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Juggling Book Review

So your camper is enamoured with juggling, Circus Talk shares a book review of Anthony Trahair’s book, ‘Pearls of Juggling–Wisdom & Advice’.  Here are some interesting tidbits about the book: at its core, Trahair, a juggler and yoga aficionado turned physical theater actor, has combined all of these movement based philosophies in to one big world
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A Moment in the Life of Future Star’s Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Every Wednesday, you will meet campers from a variety of camps at Purchase.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com *** Meet Xavier, this is his second year at Future Stars Camps.  Xavier will be having a fun summer at Circus Arts
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Flexibility and You

How flexible or not flexible is your body?  Redefine Strength and Fitness shared a blog about flexibility that had some interesting facts to share: Flexibility and Mobility are sometimes interchangeably used however, they are quite different.  “Flexibility is a matter of how much certain muscles are able to passively lengthen in order for a joint to
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Should Baseball Practices Include Competitive Games?

Should baseball practices include competitive games?  Hear what Rob Tong of Youth Baseball Edge has to say despite these accolades for inclusion of competitive games during practice: makes practices more fun makes practices more engaging simulates game conditions Rob Tong, shares that it’s not about, should you use competitive games but rather when and how
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A Moment in the Life of Future Star’s Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Every Wednesday, you will meet campers from a variety of camps at Purchase.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com *** Meet Rowan, this is his first year at Future Stars Camps.  Rowan is at Baseball camp and he is 12 years
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Baseball Players, Do You Practice at Home?

When it comes down to it, most everything that you want to excel at requires a lot of practice.  Practice is important to improve your baseball skills and it is not enough to just practice with your team, you also need to practice at home.  Coaching Youth Baseball, shares some tips: practice means repetition and
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Yes, Coaches Have Expectations of Parents

Ian Plenderleith shared on  Soccer America, that like parents who have expectations of their children’s coaches, coaches too, have a wish list.  Here are a possible list of things coaches hope that both parents and coaches can agree on to make the season and time spent on all sides worth every moment: Game schedules are
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A Moment in the Life of Future Star’s Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Every Wednesday, you will meet campers from a variety of camps at Purchase.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com *** Meet Romi!  This is Romi’s second year at Future Stars Camps.  She was 12 years old last year and loved it
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Proper Hydration is Key

Staying properly hydrated is important for adults and youth.  Hydration is an aspect of health that requires a conscious daily commitment.  Fuel Soccer shares some important reminders on hydration, from author and nutrition consultant, Molly Morgan.  “The biggest rule of thumb for athletes is to arrive to games, practices and workouts hydrated and focus on hydration
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Magic Makes the World Go Round

And the wonder of Magic continues … For more information about the Magic program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Magic Camp page, today. Image Credit: Future Stars Camps
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Spotlight on Josh Kurzban

Future Stars Camps has been around for 38 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
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Have You Seen These Card Tricks?

The origin of card tricks are as nebulous as the magic themselves.  Some say that playing cards  were created in either China or India and brought to Europe in the 14th century by traders.  Cards have been used for entertainment for many centuries.  Here are a couple that might pique your interest:
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FIFA Women’s Soccer Highlights

Just in case you missed watching the 2019 FIFA Women’s Soccer games in France, check out these videos: 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions USA has record-setting winning margin in opening victory against Thailand Chile vs. Sweden Germany vs. Spain Japan vs. Scotland
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An Interview with Future Stars’ Co-Founder, Bill Griffin

Bill Griffin has a storied history as a tennis player and instructor. He played tennis at Boston College and, after graduating in the late seventies, he was the Director of Tennis at the Larchmont Yacht Club for 28 years. He is credited with popularizing After School Tennis programs in more than 30 local elementary schools
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Be a Supportive Sport Parent

Jim Taylor Ph.D., Psychology Today, shares some of his concerns about the ‘sport parenting’ culture and he shares  suggestions on how to be a supportive sport parent.  Jim noted that while attending his daughter’s sporting event, he observed quite a few incidents that were disconcerting.  He noticed that many young athletes, the majority of whom
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Have Fun with Science

EdSurge shares an interview with Sophia Shrand, host of a comedic science show on YouTube, “Science with Sophie.” Sophie has degrees in neuroscience and theater from Northeastern University in Boston. Sophie shares that on the surface her degrees seem to be unrelated but she says, “they are, I think, looking at the world from different perspectives to
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An interview with Future Stars’ STEAM Camp Director, Josh Arbo

Future Stars is proud to welcome Josh Arbo as the newest STEAM Director for our Purchase Location. Josh brings with him a wealth of experience including a background in music and a love of science. We sat down with Josh to get to know him, including getting a better understanding of his early influences, how
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Some Fun STEAM Activities to Try Out

Summer will be here soon enough and you will have more time to spend with your children.  Here are some fun STEAM activities to try with your kids (some may require parental supervision): Paper Plate Ladybird Craft – and Learn About 3 Different Ladybird Species! – leveled for preschool – older kids Bird Beak STEM –
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Defense Tips

Basketball for Coaches, shares that though “crossovers and dunks make spectators stand up from their seats and cheer and get players excited.  It’s defense that will have a bigger impact on the amount of success you have individually and as a team.” So here are some of the 47 defender tips that they encourage you
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An interview with Future Stars’ Basketball Camp Director, John McArthur

Future Stars’ Basketball Camp at Purchase College runs from June 17 through August 23rd and is for kids aged 6 to 16. Camp includes a full day of activity with breaks for lunch, swimming and a snack. We are delighted to introduce John McArthur, our new Basketball Camp Director at Purchase. John is a former
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Looking for a Basketball?

