I do love college sports camps because they give kids an opportunity to actually live on campus, eat in the cafeterias, learn the campus, get to know coaches and experience the college level of play.
It can be an eye opener for many student athletes. I think it can help an athlete determine if playing sports in college is really for them.
And, if it is something they desire? They may be motivated academically as well, as the coaches always explain that grades and SAT's are just as important (more important) to admissions as athletic performance.
I always remember a story a friend told me about her daughter.
In her daughter's junior year of high school they were taking a tour of University of Virginia, (a truly beautiful school and campus), and as they walked around awestruck her daughter said, " you really should have taken me here in 8th grade. if I had seen this, I would have tried a lot harder!"
We are off this morning to vend at our third lacrosse tournament this summer, a three day event.
The event, National draw is an elite, college recruiting tournament featuring the best players in the country. And, luckily there is plenty of time between games for shopping!
We will be selling in a vendor village located in the middle of the venue. It is a lot of fun, but a lot of work too. I look forward to catching up with the coaches, players and parents, and other vendors we have gotten to know over the years.
I think the scout bags, boxers, capris pajamas and cord necklaces will be my big sellers.
Wasn't it a minute ago that I took the first day of school picture?
Probably doesn't seem that way to him. When I was a child it seemed like the school year took forever, like it was a lifetime.
When I was a young mother and had a bunch of little kids the school year was never long enough. I needed the time and structure to keep my brood under control.
Now I have come full circle. It really seemed as if the school year took forever, all the rain this last month didn't help and now I look forward to mornings without carpools, making lunches, signing papers, and rushing out the door.
Many, many Mexican people or Spanish speaking people wear these bracelets showing their devotion to the Lady of Guadalupe ( the virgin Mary) The images on the bracelet represent different incarnations of her.
Interestingly enough, a lot of other people are wearing these bracelets as they have become very popular- a fad if you will. Many of these people are not Mexican or Catholic. many do not know who the Lady of Guadalupe is!
At the last lacrosse tournament I had a basket of Lady bracelets left over from a Catholic fundraiser and I was amazed to find girls going crazy over these bracelets. I sold out right away!
I think it is a positive phenomenom when fads or traditions from other cultures cross over to the masses.
Do you have this bracelet? If so, is there a story or an interesting reason?
I am just a beginner, but already find it so engrossing and enjoyable. I love the social aspects as well as the brain work involved.
It reminds me of what yoga and paddle do for me. When I am involved with bridge I am so focused, none of the daily minutia of my life creeps in. I leave so relaxed as my brain was involved-yet was given a rest from family, work... life!
If you answered yes to both those questions you need to get busy.
College lacrosse camps have become very important in the recruiting process. They have always been a must for boys and now for girls as well. It is important to attend camps at a college you might be interested in or camps that many college coaches work at. Camps enable coaches to get a better look at players they are interested in or for a player to create interest by having a good camp. Camps are usually 3-4 days, allowing a player to attend 2-4 a summer.
They are not cheap.
But you get more bang for your buck than a tournament as camps are more intimate and allow many hours of coach attention.
Pros- Live on campus for 2-4 days, essentially trying out the college too.
See how coach is, if coaching style is "your" style.
More time to show your skills, than a tournament.
See if college lacrosse is for you.
You might have a "bad" camp, not show well.
( can be avoided by being in good shape.)
The camp might be "bad", giving you the wrong impression of a school that might be right for you.
Time. Between tournaments, summer vacation, club and high school commitments, there isn't much time. ( very important you research and pick the correct camps for you to attend.
My advice would be: email coaches of colleges you may be interested in, find out if they are holding camps or working at camps. Try to attend a camp with the most coaches (of schools you may be interested in)
When you have decided which camps you are attending, email the coaches that will be there, let them know that you are there because you are interested in their program and, most importantly, in the college their program is a part of.
Please remember, coaches and admissions of most colleges want a good fit. They both want to hear that you are interested in the school as much as the program.
I hope this was enough info, if not email me and I would be happy to answer more questions :)
Part of me feels responsible for making sure the summer is jam-packed with fun and activities for my sixth grader.
You know, camp, music programs, summer CCD, trips to amusement parks and the Jersey shore.
Most of me feels that the summer should be relaxing and free of organized events and activities.
That an occasional trip to the beach and a weekly trip to the library for fresh summer reads should be enough.
Oh, and making sure there is a daily swim at our town lake should be my only involvement.
I picture my boy up early and out the door roaming the neighborhood and town with his friends, coming home for lunch when he hears the twelve o'clock whistle and then heading out again until it's time to go the lake...
Unfortunately that is unrealistic as the other boys are at camp, involved in music programs or down at the beach for the summer.
Well I think my compromise with myself will be that he will have an unstructured summer at least until July 4th. There will be no plans or activities to eat up the day. No places we have to get to.
But in reality, as in reality TV, I do live near the NJ housewives. They live in Franklin lakes, NJ.
And, of course know people who know them, play tennis with, go to church with, blah, blah, blah.
But today... I was at Bloomingdale's with my Mom and daughter going through the racks of dresses when I realize that the infamous Danielle was also, right along side of me.
She was there with her daughters and an assistant or nanny.
And, both of us were trying to help our daughters find something great to wear for an event.
Ok, so what if their event was on a red carpet in NYC.
Either way, we were in the same boat, just a different destination.
Danielle is WAY too skinny. Girl needs to get some meat on her bones. She actually looks older than her 45 years because she is so skinny.
She was very nice and polite to saleswomen fawning over her.
She was really sweet with her daughters
They all were obviously VERY excited about whatever event they had to go to.
Her voice is very distinct, HEAVY Joisey accent. Does NOT represent the area that we live in, REALLY!
Her eldest daughter is stunning! She looks like she is 17 and she must be 5'10. She has definitely grown and matured since filming. I predict we will know more about her in the future. She was the one I noticed first as she was dressed beautifully and really had a presence.
I am left wondering what happened.
Well, they left to get their hair done and were coming back to get their clothes for the evening,
( See, a lot of people are last minute like me!)
However, there were freaky, torrential downpour storms in our area, traffic was backed up for hours.
I really doubt that they made it to their event on time.
Guaranteed she was late, hours late and will receive bad press for being a diva.
When I know ( and now you do) that it was the god awful weather.
When I start seeing critters on shorts and seersucker I know summer is here.
The boys shorts at J. crew rock! The women's shorts at Vineyard Vines have a great cut, flattering for most figures. Even the most conservative guy could not say no to these lobster shorts from Vineyard Vines!
I wish I could freeze my children at the ages they are at this point in time, it is a wonderful time in our family life right now. Everyone is still young, yet independent. Still tied to our home and family, yet beginning to spread their wings.
I am suddenly obsessed with cleaning all the door handles, drawer pulls, and light switches. I wonder if this has anything to do with the FACT that Kevin just told me that the little girl who sits next to him in math and is two lockers away has swine FLU!!!!???
I am counting down the days until school gets out. read that however you want.
There is an old restaurant saying, that we would use during the busiest time of our shift,
"I"M IN THE WEEDS!"
It means I am so buried or bogged down that I can't see over "the weeds."
So, I am a bit distracted. Business is crazed. I have a fundraiser I provided vendors for and that I am vending at on Wednesday night and then a boutique next Wednesday... Not counting a HUGE lacrosse tournament this weekend. The rest of the month is the same, which isn't the norm for me at this time of year.
It's all good.
Tennis and paddle are both going on and with all the graduation parties, neighborhood get-togethers, and now with my parents coming to visit...
June is going to be action packed and lots of fun! And I may be in "the weeds."
I wasn't sure what I was going to write about today, ( recap the weekend later today)
So, this was a good way to get myself going!
8 things I am looking forward to: 1. My parents visiting from Utah 2. My sister visiting from Germany (hopefully!) 3. Paddle starting up again 4. 4th of July parties 5. Time at the beach this summer 6. Summer sports events (baseball and lacrosse) 7. Summer night walks 8. Summer's slower pace
8 things I did yesterday: 1. Drove for five hours 2. Woke up at 5am 3. took down a tent 4. packed a truck 5. sold a lot of scout beach bags! 6. ate chinese food at 9pm 7. saw a lot of the Delaware countryside (detours) 8. watched Benjamin Buttons ( What was Brad Pitt thinking?)
8 things I wish I could do: 1. Sing 2. Be more nurturing 3. win the lottery 4. be more sensitive 5. blow out my hair better ( wouldn't have to pay someone) 6. Lose a few... 7. Fly (really!) 8. Have a live-in housekeeper
8 shows I watch: 1. Lost 2. True Blood 3. Real Housewives 4. Heros 5. CNN 6. Millionaire Matchmaker 7. Entourage 8. law and order
Ok, that was a good way to get me writing. Thanks again Tami!