Camp Highlights from past years,
    14th Annual PA / MD Camp  call Mike Gaffey at 717-903-0732

Basketball Camp
Our goal: To provide intense and intelligent instruction to our campers while making sure they have the best week of their summer!
2016 dates, July 24th to July 28th
  at Alvernia College,   400 St. Bernardine St,   Reading, PA   19607

SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON:                                                                           Driving directions: click HERE

 Shooting and Individual Skill Improvement

Boys ages  9-18 are eligible.  In the past, our events have been attended by players from not only Pennsylvania and Maryland, but also from Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, Canada, the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Michigan, Florida and Ohio.

***Special Emphasis On*** 
 -Individual Improvement and Growth

AIR-CONDITONED: the Gym and the Dorm Suites

Last year the campers lived in 2 and 3 bedroom campus apartments with a full kitchen and living room which included a refrigerator!! Our facilities are by far and away the best in the nation!

All campers will be supervised 24/7 by our camp staff in the gym, cafeteria and dorm suites!!
Campers will be grouped according to age for all games, fundamental stations and competitions!


-Receive  Fundamental Instruction as well as play 3 games per day!

-Have the opportunity for private instruction after each meal.

- At least 4 coaches are stationed on each floor of the dorms

- At least 2 room checks each night performed by the coaches on each floor at 10:00 and 11:00pm

- The room list (attendance sheets) are turned into Coach Gaffey each night before any coaches can go to bed.

-Receive a reversible numbered jersey.

-Have all you can eat meals in the air conditioned cafeteria

-Receive  over 15 hours of Fundamental Instruction from High School and College Coaches.

-Live in air conditioned dormitory two room suites, eat in air conditioned (all you can eat and drink) cafeteria and play in an air conditioned gym!

-Be provided the opportunity to improve by playing against  top notch competition.

-Participate in our camp "one on one" contest

-Play in "March Madness" style tourney at the end of the week!

-Participate in our camp "free throw and "hot shot" contests

-Participate in our camp "3 on 3" League

-Receive a two page Individual Instruction packet to take home and use to workout

-Have the opportunity to use our unique "shooting strap" at our shooting station to get the thumb out of your shot to improve accuracy

-Participate in “Hot Shot Contest”

-Participate in “1 minute “speed” Shooting Contest”

-Have the opportunity to be nominated for Defensive and Hustle Awards

-Provide Unprecedented Living Quarters with a Private Bathroom

-Feature College Coaches teaching at some of the stations!

The One-on-One Challenge Board is always very popular with both the NBA (high school) and the NCAA (junior high).  Each player has his name on a card on the board and challenges those above him in an attempt to reach the top.  As players win and lose they change positions on the rungs on the board.  This competition is on-going throughout the week.

Camp Directors:

Mike Gaffey: Head  Basketball Coach at Penn State Harrisburg

Chris Sherwood: Head Basketball Coach at Manheim Central High School

Earl Hazel: Hempfield Basketball Program and Spooky Nook AAU Administrator



Danny Walck :Hempfield High School

Pete Conrad : Head Basketball Coach at Palmyra High School

Tim Bean : Current East Pennsboro Head Coach and former PSU Harrisburg Asst.

Earl Hazel: Hempfield Youth Basketball

Justin Edwards: Hershey Junior Varsity Coach

Wes Soto : Warwick High School

Pat McGlynn: Director of Yorkballers AAU program

Emery Cook :  Former Carlisle High School Coach and PSU Harrisburg Asst.

John Achille : Lampeter Strasburg High School

Mike Williams : BCIT Tech, New Jersey

Mark Linebaugh:  Asst. Men's Basketball Coach at Hobart College

John Marczak : Former Illinois State Asst. Coach

David Archer : Harrisburg Community College

Mike Miller : Alvernia University

Chris Franklin: Harlem Globetrotters

Lenny Groft: Former Hempfield Coach

Scott Duncan:  FormerPenn State Harrisburg Asst. Coach Currently CVYBA

Rahsaan Carlton: Penn State Harrisburg Athletic Director

Jason O'Connell: Head Men's Basketball Coach Carin University

Jon Showers: Asst. Men's Coach Marywood College
Warren Goodling: Former Hempfield Head Coach
Scott Gaffey: St. Bonaventure/ Varsity Asst. Manheim Central (Camp Alum)

JD Achille: Varsity Asst. Ephrata (Camp Alum)

Ian Frazier: Wilson College (Camp Alum)


