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Spotlight On: Anthony Bonsignore

“Future Stars Camps has been around for 37 years and keeping it fresh while maintaining the values that have made this summer day camp a family tradition are why parents, who attended as kids, want their children to come here.”  —                  Jordan Snider

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 Anthony Bonsignore, Director of Multi Sports and Youth Leadership Program, who has been with Future Stars Camps for 14 years.  Anthony is also a teacher at the Horace Mann School, NYC.

What do you do when you are not at Future Stars Camps?

Anthony: When I am not at camp, I am either with my Kindergarten students or coaching football, baseball and basketball.

What are some of your favorite activities?

Anthony:  I enjoy staying active exploring New York City and traveling outside the city. I’m a big foodie and love trying new restaurants and I’ll usually have my camera with me. I enjoy looking at the city through the lens at times.

What is your favorite memory of camp?

Anthony:  My favorite memory is watching the Multi Sports staff laughing with the campers each day. It’s a unique relationship being able to connect with a child through sports. Through these experiences, it is always important that while we are coaching the campers, we’re also learning and growing with them and the campers realize this at a certain point in the summer. The goal is to use sports as a means to help build character and confidence while gaining skills in a comfortable atmosphere. Every day is a fun adventure.

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What are you looking forward to this summer?

Anthony: This summer, I am looking forward to seeing the returning veteran campers who have been with us for years, step up and assume a leadership role through our Youth Leadership Program. I enjoy watching these campers grow and take on more responsibility and they’re an asset to our program.

What do you appreciate most about your job?

Anthony:   Future Stars has helped me grow personally and professionally. The culture and atmosphere of a hands-on active learning environment with coaches and educators from the Tri-State area is what I believe makes Future Stars Camps unique. Once the summer kicks in and connections are made, it feels less like coming to work and more about hanging with friends.

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What is your favorite quote?

 “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Image Credits:  Anthony Bonsignore

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Circus Arts – Does it Beckon You?

Laura Dasi dreamt of being a professional ballerina in New York City, when she was a child of 3. For seven years, she lived this dream life. In 2002, she returned to her native California and became a yoga teacher as newly single mom. But the performing arts continued to beckon her. Laura in her performing arts journey found her way to aerial arts and in 2009 was a contestant on America’s Got Talent.

“Appearing on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent gave me a chance not only to show my skill in aerial arts to the world but to inspire millions of people by sharing my story of overcoming a challenging time in my life to emerge triumphant. I hope to lead by example and encourage others to pursue their passion in life no matter what obstacles they may face.”

Don’t forget to check out Future Stars Circus Arts Camp

To know more about Laura Dasi

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Interested in a Wood Bat?

JustBats.com shares their review of the 6 best 2018 wood bats.  Data was gathered from customer feedback, players’ reviews and input from coaches.

These are the different types of wood that baseball bats are made from:

  • Maple is a dense wood and gives a bat a heavier feel.
  • Birch is a good blend of the hard-hitting surface with a lighter, more flexible feel.
  • Ash is the lightest type of wood bat and offers an excellent combination of strength and forgiveness.
  • Bamboo is the most durable design on the market, but has yet to be officially approved by Major League Baseball.

Here are JustBats.com choices for the best 2018 wood bats:

  1. 2018 Louisville Slugger MLB Prime High Roller Maple Wood – $139.95
  2. Rawlings Professional Birch Wood Baseball Bat: PROB243 – $59.99
  3. Mizuno Bamboo Elite BBCOR Wood Baseball Bat: MZE271WB – $99.99
  4. Victus Grit Matte JC24 Maple Wood Baseball Bat: VMRWMJC24-MOG – $129.99
  5. 2018 Louisville Slugger MLB Prime Black Comet Ash Wood Baseball Bat: WTLWPA271A17 – $139.95
  6. BamBooBat Bamboo/Maple Composite Wood BBCOR Baseball Bat: 271HBBG- $69.99

For more details: 6 Best 2018 Wood Bats

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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Spotlight on: Anna Edwards

“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 Anna Edwards, Soccer director, Purchase College

What was your most memorable 2017 winter moment?

Anna:  It’s in the process of happening. I was chosen to go to England with New York Soccer Club, where I coach, to help guide our teams through London and Manchester.  We will be participating in friendlies, coaching clinics, and watching PL matches.

What are you most looking forward to at camp this summer?

Anna:  The return of familiar faces of both coaches and campers. Soccer camp is like a family and it’s exciting to see the players and coaches come back with energy for the game.

What are your hobbies?

Anna:  I love running with one of my dogs. He’s a tiny poochon. It’s more about being outside. I also like doing crafts and exploring my surroundings. I like to try new things.

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What is your favorite memory from camp?

Anna:  We’ve been lucky to have some players from New York City Football Club (NYCFC) come to camp to talk to the campers. Last summer, Jack Harrison and Indi Cowie came and played soccer tennis with our campers. The campers’ faces when the two of them came out to surprise them was priceless.

