Absolutely! Safety is our number one priority. Aaron Locks has been running quality sports camps in Northern California for over 20-years, we have never had a child who has been seriously injured. We are proud of this record. National Academy of Athletics Camps has very strict rules.
• All Campers are signed in and out from camp each day.
• All Staff is first aid and CPR certified.
• All camp staff coaches are 18 years or older.
• Campers are not allowed out of the gym, except to use the restroom.
• All campers using the restroom must go with another camper as a “buddy”.
• All basketball counselors have been thoroughly trained to never be in a compromising situation with campers. When talking with campers about personal issues, we always have two counselors present. Counselors are never to leave the gym with a camper.
All of our programs are led by a highly trained team of coaches and teachers who are carefully chosen to ensure each campers safety, skill development, & individual enjoyment. At all National Academy of Athletics programs, we encourage the campers to play with confidence, enthusiasm and a love of the game. We use local college athletes to support our experienced camp directors.
The National Academy of Athletics Camps have a proven track record of improving the skills of attendees both on and off the court. The founder, Aaron Locks and his programs are recognized as one of the best sports have to offer. The camps utilize training and coaching techniques developed for players from all ages. In short, the kids who attend our camps learn a lot, have fun, meet friends and become better players.
Each camp has different ages and specifications to help insure that each participant has a positive experience. See each camp for details.
The children develop an understanding of how to become a more confident player on the court or field. This translates to an enhanced sense of self-confidence and “unstoppability” in life. They will learn by practicing specifically designed, age-specific drills and techniques in skill progression, positive and fun, sports environment. In addition, all National Academy of Athletics camps feaure "word of the day" which is designed to help reinforce life skills at the camp.
Our staff of energetic coaches are placed in each camp with a maximum camper to coach ratio of 10-1.
9:00am Structured Free Play
9:15am Introduction (staff, camp rules and facility etc.)
9:30am Wake Up Call - Warm Up Happy Feet series
9:45am Evaluation Games
10:15am Roll Call
10:20am Stations (3 min verbal – 6 min teach – 6 min play)
10:40am Stations (3 min verbal – 6 min teach – 6 min play)
11:00am Stations (3 min verbal – 6 min teach – 6 min play)
11:15am Snack Break
11:20am Individual Competitions
11:35am Team Competitions
12:30pm Structured Free Play
1:00pm Roll Call
1:10pm Mass Clinic
1:40pm Competitions and Challenges
2:05pm Individual Competitions
2:35pm Group Games and Competitions
2:55pm Review and Dismissal
At the start of every camp the coaches do a warm up and camper evaluation. Each child is placed into groups by age and ability. The goal is to put them with players of equal ability and ages. Players will be moved during the week in order to best help their enjoyment and skill development.
Each sport specific camp is designed to have drills that are fast paced yet focused enough to help the players understand what to do, how to do it and why to do it. This helps players truly understand the game that they are playing. Many of the sport specific fundamental drills remain the same for all skill levels. As players progress in abilities, they are given higher-level drills to practice and work on.
Students benefit greatly from additional sessions of National Academy of Athletics. On each return trip to camp, students work on mastering the lessons from previous sessions. This strengthens the “muscle memory” started in the initial camp. Additionally, as students progress, the learn higher level skills. Many of our campers have attended 3, 4, or more sessions with us.
At most of our camps, yes. We believe that boys and girls should play together (with the same skill level). In the real world, men and women work together and expected to perform the same task. The exception is the high potential camps like Superstar Invitational Camps.
The National Academy of Athletics camps are offered at local sport fields and schools are part of our ongoing partnership with local schools, cities and parks and recreation departments. Each sport camp and session have different locations in different cities. Check the calendar for the dates and locations of the camps coming to your area.
It may be. Our camps are a lot of work. This particular age group, ages 6 - 7, can only attend camp half day... 9am - noon. There are limited camps for players in that age group. If you are not sure, we suggest that you begin with an All Sport camp as a great introduction. If you are not sure feel free to call our helpful staff and we can help guide you to the perfect cap for your child.
It is not uncommon for kids to occasionally miss a day or have to leave early or arrive late on some days due to various reasons. We realize that family schedules require flexibility. If they miss instructions for a new drill, we will ensure they get time with a camp counselor to bring them back up to speed.
To ensure the highest quality and safety. Our directors and coaches are checked through the National Database by Castlebranch, one of the thorough employment screening agencies in the nation.
In addition, most cities we work in partnership with provide fingerprinting services for each of the coaches in using the LiveScan system.
Every Camp Director is first aid and CPR certified and all coaches receive first aid training.
All staff members are persoanlly trained by the founder and CEO of the National Academy of Athletics, Aaron Locks, and are selected for their ability in sports, ability to teach and their love for kids.
Yes. Every camper must complete a Waiver:
I represent that I am the parent or legal guardian of the participant(s) named herein. I am aware that there are inherent risks associated with participation in the National Academy of Athletics Camp and sports programs and I, on behalf of myself and the participant(s) named herein, knowingly and freely assume all such risk, both known and unknown, including those that may arise out of the negligence of other participants. I, for myself and the participant(s) named herein, and our respective heirs, assigns, administrators, personal representatives, and next of kin, hereby release and hold harmless, National Academy of Athletics, their affiliates, officers, members, agents, employees, other participants, and sponsoring agencies from and against any and all claims, injuries, liabilities or damages arising out of or related to our participation in the National Academy of Athletics Camp or Program.
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