Short Glossary of Diving Terms

If you’re thinking about diving, here are some terms that you should think about learning:

Approach — the three or more forward steps the diver takes toward the end of the board.

Armstand dive — a dive that’s executed from a motionless armstand position on the edge of only solid platforms

Backward dive — a dive in which the diver begins with their back toward the water

Degree of difficulty or tariff — a measure of each dive and it’s used to determine the final score

Entry — the point in a dive in which the diver makes contact with the water

Execution — the carrying out of the dive where the diver will be looking to maintain good control

Forward dive — the diver faces forwards and rotates forwards away from the board

Inward dive — the diver begins with back to the water and rotates toward the board after take-off.

Pike — the diver bends their body forward at the waist, legs are straight and the toes are pointed

Platform or firm board — the solid diving board from which competitors dive

Reverse dive — the diver faces forwards and rotates backwards towards the board.

Somersault — a move that involves a complete rotation of the body with the heels over the head

Springboard — a flexible diving board that adds to the diver’s own spring on take-off

Straight — a position in which body is straight from head to toe, with the feet together, and the toes pointed

Synchronised diving — two divers of the same gender perform the same or complementary dives from the same level board at the same time — the aim being to execute their dive in a similar fashion to the other

Take-off — the moment at which the diver lifts from the board or platform to begin execution of the dive

Tower — the entire diving platform structure

Tuck — a position in which the diver bends their knees, bringing or ‘tucking’ the knees and thighs closer to the chest and heels toward the buttocks

Twisting dive — any dive that includes a twist, whether forward, backward, reverse or inward


For full article:  Glossary Of Diving Terms

For more information about the Diving program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Diving camp page today. 

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Spotlight on Olivia Lehrman

“The biggest reward that I’ve received in my life is that after running Future Stars for 37 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


Get to know Olivia Lehrman,  as she joined Future Stars Circus Camps for her 6th year during the summer 2019!

What was your most memorable 2018 winter moment?
Olivia:  Tandem bicycling with Leo to buy a bike part in a blizzard and having the bike shop do a photo shoot of us because they were so blown away by our outrageousness to go out in that weather.

What are you most looking forward to at camp summer 2019?
Olivia:  Awesome awesome coaches–2 proteges of mine from California, who have become amazing teachers and we truly speak the same language, and all of us finding the most fun ways to share Circus with kids!*

What are your hobbies?
Olivia:  Raising Chicks and doing handstands

What is your favorite memory from camp?
Olivia:  Pinkies up! We had fancy-lunch!

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?
Olivia:  Getting to know students and what helps them tick.


What song do you play most often?
Olivia:  anything by Beyonce!!!!

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?
Olivia:  Pilates

What’s your favorite comfort food?
Olivia:  Quinoa and ice-cream.

If you could be the better at something, what would you choose?
Olivia:  Sewing–ugh! I cry every time I try to sew something!

What do you miss most about being a kid?
Olivia:  Well, there’s not much different about my life now from 30 years ago!

Who is your favorite fictional character?
Olivia:  Pippi Longstocking


What kind of movies do you enjoy?
Olivia:  Funeeeee ones

What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?
Olivia:  Walking through the woods/cooking.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
Olivia:  Hello Kitty Collection Cards

What is your favorite quote?
Olivia:  Everybody knows you cannot put a banana in the refrigerator. But did you know? You can.


For more information about the variety of Circus programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Circus Arts Camp page,  today.  

Image Credit:  Olivia Lehrman

*Interview responses are from the Spring 2019


Circus Arts 101

Circus Arts are of quite an interest to people of all age groups.  The Smithsonian hosted a Folklife Festival in 2017 that provided opportunities for experiential exploration of the life and work of circus people all around the world.  Here is what they considered some of the main disciplines of Circus Arts:

Acrobatics – The term acrobatics describes a combination of physical performance arts that involve strength, agility, coordination, and balance.

  • these skills date to ancient times in many cultures around the world and  have been recorded in ancient Greek and Roman culture, and Chinese have practiced acrobatics for more than 2,000 years.
  • acrobatics were part of medieval village and court festivals and events and evolved into circuses starting in the nineteenth century
  • now acrobatics are part of the Olympic Games and other international competitions

Aerials arts are comprised of  a variety of airborne acts using specially rigged equipment, such as silks, straps, lyra, hammocks, and webs.

  • another popular form is the trapeze and can be either static or flying
  • acts may be performed solo, double, triple, or as a combined group, depending on rigging design
  • the flying trapeze was invented in France in the mid-1850s by Jules Léotard, a young gymnast from Toulouse

Clowning is a circus discipline that evokes many reactions, associations, stereotypes, and clichés.

