Looking for a Pair of 2018 Tennis Shoes?

Tennis Plaza shares a review of the latest 2018 tennis shoes.  “Brands like Nike and Adidas introduce knit fabrics combined with resistant synthetics in an effort to create shoes that become the highest standard in professional tennis equipment. Other brands like Wilson and Head rely on their sport expertise to produce high quality gear that blends bio-mechanics and various levels of tennis performance such as light shoes for speed or rugged and resistant outsoles for intense game players.”

Here is what Tennis Plaza has to say about some of the 2018 tennis shoe choices:

  • New Nike Zoom Vapor X – With the numbers to back it up, this Nike Vapor Court line supported by Federer is by far the best selling tennis shoes in the market with over 10 million pairs on court since 2004.
  • Adidas Adizero Ubersonic 2.0 & 3 –  Adidas has updated this shoe to maximize speed, comfort and cooling.  If you are looking for lightweight shoes, try the new adidas Adizero Ubersonic 2.0 for men or the adidas Adizero Ubersonic 3 for women.
  • Wilson Rush Pro 2.5 – If you are looking for low to the ground feel with forefoot support this shoe is designed for that.  The benefits of this design includes explosive acceleration and its outsole creates strong steps on the court to make players more agile.

Read more:  New Tennis Shoes for 2018

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Meet David Villa

Did you know that Future Stars Soccer is joining with DV7 for 2 full weeks of overnight soccer training?  The DV7 method will develop campers’  soccer skills, as well as, enhance core values. Training sessions run by licensed Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) professionals ensure that campers are able to build their confidence on and off the field and come away with a memorable experience. The DV7 curriculum is based on Spanish soccer methodology, which has proven to be effective and successful around the world. Led by David Villa, campers will be provided with a full soccer kit as well as a meet and greet with Villa himself.

So let’s get to know David Villa, former World Cup winner and Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your soccer career.  Why do they call you “El Guaje” and what does it mean?

David:  Since I was a little kid I wanted to be a soccer player. In Asturias, the word “Guaje” means kid. When I was a kid they called me Guaje because I used to play with older players.

What has been the most memorable accomplishment of your career?

David:  Winning the World Cup in 2010 was a dream come true. I think that most players dream about winning the World Cup at some point during their careers and we achieved it. It was an incredible feeling to make so many people happy in Spain

And the least memorable moment?

David:  Probably the day I got injured during the Club World Cup with FC Barcelona. I missed the Euro 2012 because of that injury.

What would you say has been one of the biggest influences on your success as a soccer player?

David:  It’s been amazing to be surrounded by so many great coaches and players during my career. I had the chance to learn from the best. Now I try to share with our DV7 players what I’ve learned.


Tell us about the DV7 organization: when it started, what inspired you to start it, where does it operate?

David:  I want to be involved in youth soccer and I enjoy teaching the players what I have learned and experienced throughout my professional career. It all began with my business partner Víctor Oñate. We both decided that it would be great to open academies around the world. As of right now, we have academies in Spain, the U.S., Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. We are very happy with how the academies are progressing.

Tell us about the DV7 curriculum and why it’s so effective when learning how to play soccer.

David:  During my career, I have been able to see and learn different methodologies from great coaches. At DV7, we want the players to learn the game by training with the ball at all times. Our players are the main focus. During the past few years, I have seen a lot of improvement in our players and I am very satisfied with the level of training we are providing them.


What are some key success factors when training under the DV7 curriculum?

David:  Each DV7 academy has a Technical Director who is in charge of implementing the DV7 methodology. All of our players enjoy very dynamic and effective training sessions.

Can anyone join a DV7 Soccer Academy? Or do you need to already have a certain skill level?

David:  All players are welcome. At DV7, we all share the same passion about the game, no matter your soccer skills. Our goal is for players to improve day by day.


Soccer has not traditionally been the most popular sport in the USA, compared to most of the world. How do you and DV7 inspire kids to learn and keep playing soccer?

David:  I think that soccer is becoming more popular in this country. I see a lot of boys and girls wanting to become soccer players. I try to show our players that it’s more important to learn lifelong values than winning trophies. Soccer is a collective sport and even if a player doesn’t become a professional soccer player, he or she will have learned important values during their soccer career.

To any kids out there who are thinking about learning to play soccer, or joining one of your camps, what would you say to them?

David:  Come join us! The camps are a lot of fun and a good way to keep your soccer skills sharp, another plus is the players will have a chance to play with me on the field and ask me questions.


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Meet Marie McCool

US Lax Magazine’s May/June edition sports a great short interview with Marie McCool. Marie’s high school coach, Deanna Knobloch shares, “It’s not that McCool is a stick-skills wizard, Knobloch says. Both at Moorestown and today as an All-American midfielder at North Carolina, McCool’s game is technically sound but not edgy. Instead, the word that comes up repeatedly to describe her game is “flow.” She favors transition and unsettled situations, corralling loose balls and running past defenders who can’t keep pace.”

