2017 Summer Basketball Camps – Our 21st Year!
2016 Summer Basketball Camps - Our 20th Year!

About Us

MikecolorMichael started the Below The Rim Basketball Camp in 1996 after directing the Jerry Sichting Basketball Camp for four years. Originally from Northern Ireland, Michael first got involved in camping by working as a camp counselor at Camp Becket in the Berkshires. Having immigrated because of this influence, he truly understands the value of a positive camping experience. He has spent the last twenty-five years working as the Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher at the Meadowbrook School of Weston. Therefore, Michael brings a professional educator’s approach to the camp. He believes strongly that life skills can be taught through healthy competition; which is the main focus of the Camp.

Please Contact: Michael Snoddy
at:(978) 562 5603

E-mail: msnoddy13@gmail.com

Camp Philosophy

Every camper that attends Camp has a love for basketball. The philosophy of the Camp is to nurture this love in a positive environment, with the goal of further enhancing each camper’s self-esteem. This is achieved by establishing an environment that is physically, socially and emotionally safe. Qualities such as teamwork, sportsmanship and a positive attitude are strongly encouraged.

The Program

The emphasis is placed in the values of hard work and trying your best, while giving each student a strong foundation in the fundamentals of basketball. The individual skills of rebounding, dribbling, shooting and ball-handling will be given special attention. Priority is placed on how these skills are incorporated into a team setting.

In order to guarantee individual attention and playing time, the number of players on a team will be limited to a maximum of eight. Each camper will have the opportunity to participate in competitive games during the day. Teams are selected based on ability rather than age or gender. Girls will be given the choice of playing on coed or all-girl teams. The emphasis here is placed on the values of hard work and trying your best.

For Further Information Please Contact:
Michael Snoddy at (978) 562-5603
Email: msnoddy@comcast.net

Staff

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The success of any camp is in part due to the quality of the staff it employs. Many of the staff are professional educators who not only demonstrate a high degree of basketball competence, but more importantly the interpersonal skills necessary to communicate in a positive way with each camper. This year’s staff will also consist of college coaches and players, along with experienced high school coaches.

Staff members include:

Linda Martindale – Newton High School Head Coach
Donald Morris – Lesley College Head Coach
Malcolm Andrews – Lesley College Assistant Coach
Troy Brown – Providence College, 34th Pick in NBA Draft

Facilities

Indoor and outdoor basketball courts, plus locker rooms. Swimming available at Meadowbrook, Regis College.

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers over the years have included NBA pros such as: Joe Kleine, Rick Fox, Derek Strong, Ed Pickney, Billy Curley and M.L. Carr and former Celtics assistant coach John Carroll.

Medical Information

The Below the Rim Basketball Camp complies with the Regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Health 105CMR430. It is licensed by the Weston Board of Health. There will be a fully-qualified Athletic Trainer on staff. If a camper gets injured and requires medical attention, the Camp has a doctor on call. Our medical staff will contact a parent/guardian should an illness be of a serious nature. Board of Health and Commonwealth of Massachusetts require a yearly physical exam within a 24 month period of the date the student is scheduled to attend camp.

Parents may request to review Below The Rim’s policies on staff background checks, healthcare and discipline.

Happy Campers

Campers have come from as far away as France and Belgium to attend the Below The Rim Camp.

I wanted to send a note to express my gratitude and thanks for running such a fabulous basketball camp!

My daughter Hadley is new to the sport and I wasn’t sure how a week of exclusively basketball camp would go over. Her week could not have been better. She learned a ton and had a blast! She came home every day saying “Mom, camp literally flew by. I can’t believe how fast the day went.”

I attended the Friday game/exhibition and was very impressed with the structure, discipline, and focus. It was quickly apparent that coaching staff loves (and excels at) the sport and is adept at working with kids of various skill levels. I also liked that the camp was co-ed, I think it is great for both genders.

So, thanks to you and to your staff team. We will be back next year!

Best,
Ashley Swenson

“As a parent, I was greatly impressed by the Camp’s emphasis on character development, encouragement on doing your best and on playing as a team. My sons said it was great and they had a lot of fun.” – Dr. Ken Lowey, father of two sons & campers for four years.

“At Below The Rim, kids learn more than just basketball! They form lasting friendships with their peers and counselors. They come away from the week with enough memories and stories to carry them through to the next summer. They can hardly wait to return!”- Beth Wittcoff, mother of two sons & campers for 6 years