  • they include encounters with clever and insightful individuals, who through physical comedy shed new perspectives on aspects of life both everyday and universal.
  • or there are associations with colorful and eccentric costumes, exaggerated makeup, peculiar antics, and other behavior that may be comic or (for some) even scary.
  • physical comedy and accompanied by laughter has deep and expressions of physical comedy appear in cultures and societies globally, suggesting that the craft is a shared part of human experience whether or not associated with circus.

Equilibristics is the mastery of balance and one of the most respected circus arts of all time.

  • includes those who skillfully walk or prance on globes, ropes, and wires or cables
  • there are images of ancient Greeks and Romans balancing on ropes, as well as rope-walkers in medieval Europe
  • equilibristics has adapted and changed over the years incorporated changing technologies

Object Manipulation or juggling is one of the most recognizable groups of circus arts known as object manipulation.

  • object manipulation includes hooping, plate-spinning, fire staff, and diabolo
  • all involve combined skills of tossing, twirling, and physical dexterity
  • juggling has ancient roots and images of jugglers appear on the interior walls of an Egyptian tomb that dates back approximately 4,000 years



For more information about the variety of Circus Arts programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Circus Arts Camp page,  today.  

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Understanding Stress in Children

Children are also affected by stress and experience anxiety and parents can help them manage their stressors.  Be conscious of your childrens’ mental wellness and seek professional help when needed.  Everyday Wellness shares signs of stress and anxiety that parents should be aware of which can be either physical or behavioral:

  1. Behavioral or Emotional
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Behavioral changes, such as moodiness, aggression, a short temper, or clinginess
  • Fears (fear of the dark, being alone, or of strangers)
  • Development of a nervous habit, such as nail biting
  • Withdrawing from family or friends
  • Refusal to go to school
  • Getting into trouble at school
  • Hoarding items of seeming insignificance

2.  Physical

  • Decreased or increased appetite
  • Complaints of stomach aches or headaches
  • Bedwetting
  • Sleep problems or nightmares
  • Other physical symptoms

Some common causes of stress in children:

  • Big family changes
  • Parental instability
  • Academic Pressures
  • Overloaded schedules
  • Popularity
  • Bullying
  • Scary book or movie
  • Disastrous current events shared on media

Here are some ways to help your children:

  • Make home a relaxation haven and commit to a routine.
  • Know what your child is watching, reading, and playing.
  • Casually discuss changes in routines and create conversations around new and different scenarios.
  • Together with your child explore social and sports activities where they can find fulfillment and enjoy success.
  • As you exercise healthy habits and self-care to manage your own stress your children will have a role model to follow.
  • Work on listening and encouraging your children to solve their problems.  Provide guidance to help them think through their problems without criticism and taking over.

If stress and anxiety levels continue to increase, it would prudent to contact a mental wellness professional for your child’s benefit.


For full article:  How to Spot Stress and Anxiety in Children

For more information about Future Stars camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Program page today.

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Spotlight on Craig

“The biggest reward that I’ve received in my life is that after running Future Stars for 37 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 Craig Moccia as he joined Future Stars Camps for his first summer in the Health Office. 

Tell me a little interesting something about yourself.

Craig:  I am an EMT and volunteer fire fighter.

What brought you to Future Stars Camps and how long have you been here?

Craig:  This is my first summer working for Future Stars and I was looking for a job and thought this was a good fit for me.

What’s your favorite memory from camp?

Craig:  Definitely beating Javier at tennis.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Craig:  Probably making the kids’ days better when they come in here not feeling well.


What will you miss most about camp this summer?

Craig:  Just having fun and meeting people!

Pick one or two words that best describe your camp experience.

Craig:  Really fun!

What do you do with your free time?

Craig:  I am a volunteer fire fighter so I spend a lot of my time helping out the community back home in Bedford

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Who is your favorite fictional character?

Craig:  That’s tough, I would say Woodstock from Charlie Brown. 

What kind of movies do you enjoy?

Craig:  Rom-coms and other comedies.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Craig:  I like to do anything outdoors whether it’s just hanging out in a hammock or taking a hike.

What exercise do you enjoy the most?

Craig:  I love doing mountain climbers and push ups.

What is your favorite food?

Craig:  Bacon

What’s the first thing you bought with your own money?

Craig:  Probably something really silly like a pack of baseball cards.

Great meeting you Craig!

For more information about the variety of sports programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Future Stars Camps today.  