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Anna:   The aim is to have kids learn and enjoy soccer as well as meet new friends and make camp memories. When I experience kids doing those things it makes me happy to be part of it.

What song do you play most often?

Anna:   Anything by Luis Fonsi. I’ve been a fan of his for almost a decade. If any of his songs come on, be prepared for me to sing in Spanish.

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?

Anna:   Soccer of course!  I can never turn down playing.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Anna:  My mom’s tortilla española. Authentic Spanish food made with love.

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If you could be the better at something, what would you choose?

AnnaPlaying the guitar. I’m trying to learn. It’s not going well.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Anna:  Honestly, being on a team and just the pure joy of playing sports. No expectations. Just doing your best with your teammates by your side.

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What kind of movies do you enjoy.

AnnaDepends on my mood. Anything except movies that are gruesome. You won’t see me in line for movies like “Saw”.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?

Anna:  All roads lead to soccer. I am a lifer and that’s why it’s my job  I want to pass on the love for it.  My dad was my first ever coach. I used to tag along with my older brother and my dad coached the team.  He’s the reason I gained a lifelong love of the sport.

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What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

Anna:  Blue velvet pants  don’t judge me  it was the 90s

What is your favorite quote?

Anna:  To me it’s about doing your best for yourself and the rest falls into place.

Champions are made when no one is looking — Ansom Dorrance

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Be in the Saddle

As with most everything that we wish to achieve, the magic formula almost always calls for time, patience, and practice.  To be comfortable in the saddle you will have to practice and spend time in the saddle to master your skill.

Horse Nation shares some exercises from “50 Best Arena Exercises and Patterns” by Ann Katrin Querbach that can help develop your feel for the movement and rhythm of your horse. These exercises will teach you to know when the horse moves each leg which in turn helps you to recognize exactly to apply an aid, which will influence the movement of a specific leg of the horse to increase the action or bear more weight, respectively.

For details:  Learning to Sense & Feel in the Saddle

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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Be the Best Cheerleader You Can Be

Cheer Daily shares 20 ways to be an Allstar cheerleader.  We are sharing a few ways that you can be the best cheerleader you can be, on and off the court.

  • Know your team members by their full names
  • Be a triple threat, learn to fly base and back spot
  • Always be the loudest source of motivation for your team
  • Give in to happy tears at the end of at least one routine a season
  • Aim for a personal perfect practice with no mistakes
  • Be as supportive as you can be to a teammate going through an injury
  • Always be early to practice
  • Learn tumbling skills above and beyond what is personally choreographed
  • Study your sport by watching videos from all past seasons of Allstar cheer

Read more:  20 Ways to Win as an Allstar Cheerleader

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Spotlight On: Mike Davis

“Future Stars Camps has been around for 37 years and keeping it fresh while maintaining the values that have made this summer day camp a family tradition are why parents, who attended as kids, want their children to come here.”  —  Jordan Snider

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 Mike Davis, Director at the Basketball Camp, Purchase College.  Mike is also the Head Varsity Basketball Coach and Head of Upper School Physical Education at the Chapin School.

What was your most memorable 2017 winter moment?

Mike:  Beating our arch-rival Brearley in OT in the regular season and again in our post-season tournament.

What are you most looking forward to at camp this summer?

Mike:  The joy of watching the campers’ progress throughout their time at camp.

What are your hobbies?

Mike:  Biking and swimming.

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Mike:  Seeing how much progress our campers make from day to day and week to week.  Seeing all of our returning campers every summer.

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If you could be the better at something, what would it be?

Mike:  Coaching basketball.  I am always looking to learn and improve.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Mike:  Playing competitive sports and being on teams.

What is your favorite quote?

Mike:  It’s not the will to win that matters, it’s the will to prepare to win that really counts. –Bobby Knight

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Know the 2018 Warding Off Rule for Boy’s Lacrosse

On March 9, 2018, US Lacrosse shared a NFHS memo clarifying the Warding Off rule. US Lacrosse supports this rule clarification and will adopt the clarification for the 2018 US Lacrosse Boys’ Youth Rules.

So what is Warding Off?

NFHS and US Lacrosse Rule 6-11

WARDING OFF: A player in possession of the ball shall not use their free hand or arm or any other part of his body to hold, push or control the direction of the movement of the crosse or body of the player applying the check. A player in possession of the ball may protect his crosse with his hand, arm or other part of his body when his opponent makes a play to check his crosse.

Below are the 3 questions that US Lacrosse answers for your clarification:

  1. Can an offensive player that has possession of the ball and two hands on the lacrosse stick be penalized for warding off?
  2. Can there be a foul on an offensive player that uses a “Bull Dodge” where the offensive player lowers his shoulder and runs through/over a defensive player?
  3. How should a “Spear”, where a player (offensive or defensive) lowers his helmet and initiates contact to an opponent, be penalized?

