My son attended Dave Schuman's National Passing Academy held at the Gulf Shores High School, Gulf Shores, AL on July 23rd, 2008. The brochure states "Your skills will improve or you'll get your money back!" This camp is part of many training camps that Dave Schuman provides in various areas around the country and states that it is for "serious and intense players only, not casual football players".
My son is very dedicated to football in high school and has attended other camps. We were led to believe that this camp would be taught by high quality individuals and that my son would learn some great new skills or improve upon his current ones.
Long story short, all of the parents were given the wrong location to the camp that day, my son's coach turned out to be a local high school linemen coach, even though he was teaching Wide Receivers and Tight Ends. They only did training as one group and did not teach any one position (i.e. WR's and TE's were lumped together, not taught separate).
They also didn't follow the posted schedule, meaning they didn't do half of the training they said they would.
My son did not learn any new skills and the little they did teach are skills he already had. It was obvious as well that they had too many kids for each coach to teach.
When I wrote with my disappointment and asked for either a refund or a credit towards a future event, I was not only denied (because my son stayed the duration of training), but berated and threatened.
He would make sure we were known as complaining parents and that Mr. Schuman would use his influence with all of the Division 1 college coaches and recruiting directors against my son.
After several emails with Mr. Schuman, the last one stated "We do not need problem parents that are going to threaten our organization in any
way." We have never intruded into our son's desire to play football in such a way that we would labeled "problem parents". Our only effort to get a refund or credit was due to the fact that our son did not get taught by a professional (as claimed in one email), he did not learn or improve skills, and was very disappointed to have traveled 150 miles for nothing.
In the end, they did not honor the guarantee stated in their brochure.