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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.

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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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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 Matthew, an aspiring magician.

Farah:  Hi Matthew, nice to meet you.  Thanks for chatting with me.  By the way, how old were you when you started at Future Stars Camps?

Matthew:  Well I’m 13 now,  so probably about 8.  

Farah: If you have siblings, do they attend the camp too? 

Matthew:  I have 2 brothers, one older and one younger. My younger brother did basketball last year and my older brother did baseball maybe 4 or 5 years ago.  

Farah:   What are your hobbies?

Matthew:  I like magic and I like basketball

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Farah: What are your favorite television shows?

Matthew:  I really like “Lab Rats’, its an old television show.

Farah:  Who’s your favorite sports player? 

Matthew:  My favorite athlete is TJ McConnell, he’s on the Indiana Pacers.

Farah: Do you have an idea of what you want to do or be when you grow up?

Matthew:  Maybe a basketball analyst or a reporter, something like that.

Farah:  What’s your favorite food?

Matthew:  Pizza

Farah:  What grade are you in? 

Matthew:  I’m going into 8th. 

Farah:  What do you most enjoy about school?

Matthew:   I really like science.

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

Matthew:  Just having fun!

Farah:  Which programs at Future Stars camps do you attend?

Matthew:  Magic and basketball

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

Matthew:  Getting to try new things and having new experiences.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp?

Matthew:  My favorite memory from camp was maybe 2 years ago.  In magic, we did a performance, like a pre-show for the circus before they started their show. I just remember the faces on the people in the audience. I loved just seeing their faces when we did the magic tricks, it was really fun to see their reaction!

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

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Why Magic?

Magic’s roots date back to Ancient Persia and Greece in the 17th century.  Magic can be entertaining and intriguing. Mentalism and Magic shares great reasons as to why you should bring magic into your life  and here are some of them:

  • improves your critical thinking as you have to hone your analytical, inferential, interpretive, evaluative,self-regulatory, and performance skills to learn and perform magic tricks
  • works on your self-discipline and patience levels, both are required to perfect magic tricks so that your magic is flawless
  • enhances your creativity, as you develop new tricks or add a twist to old favorite magic tricks
  • grows self-confidence and charisma as presenting and connecting with audiences is key
  • gives you the opportunity to become a part of a centuries’ old tradition
  • may lead to extra income when you get good enough to perform at different venues
  • offers you the chance to share joy and fun with family and friends

So, why not try magic?  Let it capture you and your imagination!

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For full article:  14 Reasons Why You Should Learn Magic Tricks!

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

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A Wood Project for You

A simple wood project to work on with your child.  Perhaps, it will be a special DIY gift for the holidays!

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For more information about the Woodshop camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Advanced Steam Education Camp page and scroll down to find Woodshop, 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 Future Stars Camper Alex, who I met at Woodshop.

Farah:  Hi Alex, nice to meet you!    How long have you been attending Future Stars Camps and how old are you?

Alex:   This is my first year and I’m 14 now.

Farah:  What are you working on in Woodshop?

Alex:   We are carving handles and I’m trying to make two that are symmetrical.

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Farah:  Do you have an idea of what you want to do or be when you grow up?

Alex:   Possibly an engineer. 

Farah:  Very cool!  Do you know what kind?

Alex:   Probably, an electrical engineer.

Farah:  What are your hobbies? 

Alex:  I like to use online software and sometimes script them.

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Farah:  What is your favorite television show? 

Alex:  The Office.

Farah: What’s your favorite food? 

Alex:  Mac and cheese, I’ve been eating a lot of it at the cafeteria here at camp.

Farah:  Do you have a pet?

Alex:   I have a guinea pig and a bird.

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

Alex:   8th grade and probably just hanging out with my friends.

Farah:  Which programs at Future Stars camps do you attend? 

Alex:  Last week, I was in Scratch Coding.

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

Alex:   You don’t have to go through as many things as you do when you’re older. Like just dealing with school.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp?

Alex:   Me dominating GAGA!

Farah:  It was really nice to meet you Alex!  Hope your handles work out the way you want them to.

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For more information about the Woodshop camp at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Advanced Steam Education Camp page and scroll down to find Woodshop, today.

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Tips for Beginner Woodworkers

Exploring woodworking?  Interested in creating your own wood project and need some guidance or tips.  The Spruce Crafts shares some things to consider before you get started:

  1. The first thing you need to do is to understand all the safety protocols for the different materials, tools, and equipment you will be using.  Purchase whatever safety equipment you will need. Then read and implement all the safety precautions that come with each item.
  2. Understand the use for each of the 10 hand tools and practice using them and always be cautious around sharp tools:

a. Hammer

b. Layout square

c. Tape measure

d. Utility knife

e. Chisels

f. Level

g. Screwdrivers

h. Sliding bevel

i. Nail sets

j. Block plane

3.  Understand the use for each of the 7 power tools and practice using them and always be cautious around sharp tools:

a.  Circular saw

b.  Jigsaw

c.  Power drill

d. Random orbital sander

e.  Table saw

f.  Compound Miter Saw

g.  Sander

Learning to work with wood, opens a gateway to creativity – wood projects encompass a variety of uses.  Find your passion.  Always be safety conscious.

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For full article:  Getting Started in Woodworking

For more information about the Woodshop at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Advanced Steam Education Camp page and scroll down to find Woodshop, today.

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Basketball for Young Children

Basketball is an easily relatable sport for young kids as they naturally love to run and jump, and then just add dribble and shoot.  Layups.com shares some skills to work on with younger children:

  • Balance is a great place to start.  Show them how to spread their feet apart, flex the legs on their knees, maintain their upper body in an upright position, with head facing in front and parallel to the ground, and flex their arms on their sides.
  • Dribbling is always fun and encourage them to learn to dribble with both their dominant and non-dominant hand.  Practice is important and being able to dribble well with both hands is key.
  • Share proper shooting techniques and ask them to observe the right form and style.  Then encourage them to shoot balls into the hoop without jumping (set shot) or while jumping (jump shot).
  • Learning to pass is important and should be encouraged.  Show them how to pass the ball and teach them to assess who they should pass to.
  • Footwork plays an important role as they start to play games.  Teach them the right way to coordinate dribbling with their footwork to avoid violations such as travelling.

Basketball can be played anywhere there is a hoop, dribbling and running can be done on most hard surfaces, play with your child and slowly introduce the skills to match their abilities.  Mostly, just have fun!

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For full article:  Basketball Skills to teach young Children

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

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