Girls' Basketball Camp
Push Your Limits
Mercersburg Girls’ Basketball Camp is for the aspiring player who wants to make the varsity or JV team in the future as well as the player who has dreams of playing at the next level. Over the course of four days, participants 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 leaders 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.
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, Virginia Athletic Director of the Year, Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Coach of the Year, 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. “I 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 and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Our goal 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).
The girls’ basketball program trains and competes in the Hale Field House, a state-of-the-art indoor competition and training space. Off-court training takes place in the McDowell Fitness Center, which features contemporary equipment and programming geared for athletic development.
June 18-21, 2023