Failing at Sport Camp

07.18.2012

Many families are sadly watching another summer fade away. The good news is that for those have who been scrambling to have their children’s time occupied with various activities, the start of school is very near. Until the school bells ring, however, what are some options for families to keep children busy and not just logging long hours on Netflix Instant? Perhaps at the last minute you enrolled your child in a sport camp. Sport camps are great for children who have a shown a particular interest in a sport, or would like to be exposed to a sport in a short amount of time without having to sign up for a whole season with a team or league.

 

Some sport campers will find their natural gifts to excel in a sport, but simply everyone is expecting to have fun and to improve. Some have aspirations of making the varsity team in 9th grade, others are trying to be selected to the travel team, or others have longer term goals of becoming an Olympian or a professional sports star. Regardless of one’s own goals and talents, the chief purpose of these camps is to celebrate the fun of sport.

 

But when one is trying to develop faster than he/she is able, there can be the inevitable growing pains, and the sport stops being fun. Other times children just want to play, and not be told to be in this position, execute this play, or over-intellectualize the game. Sport camps should be fun, but oftentimes kids can feel discouraged and find it not so fun.  The reality is that  all camps involve practice and repetition. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaze into Your Crystal Ball

04.10.2012

We’re all familiar with the scene in movies where the clairvoyant woman with the long fingernails will wave her hand over her crystal ball. She will be able to “see the future” or help her clientele recall an event from the past. Most importantly, someone is seeing something significant. What would it be like if you can “see” into the future, or go back to a past event?

 

The beauty of our brain is that it’s capable of many extraordinary things. If you close your eyes and think of the Eiffel Tower, most people will able to “hold onto” a mental image. Perhaps it’s an image from our last visit to Paris, or perhaps it’s based on a series of photos or drawings we’ve seen of the iconic tower. Read the rest of this entry »

Mental Game to Sports

04.03.2012

As I previously wrote, there is much hope in the spring. The spring is also an exciting time for sport enthusiasts. Opening Day at baseball stadiums is almost a rite of spring; practically a municipal holiday. With greener grass and warmer weather, competition at the high school and college level is starting up, whether it be track and field, soccer, golf, tennis, lacrosse, etc. Youth leagues, travel leagues, and summer leagues will all be organizing.

 

The beauty of sports and these moments are made up of an individual’s excellence: clutch free throws, connecting on a much needed home run, a personal record as the last leg of a relay team, etc. These are all extraordinary moments by extraordinary athletes. Or are they? Read the rest of this entry »