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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How to Help Your Child Stay in the Game

Steam Powered Family shares some great tips to support you and your child work through their desire to just give up and walk away.  It’s not easy to do, but here are a few of their helpful tips to guide you:

  • Maintain emotional balance – provide a safe and calm space for your child to express their heightened emotions
  • Let them talk about their feelings – encourage them to share their emotions and thoughts as sometimes venting is enough of an outlet, or while you actively listen you may garner insights into what is going on, and if there are larger issues lurking around
  • Determine whether this is a long term issue which needs deeper conversation or a single incident which may resolve itself
  • Negotiation is a great tool – offer and discuss alternatives to resolve the concerns

Sometimes, walking away from a difficult situation can be the appropriate decision.  “Knowing when to quit something is an important life skill.”  Equally important is teaching your child to take responsibility for the choices that they make and to accept in a mature way the end results of their decision whether it is negative or positive.

“So, in an age appropriate way, let them be part of the process of not only starting things, but ending them properly. You might be amazed at how much maturity they can bring to the process when they feel they have ownership over the course of their own lives.”

Find out more:  What To Do When Your Kid Wants To Quit

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Spotlight On Javier Ahumada

“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 Javier Ahumada, Assistant to the director at Future Stars Camps, Purchase College. This will be Javier’s 3rd summer at Future Stars Camps.  Javier is working on his MBA at University of Mobile, Alabama where he plays for their tennis team.

Where are you from?

Javier:  I am from Chile, South America and my native language is Spanish.  I came to study in the U.S. in 2014, when I received a scholarship to play tennis at the University of Mobile. When I first got here in 2014, I did not know English at all, so everything was hard at the beginning. However it has been a really good experience and I have made a lot of friends from different countries.

What was your most memorable 2017 winter moment?

Javier:  Going home. I spent most of the year in the U.S., so going home in December and seeing my family is always amazing for me. I live in a city called Pucon which it is a tourist destination in Chile. When it is winter here, it is summer in Chile, so I am basically never in winter.


How often do you go home?

Javier:  I go home only once a year since I started studying in the U.S. in August 2014. I spend Christmas and New Year in Chile. The rest of the year, I live on campus and during the summers, I have been working at Future Stars Camps.

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

Javier:  To have fun with the campers and see how much they improve not only in tennis, but at everything. To watch the talent shows, crazy hair days, and different activities. It is also very exciting to see how much the returning campers have grown.  I am also looking forward to eating a lot of ice pops.


Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Javier:  I have been playing tennis since I was 8 years old, and this sport has given me a lot of values that have shaped my personality in a positive way. What I enjoy the most about my job is that I get to transmit those values to the kids.

What is your favorite memory from camp?

Javier:  I have good memories from the camp, I really enjoy the environment there and every day there is something interesting happening. But one of my favorite memories is from my first year as a counselor. It was my birthday and I was teaching tennis to a group of campers, then one of the counselors came to my court and told me to close my eyes, he walked me to another court and when I opened my eyes all the campers were there with a cake and there was a group of mariachis singing happy birthday to me. This idea was from my girlfriend, Lucia, who works at the camp too. This was one of my most memorable but also embarrassing moments at the camp.


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

Javier:  I would like to be a better tennis player. I am not a bad player but I would love to be within the first 50 ATP players in the world.

What song do you play most often?

Javier:  Music is really important to me. I am always listening to music, but my playlist is always changing according to my mood. I used to listen to only Spanish music before coming to the U.S. (Like “despacito”, “Bailando”, “Dura”, etc). Now I like listening any of the popular songs in English, and I listen to country music sometimes which is played a lot here in Alabama (where my school is located).

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?

Javier:  Honestly, I am not a big fan of going to the gym. I like running a lot when I am playing tennis, so that is my best way to exercise.  I also like riding a bike.

What are your hobbies?

Javier:  I love sports and competing, so in my free time I indulge in soccer, tennis, table tennis, rafting, etc.  I also love traveling and getting to know new places.  When I am at home, I love having barbecues, watching movies, and reading books (mostly related to business).


What kind of movies do you enjoy?

Javier:   I like action movies. You will not see me watching a romantic movie.

What’s your favorite food?

Javier:  Pasta bolognesa. I could eat it every day.

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

Javier:  Flight tickets to Europe. In summer, 2014 I traveled to France for 2 months to play tennis tournaments, and then I visited a friend in Ibiza and some of my teammates in Germany.

What is your favorite quote?

JavierTennis is an individual sport where you are constantly losing, missing balls, and that is part of the game. It was hard for me (and it is still) because I hate losing and making mistakes. One quote that has helped me to handle this and improve is:

“Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn”. — John C. Maxwell

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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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Interview with David Stapleton

Spotlight On: David Stapleton

“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, please let us know at:  purchase@fscamps.com


Meet David Stapleton, FSCamps Director at The College at Old Westbury since 2008.

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

David:  Seeing campers new and old enjoying all the FS Camps programs and the interactions with the teachers and coaches.

What is your favorite memory from camp?

David:  Any/all of the Friday afternoon Team Red v Team Blue challenges over the years…lot of great memories from Gladiators Challenge to Lip Sync Battle to Soccer Darts.


Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

David:  No day is ever the same.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

David:  Quiznos

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

David: I want to get better at everything.

Who is your favorite fictional character?

David:  David Brent from “The Office”

What are your hobbies?

David:  I have 2 young children so no time for hobbies!

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?

David:  Trying to keep up with my kids.


What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?

David:  Soccer (Football)

What is your favorite quote?

“How Can I Get Better Today?” — Allistair McCaw

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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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