Image Credit:  Craig Moccia

*Interview responses are from the Spring 2019

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Sports, Health and You

With the new year coming up and possible intentions for including a healthier life-style, you may be considering adding a sport to your child’s schedule of activities.  There are so many reasons to get your child engaged in sports and RealBuzz.com shares some health and fitness benefits that playing a sport provides:

  • help to reduce body fat or controls your body weight
  • satisfaction coming from developing fitness and skills
  • some help to fight depression and anxiety.
  • challenge and a chance to set goals
  • help to strengthen bones
  • help that can aid coordination, balance and flexibility
  • help that can improve stamina and concentration
  • opening you to experience the highs and lows of both winning and losing
  • opportunities to meet people with a similar interests and make new friends.
  • a great way for families to get exercise together
  • sportiness that encourages a healthier lifestyle.

Whatever sport you choose with your child, enjoy the good times ahead!


For full article:  The Health and Fitness Benefits of Sport

For more information about Future Stars camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Program page today.

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For Divers

Springboards and More shares some strengths that requires no talent but they are attributes that almost every successful athlete possesses:

  1. Respectful of time
  2. Good work ethic
  3. Puts forth best effort
  4. Positive body language
  5. Energy
  6. Good  attitude
  7. Exudes passion
  8. Being Coach-able
  9. Doing Extra
  10. Being Prepared

Check out these Olympic Diving tips:





For more information about Diving camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Diving camp page, today.

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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Even though our summer camp has ended, we will continue to feature campers from a variety of camps at Purchase on Wednesdays.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com


Meet veteran Future Stars Diving camper, Noam.

Farah:  Hi Noam, it’s nice to meet you.  So, how long have you been attending Future Stars camps?

Noam:  Well, for a long time I went to the Tennis summer camp at St. Joseph’s Long Island and then I started diving and I thought maybe I should do the diving camp here!

Farah: Do you have siblings? Do they also go to Future Stars camps?

Noam:  Yes, I have a younger sister and an older brother. My sister doesn’t but my older brother attends the Long Island Tennis camp.

Farah: What camp are you in this week?

Noam:  I’m in Diving camp. This is my 3rd week.


Farah: I heard you say that you did tennis camp out on long island. Did you try any other programs?

Noam:  No I did not, just the diving and tennis.

Farah: ​What have you been working on this week in diving?

Noam:  Well, I did my double front. Last week, I was working on my inward double but I just got here this week, so I really didn’t have time to work on it. I have to take time to warm up for a day or so before I can do my hard dives.

Farah: What is your favorite part of this week so far?

Noam:  I like how there are so many kids, I make a lot of friends here and I see a lot of people that I already know. It’s really fun. When you dive during the year it’s all about diving but here it’s about  learning and having fun, and I like that!

Farah:  What are you most looking forward to this week?

Noam:  I heard there is a carnival on Thursday – I’m really looking forward to that!

Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor?

Noam:  I do not because all of the counselors are just so good.


Farah:  Is there someone that you look up to or admire?


Noam:  Tom Daley, he’s a diver and Greg Louganis.

Farah:  Why do you admire them?

Noam:  Because they are very good athletes, and they persevered and achieved.

Farah:  What are some of your hobbies?

Noam:  I like to read, I like to do stuff. I dive during the year and I do it a lot so I usually don’t have that much time to do other stuff. 

Farah:  What is the best part of being a kid?

Noam:  You don’t have to worry about stuff and you can just have fun.

Farah:  What grade are you going into?

Noam:  I’m going into 5th.

Farah:  What do you most enjoy about school?

Noam:  I love learning about new things.

Farah:  What do you want to be when you grow up?

Noam:  I would like to be a doctor, specifically a geneticist. And I may want to be a diver as well.

Farah:  How did you figure out that you wanted to be a geneticist specifically?

Noam:  My mom is doctor and I was thinking about what I want to be and how interesting it would be. 

Farah:  Is your mom a geneticist?

Noam:  No, she’s a doctor, she does some genetics but is not a geneticist, but I thought it was super interesting!

Farah:  That is super interesting! For my last question – What is your favorite memory from camp?

Noam:  It would have to be when I was outside on the trampoline with all of my friends jumping! It was super fun!

Farah:  Nice to meet you Noam, and hope to see you next year creating more fun Future Stars memories!


For more information about Diving camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Diving camp page, today.

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Things to Think About as a Beginner Diver

RealBuzz.com shares tips for beginner platform and springboard divers.  Here are some things for you to consider:

  • progress gradually – work on sitting dives, then kneeling dives, then crouching dives and then standing dives
  • use dry land diving equipment to prepare yourself and and improve your techniques safely such as trampolines, stretching mats, etc.
  • be streamlined when you dive by ensuring your hands enter the water first and extend your legs behind you
  • never stop practicing board work and takeoffs as there is always room for improvement and they help prevent injuries
  • incorporate the age appropriate gym routines to your training and strengthen your wrists, neck, shoulders, etc.


For full article:  Tips for Platform And Springboard Diving Beginners

For more information about Diving camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Diving camp page, today.

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