Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing For PGC
Can I be preparing for my PGC session?
Yes, you certainly can. The best way you can prepare for your PGC session is to complete the ‘Pre-PGC’ 30-Day Challenge through our Online Training. This 30-Day Challenge will prepare you physically for the demands of your PGC course.
Can I bring my DS, Wii, or PS3 to PGC?
Don’t bring any of that stuff. You won’t be spending that much time in the dorms, and when you are in the dorms, you and most of your fellow athletes will want to rest up for the next session. Come to PGC to learn as much as you can, and save that other stuff for when you’re at home.
Can I bring snacks or a cooler to PGC?
As athletes are often hungry by the end of the evening court sessions, we recommend bringing healthy snacks or money for an evening snack. PGC offers healthy snacks (sport drinks, bottled water, power bars, fruit, etc.) in the nightly store. On occasion, dorm rooms will have a refrigerator in them, but that is typically not the case.Please note that you are not permitted to cook in the dorms.
Once I sign up, how do I receive the Getting Ready Packet with everything I need to know for my session?
Upon registering for a course, you will receive a note of confirmation that will include a link to your Getting Ready Packet (GRP). Be sure to save a copy of your GRP. You will receive a reminder email with the GRP link a few weeks prior to your session.
Ages and Genders
Is the program coed?
Yes. Learning to play the game more intelligently has very little to do with gender. Guys and girls will both be in the classroom and the gym at the same time. In the gym, players are taught as a group, but when it comes time for competing, guys typically play against guys, and girls play against girls. In the dorms, the guys will be on a separate wing, floor, or dorm from the girls.
Is there a maximum age limit?
The maximum grade for a Prep School participant is 10th grade. There is no maximum age for all of the other PGC courses. We occasional have players in their mid-to-late 20's attend and have even had players in their 50’s and 60’s attend courses. All that’s required is a strong desire to better understand the game.
Will PGC courses really benefit college players?
Yes! Even though a relatively small percentage of players are college athletes, the curriculum for each course has been designed with the aspiring college player and the college-level player in mind. And, because of their experience and maturity level, college players typically get more out of PGC then younger athletes. There are currently over 50 PGC grads playing at some of the top Division 1 schools in the country.
Directors and Instructors
Who leads each PGC course?
All of the teaching at each PGC course is led by the Course Director. Instructors are present to assist the athletes as they learn the principles and habits taught by the Director. Our Instructors at each session are college and high school coaches, as well as current and former elite-level players. Every Instructor has to attend a PGC course before they are considered for an instructor position. This allows PGC Directors to get to know potential instructors personally before they are hired to work at PGC sessions. This enables PGC to provide highly qualified and trained Instructors at each PGC course.
What if I get injured at a session?
If you are unable to complete your PGC course and must withdraw from the session, we will provide you with a prorated credit (based on how many days you missed) for another course.
What if I get injured before my session?
If you’ve signed up for a course and get injured between the time you register and the time of your session, we recommend you still attend the session. Many athletes have done this, and nearly every athlete was glad they did. The overwhelming majority of teaching will take place in the classroom, so as long as you can write and sit in a chair, you’ll get all the information that every other athlete receives. Oftentimes, athletes on crutches learn even more from the instruction because they focus on the information rather than on how they are performing on the court.
Please note: If you decide not to attend your PGC cousre due to an injury, our cancellation policy still applies.
Can I repeat a course?
Yes! Each course offers more basketball information than anyone can possibly absorb in one week. Plus, as you get more experienced in the game and more mature as a student and as a person, you’ll hear and notice things that you missed or heard differently the first time around.
Here’s what some of our grads had to say about attending a course for second time:
"This was my second time to attend, and I feel as if I passed the point of being overwhelmed and was able to soak in even more information than last time. PGC equipped me to look at basketball in a different way. I feel as if I've been given some of basketball's most important and most hidden secrets. "
— Kasey Dabbs, 2-Time PGC Grad
"This was my second time at PGC, and I learned just as much as I did the first time. Each time you attend a course, the skills are 're-loaded' back into your game. Without a doubt, this week has been the most intense and beneficial five days of basketball I have ever had.”
— Michael Reimer, 2-Time PGC Grad
Does the level of competition vary from site to site?
The level of competition may vary slightly from session to session, but there is no way to predict which sessions will have a higher level of play.
How many athletes come to each session?
The number of participants varies from session to session, depending on the facilities available to PGC. Our average session has a capacity of 125 athletes, while a number of our larger venues can more athletes.
Most summer basketball camps are two to three times the size of our sessions. Nearly all of our programs fill up, and we turn away hundreds of players each summer, but we feel it's important to keep the enrollment numbers low so that we provide the best experience possible for our athletes.
Why can't the parents attend the sessions?
We have found that observers popping in and out of the classroom and gym sessions can be a distraction for athletes, as well as staff. As a result, regardless of whether its parents, family members, local coaches, or friends of athletes, we do not permit any observers at our courses. As a parent, you are welcome to take your son or daughter for a meal off-campus at any time through a session, if desired. And, you’re welcome to register and attend the entire session as an Observing Coach if you would like to sit in on the whole course.