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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.

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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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Does a Multi-Sports Background Equal Success?

Functional Movement shares some things to think about multi-sport participation and sports success in the long-run.  Here are some people who wholeheartedly support multi-sport participation:

On the flip side, a question that could be raised is ” Did these athletes become great because they played multiple sports?  Or did they play multiple sports because they were great athletes?”  That’s an important question to think about.  Having shared that thought to ponder on, here are some benefits of a multi-sports background:

  • decreases over-use injuries which can also be better managed by well-thought out training programs and appropriate length of  playing seasons
  • increased movement capacity as different sports require varying movement patterns
  • improves athletic capacity

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For full article:  Does A Multisport Background Improve An Athlete’s Opportunity For Success?

For more information about Multi-Sports camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Multi-Sports 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

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Meet veteran Future Stars Multi-sports camper, Max.

Farah:  When did you start at Future Stars camps and what camps have you joined?

Max I started 6 years ago.  I’ve been at Multi-sports, Tennis, and Circus Arts camps. 

Farah: What camp are you in this week? 

Max:  Multi-sports.

Farah:  What have you been working on this week?

Max:  We have been doing color wars, so it’s four teams with a bunch of kids and you have to get the most points to win. We’ve been playing capture the flag, gaga ball and world cup. My favorite was capture the flag.

Farah:  What is your favorite part of this week?

Max: Probably dodgeball. 

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

Max:   I enjoy the relay race which has different stations and the first team to complete all stations wins.

Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor? 

Max:  I don’t have a favorite, I like them all. 

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

 Max:   David Wright, he played on the Mets. He played 3rd base just like I do in baseball. I saw him in the first game I ever watched and he hit a crazy grand slam!

Farah: What are your hobbies?

 Max:  I like to play with figures, like gaming figures and pokemon figures. I usually pull them out and play with them.

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

Max:  I’m going into 6th grade. I really love field time during recess.

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

Max:   Either a chef or an engineer. I’m being taught to cook by my mom. My favorite thing to make is either pizza or muffins.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp? 

Max:  It was maybe 2 years ago and it was at Multi-sports camp. We were playing color wars and you had to lip sync a song for points and I did “Believer” by Imagine Dragons. It was so fun! My favorite song has changed but it was my favorite at the time.

Farah:  Nice meeting you Max, and I hope that I catch you lip syncing at some point this summer!

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

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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The Drill That Will Help You Score from the Baseline

It’s always a good idea to add drills to your repertoire to refine skills that you can use on the field.  Check out this short video drill to help you score from the baseline.  This video features double Olympian Jeroen Hertzberger, a Dutch field hockey player who plays as a forward for Rotterdam and the Dutch national team.

 

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For more information about Field Hockey camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Field Hockey 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 Future Stars Camper, Mia who is at Field Hockey camp this year but you may remember meeting Mia last year at Softball camp and she is also Grayson‘s sister who was at Lacrosse camp.

Farah:  When did you start at Future Stars Camps?

Mia:  5 years ago I think. I’m 9 now! 

Farah:  What camp are you in this week?

Mia:  Field Hockey. 

Farah:  Do you always attend Field Hockey camp?

Mia:   No, I attend Lacrosse sometimes and Tennis, too.  My brother is in Lacrosse.

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Farah:  What have you been working on this week?

Mia:  Dribbling and stopping the ball when somebody passes to me. Also shooting and passing.

Farah:  What is your favorite part of this week?

 Mia:  The stick game. You have to lay out sticks and you can’t touch them and jump in between. The last person has to jump as far as they can. You just keep going again and again.

Farah:  What are you most looking forward to this summer

 Mia:   The carnival! 

Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor? 

Mia:   Yes, my favorite is  Yola because she’s fun, funny and nice.

Farah:  What are your hobbies?

Mia:  I play the piano, I watch TV and my favorite shows are ‘Sponge Bob” and  ‘Teen Titans Go!’.

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

Mia:  Not having to do work.

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

Mia:   I’m in 4th, and I love specials! It’s like when you go to Physical Education, Computers, or Art class. 

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

 Mia:  I want to study sharks and study the ocean.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp?

