The Dixie Basketball Camp has been
known as the premier basketball teaching camp in the South for
more than 40 years. It starts at the top with Joe Dean, Jr., who
has 17 years of collegiate coaching experience and is on
constant display with the numerous state champion high school
coaches and collegiate players that fill out the coaches roster.
The campers are broken up into
four groups based on age and ability. The youngest league,
generally sixth graders and younger is known as the "ACC." Just
above them, typically 7-8th graders are the SEC. The third group
is the ABA, which is usually made up of 8th-9th graders. The
oldest group is the NBA and has all high school players.
Every day at Dixie, campers
have three basketball sessions: morning, afternoon and night.
The morning session is like a practice. Each league works on
fast break drills, goes through fundamental stations, has a free
throw competition and finally competes in skills contests.
The afternoon and night
sessions are comprised of games, where the campers can put into
action those things they've learned in the morning. The
afternoon games are 3-on-3, which is our favorite part of the
camp. Because there are only three players per team, every
player is constantly in on the action. Each team will play at
least four 3-on-3 games per day.
At night, every camper plays
one 5-on-5 game. Players are substituted on a pattern so every
camper receives an equal amount of playing time.