Coach Mike Gaffey, is currently the Head Boy's Basketball Coach at Bishop McDevitt High School. This past season he was recognized by his school for recording his 200th win at the high school level. His 2011-12 team set a school record for wins at PSU Harrisburg with 20. Two years ago his 2011-12 PSU Harrisburg team made it to a second straight NEAC Conference title game and was awarded the NCAA trophy for being the number one ranked team in the country for steals while also finishing 2nd in the country in turnover margin and 4th in the country in assists per game! Gaffey was also named NEAC Conference "Coach of the Year" for the programs quick turn around in the 2010-2011 (last place to first in 3 years) season and  has also mentored 5 NEAC All-Conference selections in Kenton Alston, David Reisinger, Nick Liddell Steve Jones and Lancaster Lebanon League grad Jordan Gatchall in his five seasons at the division 3 school. PSU Harrisburg also led the league in scoring at 80 plus per game in 2010-11 and 2011-12. His Annville-Cleona team made school history by producing two 1,000 point scorers in the same season (2006-2007). In addition, he was named the Lancaster-Lebanon League 2006-07 "Coach of the Year". He has also served as a Head Boys Basketball Coach at Susquenita, Palmyra and Steelton Highspire High Schools before going to Alvernia College as the Head J.V. Coach in 2002-03. His 1996 Palmyra team won the last school  Boys District Championship in 53 years by upsetting Susquehanna Township (in the AAA title) 44-40 at Hershey Park Arena.In addition, at Palmyra his teams won three "Sportsmanship Awards" from the Central PA Chapter of Officials. His Alvernia College J.V. team set a school record by scoring 60 points in one half vs. LCCC on January 28, 2003. In addition, Gaffey has worked the Individual Instruction station for coach Jim Boeheim at the Syracuse University Basketball Camp since 1991. His son Scott had 62 3 point field goals in his Junior season using the camp "Individual Workout" program which he will share at camp.

Coach  Chris Sherwood: During the 2013-14 season his Manheim Central team won 24 games (a school record), their first LL title since 1980 and were runners up in the District 3 AAA Tourney. Coach Sherwood was named LLHoops.Com "Coach of the Year" and the Sports Writer's of Lancaster "Coach of the Year" as well. In the 2014-15 season his Manheim Central team advanced to the District 3 "Final 4" and  won the first state playoff game in school history! District 3 has yet to figure out his 2-3 match up zone. His Manheim Central program has not lost a home game since 2013 as well. His "Tom Izzo" style of coaching has his players very excited to play for him and to learn the basics of the game from him as well. He has three players right now that are being recruited to play in college from the same team!


Dear Player:


Our week of camp is unique for aspiring young players because we have you train and compete at a high level of competition. We have numerous AAU players that will come to us at the end of their summer schedule to stay sharp and learn the game for the next level. The player development with an emphasis on citizenship and sportsmanship have helped the camp sell out the past two years!


Some of our more popular alumni include: Seattle Seahawks Lineman....Jordan Hill who attended camp for 5 years from 7th grade through 12th grade and Tristan Crawford (2,000 point scorer) from AAA Steel-High. In addition, Ryan Hill (attended from 5th grade through 12th grade) who signed with Division 1 Bucknell University was the MVP in 2008.  The camp had players attend from the following programs: Hempfield, Central Dauphin, Central Dauphin East, Steel High, Susquehanna Twp, Lampeter Strasburg, Cedar Crest, Lebanon, ELCO, Lebanon Catholic, Bishop McDevitt, Susquenita, Upper Dauphin, Dallastown, York Catholic, York Suburban, Holy Ghost Prep, Harrisburg High, Hazleton,Wyoming Valley West, Berks Catholic, Governor Mifflin, Wilson, Wyomissing, Allentown Central Catholic, Parkland, Easton, Simon Gratz, Philadelphia GAMP, Oxford, Hatboro Horsham, St. Mary's, Palmyra, Hershey, Harrisburg Christian and West York!


That gives you an idea of the competition level at our camp. In addition, we will provide you with the "workout routine" that you need to perfect your game for next year's season! The PA vs. Maryland Camp provides extra help after every meal in addition to the intense and intelligent instruction that is received during the course of a normal camp day.


Yours in Hoops,


Mike Gaffey

Camp Director

717-903-0732 cell


Here are some of the Instruction items included:


Playing "Big"

Using Body


Establishing Post Position


Outlet Passing

Offensive Rebounding

Low Post Moves

High Post Moves



Screening/Using Screens

Post Defense (Front, side and anticipating left shoulder spin)

Perimeter Defense

Shot Blocking

Talking/Defending Screens (Including the 4 types of ball screen defense0

Help and Recover vs. Penetration

"Beef" Shooting Instruction

Slip Screening

Backcourt moves for guards to get around your defender

Dribble Drive motion offensive concepts

How to defend inbound under the basket

Game speed shooting off the catch, off the bounce, off the curl, off the fade

step back jumpers

daily dozen lay ups

intro to the euro step move

basketball weight training daily

speed and agility training daily





$390.00 by Feb 1st

$395 by March 1st

$405.00 by May 1st

$415.00 by June 25th

$420.00 between June 26th and July 24th

Commuter Rates:

-$260.00 if received by Feb 1st

-$270.00 if received by March 1st

-$285.00 if received by May 1st

-$290.00 if received by June 25th

-$295.00 if received between June 26th and July 24th



Four or more players from the same school who send in their registrations together will receive a $10.00 discount off of the camp fee. Six or more players from the same school or team receive a $15.00 discount off the camp fee.

A $ 115.00 non-refundable deposit must accompany your application and the balance of your camp fee is to be paid on or before the first day of camp. If you need to cancel, you must do so in writing 14 days prior to the start of camp. You will have the choice of a refund (minus the deposit) or a full credit good for the next year. However, no refunds or credits will be issued if you cancel after 14 days prior to camp.




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 call Mike Gaffey at 717-903-073


Registration is from 3:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the Physical Education Center on Sunday, July 24, 2016. The camp will start promptly at 7:00 pm with an orientation meeting. Please call ahead and let us know if you will be arriving after 7pm on July 24th. Camp will dismiss at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 28th 2015.


*****Call ahead for transportation from the Reading Airport and the Reading Bus Station to the campus*****