Push Your Limits
Mercersburg Girls’ Basketball Skills Camp is for the aspiring player who wants to make the varsity or JV team in the future as well as the ones who have dreams of playing at the next level. Over the course of four days, players will build habits that will lead to success on the court. They will work to improve ball handling, shooting, and body control. The camp will focus on skills that help players become a leader within their program and stand out on and off the court. Players will learn on the court, in the classroom, and through video analysis. They will also play competitive skills games and 5v5 games, as well as test themselves in shooting and ball handling skills challenges.
This camp is led by Mercersburg Academy Girls’ Varsity Basketball staff, including Head Coach Paul Sipes.
June 20-23, 2021
Commuter Early Bird $250
Residential Early Bird: $295
Commuter After 3/15/21: $285
Residential After 3/15/21: $330
Meet the Director
Born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan, Coach Sipes has been a high school varsity basketball coach for the past 31 years. He has coached both boys and girls at the varsity level and has received a number of coaching awards including the Maryland Women’s Basketball Association Coach of the Year in 2001, Virginia Athletic Director of the Year in 2012, Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2013, and nine-time Conference Coach of the Year.
During his decorated coaching career, Paul has also amassed more than 400 wins and has helped more than 50 players continue their careers at the NCAA level. “ love camp because it gives young players a chance to see that hard work can also be really fun,” he says. “It’s part of why I don’t mind the regular 65-hour work weeks we do in the Athletic Department—it's a whole lot of fun!
Paul earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1990 and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University in 2005.
Our mission is to challenge players of all levels, from beginner to the skilled athlete. We want to teach players to think the game, learn to lead more effectively, and practice with purpose. Our goal is to promote individual skill development and help players gain self-confidence through basketball success. The program aims to instill a commitment to disciple, determination, and, most importantly, respect in all players.
Alumni of the program are currently competing at six different NCAA universities, including Loyola University Maryland, Coastal Carolina University, Gettysburg College, Frostburg State University, Union College (of New York), and Stevenson University (of Maryland).
A Day at Camp
No two days are alike, but a typical day at Girls’ Basketball Camp looks like this:
Living at Camp
This is overnight camping?
Attendees live in a modern, air-conditioned dormitory with two to four participants per room. Carpeted hallways lead to tiled bathrooms, with showers that have privacy curtains.
Bring your trunk and personal necessities, and you are set for dorm life, Mercersburg style.
Counselors live in adjacent rooms and our open-door policy ensures comfort and safety for every attendee. An emphasis on respect, courtesy, cooperation, and consideration enables campers to live and thrive with others to make dorm life enjoyable for all.
The girls’ basketball program trains and competes on the Plantz Basketball Courts, a 10,000-square-foot facility that houses three full-sized courts. Off-court training takes place in the McDowell Fitness Center, which features contemporary equipment and programming geared for athletic development.
Our financial assistance provides students displaying strong desire, high merit, and financial need the opportunity to attend our programs. Download the Financial Assistance Application along with your registration. Contact our office via email or phone if you have any questions.