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More Playing Time, Please!

CoachUp Nation shares tips on the don’t’s and do’s of how to approach your coaches, if you’d like more playing time.  They are quite simple but are you able to do them?

Some of the don’t’s:

  • Don’t ask your parents to approach your coach, talk to them yourself
  • Don’t  compare your skills to the other players’ abilities

Some of the do’s:

  • Show that you are interested in the game and be your team’s biggest fan
  • Make it clear that you want to play

If you’d like to increase your playing time, you may want to check for more tips:  What To Do When You Want More Playing Time

Try them out and see if they work for you.

 

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The Ins and Outs of Sports Friendships

The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) shared an informative blog on how sports friendships are unique and can have different positive outcomes in comparison to other types of relationships.  Truth be told there can be desirable and undesirable conduct that comes along with these intense and competitive relationships.

Coaches can help detrimental actions evolve in to more positive behavior through:

  • Solid team building activities
  • Established team rules
  • Ensuring that all team members are respected and validated

Coaches can do a lot to create the framework to build a solid team and nurture the groundwork for solid sports friendships.

For more details:  The role of friendships in youth sports

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You Could Meet Your Best Friend At Day Camp

You can never have too many friends. If you’re in the market for a Best Friend Forever, look no further than your local day camp.

Best friends are the friends you can share anything with. They’re the kids who will bring you up, get you smiling and stay loyal to you no matter what. You can trust your best friend with anything, you know your secret is always safe. Your best friends believe in you even when you don’t believe in yourself, they’re the kids cheering you on at the finishing line. They help you to be the best version of yourself, they make you laugh so hard your sides hurt and they’re always free to help out when you need them.

Day camp is the perfect place to find your best friend. Why? It’s simple. The kids at day camp are awesome – and so are you. At day camp, you’ll be able to get to know each other really well. You’ll compete against each other, work on the same team and get to know each other inside and out. You won’t be bunkmates, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be any less friends. You don’t have to share a log cabin in the woods to become buddies.

You’ll meet lots of new kids at day camp so you’re bound to find a BFF you can bond with. You’ll spend your days having fun and playing games together – the perfect way to make friends. Unlike sleep-away camp, where kids end up far away from home, you’ll be living nearby your newfound friends which makes it easier to keep those friendships going after camp is over. You’ll be able to invite your new friend round for dinner, meet up at the local cinema or see them again at day camp at the next school break. You won’t have to worry about sending letters across the state or skyping faraway friends, instead you’ll be able to call  each other after dinner because you’ll be living closer by.

If you want to meet new people and build some lasting friendships at camp, remember to:

  • Be yourself – they want to get to know the real you, so make sure you let them in
  • Be kind – this is important, everybody wants friends who are nice to be around
  • Have fun – enjoy yourself, don’t take camp too seriously. Remember, it’s meant to be fun
  • Include others – if you notice someone hanging back and not saying much, go out of your way to include them in the conversation. The more people you chat to, the more likely you are to find a best friend
  • Keep in touch – make sure you find a way to keep in touch with your friends from day camp, don’t let those friendships fall to the wayside now that camp is over

Have fun!

Scarves, Talent and Mystical Body Control

Imagine hanging from a long scarf way up in the air. Then envision yourself, sliding up and down the scarf as it dangles from way above. Then think about performing acrobatic feats using the scarf as leverage. Now, that you’ve scared yourself – watch this video and see what this 5 year-old can do. Want to learn the body and mind control that is required to perform these precision movements? You should think about signing up for Future Stars Circus Arts Camp.

Easy Magic Trick Revealed

If you are intrigued by magic, here’s a relatively simple trick to start working on.  At the very minimum, all you need is an audience of one, a ring, and a penny.  On a cautionary note, remember one of the main keys for a successful magic trick eliciting “oohs and ahhs” is practice, practice, practice.  If you had fun with this starter trick, see what else you can learn at Future Star Camps, Magic Camp.

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Now you See it, Now you Don’t: Tips for Magicians of All Ages

The life of a magician is never easy, and that’s especially true for young magicians today. Magicians are few and far between, a rare breed of mystical people who instill amazement and awe into the hearts of many. If you’re a magician or are considering becoming one, you’ll need to know all about the following:

♠ You’ll Always be the Life of the Room

Not everyone knows how to perfectly pull off the tricks and illusions that Magicians make look so effortless. It is safe to say that if you know how to make someone’s secret card appear out of a deck of cards you will have the attention of the entire room. People will ask you to do the same trick multiple times and as you are showing them your best trick, you are also perfecting it with each repetition!

♥  People Always Want to Expose Your Trick

There’s always that one person who is desperate to crack the magic and ruin the trick for everyone. It’s not because they hate magic, usually it’s just a way of just showing how clever they are. You need to figure out who this person is and keep a close eye on them, perhaps distract them or get them involved as a volunteer, otherwise they’ll ruin your next trick with glee. Don’t let them spoil the fun for the rest of the audience.

♦ Nurture your Best Cheerleaders

Your parents are probably going to be your biggest fans. They’ll make you show off all your latest tricks to their friends when they come over. Take this time to try out new tricks and get feedback from a group of adults that are going to think what you’re doing is awesome no matter the result! It will sharpen your showmanship and build your confidence before you present your tricks in front of a crowd of peers.

♣ You Want To be a Professional Magician

You play coy when people ask, but of course you want to go pro. It’s fun and you get to meet lots of interesting people. Whether you end up performing at kid’s parties, wedding receptions or TV appearances, you would be doing something you love and possibly earning money for it. While your peers are busy working in part-time retail jobs, you could be working corporate events as a magician and you’ll be inspiring others to follow in your footsteps.

