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Field Hockey Players, Avoid These Mistakes

Hockey Performance Academy shares some common mistakes that field hockey players make before they even start to play.  How can you make mistakes before you even start to play?  Quite simply, some of the things that hold you back are not your athletic skills but your state of mind.  Get to know them so you can work on avoiding them:

  • Not working on confidence levels – take control and work on your confidence, don’t allow events, people, etc. to dictate how you should feel.
  • Bringing life’s stressors onto the field – once you suit up, leave everything else behind and concentrate on the game.
  • Focusing on others and not yourself and your role – don’t overthink things and concentrate on yourself and your role in the game.
  • Don’t let worrying about the outcome override your concentration on your abilities, moves and skills to be the best player that you can be.
  • Don’t allow what others are thinking and saying to affect your confidence and play.
  • Never let the fear of failure overwhelm you.
  • Stop expecting to be perfect.

Being a good player requires both a healthy mental attitude and practiced and developed playing skills.

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For full article:  7 Mistakes Field Hockey Players Make Before They Even Start Playing

For more information about the Field Hockey Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Field Hockey Camp page today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

 

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A Moment in the Lives 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

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I stopped by Field Hockey Camp and met 5 young ladies and asked who would be interested in being interviewed and they all agreed to do it together.  Meet Keara, Kate, Sofia, Bella, and Eve.

Farah:  When did you start at FS? 

Field Hockey Campers:  We all started on Monday except for Bella.

Bella: I’ve been here for 3 years. It’s my first time at Field Hockey camp. I used to do Swim camp.

Eve: I started in kindergarten and then took and break and came back last year. Last year, I did field hockey, too.

Farah: How long are you here for?

Field Hockey Campers:   Some of us are here for one or two weeks of field hockey and one of us is going to Lacrosse camp next week.

Farah:   What have you been working on this week?

Field Hockey Campers:  We’ve been working on passing, hitting, drills and games. Teamwork. 

Farah:  What is your favorite part of this week?

Field Hockey Campers: Games and scrimmages. It’s fun to practice all the things you’ve been working on. Mini games!

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

Field Hockey Campers:

  • Getting better at field hockey.
  • Learning new skills and seeing the improvement.
  • I just started playing so its been really fun and helpful.
  • It’s also really good to practice before school starts.

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Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor? 

Field Hockey Campers:  We like both of them. They’re really good coaches, they teach you a lot and they challenge us, but at the same time they are very easy going. They don’t ever yell at you if you’re wrong.  They just share a  better way to do it. 

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

Field Hockey Campers:  

  • A family friend, she lives in England and she got 7 field hockey scholarships to college. 
  • Probably, my mom because she played in college and she coaches now.  My mom also teaches me stuff. 
  • My sister because she’s been doing it for a couple years and the only family member that plays field hockey. 
  • I also pick my sister because she’s really good at field hockey and she’s been captain for a few years. She teaches me what to do. 

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

Field Hockey Campers:  You don’t have to make life decisions yet, and you don’t have to stress out about everything. There’s also not a lot of pressure. You don’t have to worry about making money or going to a job. 

Farah:  What grade are you in?

Field Hockey Campers:   Two of us are going into 6th, two others to 7th, and one of us is going to 9th.

Farah:   What is your favorite memory from camp? 

Field Hockey Campers:

  • My favorite memory was when we first started because it was so much fun to try a new sport for the first time. 
  • Meeting everyone, scrimmaging, and lunch time because we get to talk with friends.
  • Meeting new friends and bonding with the teammates. 
  • Playing games and meeting friends.
  • Meeting the coaches because they’ll always be my favorite.

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For more information about the Field Hockey Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Field Hockey Camp page today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

 

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Beginning Field Hockey?

You’ve decided to learn something new and you have picked field hockey.  Revolution Camps shares some tips for beginners:

  1. Pick up a good stick from the get-go.  Composite sticks are a good choice as they will give you more command and control of the ball.
  2. Work on your stick skills consistently with drills for dribbling, dodging, hitting, and tackling.
  3. Spend time watching live games or on video.  Observe the different positions and what they do.  Often times, it is what they are doing when they don’t have the ball that makes them a solid player.
  4. Join a team or sign up for a camp.

Welcome to the world of field hockey!