For details:  The Real McCool: How the UNC Star Found Her Sweet Spot



Learn 5 Baseball Tips from 5 Sports Professional

Baseball is a long-time American passion and pastime, whether you are watching or playing.  But like most sports, as easy as the players make it seem, there is a unique combination of skills and thought processes going on throughout the game amongst all the different players.  Play Famously, shares 5 tips from 5 different sports professionals for you to see if you can learn something from them to improve your baseball form.

  • “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan, Basketball
  • “Pay attention.” – Busterlover, Poker
  • “The more you know about the game, the better off you’ll be as a player out there.” – Jennie Finch, Softball
  • “Having a good coach is important.” – Usain Bolt, Running
  • “No days off. The higher up you get. The higher you need to climb.” – Carly Lloyd, Soccer

For in-depth infomation:  5 Inspirational Tips from Professionals Sportsmen and Women to Help Improve Your Baseball Game

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Is Your Golf Swing Tense?

Robert Green, golf enthusiast and tutor of Hitting the Green, shares some tips on how to get rid of the tension in your swing.  Robert shares, “No matter the skill level of the golfer, the duffed shots I see are almost always down to some form of tension in the swing. In the vast majority of cases this tension in the swing originates from the grip, with people of the mindset that if they put their full force into the swing they’ll inevitably get more distance. The swing just doesn’t work that way!”  So how can you achieve a solid swing that gives you distance and is tension free:

  1. Relax – a stressed mind creates body tension
  2. Leave your ego in the car – remind yourself that hitting the ball hard and fast is not the goal; it’s about the feel of the swing
  3. Your core strength counts – Greg Norman once said: “Many golfers tend to think building the upper body is the way to go, but it’s not! You should do the opposite. Build up the base and your core, and let the upper body be flexible and loose.”
  4. Keep practicing and practicing – there is just no way around it, the old adage always applies, practice makes perfect.

For more details and instructional videos:  How to Achieve a Tension Free Golf Swing

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2021 World Games Will Include Lacrosse

The  2021 World Games is being hosted in Birmingham, Alabama and for the second year, lacrosse is included in the program.  All the specifics of  the lacrosse competition have not been announced, but will be determined by the IWGA and the Federation of International Lacrosse.  The events will be from July 15-25, 2021.  It will be a landmark event, as the last time the World Games were held in the United States was in 1981.  The inaugural World Games was held in Santa Clara, California in 1981.

The World Games are an international multi-sport event, that feature sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are staged every 4 years, one year after the summer Olympics.  It is organzied by the  International World Games Association (IWGA) and under the patronage of International Olympic Committee (IOC).

You may expect to enjoy dance sport, acrobatic gymnastics, water skiing, and others.  Some sports that were played in the World Games are now competing in the Olympics, such as badminton, beach volleyball, taekwando and others. Approximately 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries will compete in 30 sports during The World Games.

Read more:  Lacrosse to be Included in The World Games 2021

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Easy Baseball Drills for Home Practice

For parents with active children, finding time to do the basics has become a mastery of juggling and a lot of positive thinking that all the balls stay up in the air.  If you have a baseball player in your family, 2018YouthBats shares 4 easy effective baseball drills that can be practiced in your backyard or even inside the home:

  1. Set-up a hitting net – outdoor area (50 square feet area), need baseball hitting net,hitting tee, baseballs, bat, and helmet
  2. Rubber ball toss against the wall – indoor/outdoor area (9 square foot area), need rubber ball and baseball glove
  3. Speed and agility drills – open flat indoor/outdoor area (25 square feet), need agility cones, agility ladders, and 1 foot tall orange cones
  4. Mental practices – indoor area, watch good instructional baseball videos

Setting up any or all of these suggestions at home will not require a lot of time but they will certainly help your young athlete improve their baseball skills and provide individualized practice time.

Fore more information and videos:  4 Quick And Easy Baseball Drills To Practice At Home

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Essentials for Athletic Success

Athletic success can be achieved through a combination of factors, including genetics, innate talent, exacting coaching and practice, and just sheer luck.  “But performance is also greatly affected by what is between an athlete’s ears: mindset. An athlete’s state of mind is perhaps the single greatest factor that affects performance.”  Can the mindset of a player be maximized by reducing the interference to their sports potential?

Changing the Game Project shares 3 basic essentials they feel that every successful athlete needs to possess:

  1. Intrinsic motivation
  2. Enjoyment of their sport
  3. Autonomy over their sports experience

When there is enjoyment and autonomy over their sports experience, intrinsic motivation often naturally follows.  When your youth athlete has all three of these basic essentials in their grasp, your child will attain the best state of mind to maximize their potential, and then all of the other factors that come into play will fall into place and enhance their performance.

