Breakfast with coffee, orange juice, croissant, egg, vegetables and fruits

Food Is More Than Fuel

What and when you eat is important for athletes and non-athletes alike. Nancy Clark, internationally known sports nutritionist, shares a comprehensive nutritional plan for you to consider and try out to keep you active now and for years to come.  Nancy uses the American Heart Association statement to help guide you into thinking about how to eat intentionally.  And yes, if breakfast is still not your most important meal of the day, you need to rethink that!

Read more on mom’s Team: Meal timing, Does It Matter When You Eat?

How Are Your Layups?

This easy to follow step-by-step video can help you to improve your beginner layup skills and style.  Watch it and perhaps you will learn something new. Remember practicing often and consistently is key.


Need a Boost to Start Training?

It’s never too late to start training – summer camp is just days away.  CoachUp Nation has simple tips to get you motivated to create your training workout plan:

  • Know and share your objective – embracing your reason for exercise motivates you and sharing it offers family and friends a chance to support and cheer you on
  • Set realistic goals and be patient for results
  • Spend time creating a plan and/or hire a personal coach to get you started
  • Always remember to reward yourself

For more details:  Motivation: 4 Tips on How to Start Training


Lucky Tennis Shots?

Have you got 3 minutes to see some of WTA’s luckiest tennis shots?  If you play tennis and you practice – practice – practice – you may feel that the word luck just doesn’t encompass all the hard work, passion and dedication that you put in to your tennis regimen year after year.  You have to see these shots for yourself and decide, if it is just luck, talent, sheer perseverance or a combination of all three and some.


Exposure to College

The Psychology Today article, Nudges in the Wild: Merely Exposing Children to College is apropos as many of Future Stars Summer Camps are on college campuses.  Ross E. O’Hara, PhD notes that, “One of the most robust findings in psychology is the mere exposure effect, which is our tendency to feel positively toward novel stimuli after even subliminal exposure. In other words, we like something better if it’s even remotely familiar to us.”

So here is an added plus to enroll your child at Future Stars Camps outside of all the great opportunities, we already provide.   Exposure to sports on a college campus from an early age could make a positive lasting impact.  So much so, that many public and charter school districts start as early as elementary school to expose the students to thinking about college – hoping that they will enroll in college when the time comes.  Take this opportunity to make your child’s summer experiences longer lasting and extra special than they already are.

Enroll today.





More Playing Time, Please!

CoachUp Nation shares tips on the don’t’s and do’s of how to approach your coaches, if you’d like more playing time.  They are quite simple but are you able to do them?

Some of the don’t’s:

  • Don’t ask your parents to approach your coach, talk to them yourself
  • Don’t  compare your skills to the other players’ abilities

Some of the do’s:

  • Show that you are interested in the game and be your team’s biggest fan
  • Make it clear that you want to play

If you’d like to increase your playing time, you may want to check for more tips:  What To Do When You Want More Playing Time

Try them out and see if they work for you.



The Ins and Outs of Sports Friendships

The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) shared an informative blog on how sports friendships are unique and can have different positive outcomes in comparison to other types of relationships.  Truth be told there can be desirable and undesirable conduct that comes along with these intense and competitive relationships.

Coaches can help detrimental actions evolve in to more positive behavior through:

  • Solid team building activities
  • Established team rules
  • Ensuring that all team members are respected and validated

Coaches can do a lot to create the framework to build a solid team and nurture the groundwork for solid sports friendships.

For more details:  The role of friendships in youth sports


You Could Meet Your Best Friend At Day Camp

You can never have too many friends. If you’re in the market for a Best Friend Forever, look no further than your local day camp.

Best friends are the friends you can share anything with. They’re the kids who will bring you up, get you smiling and stay loyal to you no matter what. You can trust your best friend with anything, you know your secret is always safe. Your best friends believe in you even when you don’t believe in yourself, they’re the kids cheering you on at the finishing line. They help you to be the best version of yourself, they make you laugh so hard your sides hurt and they’re always free to help out when you need them.

Day camp is the perfect place to find your best friend. Why? It’s simple. The kids at day camp are awesome – and so are you. At day camp, you’ll be able to get to know each other really well. You’ll compete against each other, work on the same team and get to know each other inside and out. You won’t be bunkmates, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be any less friends. You don’t have to share a log cabin in the woods to become buddies.

You’ll meet lots of new kids at day camp so you’re bound to find a BFF you can bond with. You’ll spend your days having fun and playing games together – the perfect way to make friends. Unlike sleep-away camp, where kids end up far away from home, you’ll be living nearby your newfound friends which makes it easier to keep those friendships going after camp is over. You’ll be able to invite your new friend round for dinner, meet up at the local cinema or see them again at day camp at the next school break. You won’t have to worry about sending letters across the state or skyping faraway friends, instead you’ll be able to call  each other after dinner because you’ll be living closer by.

If you want to meet new people and build some lasting friendships at camp, remember to:

  • Be yourself – they want to get to know the real you, so make sure you let them in
  • Be kind – this is important, everybody wants friends who are nice to be around
  • Have fun – enjoy yourself, don’t take camp too seriously. Remember, it’s meant to be fun
  • Include others – if you notice someone hanging back and not saying much, go out of your way to include them in the conversation. The more people you chat to, the more likely you are to find a best friend
  • Keep in touch – make sure you find a way to keep in touch with your friends from day camp, don’t let those friendships fall to the wayside now that camp is over

Have fun!

Scarves, Talent and Mystical Body Control

Imagine hanging from a long scarf way up in the air. Then envision yourself, sliding up and down the scarf as it dangles from way above. Then think about performing acrobatic feats using the scarf as leverage. Now, that you’ve scared yourself – watch this video and see what this 5 year-old can do. Want to learn the body and mind control that is required to perform these precision movements? You should think about signing up for Future Stars Circus Arts Camp.

Easy Magic Trick Revealed

If you are intrigued by magic, here’s a relatively simple trick to start working on.  At the very minimum, all you need is an audience of one, a ring, and a penny.  On a cautionary note, remember one of the main keys for a successful magic trick eliciting “oohs and ahhs” is practice, practice, practice.  If you had fun with this starter trick, see what else you can learn at Future Star Camps, Magic Camp.