Dates, Location, and General Information
The Michael Jordan Flight School is among the world's finest youth basketball camps. Learn the fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, rebounding, passing, and defense from Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, along with his first class coaching staff.
Before his 6 NBA Championships, 5 MVP Awards, 10 NBA Scoring Titles, 2 Olympic Gold Medals, NCAA Championship Winning Basket and 26 Game Winning Shots, learning the fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, defense, passing and sportsmanship were critical in Michael Jordan's development.
ďThe Michael Jordan Flight School offers boys and girls the opportunity to learn the same principles that allowed me to become the player that I was. Teamed up with my awesome coaching staff, join us for 5 fun-filled days of learning and competition, where I hope to meet, work, and create lifelong memories with you. Come fly with me for our 20th year!Ē -MJ
The Flight School basketball camp consists of two sessions: July 31-August 4 (boys) & August 5-9 (boys and girls). On the first day of camp, Overnight Camper registration will begin at 12 noon and Day Camper registration will begin at 1 pm. Dinner is the only meal served on the first day of each camp session (July 31 & August 5). Check out starts at 12 Noon and concludes at 2 pm on the last day of camp (Aug 4 and 9). Campers are welcome to register for both sessions. Accommodations will be provided for campers who are registered to attend both sessions. For the extra night, we require an additional fee of $100.00 to cover room and board.
Both boys and girls are encouraged to attend Flight School. All applicants must be between the ages of 7-18 years old. Campers may not be high school graduates. Session 1 is for boys only, while Session 2 is co-ed, open to both boys and girls.
When selecting a campus for Michael Jordan Flight School, the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) was hand chosen by the Flight School staff for it's many benefits. UCSB offers state of the art basketball facilities while on-site professional event staffing create an unforgettable experience for all camp participants. With 12 regulation indoor basketball courts and 6 outdoor courts, campers are afforded the opportunity to learn, and showcase their newly acquired skills with confidence. The majority of basketball activities will be held at the UCSB's Event Center. The Event Center boasts six courts of non-stop action and allows spectators generous views of the games as well. The balance of the basketball activities will take place at the UCSB Recreation Center. This ultra modern recreation center consists of 4 indoor courts adjoined by 4 outdoor courts; providing for optimal mild-temperature outdoor play.
The epicenter of the Michael Jordan Flight School is situated at the Tropicana Gardens. Incidentally, this is where the overnight campers stay. MJFS offices, meals and camp stores are located at the Tropicana Gardens. The majority of Flight School coaches and administrative staff stay at Tropicana Gardens, as well. Some International groups who attend Flight School may be housed at Tropicana Del Norte (1Ĺ Blocks from Tropicana Gardens).
Camp will be held at the beautiful and prestigious campus of The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Situated on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean with spectacular views of the Channel Islands and the Santa Ynez coastal range, UCSB sits in the midst of California's pristine coastline. UCSB is located approximately 100 miles north of Los Angeles and is easily accessible via Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Hwy 101 and by train. This year marks the 20th year that Flight School has been held at UCSB and our consistency has enabled us to maintain a solid working relationship with the campus administration, housing officials and facilities management. Due to its easily accessible location, outstanding housing and basketball facilities, tourist events, and activities, UCSB provides the ideal venue for the Michael Jordan Flight School to continue to be a premier youth basketball camp worldwide. Beautiful beaches, picturesque mountain ranges and a close proximity to Los Angeles offer Santa Barbara a wide array of entertainment and relaxation options to its visitors. The city is one of California's major destinations, as many Californians' retreat to Santa Barbara's upscale hotels and resorts for weekend getaways. Santa Barbara's downtown business community ranks high for shopping, restaurants and entertainment venues. Also, during the same season as the Michael Jordan Flight School, Santa Barbara's largest celebration takes place. `Old Spanish Days Fiesta' is a city celebration that includes the local government, businesses, community and UCSB, as they celebrate a weeklong festival.
• Local Accommodations
- Bacara Resort & Spa
Overnight Campers: Tuition is 785.00 ($800.00 if paying by credit card).
• Tuition Includes
Tuition includes basketball instruction, meals, MJFS poster, camp T-shirt, color team photo with Michael Jordan, 1 personal autograph per camper, certificate of participation, player evaluation, Jordan gift bag, medical care, supervision and lots of fun.
• Please Note
Michael Jordan will be in attendance on four of the five camp days per session and will be conducting personal lectures, interacting with the campers, randomly refereeing basketball games, taking team photos, and signing one personal autograph per camper.
Please note that during autograph sessions, Michael Jordan cannot sign the following items: Fleer Premier Rookie Cards and any competitor brands (ex: Adidas, And1, Reebok, etc.). No cameras allowed during autograph sessions. We thank you for your kind consideration in this matter.
There will be no refunds for cancellations occurring less than 4 weeks prior to the first day of your camp session. Deadlines for cancellations are as follows: July 3, 2015 for those attending Session 1 (July 31-August 4) and July 8, 2015 for those attending Session 2 (August 5-9). You will receive a refund less a $225.00 administrative fee per camper cancellation provided you cancel prior to the cancellation deadlines listed above. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEADLINES.