For details:  The Bare Essentials: Three Things Every Athlete Needs to Succeed

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Spotlight on: Chris Griffin

“The biggest reward that I’ve received in my life is that after running Future Stars for 36 years is that, I’ve come into the second generation of campers. Parents that attended are now sending their kids to the camp, because they love Future Stars and they fondly remember their experiences.”—Charlie VanDercook

We are proud to be a family tradition.  Enjoy getting to know our Future Stars Camps family. If there is someone at Future Stars Camps that you want to know more about, let us know at:  purchase@fscamps.com


Meet Chris Griffin, Site Director of Future Stars Camps at Farmingdale State College.  Chris is in his 7th year and previously directed the lacrosse programs at Farmingdale and Old Westbury.  Chris also worked at the camps when he was in college.  In addition, he helped oversee the indoor turf facility at Future Stars Southampton, when it opened 5 years ago.   Chris carries the Future Stars’ tradition of being a camper at SUNY Purchase in the 90’s and now a full-time staff member.

What was your most memorable 2017 winter moment?
Chris:  Drinking mint flavored hot chocolate that David would make in the office.

What are you most looking forward to at camp this summer?
Chris:  Nice weather! Making the rounds and seeing all the different programs in action is always nice. When you see the campers having a great time, it puts a smile on your face. Additionally, I like playing in the staff soccer game and hearing all the campers cheering for their coaches.

What are your hobbies?
Chris:  I like to surf when the waves are good, but typically the better waves happen in the fall and winter.  I’ve found myself surfing less and less through the winter months as I’ve aged, but I hope to still get out there in the future.

What is your favorite memory from camp?
ChrisI’ll answer this two ways, since I used to attend Future Stars as a child.  Back when I attended, there were really only two options, tennis and soccer.  I would attend both programs throughout the summer, and the awards ceremonies at the end of the week in tennis always stood out for me.  We would be having ice pops on the hill and Jordan, site director for SUNY Purchase, and his staff would make it so fun and be joking around.  For soccer, one day that stands out is when we were having a juggling contest, and the director was juggling for about 30 minutes straight, and only stopped because we had to go to lunch.  He even kept juggling as we made our way to lunch, but at that time, the path was like hiking through the woods, so I think he lost it on one of the hills.  I was amazed as a kids and it probably felt more like an hour back then.

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?
Chris:  Being able to get outside and have some fun with the campers is most enjoyable to me. I love sports, so working in that field is pretty cool. I’ve been so interested in the STEAM programs lately, and wish I was able to spend more time learning and visiting them, but I probably wouldn’t get anything done if I stuck around too long.


What song do you play most often?
Chris:  One song in particular doesn’t stand out.  I love music and listen to everything from country to old school emo/punk rock.  I don’t really update my playlists, so I have  “workout”/”pump-up” playlists, from college, that I still listen to when I do get to the gym.  I just let my music app pick playlists for me.

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?
Chris:  Riding a bike.

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Chris:  Garlic mashed potatoes or mac ‘n’ cheese.

If you could be the better at something, what would you choose?
Chris:  Playing an instrument or drawing.  The arts are something I’ve never really been very successful at.  Don’t get me wrong, I can sing, but the last instrument I played was a recorder!  Would be great if I knew how to play the piano.  You could literally play anywhere that had one, and it’s pretty impressive.

What do you miss most about being a kid?
Chris:   Just having fun all the time, especially in the summer, when school was out.  Not a worry in the world and you didn’t really have any responsibilities, besides taking out the trash and recycling.


Chris:   Who is your favorite fictional character?
Ron Burgundy from Anchorman:  The Legend of Ron Burgundy

What kind of movies do you enjoy
Chris:   Comedy/Action

What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?
Chris:   Outdoor: Hanging at the beach/surfing.  Indoor: Making Smoothies.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
Chris:  My first car.  The summer of my freshman year in college.

What is your favorite quote?

It’s better to have memories rather than dreams.- George Geiser

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Should Your Child Specialize in One Sport?

National Scouting Report (NSR) shares varying perspectives on the commonly asked question as to whether it is “better to be single sport or a multi-sport athlete?”   It is important to note that there is no simple answer and perhaps the answer lies more in knowing and understanding individual ambitions.

Many coaches and atheletes are outspoken around their stand on either side of the question, so you have access to a plethora of opinions.  Youth sports players start young, so there is a lot of time to think about the direction that your athlete can take.  Down the road, as an athlete or a parent, you should research and make sense of the pros and cons in relation to specific needs and goals.

Some pros and cons of being a multi-sports athlete:

  • skill set has variety
  • low burnout
  • difficulty making the decision to chose one sport for college recruitment
  • possibility of injury in off season sport

Some pros and cons of being a single sport athlete:

  • mastery of one sport skill set
  • increased confidence in specific abilites
  • increased burnout
  • injuries from repetitive motions

Be mindful in making this decision and keep in mind that nothing is cast in stone, you may start off in one direction and change direction as you become more attuned to your abilities and intentions.  However, if the goal is to be a college athlete you should know that, “college coaches tend to recruit or want multiple sport athletes”.

For more details:  Multi-Sport Athletes vs. Single Sport Athletes – The Pros and Cons

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