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For full article:  4 Tips for Beginning Field Hockey Players

For more information about the Field Hockey Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Field Hockey Camp page today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

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How to Boost Your Horse’s Immune System

Just like humans, horses can use a boost to their immune systems.  Merck Animal Health shared some tips on how you can take care your horse and prepare for the upcoming fall and winter season:

  1. Consistent Veterinary care – a minimum of an annual physical and dental exam that includes vaccinations and a deworming evaluation.
  2. Up-to-date vaccinations especially in the Fall for mosquito born viruses like Eastern and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis and West Nile Virus.  Other vaccinations like equine influenza virus (EIV) and equine herpesvirus (EHV) should also be discussed with a veterinarian.
  3. When needed deworm, Fall is prime-time for parasite transmission.
  4. Provide good nutrition and exercise regularly.
  5. Reduce stress for horses especially for those that travel.
  6. In addition, add biosecurity as a year-round consideration:

When traveling:

  • Minimize nose-to-nose contact with other horses.
  • Don’t share items, including lead lines, halters, water buckets or tubes of oral medications.
  • Monitor your horse’s temperature daily so you’ll know what’s “normal”. Deviations from normal might signify an infectious illness.
  • Contact your veterinarian, if you note a rise in temperature.
  • Regularly clean your tack, equipment, and stalls
  • .Practice good hand hygiene. (Hand sanitizers work well in the absence of soap and water.)

When you’re at home:

  • Separate and monitor horses after returning home (two weeks is a good rule of thumb).
  • Isolate new horses, and monitor them daily for fever and signs of infectious disease.
  • Include all horses in your vaccination program. A single unprotected horse in a herd can serve as a reservoir of infection to others.
  • Practice good hygiene and cleanliness.

Like people, horses need to be nurtured to flourish.

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For full article:  Fall Health Tune-Up – Strengthening Your Horse’s Immune System

For more information about the Horseback Riding Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Horseback Riding page, today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

 

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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

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Meet Julia, I met her at Horseback Riding camp and she is quite a horse enthusiast!

Farah:  When did you start at Future Stars Camp?

Julia:  Last week, I have been here for 2 weeks of horseback riding. I have siblings but they are not here.

Farah:    What camp are you in this week? 

Julia:  Horseback riding. I am only here for horseback riding.

Farah:  What have you been working on this week?

Julia:  Brushing horses and riding horses

Farah:  What is your favorite part of this week?

Julia:   Riding horses.

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

Julia:  Riding the horses!

Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor? 

Julia:  You! Because I like you!

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Farah:   What are your hobbies?

Julia:   I like to sing and dance and play with my friends, and read.

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

Julia:  You get to do whatever you want!

Farah: What grade are you in? What do you most enjoy about school?

Julia:  I’m going into 2nd. I like math because my grandma said it’s fun!

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

Julia:  I don’t know yet but I think a dancer.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp? 

Julia:  I really loved meeting new friends and meeting the counselors!

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For more information about the Horseback Riding Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Horseback Riding page, today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

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Horse Etiquette

Every so once in a while, urban life intertwines with rural life and you come across a horse.  It can be a very exciting encounter for so many that do not have the opportunity to interact with horses on a regular basis.  To have a positive experience, Pets on Mom shares some things that you should remember when you have chance meeting with a horse:

  1. Always ask the owner permission to touch the horse.
  2. If the owners agrees, talk to the horse first in a gentle voice and greet it.
  3. Offer your closed hand gently for the horse to smell.  If the horse lowers its head or turns towards you, this shows acceptance.
  4. Pet the mare only on the the neck and not the face but if the horse moves away stop petting.
  5. Never stand behind a horse or come up from behind as you may startle it.
  6. If the horse rears or kicks, back away at least 15 feet from it.

Horses like humans deserve to be treated in a respectful manner.  Approaching a horse in the best way can help ensure a pleasant experience.  Like people, horses can also have a bad day so following these basic suggestions can be helpful.

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For full article:  How to Pet a Horse

For more information about the Horseback Riding Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Horseback Riding page, today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

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Why Music for Your Future Stars?

Introducing music to young children can be a magical journey for your child and you.  Music also has benefits that go beyond music appreciation, Think Fun shares why you should consider adding an introduction to musical instruments:

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  1. Teaches perseverance and creates a sense of achievement – learning to play an instrument requires time and patience.  Ultimately, succeeding at playing an instrument and perhaps even performing brings about an appreciation for an accomplishment that requires dedication.
  2. Enhances math skills –  numerous research studies reveal a close relationship between components of music-like beats, scales, and rhythms and binary numbers.
  3. Improves memory – “As a child learns the chords and beats and then tries to replicate them, their short-term memory is stimulated, which eventually converts into a long-term memory.”
  4. Improves reading and comprehension skills – reading and comprehending chords and sequences consistently while learning to play is a great reading habit to instill.
  5. Encourages responsibility, perseverance, and discipline – most of the skills required to play an instrument well.
  6. Creates opportunities to learn about culture and history – every musical instrument has a origin story and learning about where and how an instrument was created broadens a child’s cross-cultural exposure.
  7. Brings happiness to the instrumentalist and others who hear them – “There have been numerous researchers that have stated that music can stimulate happy centers in the brain.”

