Illinois Crusaders: Links

More Than Winning
Your game plan for life!

Basketball Skills Video Clips
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Great video demonstrations of ball-handling drills, dribbling drills, dribbling moves, funndamentals, guard play and post play.

Hoops King
Hoops King Online Camp
This site features many drills to help you become the best basketball player you can be. Membership to the Hoops King Online Camp is free.

Pray Before You Play
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Sports devotionals.

Amateur Athletic Union
AAU logo
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The AAU is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer sports organizations in the United States. One of the most popular AAU sports is girls basketball. Sports for all, forever! Click on the headline to find out more about the AAU.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives... one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

Athletes in Action
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AIA was founded in 1966 by David Hannah, who desired to capitalize on society's great love of sports and utilize the platform given to athletes to reach the world for Jesus Christ.

Central Illinois AAU
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AAU site for Illinois.

PlyoCity Youth Development
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Team practice alone is no longer enough to develop the necessary skills to be successful in today's Junior, Senior, High or College Sports Programs. You need to exceed what is required from yourself to rise above the competition, and improve your overall game. The few that are able to do this are usually the ones who will advance to the next level.

Evolution Athletics
EAI continues to offer athletes fresh new ways to increase their ability to handle the ball, shoot, and score. Coach Pagliocca consistently prepares some of the best shooters in Illinois while implementing revolutionary strength and specific ball handling which can be found nowhere else.

Hoop Mountain Midwest (Camps)
Hoop Mountain Midwest Boys is the "home of the #1 Instructional Basketball Camps in the Midwest!”

1. Develop and maintain the "#1 Instructional Baskeball Camps in the Midwest!" for young men in order to prepare them to 'move to the next level'.
2. Provide the best coaches in the Midwest as the instrument of the learning experience.
3. Maintain a 'positive' coaching philosophy. 'Negative' and non-constructive 'criticism' is not the Hoop Mountain way.

Dick Baumgartner's Basketball Shooting Camp
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Shooting instruction at each camp is given by a full-time staff of professional shooting instructors who are led and trained by Dick Baumgartner, one of the country’s leading shooting authorities. Dick and his staff work individually with each player who attends camp. These shooting instructors are on duty morning, noon and night. Besides the individual one-on-one instruction, players are drilled twice a day for 55 minutes each session on shooting and other offensive fundamentals. Along with the fundamental work, they will also play three games a day. Game competition is very good.

Rick Mount Shooting School
Rick has lectured at camps and coaching clinics from coast to coast. He has beent the shooting instructor for Taylor Basketball Camps for 23 years. In that capacity he has helped thousands of young players improve their shooting skills; this also forced him to acquire the ability to quickly analyze a player's shot and prescribe a few key changes in mechanics which results in a better shot and higher shooting percentages.

Five-Star Basketball Camp
Five-Star Traditional Camps are the centerpiece of our summers. These camps offer the very best in teaching and competion - and have since 1966. Some of the most famous names in basketball have passed through these camps and improved their game the Five-Star way!

Strictly Shooting
The Strictly Shooting Company is a highly specialized school open to boys and girls of all ages. It is widely recognized as a premier school dedicated to the art of shooting. Our staff consists of experienced instructors, trained in the Strictly Shooting technique. Established in 1997, the Strictly Shooting Company has trained over 3,500 students. Our alumni base consists of students from Illinois and as far away as Florida. Many of our alumni have gone on to set conference shooting records. Our goal is to train you to be the best shooter you can be, a "Strictly Shooting" shooter.

Kessel's Training (Teams & Camps)
Kessel's Training is Northern Illinois' most advanced basketball, volleyball and plyometric training organization. We offer a variety of camps, clinics, private instruction and more for all of your basketball, volleyball and athletic needs. Founded by Dennis Kessel and his 25 years of coaching expertise, Kessel's Training is unique because, regardless of sport, he breaks down every individual step over and over until the player's muscles are trained, mind is focused and the skill perfected.

National Point Guard Camp (5-day overnight)
At the National Point Guard Camp, we will help you answer questions like these and we will work with you on improving your basketball ability. When you leave this camp, you will know much more about basketball then you do now. We're sure of that. You will see the game in a different light and, if you put forth any effort, you will be a better player. Our long experience, proven methods, capable staff, and controlled size will give you the basis for significant improvement. Plus, you'll probably have a lot of fun.

Point Guard College (5-day overnight)
The Point Guard College is an intense, no-nonsense, learning experience for high school and college-age young men and women.

Not your typical basketball camp, PGC is called a “college” for a reason. The curriculum is specially designed to teach basketball players to play the game intelligently, to be “coaches on the court”, and to be true leaders during games, in practice, during the off-season, and in everyday life.

Tri-State Camps
Welcome to, the online home of Jerry Petitgoue's Tri-State Camps. Tri-State Basketball Camps were started in 1985 by Jerry Petitgoue (winningest high school coach in state history with over 700 wins) with a single boys camp at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Today Coach Petitgoue runs distinct camps at Lakeland College near Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Taylor University Basketball Camp
While it is our intent that our camp continues to be one of the best anywhere when it comes to teaching the basic skills and concepts of basketball, it is also our purpose to model and represent the highest of Christian values for your son through his time with us.

We will do this by having Christian counselors and providing them with training in coaching and relational skills. The guest speakers we present will be people with spiritual values that are apparent in their performances. Campers will receive personal attention from their coaches and will be closely supervised at all times.

The Difference Maker
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Filled with sports action, laughs, and truth, The Difference Maker is a novel targeting teenage guys. While 16-year-old basketball phenom, Justin “Brother” Maker, plans to lead his team to the state championship, he boldly claims his bigger purpose is to make a difference in people's lives.

The Goal
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Sports fans are spellbound by the incredible feats of todays athletes. is comitted to bringing you their stories in their own words.

Sports Spectrum Magazine
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Sports Spectrum magazine seeks to highlight Christian athletes of all sports and levels to help motivate, encourage and inspire people in their faith through the exciting and challenging world of sports.