 Mia:   I love it when we watch movies during thunderstorms!

Farah:  Great chatting with you and have a wonderful time at “Carnival’ and maybe we’ll have some thunderstorms and you can watch movie with your friends.

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

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Mental Work-up Prior to Field Hockey Tourneys

Pre-game jitters before a big game are a common emotional state for many athletes.  Hockey Performance Academy shares some tips to help you mentally prepare and assuage your nerves:

  • Save your mental energy for the game, work out other distractions before the game or hold to coming back to them after the game is over.
  • Train yourself to leave the analytical side of your brain on the sidelines and once you step on the field let your instinctive part of the brain rule as it is better at making precise snap decisions.
  • Know and practice under the conditions that you will be playing in for the games.  For example, prepare for playing in colder or warmer climates, different turfs, time of day, etc.
  • Prepare physically for a game with the right amount of sleep, hydration, right nutrition, rest, exercise and stretching, etc.
  • Keep in mind that you need to roll with surprises as anything can happen, think flexibility.
  • Meet every game with the same preparedness, don’t allow an opposing team’s reputation to derail your level of preparation.
  • Concentrate on the moment, don’t allow a slow or bad start to deflect your game plan.

Don’t forget to have fun before, during, and after the game.

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For full article:  How To Mentally Prepare For Field Hockey Tournaments

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

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Some Thoughts on Serving

Improveyourvolley.com has some tips on when and how to serve.  One thought is that even though your hand is what makes contact with the ball these are factors you should also be aware of to have a solid over hand serve:

  1. correct feet positioning
  2. synchronicity of your core and lower body movements
  3. consistency of your volleyball serve toss
  4. point where your hand contacts the ball when serving

Here are some things that you should also consider when serving:

  1. decide first exactly where you want your serve to go
  2. when practicing your serve understand that your ball may not always go where you want it to but always serve the ball with a purpose, as in will you serve the ball cross court or will you serve down the line
  3. always have a place or a person to aim for when you serve the ball in the opposing team’s court
  4. figure out the location in your opponent’s court where your serve creates the most difficulty for the opposing team to run their offense

Work on keeping in mind and practice,”Decide what you’re going to do with your serve before you serve.”

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For full article:  How To Serve A Volleyball What To Do, When and How To Do It

For more information about Volleyball camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Volleyball camp 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 Future Stars Camper, Sarah, a veteran volleyball camper.

Farah:  When did you start at FS? 

Sarah:  I started 2 summers ago.

Farah:  Do you have any siblings?

Sarah:  I do have siblings and my twin brother was here last year.

Farah:    What camp are you in this week? 

Sarah:  I’m here for volleyball.

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Farah:    What have you been working on this week?

Sarah:  Mostly technique and passing.

Farah:  What is your favorite part of this week?

Sarah:  I really like playing in the tournaments at the end of the week.

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

Sarah:  Just improving for try-outs, I play for my school.

Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor? Why is he/she your favorite?

Sarah:   I think my favorite is  Andreo just because he’s been here with me every time I’ve been here and he’s really nice and really helpful.

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

Sarah:  Probably my varsity coach, she’s always been really inspirational

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Farah:    What are your hobbies?

Sarah:  I really like to paint!

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

Sarah:  I guess just growing up and watching everyone grow up with you.

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

Sarah:  I’m in 11th grade and I enjoy learning new things that you wouldn’t normally learn in a curriculum.

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

Sarah:  Probably, something in the medical field, I’m not sure exactly what yet.

Farah:   What is your favorite memory from camp? 

Sarah:  My favorite memory was last year’s ‘All Star Game’ against the counselors. We didn’t win but it was so much fun!

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

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What do you know about Volleyball History?

Volleyball.com shares some interesting facts about Volleyball:

  • Volleyball celebrated over 120 years of existence in 2015.
  • It originated in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
  • William G. Morgan, an instructor at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Holyoke invented volleyball by blending elements of  decided to blend elements of basketball, baseball, tennis, and handball.
  • The motivation was to create a sport that would have less physical contact than basketball.
  • Volleyball was initially known as Mintonette
  • The volleyball net feature borrowed from tennis is 6 feet 6 inches above the floor, just above the average man’s head.
  • The name change from Mintonette to Volleyball came about in 1896 when someone commented “the players seemed to be volleying the ball back and forth over the net” and perhaps “volleyball” would be a more descriptive name for the sport.