School is almost over and summer offers opportunities to play basketball inside and outside.  Whether you are lofting balls at home, in the park, or at more serious practice sessions, the ball you use plays an important role.  Basketball Phantom shares a complete guide for basketballs.  Here are some things that you should think about:
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Improve Your Rock Climbing

Jonathan Siegrist, shared in Climbing that the best way to improve your climbing is just to climb.  Jonathan is 32 and has been climbing for 13 years.  More recently, he notes that there is a lot of interest in training and climbers almost always ask him for training tips.  Jonathan has a very simple response, “Go climbing
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An interview with Future Stars’ Adventure Camp Director, Jamie Tranchida

It’s nearly time for another fun summer at Future Stars with our popular Adventure Camp at Purchase College. The camp runs weekly from July 8th to August 2nd and is for boys and girls in grades 5 through 10. We’re pleased to have seasoned Camp Director, Jamie Tranchida running the program again in 2019. Jamie
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Strong Breath Hold is Vital for Surfers

Suddenly, while surfing you are caught in a bigger wave than you had expected, you know you need to count on your breath hold to carry you through.  Learning to improve lung capacity is something that you can train yourself to do.  Keeping muscles ultra relaxed and quiet so that they don’t waste oxygen is
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Need Ideas for STEM/STEAM Activities?

STEAM Powered Family shares a thorough guide to STEM/STEAM activities that will help encourage children’s interest in inquiry based learning through hands on discovery and meeting children at their ability level.  The guide shares: basic explaination of what STEM and STEAM are and their relevance to education shares inquiry based teaching strategies guide to adapting
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An Interview with Program Director and MacInspires Founder, Travis Sluss

From June 17th through August 16th, Future Stars will once again be partnering with MacInspires, a groundbreaking STEAM Education program for kids aged 7-16. The STEAM Program at SUNY Purchase will be directed by Travis Sluss, a Future Stars alumni and the founder of MacInspires. We spoke with Travis about his history with Future Stars
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Inspire Girls to Explore STEAM

STEAM Craft Edu shares some interesting thoughts on how to keep girls connected with STEAM.  The current reality is that STEAM is of interest to all youngsters until girls get older.  So what are some ways to keep girls connected and interested: look around for all-girls STEAM programs include coding and programming kits in your
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The Value of Overhand Throwing

Ken Krause of Life in the Fast Pitch Lane shares that the overhand pitch is an under-taught skill.  Ken shares his observation that many throwing motions whether seen in middle school, high school, or even college softball games are questionable. “The only conclusion I can come to is that it’s not being taught. Throwing may
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Some Travel Softball Facts

Softball for Girls shares some advice and wisdom from softball veterans for the neophytes.  It’s an opportunity to hear what the “tried and true” players and parents have gathered through their softball years of experience: be aware that a lot of younger players will outgrow the sport by the time they reach highschool, so be
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Horse Training Tips from a Rodeo Champion

Horse Network shares tips from Clay Smith, a 25-year-old cowboy from Broken Bow, Oklahoma, who holds four-time National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifier and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PCRA) 2018 World Champion header.  No matter what your equine passion is tips on how to be a better rider and how best to work with your
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Horseback Riders, What’s in a Tack Trunk?

Ellen Brunelle shared with SmartPak some of her tools of the trade that she has in her tack trunk.  Ellen has had her own horse since she was 13.  And her current, best equine friend, Nemo is a 14-year-old Morgan gelding. Ellen and Nemo spend time together having fun at jumpers, trail riding, hunter paces,
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Parents, On Edge at Swim Meets?

Is it the sweaty palms, or a slight impatience that gives away that you are feeling nervous before a child’s swim meet?  Not uncommon, but important to remember that how you respond to pressure may also affect your child’s emotions as well.  A tense child will more than likely not swim as well their counterpart
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Swimmers, Are You Incorporating Swim-Specific Strength Based Training?

Over the years, multiple studies reveal that proper strength and conditioning boosts the potential for increased performance in sports.  Swimmers, you know strength based training is great for all athletes in every sport, but did you realize that there are techniques for swim-specific strength based training?  Here are some of the the benefits of strength
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Should Young Tennis Players Be Strength Training?

