Have A Goal
Before you even consider a camp, ask yourself this one question: What do I hope to get out of a camp/program? The answers will vary greatly. Some will want elite training and maximum exposure to coaches/scouts at the next level, while others will simply want to learn some fundamentals and spend time with the game or their friends. There are camps that cater to both of these scenarios (and many others), so make sure you have a goal in mind when weighing your options.
Research The Options
Whittle your choices down to about three or four, then dig into the details. Here are a few points to consider when looking at the options.
- Who is running the camp and what is the background of the staff? Do they meet your goals? As a parent, one thing you want to be sure of is that your child is in safe hands. Peace of mind and safety should be the number one priority.
- Does the camp have an agenda? This is very important – Know what the schedule is to make sure it meets your goals and limits standing around time.
- Does the camp tout a celebrity player or coach, and is that a reason for your attendance? Be careful here – many players attend camps that have a ‘name’ attached to it, but that name really has nothing to do with the camp. If this is important to you, make sure you understand the celebrity commitment and invovlement if this is a key selling feature for you.
- Another great way to get more information on a particular coach, camp or clinic is to look at the reviews they have received in the past. You can do this through social media or ask around for others that may have attended the program.
Camps and programs are really built to set new goals and new habits – a great way to get better, but like anything else it has to continue after the camp to make a difference.
- Temper expectations on change and improvement during the session as real change tends to take more than a few days. Take the best things from the camp/clinic and work to reinforce them going into the regular season.
- Many camps offer a continuing communication plan such as “ask the coach” – these are great to keep the interest high and the motivation fresh.
- Activities that offer follow-up skills programs or mini-camps are typically very good because they offer focus on skill areas throughout the year.
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