An abbreviated timeline of volleyball moments:

  • 1895: William G. Morgan (1870-1942) created the game of volleyball but called the game Mintonette.
  • 1896: The first exhibition match of volleyball is played at Springfield College (called International YMCA Training school in 1896).
  • 1900: A special ball was designed for the sport.
  • 1916: In the Philippines, an offensive style of passing the ball in a high trajectory to be struck by another player (the set and spike) were introduced.
  • 1917: The game was changed from 21 to 15 points.
  • 1920s: There are unconfirmed whispers of men’s teams playing on the beach in Hawaii, but most accounts place the sport’s origin in Santa Monica, California where the first Volleyball courts are put up on the beach at the Playground. Families play 6 vs. 6.
  • 1928: It became clear that tournaments and rules were needed, the United States Volleyball Association (USVBA, now USA Volleyball) was formed. The first U.S. Open was staged, as the field was open to non-YMCA squads.
  • 1930s: The first two-man beach volleyball game is played in Santa Monica, California.
  • 1976: First professional beach volleyball tournament was called the Olympia World Championship of Beach Volleyball. It took place at Will Rogers State Beach during late summer in 1976.
  • 1984: The U.S. won their first medals at the Olympics in Los Angeles. The Men won the Gold, and the Women the Silver.
  • 1988: The U.S. Men repeated the Gold in the Olympics in Korea.
  • 1990: The World League was created.
  • 1996: 2-person Beach Volleyball debuted as an Olympic sport.
  • 1997: Dain Blanton (with Canyon Ceman) becomes the first African-American professional beach volleyball player to win a tournament on the Miller Lite/AVP Tour.
  • 2008: The U.S. Women’s Volleyball team wins Silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
  • 2012: The U.S. Women’s Volleyball team wins Silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
  • 2012: U.S. Women’s team Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings return to the Summer games in London to successfully defend their Gold medal wins of 2008 and 2004 and become the only Women’s team in the sport’s history to ever win three consecutive Olympic Gold medals. Jennifer Kessey and April Ross of the United States win the Silver medal the same year.

“Today, people all over the world play volleyball. Research shows volleyball is one of the top 3 most popular sports for women to play in high school.”

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For full article:  History of Volleyball

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

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Do You Know These Magic Facts?

“Through magic, we are entering a fictional world of wonder where nothing bad happens and all dangers vanish when the magician retrieves his assistant safe and sound after being cut in two or escapes himself from an imminent danger.”   Magic amazes, astounds, and entertains and The abracadabra shares some interesting facts that you may not know about magic and here are some of them:

  1. The word ‘magic’ is derived from Greek, mageia (μαγεία).  Persian priests known as magish and Greek magoi were the first to perform magic acts.
  2. It was in the 18th century that magic became a respectable practice and was performed by rich private persons, prior to that it was a form of entertainment at fairs and included juggling and sword swallowing.
  3. Established magic organizations abound and the largest magic organization is the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the oldest organization is the Society of American Magicians, and Houdini was its president for several years.
  4. Houdini died on Halloween in 1926.
  5. The common magical phrase “Hocus Pocus” was taken from the name of a Norse mythological sorcerer known as Ochus Bochus. Meanwhile, anecdotally (from the English writer, Daniel Defoe),  “Abracadabra” comes from an inscription on amulets worn during the Black Plague as protection from the disease.
  6. Magicians kept their tricks secret for many years for fear that people would no longer be enthralled. if they knew how the illusions were done.  The first publication was Reginald Scot’s, ‘Discoverie of Witchcraft’ in 1584. Today, magic tricks are revealed on a lot of media platforms but contrary to the magicians’ fears, audiences are still willing to pay for entertaining magical feats.
  7. Today, the term illusionist has become more popular in place of magician.  The rationale being that some artists admit that their acts are skillful deceptions.

“For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not believe, no explanation will suffice.” ~Joseph Dunninger

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For full article:  14 Facts You Need to Know About Magic

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

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