Coach Gabe Zuger Recommends

We asked Gabe, Multi-sports Camp Director at Purchase Future Stars Camps for some interesting reads and here are a couple of articles for you to peruse.  Enjoy!


From the New York Times about Ultimate Frisbee:

Born of a Boycott, a Women’s Ultimate Frisbee League Charts Its Own Path


And from WKAR, just in case you thought Dodgeball was just a kid’s game:

Michigan State Students Prove Dodgeball Is Way More than A Kid’s Game


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

Image Credit:  Deposit Photos


Spotlight on Gabe Zuger

“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 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 Gabe Zuger, as he steps into his new role as Multi-Sports Camp director at Purchase, after working with your children as their camp counselor for the last few years.


What was your most memorable 2018 winter moment?

Gabe:  Spending Christmas in Mexico.*

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

Gabe:  Campers building on skills and friendships — and jumping in the GaGa pit from time to time.

What are your hobbies?

Gabe:  Running, listening to podcasts, and cooking.


What is your favorite memory from camp?

Gabe:  The relay races.

Which part of your job do you enjoy the most?

Gabe:  Seeing campers play their hardest and feel good in their effort.

What song do you play most often?

Gabe:  Snail Mail’s “Pristine”.

Which exercise do you enjoy the most?

Gabe:  Running,

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Gabe:  Soup.

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

Gabe:  Singing.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Gabe:  The sense of order and rationality that I once believed existed in the world.



Who is your favorite fictional character?

Gabe:  Bruce Wayne.

What kind of movies do you enjoy?

Gabe:  Old movies.

What’s your favorite outdoor activity/indoor activity?

Gabe:  Trail running and board games.

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

Gabe:  Jerseys — like a lot of them.

What is your favorite quote?

“...not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” ~William Bruce Cameron


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

Image Credit:  Gabe Zuger

*Interview responses are from the Spring 2019


Multi-Sports Thoughts

“Former Ohio State Head Football Coach Urban Meyer recently stated that he prefers recruiting athletes who are involved in other sports.”  Here are some reasons why:

  • coaches like to see athletes with their own eyes, not just on film therefore they can see an athlete competing during other seasons.
  • some recruiters feel that other sports give athletes an edge from a competitive standpoint

Power Sanford Health has these positives to share about being a multi-sport athlete:

  • multi-sport athletes have a much higher chance of remaining active as adults
  • the variety of movements and activities can limit the occurrence of overuse injuries associated with just one sport or skill.
  • playing multiple sports gives athletes time to heal and develop different muscle groups and movement patterns.
  • multi-sport athletes haven’t had that intense emphasis on one sport and are more likely to retain their love of the game.
  • different types of skills can be applied from one sport to the next.

Zoe Lipke, a multi-sports athlete had this to say about her personal experience:

  • she plays soccer and basketball
  • her schedule is packed solid between practices for both sports
  • she sometimes get less than five hours of sleep a night
  • she has had injuries

Zoe also shares, “However, playing different sports has put me ahead in several aspects of my life. From a leadership perspective, I have grown so much over the years, and playing multiple sports that are so different from each other allows me to express leadership in more ways that one.”


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

For full articles:  Pros and cons to being a multi-sport athlete


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An Intro to the Types of Dives and Scoring

Woody Franklin of Liveaboutdotcom shares what he knows about the different types of springboard and platform dives:

  • there are six basic types of dives in springboard and platform diving
  • four involve somersaulting, either toward or away from the diving board or platform, and include using a forward approach and hurdle, or a backward press.
  • another type of dive adds twists to any of the other types
  • the last type is the armstand, which combines somersaults and twists. and used exclusively in platform diving

How do you identify a dive by its three- or four-digit dive number?    Here’s how to decipher the codes:

  • the first digit indicates the basic dive type with each dive given a number, for example 1 is forward and 6 is an armstand
  • the second digit of the dive number will always be 0 or 1. This indicates that the dive is either a normal somersault (0), or is a “flying dive” (1), which is almost never seen in competition
  • the third digit indicates how many half-revolutions the diver is making
  • the final letter A, B, C, or D refers to the dive position — straight, pike, tuck, or free, for example A is a straight position dive with no bend at the knees or hips and C is a tuck position dive, where the body is folded up in a ball

There is so much more to learn about the different dives and their coding, enjoy discovering more about your sport.


For full article:  The 6 Types of Springboard and Platform Dives

For more information about the variety of Multi-Sports programs at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Diving Camp page,  today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps