Frequently asked questions
Why should I let my child learn to play basketball?
Basketball is not only a fun, attainable, inexpensive and readily accesisble sport to play, but it involves a lot of sprinting, jumping, and stopping, making it a great workout for kids of all ages. It builds confidence and self-esteem, improves coordination and endurance and teaches valuable life lessons such as team work, mental toughness and leadership. But apart from these great reasons, basketball can also present real academic and career opportiunities for our youngsters as it is one of the most heavily recruited sports in the United States' NCAA College system. An early start in learning the fundamentals of the game can help to make our kids more competitive and attractive to recruiters for valuable college scholarships, and given the natural speed and atheltic ability that our children have, the sky is the limit once the proper foundations have been laid.
What are the camp arrival and pick-up times?
Each camper should arrive at the Jamaica College Basketball Court between 8:45 and 9:00 AM each day. The court is available for free play and free shooting until 9:00 AM, when roll call will be taken. Camp ends each day at 12:00 PM and all campers are to be picked up by 12:45 PM latest.
What should my child take to camp each day?
Most importantly, campers should bring a lot of enthusiasm, a willingness to learn and a fun attitude to camp. In additon, they will need a towel, basketball shorts, socks, sneakers and a few dollars for snacks each day. Gatorade and water are provided but parents are advised to send their camper with their own water bottle.
Why should I send my child to Hoop Kidz for summer camp?
Hoop Kidz teaches sound, fundamental basketball skills in a fun, nurturing and patient environment. All Hoop Kidz coaches are experienced, certified basketball youth coaches in Jamaica and have undergone the Hoop Kidz coaching certification programme which emphasizes inclusivity and involvement for all campers. We have an industry standard coach to camper ratio of 1:8, and a one ball/one camper philosophy, making it easier for kids to remain focused and interested.
What skills will Hoop Kidz campers learn at camp?
Hoop Kidz' Head Basketball Coach, Dwayne Cunningham and his staff oversee all aspects of the coaching activities using their expertise, guidance, and leadership to increase each camper’s abilities in the game of basketball. Campers will be taught the rules of the game, ball handling, shooting, passing, rebounding, dribbling, offensive and defensive stance, footwork and positioning, among other skills.
What about insurance and medical care?
Hoop Kidz is committed to your child's safety, security and well being. The nature of sport however means that there is still the possibility of risk or injury. As a result, we have a Registered Nurse on hand at all times to treat the most common bumps and bruises associated with basketball. Hoop Kidz does not provide insurance for each camper and we require written permission concerning your child’s ability to safely participate in camp activities. Completed permission forms must be signed and submitted at the time of payment and registration.
My child has a food allergy. How is that handled?
We are a child-centric organization and so we are very sensitive to a variety of dietary requirements including allergies to nuts, gluten and dairy. At Hoop Kidz, we are a nut-free basketball camp environment and do not stock any foods containing nuts. We urge parents not to pack any food that may contain nuts, including peanut butter or certain candies or chocolates.
What is your refund policy?
If you need to cancel a registration, for any reason, we will refund you in full up until 14 calendar days prior to the start date of camp. If cancelled 14 days or less prior to the start of camp, you will be refunded 50% of the camp fees. No refunds will be issued after the start of a camp.
What is Hoop Kidz' policy on camper behaviour?
What if I have other questions?
If you have other questions or concerns, feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 876-799-HOOP (4667). Looking forward to hearing from you.