Music is enjoyable and often brings people together.  Playing an instrument is a life-long joy that your child can hold onto.

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For full article:  7 Benefits of Music Lessons for Children

For more information about the S.T.E.A.M. Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our S.T.E.A.M. camp today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

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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

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Meet Sofia and Ariela, they are sisters and I met them at S.T.E.A.M. camp.

Farah:  Hello ladies so nice to meet you. When did you start at Future Camps? Are you related?

Sofia and Ariela:  We started this year and the week of July 4th was our first week. We are sisters. 

Farah:  What camp are you in this week? 

Sofia and Ariela:  We are in S.T.E.A.M., Jr Scientists this week but we did Horseback Riding, Circus Arts, Adventure, and Soccer. Our favorite was probably Horseback Riding or Circus!

 Farah:   What have you been working on this week?

Sofia and Ariela:  3D Printing, we did a density project

Farah:  What is your favorite part of this week?

 Sofia and Ariela:  Probably the projects that we did, 3D printing. We made keychains!

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

 Sofia and Ariela:  Color wars was pretty cool!

Farah:  Is there someone that you look up to or admire? In sports or entertainment? Why?

Sofia and Ariela:  We don’t really watch sports but we like watching gymnastics!

Farah:  What are your hobbies?

Sofia and Ariela:  We read, crochet, play music, and love dancing. 

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

Sofia and Ariela:   Freedom!

Farah:  What grade are you in? What do you most enjoy about school?

Sofia and Ariela:   We are going into 7th and going into 4th. We enjoy math and reading.

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

 Sofia and Ariela:  A dancer or a musician, maybe even an author. I like to dance and play music.

Farah:   What is your favorite memory from camp? 

Sofia and Ariela:  The circus performance! And the first time getting on a horse.

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For more information about the S.T.E.A.M. Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our S.T.E.A.M. camp today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

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Basics of 3D Printing

Most of us know all about 2 dimensional (2D) printing on a printer which only involved the front and the back of the page, in 3 dimensional (3D) printing the additional dimension is volume.  A 3D printer offers you the chance to print 3 dimensional objects like a cup or a doll.  Beanz, the magazine for kids, code and computer science, shares some basics about 3D printing:

  • objects are created by adding or depositing layers of material
  • the computer file with details about your model must be converted into slices the printer will create layer by layer
  • printing a 3D object may take hours or even days
  • the price of a 3D object is dependent upon the materials needed to print it

Some common 3D glossary terms:

3D — having three dimensions: length (width), depth, and height.

  • ABS — Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is one type of thermoplastic used in 3D printing. It becomes soft and pliable when heated. See PLA.
  • Additive — In 3D printing, the process of building an object by adding layer upon layer.
  • Build Platform — In non-resin 3D printing, the flat level surface used as a base to create a three-dimensional object. Resin 3D printing uses a tank filled with resin instead of a build platform.
  • Build Volume — The maximum length, depth, and height a 3D printer can use to build an object. Also called Print Volume.
  • CAD — Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software is used to create complete models, usually buildings, structures, and mechanical parts. CAD models are more precise than other types of models. CAD models also use NURBs to define curved edges. Polygon modeling and sculpture modeling software also are used to create 3D models for printing.

3D printing will open a whole new world for consumers.  It’s a great time to have your children learn the basics.

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For full article:  What is 3D printing?

For more information about the S.T.E.A.M. Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our S.T.E.A.M. camp today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

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Looking for a Youth Lacrosse Program?

If you’re looking for a lacrosse program to meet and fit your child’s needs, US Lacrosse shares some points to consider as you start your search:

  • Think about what you and your child want from their lacrosse experience.  Your grasp of your goals will help you find a better fit.  Define some things like:

a.  reasons for playing

b. previous experience

c.  time commitment

d.  coaching styles

  • Start looking at the different organizations in the area that you feel comfortable traveling around and ask about:

a.  the organization’s mission statement and goals and their policies

b.  costs

c.  time commitment

d.  travel requirements

e.  check out the coaches – experience, qualifications, etc.

  • Select the organization that best fits the experience you want for your child and support your child and the organization.
  • Review the experience during and after the period of time your child has spent playing lacrosse.

Playing youth lacrosse should be about the player and their development.  Parents and coaches are conduits to set the stage for an awesome lacrosse experience and hopefully a life-long passion for the sport.

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For full article:  Tips for Selecting a Youth Lacrosse Organization

For more information about the Lacrosse Camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Lacrosse page, today.

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps