Guide to picking the right camp for the summer
Monday, April 02, 2012
With all the summer sports camps that are offered today, eCamps was established with the camper in mind. Our goal remains to give them the best experience possible so they can grow as an athlete and person. Research into finding the highest quality camps can be difficult. There are many options out there so it is essential for parents to know what to look for whether you are interested in fine-tuning the fundamentals or looking for a competitive training camp.
eCamps offers lacrosse, tennis, field hockey and squash instruction at over 20 Connecticut camp locations. Since our inception in 2001, over 50,000 athletes have had fun and become better players under our proven core instructional programs. Here is our advice to help you with the decision process:
Camper to Staff Ratio Matters
There is nothing better than hearing from your child(ren) as they pile into the van after camp, “ MOM, I SCORED A GOAL” or “DAD, I’M SO TIRED, I LEARNED SO MUCH TODAY”. Proper feedback and personalized attention is what each camper deserves from their sports camp experience. That is why eCamps is committed to maintaining a low instructor to camper ratio. For team sports we recommend an 8:1 camper to staff ratio, and for individual sports a 5:1 ratio.
Great instructors need organizational skills, positive coaching manners and age-appropriate skill development milestones. eCamps instructors have all excelled in their respective sports and are considered the finest in the country. 100% of our energetic instructors have had collegiate playing experience and many can boast about their professional and national accolades as well. What makes a great coach is not solely their playing experience, but more importantly, their commitment to coaching youth. eCamps’ Directors are all Double Goal Certified by the Positive Coaching Alliance and have made a promise to educate life lessons through sport. Take advantage of your summer by sending your child to a sports camp.
Top-notch school accommodations and facilities are a pre-requisite for quality camp experience. Good food, easily accessible campus, comfortable beds, good field conditions and fun social interaction are all part of the camp experience. While a sport-specific training camp’s main focus is on skill development and instruction, the overall camp experience is also defined by how the campers feel off the field or court. eCamps chose its 2012 camp locations based on the very high standards of our camper families. We identify premier college campuses, prep schools and recreation facilities based on their commitment to providing us with exceptional facilities - whether it be the newest turf fields, state-of-the-art tennis facilities, or glass-backed international squash courts.
Let’s never forget that these are children and it is summer time! Fun through sports education is the core mission of our company. It is important for campers and their parents to enter the camp experience with an open mind to enjoy, smile and gain life lessons along the way. Learning doesn’t end at the sound of a whistle. At camp we plan other activities (usually at night) to get campers away from their particular sport, relax, and provide some social balance to the day. Some of these activities include movie nights, pizza nights, putt-putt, ping-pong and karaoke. Making new friends is a time honored camp tradition and one which we embrace and nurture.
As the program of your choice nears, don’t hesitate to check in with your camp program regarding roommate requests, skill/age break-outs, a final staff roster, etc. You may register for any program with openings right up until the start of camp and eCamps is proud to be available 12 hours a day to answer any questions about our programs.
Please consider joining us at one of our great camps;
GameBreaker Lacrosse Camps, LaxCamps.com
Adidas Tennis Camps, TennisCamper.com
Revolution Field Hockey Camps, FHcamps.com
International Squash Academy, CampSquash.com
Revolution Softball Camps, SummerSoftballCamp.com
“GameBreaker Lacrosse Camp was so much fun! My favorite part besides the lacrosse, was hanging out between sessions! I made so many new friends at camp, and my team won the camp championship! I can’t wait for next year!”
“I went to the adidas Tennis Camp last year and had such a great time. When I was there, I met four amazing NCAA players, and ever since they have been a big inspiration for me to keep getting better.”