For answers to the questions and a US Lacrosse video:  Clarification of Warding Off Rule in Boys’ Lacrosse

Image credit:  Future Stars Camps

How’s your memory retention?

Wikepedia shares, “Memory is the faculty of the mind by which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. Memory is vital to experiences and related to limbic systems, it is the retention of information over time for the purpose of influencing future action.[1] If we could not remember past events, we could not learn or develop language, relationships, nor personal identity (Eysenck, 2012).”

So how well do you retain information? Can you refine your ability to take sharper actions based on what you have retained from the past?

Try some of Yanjaa’s memory techniques and see if you can improve your memory retention. You don’t have to be Yanjaa, but a good memory can help you in many aspects of your life, including academics, your professional life and even your social life. When you remember something special about someone, they will always appreciate your thoughtfulness.  As with everything, the p’s make a difference, practice and patience.

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Spotlight On: Kirsten Shaughnessy

“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 and we are kicking off short interviews with our staff and campers.  We will “Spotlight” a Future Stars Camps’ family member regularly, and we hope you enjoy getting to know us.  If there is someone at Future Stars Camps that you want to know more about, reach out to us at:   purchase@fscamps.com

Meet Kirsten Shaughnessy, Office Manager, Purchase College.

What was your most memorable 2017 winter moment?

Kirsten:  In the winter I spend my time away from the office on the ice coaching my U12 girls’ hockey team for the Greenwich Panthers. We are a U10/U12 combined team, so this season has been a learning experience for everyone involved! With a wide range of ages and skill levels this season will be one of my most memorable. From day one each of the players has improved greatly which is amazing to watch as much as it is to be in that position. This season has given me one of the proudest hockey moments of my 7 years as a coach and 19 years as a player.

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What are you most looking forward to at camp this summer?

Kirsten:  Being able to wear my Birkenstocks all summer long.

What are your hobbies?

Kirsten:  I have lots of hobbies and they include: hanging out with my dog and cat, Olive and Ginny, cutting hair, I cut my own hair and sometimes cut my friend Matthew’s (no complaints yet!), playing PlayStation, road trips, going home to see family (I have a niece joining the family soon!), playing hockey, no more college hockey but I do get out on the ice with a couple men’s leagues in the area, playing tennis, mostly against my cousin Dahminik who came and lived with me last summer but now he’s back in Minnesota, so for now I just teach kids in Armonk, Rye Brook and Port Chester, listening to My Favorite Murder Podcast, calling my grandma, building things, most recently, I built Ginny her very own apartment in the house so now she has a place to call her own (it even has a name plate ‘Ginny’s Place’).

What is your favorite memory from camp?

Kirsten: My favorite memory from camp is always the carnival, being able to get out of the office and enjoy my day outside is always the best!

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Kirsten:  The best part about my job is being able to see what I can do. I am very versatile in the office and have to handle multiple things at once. I didn’t see myself in a job like this growing up so being able to see my growth in the position in just a few short years makes me enjoy myself and who I am more.

What song do you play most often?

Kirsten:  Florence & the Machine! I couldn’t narrow it down to a single song because everything they sing is magical and really touches every part of you. I even have a tattoo of the lyrics from ‘Ship to Wreck’ so I’m really into them.

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?

Kirsten:  I’m not big on exercise, but when I do I would have to say it has to be in a game. I will go out and play any sport, I was a 2-sport athlete in college and working out was a main component in my every day until a shoulder injury. When I do hit the gym, I love the TRX, it’s tough but you feel the work you put into it the next day! The best work out for me though is just getting out on that ice or court and putting all you have into the game.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Kirsten:  Chocolate cake. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I love all things candy but my number one would have to be chocolate cake, homemade or the fancy lava kind at restaurants doesn’t matter to me I’ll eat it. I would have to say a close second would be my mom’s tator tot hot dish, probably the only thing she knew how to cook growing up, but it was always the best!

What kind of movies do you enjoy?

Kirsten:  When I was in high school, I used to work at a small movie theater that has now been torn down, but movies have always been a staple through all stages of my life. I will watch any movie, it’s too hard to narrow down a single movie or genre because I just love all that goes into it. In college, I took a lot of film classes because I like the technicality behind the scenes. It is very underappreciated because all we as viewers critic is the final product, not the tireless hours that went into making that hour and a half long film.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?

Kirsten:  My favorite thing to do outdoors is to go to the dog park or on walks with my dog, Olive. She is my world and we do everything together, so really anything that involves getting out of the house and spending time together is the best. We often go on road trips back home to Minnesota, she loves staying in hotels and being able to run free in the fields. I am so happy watching her when she’s free to be herself outside of city life.

 

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What is your favorite quote?

Kirsten:  “It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream nobody sees but you.” – -Million Dollar Baby