PA/MD Basketball Camp is a multi-day basketball camp for boys ages 9-18. The camp is held every July at Alvernia University in Reading, PA.
Each camper recEIves the following:
• Individual help stations after breakfast, lunch, and dinner
• Fundamental “individual improvement” instruction at their position or positions
• 3 full court games per day against top
• Hot shot and foul shot competitions
• A reversible numbered jersey for identification
• Air conditioned cafeteria, gym, and dormitories
• Last year’s living quarters included a living room and private bathroom
• Over 20 hours of fundamental instruction from high school and college coaches
• All you can eat meals in the University
• 1 on 1 and 3 on 3 competitions
• Playing “Big” • Using Body • Footwork
• Establishing Post Position • Boxing-Out
• Outlet Passing • Offensive Rebounding
• Low Post Moves • High Post Moves • Cutting
• Passing • Screening/Using Screens
• Post Defense • Perimeter Defense
• Shot Blocking • Talking/Defending Screens
• Help and Recover vs. Penetration
• “Beef” Shooting Instruction • Slip Screening
• Backcourt moves for guards to get around defenders
• Dribble Drive motion offensive concepts
• How to defend inbound under the basket
• Basketball Weight Training Daily
• Speed and Agility Training Daily
• Intro. to the Euro Step Move
• Game speed shooting off the catch, off the bounce,
off the curl, off the fade
meet the Directors
Coach Mike Gaffey is the Head Boy’s Basketball Coach at Mechanicsburg High School. This past February, he won his 430th game as a head coach at the HS and college levels. His record in his last 8 years at McDevitt was 138-59, which included two District Titles and the first District Title in 29 years, and the school’s first ever state Semi-Final appearance in the 2015-16 season! Before coaching at Mechanicsburg High School, Gaffey was the Head Boys Coach at Bishop McDevitt, an Asst. at Harrisburg Christian and the Head Coach at PSU Harrisburg. In 2011-12 the PSU Harrisburg team made it to a second straight NEAC Conference title game (setting a school record for wins in a season) and was awarded the NCAA trophy for being the number one ranked team in the country for steals, while also finishing 2nd in the country in turnover margin, and 4th in the country in assists per game! Gaffey was also named NEAC Conference “Coach of the Year” for the program's quick turnaround in the 2010-2011 (last place to first in 3 years) season and has also mentored 5 NEAC All-Conference selections- Kenton Alston, David Reisinger, Nick Liddell, Steve Jones, and Lancaster Lebanon League grad Jordan Gatchall in his five seasons at the Division 3 school. PSU Harrisburg also led the league in scoring at 80 plus points per game in 2010-11 and 2011-12. In addition, Gaffey was named the Lancaster-Lebanon League 2006-07 “Coach of the Year” while coaching at Annville-Cleona. His 1996 Palmyra team won the last school Boys District Championship in 55 years! In addition, Gaffey has worked the individual instruction station for Coach Jim Boeheim at the Syracuse University Basketball Camp from 1991-2011, and the individual improvement station at Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Camp in the summer of 2015.
Coach Scott Gaffey is in his 3rd year as the Head Coach at Ephrata High School. This past year they reached as high as 12th in the 6A District 3 playoff rankings in January. Before coming to Ephrata, he was the youngest 6A Head Coach in the state of Pennsylvania at Mifflin County High School. Before becoming a Head Coach, he helped as staff at Manheim Central to lead their team to their first state playoff win in school history. Previous to that, he assisted at Bishop McDevitt and helped guide the their team to the P.I.A.A Elite 8. In high school, Gaffey attended Harrisburg Christian where he made 62 three point shots in one season and helped the team make the school’s first ever state playoff. He attended college at St. Bonaventure. Currently, he also directs the PAHOOPS AAU program in Ephrata. At camp he runs the 2 ball station.
COACH MARK RISSER is the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Bishop McDevitt. He had a successful playing career at Palmyra Area High School from 1999-2002. After High School he went on to play at Alvernia College his Freshmen year, and graduated from Alvernia University in 2006 with a degree in Education. He began his coaching career at 18 years old, coaching a local group of Middle School boys in 2002 and 2003. In 2004-2008 he was the Boy's Assistant Varsity Coach at Annville-Cleona High School. For the 2009-2010 season he was the Head Freshmen Boy's Coach at Middletown Area High School. In 2010-2011 he returned to Annville-Cleona High School to become the Head Boy's 7th / 8th grade basketball coach. After taking a year off from coaching Mark was hired as the Head Boy's Junior Varsity Basketball Coach for the 2013-2014 season. After his first year he was promoted to the Boy's Lead Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach where he served in that role from 2014 until the 2022 season. He was named the Boy's Varsity Basketball Head Coach in July of 2022. Besides Coach Risser's coaching experience at all levels he has also worked Duke Basketball Camp, including Coach K's final camp in 2019, and The PA/MD Basketball camp held at Alvernia for the past 15 years.
$ 450.00 if received by May 1st
$ 470.00 if received by June 25th
$ 490.00 if received between June 26th and July 20th
$ 325.00 if received by May 1st
$ 335.00 if received by June 1st
$ 345.00 if received between June 26th and July 20th
A $115.00 non-refundable deposit must accompany your application. The balance of your camp fee is to be paid on or before the first day of camp. Payment is accepted via Papyal or Check. If you need to cancel you must do so in writing 14 days prior to the start of camp. You will have the choice of a refund (minus the deposit) or a full credit good for one year. However, no refunds or credits will be issued if you cancel after 14 days prior to camp.
Past speakers and Staff
IMG Academy in Florida
Middletown HS Asst.
Palmyra Area HS
Palmyra Area HS Asst.
Hershey HS Head JV Coach
Elco HS Varsity Asst.
Northern Lebanon HS
Bishop McDevitt HS
Back to Basics AAU
Former PSU Harrisburg Asst. and CVYBA
Former Illinois St.
Former Head Coach
Former Lampeter Strasburg HS
Former Head Coach Middletown HS
Former Susq. Twp. Coach & PA Hall Of Fame
Director of Yorkballers AAU Program
Former Hempfield HS