Residence Life at each of our campuses to help when players get homesick. Sometimes we see players get homesick in the first week or two. Camp is challenging and getting homesick is normal. By the time camp ends these players don't want to leave.

Absolutely, we love when parents come see what we're doing. Many parents attend our tournaments on the weekends. The only request that we have is that you do not interrupt our training sessions during the week.

Players must be in their rooms by 10PM with lights out by 10:30PM. The internet is cut off at 11. We believe in the scientific evidence that suggests screen time late at night is not productive for a good nights rest. It's vital for these players to get rest with the physical demands they face at camp. We have staff that go around and check to make sure the athletes are in bed and sleeping by lights out.

Fortunately we have not experienced many behaviorally issues. The main reason is these players and their families are making a huge sacrifice to be at camp. They also are usually very determined to get the most out of camp. Players will run for minor issues like messy rooms and being late to practice. Major problems like fighting or leaving campus will result in being sent home. We have zero tolerance for players leaving campus. Players will be briefed when arriving to camp of all of our rules and the consequences they will face if they break them.

OVERSEAS CAMPS FAQ

Absolutely, we offer coaches clinics at our overseas camps. Coaches are invited to sign-up where they can observe, take notes, and film (in some cases).

We run camps in countries all over the world. Generally we charge $20 per player per hour. This is an excellent value for international players seeking elite training from U.S. coaches.

We want to make your job as easy as possible. All we need from you is to help spread the word about camp. Signups are done completely on our website and billing is fully automated through that as well. We don't charge you anything in this regard. We will also need someone to unlock the gym and basketball racks in the morning before each session – we don't bring basketball equipment with us. Cones or chairs are also needed for a typical camp, but if this will be a problem, we can work around it, you just have to let us know.

We are able to cater to the host school or club's desires. We have run camps in the past that have been Monday-Thursday or Friday-Sunday. It really depends on what you and your athletes would be most available for. However, we have found through our years of doing overseas camps that the best scheduling usually falls on a Friday-Sunday camp. Each day is structured where the middle school session goes from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and the high school session goes from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Now, in the past some schools have also wanted to separate sessions by gender and that's fine too, we are very flexible in this aspect. (Sometimes that Friday session is combined after school so 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm both MS and HS).

We have such an extensive network of coaches that it is totally up to you and the availability of your athletes. We don't want to conflict with any school-related activities, but we also want to have a great turnout so when do you think it would work best for us to come?

You should contact Brandon Rogers, our Director of International Operations. He can help you answer any more detailed questions you may have and get things finalized for you. He can best be reached via email at brogers@globalsquad.org.

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