Scott Riewald, of Active kids, weighs in on strength training for youthful tennis players.  Tennis games are faster and players are hitting the ball harder from everywhere on the court.  Coaches, parents and players are adding strength and conditioning programming as part of their tennis training.  However, there are a lot of questions about starting
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Making Tennis Fun for All Levels

Most everyone who plays tennis, enjoys it and loves it, so much so that tennis is a sport that appeals to all ages.  People of all levels and ages populate tennis courts all over the world.  Tennis is fun.  When you throw the word lesson after the word tennis, does it sound onerous?  Well if
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From Softball to a Career in Baseball

Yahoo Sports shared an article by Justin Barrasso, Sports Illustrated, about Jessica Mendoza a former softball star who was a four-time First Team All-American outfielder for the Stanford Cardinals.  Jessica was also a member of the US women’s national softball team from 2004 to 2010.  In the 2004 Athens Olympics, she won a gold medal
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Another Way to Wear a Baseball Glove?

Rob Tong of Youth Baseball Edge, shares what come as a suprise to him – another way to wear a baseball glove.  Well, there was one variation, putting your hand in the glove and either leaving the index finger out of the glove or putting it all the way in. Rob noticed that most pro-baseball
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Understanding Injury Precautions During Growth Spurts

Dr. Dev Mishra of Soccer America shares, “A recently published scientific study following young male soccer players at an elite Dutch soccer academy shows that the injury risk is quite high.”  “In this well-conducted study the researchers found a substantially higher injury burden in the U-16 (48%), U-15 (28%), and U-17 (21%) age groups compared
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Tips to Help Manage Multiple Soccer Players in the Family

Youth Soccer shares some tips from a Michigan family that has 3 soccer players and another child with their own calendar of activities.  How full is that schedule and how do they manage to get everyone to practices, games and tournaments?  Organization is key as is building relationships with other soccer parents to set-up reliable
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Are You Prepared to Play College Lax?

If you are thinking of playing college lacrosse there are a lot of options and levels that are available for you such as  NCAA D1, D2, and D3, NJCAA, MCLA, NCLL, NAIA, and CUFLA.  With all these options you need to spend time researching on which level would be the best fit for you.  Playing
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Mirroring Game Helps Build Athletic Skills

US Lacrosse magazine shares that, “One of the core values of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM) is learning the basic building blocks of athleticism. Like the old adage goes, you have to walk before you can run.”  “60 Ways to Play”, is a free downloadable resource published by US Lacrosse, featuring games that do
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What does the US Olympic Hockey Team Eat?

A Hockey World shares that, “Nutrition plays a large part of the team’s training, said Dave Hamilton, lead strength and conditioning coach. “We spend a lot of time training, but if you look at five meals a day,” he said. “I just think, proportionately, it’s a real big part of how well your body’s going
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Playing Field Hockey on Natural Grass?

Play Sports TV shares some tips from Sharon Pfluger, The College of New Jersey field hockey coach  on how to play field hockey on natural grass versus synthetic turf, as there is a difference. Playing on natural grass: is usually slower because of the friction in the grass itself and requires players to plan on the
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Who Dove Away with 3 Golds in the Buenos Aires Olympics?

Olympic.org shares a tribute to China’s 17-year-old Shan Lin who won 3 gold medals in the diving competitions at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.  Shan Lin revealed. “I’m scared of heights. I just jump and don’t think about it.”  Her fear did not stop her from winning the gold for women’s 3m springboard
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Don’t Miss the 2019 FINA Diving World Series

What is FINA?  Fédération internationale de natation (FINA) is the international federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee for administering international competition in water sports.  It was founded in 1908 during the London Olympic Games by eight federations from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary and Sweden. Today,  FINA comprises 209 National Member
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Should You Blanket Your Horse ?and Other Blanketing Tips

There’s a lot of varying advice out there about blanketing your horse, how to blanket, when to blanket and even not to blanket.  So here are a couple of sites for horse lovers that you can refer to and help you to figure out what the best fit for your unique horse is. Equisearch –
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Going Horseback Riding?

Considering trying something fun and different?  If you’re thinking about horseback trail riding, here are some of the pointers that Greatist.com shares for you to think about before you get in the saddle: Will you be more comfortable in an English or Western Saddle?  Each saddle uses different equipment or tack and English saddles because
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Soccer Players, Check Out These Indoor Workouts

Kids, and let’s face it, everyone benefits with daily exercise but the winter months can be trickier.   Consider this indoor option and all you need is a safe small space, a spot in the basement will do, and the most important component is to practice with regularity.  Use a lower bounce ball to prevent
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Teen Athletes, Are You a Lark, an Owl or an Intermediate?

Soccer America, shares some interesting data on sleeping and sleep patterns.  After all, sleep has an affect on athletic performance.  Based on data they shared from a 2015 study using athletes’ natural internal clocks, they came up with these classificiations: Larks – rise and sleep early and performance is best around noon Owls – sleep
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Kids Can Be Taught to Make Smart Choices

There are no tested and proven magical guidelines to raise the wisest of children.  There is a lot of advice out there and Janis Meredith from Raising Champion Families shares some tips on how to raise confident children so that they will hopefully make smart life choices.  Here are some things that she suggests: build
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