They just don’t know

If for whatever reason a basketball camp (I’m running) isn’t the right fit for a kid, we’ll promptly provide a refund … no questions asked!

This has been my policy since 2008.

From the (few) refund requests I do get, they come from parents, who were recently exposed to my camps. Their analysis includes whether their kid received adequate skill development and in-camp competition. If not, they’ll request refund.

From a macro-perspective, this “seems” to make total sense.

But here’s the problem, the parent is not factoring in the intangibles!

What intangibles are you talking about Coach Berry?!

  • Mentorship
  • Life Lessons
  • References
  • Recommendations
  • Advocacy

​In addition to skill development and in-camp competitive play, their kid receives intangibles, which builds character, self-confidence, self-accountability, life-long relationships, and leadership!

In my view, the intangibles (in many cases) are more valuable than the basketball benefits the kid receives.

So, when a parent quickly removes their kid from one of my basketball camps (without understanding the big picture), I simply say “They just don’t know!

About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.