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Understand why your child play sports

Enjoyment is key and according to a 2014 George Washington University survey 9 out of 10 kids says they play sports because it is fun.  Fun includes a good coach, playing team, doing your best, etc.  Having some understanding of these 4 thoughts may help your child athlete:

  • know the difference between enjoyment and pleasure, not everyone finds pleasure in a tough drills but they can enjoy the game
  • ask and listen to the reasons why your child play sports
  • be honest with yourself and your child as to the reasons why they are playing a sport
  • know the development level your child is at and nurture the love of sport

See what Changing The Game Project has to say:  Why Kids Play Sports

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5 Awesome Reasons You Should Try Circus Arts

Circus Arts has grown very popular in recent years with many young people wanting to learn circus skills such as acrobatics, juggling, and tightrope walking.

While trips to the big top to see animal performers may be a thing of the past, audiences still marvel at the skill and control of human circus performers. Once upon a time, you’d have needed to join a circus to get on the job training to master the skills necessary for a life in the circus, but these days you can learn everything you need to know at a Circus Arts Camp. Here’s why you should enroll:

1.  It Makes Exercise Fun

If you’re not a fan of doing repetitive exercise videos at home or running around the same park day-in day-out, a circus art might be just the exercise for you. Circus arts classes tend to provide a decent workout building up your core muscles as well as toning and building strength. Unlike a traditional exercise class, circus arts gives you the chance to dabble in different activities which means you won’t get bored quite so easily.

2.  You’ll Learn Control of Your Body

One thing that leaves audiences speechless is the level of control circus performers have over their body. It’s clear that these awesome performers have spent years perfecting their skills and learning how to make their body do what they want it to. You too can learn that level of skill and control by taking a circus arts class, you’ll learn how to stay in control of your body while performing amazing stunts and, most importantly, having fun.

3.  It’s Impressive

The whole point of the circus is to impress, dazzle and amaze, so you’re guaranteed to learn some impressive skills at a circus arts camp. Whether that’s twisting and spinning high above the audience on silks, performing a daring routine on a unicycle or learning how to contort your body into weird and wonderful shapes. Whatever you decide to specialize in, you’ll be guaranteed an impressive party trick to show off at your next evening event.

4.  You’ll Meet New People

Circus arts appeals to just about anybody. From city bankers to aspiring dancers, students to yoga instructors, circus arts classes can be a real mixed bag. This means you’ll get to meet a varied group of people and have the opportunity to make new friends. Whether you’re learning circus arts to build confidence, get fit or overcome a fear of heights, you’re bound to make new friends while you do it.

5.  It Could Open Up A World Of Opportunity

You never know what life has in store for you, but the more skills you have, the more opportunities there will be available to you. Learn new skills, get fit, enjoy yourself, meet new people and, you never know, you might just find that circus arts leads to a new and exciting career or hobby you never dreamed possible. If you’ve ever fantasized about running away to join the circus, this might be your chance.

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Dual Sport Athletes Have Advantages

There has been a trend for athletes to focus on one sport and if that works for your child that is great.  However, if your child is talented in more than one sport, there are real advantages to being a dual sport athlete.  CoachUp nation breaks down all the benefits that you gain, like time management and flexibility to deal with different coaching styles.   Even college coaches are interested in recruiting multi-sports athletes.  Find out more:  The Advantages of Being a Dual-Sport Athlete

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Why You Should Enroll Your Child In A Multi-Sports Camp

Multi-Sports is the perfect sports camp for your child – and that’s as true at 15 as it is at five. Whether you’ve got an anti-sports teenager on your hands or a sports-mad kid, multi-sports camp is the perfect sports camp for your child to fall in love with. As the name suggests, multi-sports camp is about trying out as many sports as possible. Whether your child is looking to take a break from year round soccer or just trying to find their perfect fit, here’s why you should enroll in a multi-sports camp this year:

1.  It’s Great for Athletes of All Levels and Ages

Multi-Sports is a great way to introduce your child to sports or a well-rounded athletic background. If your child hasn’t yet picked a favorite sport, this is a great way of letting them try out a few. From soccer to baseball, field hockey to basketball, your child will get to dabble in all the great sports. Your child doesn’t have to be a total beginner to love multi-sports, it may just be that your child is a great ‘all-rounder’.

2.  Your Child Won’t Get Bored

If you know that weeks of doing the same thing weeks on end won’t work for your child, a multi-sports camp could be just what you need. If your child gets bored easily and tires of doing the same thing, if they’re not a lover of the whole ‘practice makes perfect’ philosophy, then get them signed up to multi-sports camp today. They’ll get to play different sports every session, learn new skills and master new games.

3.  Your Child Might Find Their Passion

What better way to find your passion in life than to try your hands at as many sports as possible? Some people think they ‘hate sports’, but it’s usually just because they haven’t found the right sport for them yet. Some people love being a team player and others love challenging themselves, some people are fast and others are strategic, it doesn’t matter what makes your child tick, you can bet your bottom dollar there’s a sport out there for them.

4. Your Child Will Make Friends

Multi-sports camp is a great place to make lifelong friends. With the focus of the camp not being on one sport, children are free to try out new things and socialize with different children each session. The children at multi-sports camp are a mix of ‘all-rounders’, beginner sports fans and serious athletes, so your child will have a good mix of children to socialize with. The variety of multi-sports camp is great fun and that’s why so many children choose this camp year after year.

5. Your Child Will Learn New Skills

And so many of them! Your child will be getting faster, stronger and fitter while also learning skills specific to each of the sports they get to try. Your child will have plenty of opportunity to practice skills like balance, speed, coordination, teamwork, leadership and problem solving. You name it, your child will be doing it.