Plan Your End of the Season Celebration Now

Every season, no matter what the stats or outcome merits a celebration.  Time spent by coaches and players alike, team bonding and bolstering of skills, the camaraderie of the team,  deserve time set aside to revel in individual and team accomplishments beyond the scores.  To put together a fun gathering, USA Football recommends these 5 ideas:

  1. Finding the time to get everyone all together will be a chore – most everyone will be there for the final game, so consider planning your party for that day.
  2. See if a parent will volunteer their home and everyone else can share in buying the party goodies.
  3. Have a picnic at a local park and bring your own picnic baskets, side dishes and desserts to share.
  4. Consider celebrating at a local football game and have a tail gate party.
  5. Locate a favorite restaurant in the area that is easily accessible and has the space.

Read more:  5 ways to celebrate a fun youth football season


Another Viewpoint of Your Golf Game

Practical Golf offers you an alternative way to determine how well your golf game is going.  Break your game in to 3 areas:

  • tee shots
  • approach shots
  • finesse shots (100 yards or less)

The mantra is not to worry about perfecting every shot, this worry often times contributes to the mistakes made.  If you learn to see each area as a potential to improve, you will do better.

Practice consistently, don’t spend all your time at the driving range – get out on the golf course, and keep telling yourself that making mistakes is part of the game.

“You don’t need to be perfect to have a great round of golf, you need to be patient with yourself. At least one part of your game is going to fail you. If you can remind yourself that mistakes are OK, and have the mental resolve to dig in when they occur, your scores will improve.”

Read more:  What is the 2/3 rule?


Are Your Kids Learning to Code?

STEAM Craft Education shares a blog on the relevance for young kids to be exposed or to learn to code, and for parents to get on board.  Coding is the language of computers, and as we rapidly submerse into the digital age, almost everything that we do is governed by coding and computer programs.  There is and will be a high demand for workers with coding skills nationally and globally and a booming technology field will require thousands of workers.

” Many STEAM educators are pushing for coding to be included as a fundamental skill, which they consider almost as important as learning the ABC’s. And it’s less about wanting every student to master coding, and more about at least giving young learners the opportunity to try coding, and discover for themselves if it’s a skill they enjoy and want to develop.”

Introducing coding to young kids has become a growing trend and there are lots of tech companies and start ups that are involved.  Check some of them out:

Find out more:  STEAM Education and the Modern Alphabet: Teaching Kids To Code


Tips for Higher Basket Tosses

Cheerleading Daily shares some tips to achieve higher basket tosses that always seem to amaze the crowd and get them cheering.  Essential to how high your basket tosses go is the height of release point for the bases, though other factors such as physical strength,  timing and experience also play important roles.  Here are some basic tips to keep in mind:

For bases:

  • Bases should be close together and at point of release should be chest to chest
  • Bases should jump when tossing your basket
  • Bases need to toss straight up

It goes without saying, always use good spotting and cradling technique in baskets to be safe and to prevent injuries.  There are tips for the flyer as well.

For more details:  Get Higher Basket Tosses


Update: Boy’s Lax Has New Officiating Rules

US Lax magazine highlighted that in July, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) revised boy’s lacrosse officiating rules.  The new rules aim to improve safety, provide consistency across the age levels, and keep the game exciting for players and spectators.  Here’s a sample of rule adjustments:

  • penalty for improper wearing of mouthpiece
  • allowing schools to use a unified field for both boys and girls
  • end-of-game-shot will be counted if it is released before the end of the period

Rick Lake, senior manager of the men’s game for US Lacrosse said about the end-of-the-game-shot,  “It is an exciting play that should be well received by players, coaches, and fans of the game.  It will also align with other levels of the sport. If the rules are more closely aligned at all levels, as in this case, it is easier for the new or casual fans to understand the game they are watching. One of the goals of any committee is to make sure the game is exciting and I think this rule was a good move.”

