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The Ball is in Your Court! (Istanbul)

General Description

Top Sende! (The Ball is in Your Court!) is a basketball camp, which, in the cooperation of Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy, ISE and Globalise, brings basketball players who continue their high school education in Turkey together with the coaches of the most prestigious schools in the U.S., gives them the opportunity to showcase their skills before these coaches and continue their education and basketball careers in the U.S. should they be drafted.

It is planned for high school basketball players who participate in the camp, the very first of which will be held in Istanbul, between March 16-18, 2012, to meet coaches from the U.S., to practice under the supervision of these coaches, to plan their academic and athletic future with these coaches, and to acquire information about their schools and the academic and athletic opportunities they have to offer.

The camp will also provide the participating ahtletes with the opportunity to meet Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy trainers, as well as their peers, to participate together in social and sportive activities and make new friends, and to learn from expert trainers and coaches how to improve themselves, and their academic and athletic careers.

Aim of the Camp

The aim of the camp is to bring basketball players who continue their high school education in Turkey together with the coaches of the most prestigious schools in the U.S., give them the opportunity to showcase their skills before these coaches and continue their education and basketball careers in the U.S. should they be drafted.

The camp is designed to benefit the athletes, even if they do not go to the U.S., through the opportunity it provides for them to acquire detailed information about the academic and athletic system in the U.S. and to practice with American coaches to improve themselves and their basketball.

History of the Camp

Top Sende! (The Ball is in Your Court!) will be organized for the first time between March 16-18, 2012.

Camp Location

The camp will be held in Istanbul, with practices and showcases held at ISOV – Dinckok Technical and Industrial Occupational High School and T.C. Yeditepe University gymnasiums. Athletes will also watch a Beko Basketball League game with their American coaches at either Sinan Erdem Sports Hall or Abdi Ipekci Arena.

Lodging assistance will be provided for athletes coming from out of Istanbul, should they notify us on their initial application forms.

Profile of Campers

All basketball players currently enrolled in a high school program in Turkey can apply for Top Sende! (The Ball is in Your Court!). Initial applications will be accepted until March 2, 2012, after which a pre-selection will be held due to the limited camp quota. As a result of the pre-selection, a limited number of athletes will be invited to the slots available under each age group, and only invited athletes will be eligible for firm registration. Athletes invited to firm registration will be notified on March 6, 2012, via the official Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy website (www.ikba.com.tr), and the release of the invitation will be announced instantly on official Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy social networks (facebook.com/ikbacademy,twitter.com/ikbacademy).

Camp Dates

Top Sende! (The Ball is in Your Court!) will be held for the first time this year, between March 16-18, 2012, in a single camp period.

Camp Activities

- Introduction meeting
- Team practices
- Pizza party
- Beko Basketball League game
- Skill contests
- Dinner with American coaches
- 5-on-5 games
- Evaluation meeting

Camp Program

Friday, March 16, 2012 (ISOV – Dinckok TIOHS)

14.00 – 15.30: Introduction meeting with Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy trainers
15.30 – 16.00: Firm registration and the distribution of practice jerseys
16.00 – 16.30: Introduction of the coaches and the athletic program
16.30 – 17.45: Practice in the supervision of Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy trainers (to be watched by American coaches)
17.45 – 19.00: Practice in the supervision of Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy trainers (to be watched by American coaches)
19.00 – 20.15: Practice in the supervision of Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy trainers (to be watched by American coaches)
20.15 – 21.00: Pizza party at the gymnasium hall

Saturday, March 17, 2012 (T.C. Yeditepe University)

09.00 – 10.15: Practice in the supervision of American coaches
10.15 – 11.30: Practice in the supervision of American coaches
11.30 – 12.45: Practice in the supervision of American coaches
14.00: Lunch
XX.XX: Anadolu Efes – Tofas (Sinan Erdem Sports Hall) OR Galatasaray MP – Antalya BSB (Abdi Ipekci Arena) game (*)
XX.XX: Skill contests (**)
XX.XX: Dinner with American coaches (***)

* Time not announced as game times have yet not been fixed.
** Time not announced as it will be set according to the BBL game time.
*** Time not announced as it will be set according to the BBL game time.

Sunday, March 18, 2012 (ISOV – Dinckok TIOHS)

09.00 – 10.30: 5-on-5 game in the supervision of American coaches (athletes born b/w 1994 – 1996)
10.30 – 12.00: 5-on-5 game in the supervision of American coaches (athletes born b/w 1997 – 1999)
12.00: Evaluation meeting

Prices & Payments

Price: Participation in the camp is FREE OF CHARGE. ONLY pre-selected and invited athletes will be able to participate in the camp. All intracity and intercity transportation, and lodging expenses (latter two for athletes coming from out of Istanbul) belong to the athletes.

Opportunities

Discounted lodging and lodging assistance are available for athletes coming from out of Istanbul. Please contact the Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy office for discounts and arrangements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How much does the camp cost?

Answer: Participation in the camp is FREE OF CHARGE. ONLY pre-selected and invited athletes will be able to participate in the camp. All intracity and intercity transportation, and lodging expenses (latter two for athletes coming from out of Istanbul) belong to the athletes.

Question: What is the deadline for camp applications?

Answer: The deadline for camp applications is March 2, 2012.

Question: When will invited athletes be announced?

Answer: Invited athletes will be announced on March 6, 2012.

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