Any serious violation of camp regulations such as willful damage to university property, or any other behavior deemed detrimental to MJFS will result in immediate dismissal from camp. Any camper found harassing, bullying or inflicting any physical harm onto any other campers, roommates, or staff will be immediately asked to leave camp. There will be no refund of tuition should a camper be dismissed.
• Day Campers
Day Campers can enjoy all the activities of the camp at a reduced rate. Day Campers will be responsible for commuting to and from camp daily. Day Campers should bring all the necessary gear and apparel each day in an athletic bag. Day Campers are required to report each day at 8:45 am and can be picked up at approximately 9:45 pm. Day Campers may eat breakfast if they choose, however, they will be required to each lunch and dinner at the dorm with the Overnight Campers.
• Registration by Mail
Due to the volume of correspondence that we receive, when mailing in applications, please allow 2-3 weeks for our staff to complete Flight School enrolment confirmations. Please mail full payment with completed application to:
Transportation is available for campers traveling alone to and from the local (Santa Barbara / Goleta) airport, bus, and train stations on the first and last day of each camp session. This service is provided at no-charge. Those who will be in need of transportation can notify us by completing the transportation request form that you will receive with your final information package in the coming months.
• Housing & Meals
Overnight Campers will be boarded at the Tropicana Gardens Dormitory, which offer spacious and comfortable accommodations. The dormitory grounds provide a safe and supervised environment that include a recreation room, swimming pool, cafeteria, camp store and laundry facilities. Hearty, health conscious meals are planned and prepared by our chefs. Special dietary requests will be accommodated upon request.
Campers will be housed in apartments/dorms that sleep between 4-10 kids per unit depending on their roommate requests and general housing/rooming assignments.
To ensure safety, we have security patrolling the dormitory areas from 10pm - 8am every night/morning.
• League / Team Structure
The Michael Jordan Flight School is set up as follows:
We do not place campers on teams with their friends, family members or roommates in order to allow for competitive balance.
• Typical Daily Schedule
• What to Bring
Each camper is required to bring the following to camp: towels, washcloths, soap, personal hygiene items, twin size bed sheets, blankets, pillows, basketball footwear, athletic socks, gym shorts, T-shirts, windbreaker, sweat suit, alarm clock and detergent for laundry are all necessary. It is recommended that each camperís apparel be marked with his or her name. DO NOT bring watches, iPodís, iPadís, Expensive headphones, cell phones, TVs, radios, video games, etc. MJFS is not responsible for the theft of any of the aforementioned items. Vehicles are not allowed on campus.
• Roommate Requests
We will make every effort to accommodate all roommate requests; however, there will be absolutely no roommate requests granted on registration day! We will not allow boys and girls (even if brother and sister) to room together during the co-ed session, so please do not request that when completing the roommate request section on the camp application. All roommate requests must be made at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your camp session.
• Money at Camp
A bank will be provided for the safe keeping of your money. In return you will receive MJFS Bank Cards, which are good at all camp stores. Campers will have the opportunity to check their money out of the bank several times each day.
• Camp Store
Our onsite camp store offers items for sale, including: limited edition camp T-shirts, jerseys, camp shorts and sweatshirts, pizza, hot dogs, drinks, snacks, candy and more!
• Prize and Giveaway Redemption
Michael Jordanís personal ďWin a pair of JordanísĒ contest has become a long-standing tradition at the Michael Jordan basketball camp. Winning a pair of shoes has been a real treat; not just for the kids, but for the parents as well. Please note, to be fair, there is a limit of winning ONE PAIR OF CONTEST SHOES PER CAMPER/PER SESSION. Though we try to expedite the shipping of shoes, the process isnít an exact science. We would like to ask that you please not contact Nike or any of its affiliates regarding shoes won while at camp, as Nike and their affiliates are not responsible for MJFS contest winners. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
• Insurance and Medical Care
All campers must carry their own medical insurance. Professional medical trainers will be on duty at all times at camp. Doctors are on constant call and hospital facilities are readily accessible. Because of the rigorous daily schedule, each camper should come to camp in excellent physical condition. Every conceivable effort is made to protect the camper's health and safety through the extensive training of our medical staff, constant inspection of equipment, and supervised instruction for campers. If a medical situation should arise, the cost for treatment of injuries and hospitalization for illness or injuries while attending the Flight School will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the participant. Any medical insurance carried by the parent or guardian may be used to defray such medical and hospital costs. The camp staff assumes no responsibility for accidents or illness. We will not accept a camper with pre-existing medical conditions unless we have been notified of such prior to registration. Please ensure all medical information is completed on the camp application. Campers will not be admitted to camp without proper insurance information and signature of a parent or guardian on file. Should a camper require any special medical attention or is required to take any medications, the camp director requires that you document such needs prior to the first day of camp. Please attach any medical information to your camp application.
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