For details:  NFHS Amends Multiple Boys Lacrosse Rules Aimed at Safety, Creativity


Keep the Summer Feeling Amped

Summer 2017 was unforgettable. Thank you again for being a part of it. We can’t wait to build upon the relationships we formed with you  all or create new ones as we look towards summer 2018!

To that end, we would like to extend the “Can’t Miss Discount of the Year” to you and any friends or family, you feel would enjoy their time with us next summer!

Early Enrollment

Enroll by October 20th

Save $50 per week, per camper

Additional Sibling & Multiple Week Discounts Apply!

 It goes without saying that enrolling by October 20th can be a significant savings for your family.

or email Kirsten ks@fscamps.com

$200 deposit per week, per camper required for early enrollment. Cancellations are fully refundable before February 9, 2018.

We hope you can take advantage of our “Can’t Miss Discount of the Year” and look forward to seeing you all again or meeting you in the Summer 2018!


Volleyball Breaks Language Barrier

Volleyball is an original American sport created by William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1895.  In its inception, volleyball was originally called Mintonette and with some changes to the rules, it was known as volleyball by 1896.  Volleyball spread by way of the YMCA branches that were located nationwide.  By the early 1900’s, volleyball was being played in distant shores like Cuba and the Philippines.  Today, more than 46 million Americans play volleyball.

Experience volleyball in Japan through the eyes of Executive Director, Julie Dailey, Team Sting Volleyball Club,Birmingham, Alabama.

“The girls ranged in age from 14-17 and walked in the gym with a complete focus and determination that was evident from their walk, to their work ethic and communication.  Although the language barrier was difficult at times, the love of the sport between these two teams tied them together immediately”.

Read more:  Understanding True Love and Respect for the Game



When You Land Your Dream Dance Role!

As a child in dance class, you may have had imaginings of what it would feel like to be chosen for your dream role, conquering a famous stage as you shared your passion for dance, and then embracing the thunderous applause.

Only you know, how much of yourself you have spent to receive these well-deserved accolades.  In that glorious moment, what does it feel like?    Dance Spirit shares compelling interviews with four dancers from diverse dance styles who have experienced their dream wish.

Be inspired by their varied experiences and journeys. Come, have a taste of success!

Dream on:  Four Stars Share The First Time They Danced Their Dream Roles


3 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Athlete

Most parents would love to be able to hold onto the memory of their child’s greatest sports moment or at least have captured a great photo of it.  But for some of us, what seems like a simple task has been gargantuan.  Vincent Pugliese,  Sports Photo School wrote a post for JBMThinks with 3 great photo tips that all of us can at manage:

  1. Get off the Bleachers – The closer you are to your intended subject, the sharper and clearer the image will be.
  2. Come in Low – Coming in lower brings a closer and more personal feel to the imagery.  The background fades into the rear and your child comes into the forefront.
  3. Shoot through the Fence – If you can’t get past the obstacle, use the obstacle to give your shot a unique feel or different perspective.

Try these 3 tips, the next time you want to hold onto a special moment.

Discover more:  3 Quick & Easy Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Kids Playing Sports


S.T.E.A.M. Education Can Be Fun

Steam education is the acronym for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.  “The STEAM education approach, in particular, challenges students to find solutions to open-ended problems and learn concepts in a multidisciplinary way based on relatable real world scenarios. Children are exposed to important new concepts and ideas like robotics, coding, AI, collaborative design, and mixed media, among others.”

Educators and parents employ different tools to spark interest in learning.  Museum trips, visits to the zoo, farms, and aquariums are just some of many ways to augment education.  Steam Craft shares the top 5 games that your kids can be playing that are fun and STEAM education supportive at the same time:

  1. Lightbot
  2. Lightbot Jr.
  3. Minecraft Edu
  4. Blokify
  5. Scrap Mechanic

For more details:  The Big Five: STEAM educational games your kids should be playing now