Summer Camps- The Questions and Answers you have been looking for

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Photo of a female soccer team, having a pause for hydration during their training on a sport's field

Photo of a female soccer team, having a pause for hydration during their training on a sport’s field

Ah the Summer, when you get to kick back and relax with no worries such as school or homework. But if you are a high-performance athlete, we all know that the Summer is not an offseason. Depending on your sport, the Summer either means you are going to be mid-season, or you are going to start preparing for high-performance camps. There are going to be a lot of people who say you need to attend these camps to get to the next level, although they are not wrong, they are not right either. In this article, we are going to dive into other possibilities than a high-performance camp, why you should attend a Summer camp, and if you do, what to focus on getting out of it.

In today’s competitive landscape, we have often heard that you should be playing your sports year round, and no matter what you are doing, you need to be on the field, ice or court getting better. This is not always true though. We have seen numerous professional athletes attribute their skills in their sport by playing a second sport in the offseason, and you should really think about doing the same. No matter what level you are competing at, cross training with another sport may do better in the long run for you. Or, god forbid, it might even be good for you and your mental game to take a Summer off and enjoy a Summer of youth. You have lots of options, and camps are not always the best one for your situation.

If you are looking to attend a camp, you need to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. The only right reason is you want to, not that your coach or parents want you to, but you personally want to spend a week or four in a high-stress, high-performance environment. High-performance camps do one of two things for your game. First, it will allow you to focus on smaller parts of your game, to better them in preparation for the long season ahead. For instance, in football camps they will do a lot of footwork drills, to allow you to gain an edge on your component. The second thing it does is allow you to talk to coaches in the flesh, and work with them. If you are wanting to work on your game in a high-performance setting, these camps are going to great work for you, plus you will get to talk to coaches that are at the next level to see how you will get there.

Finally, if you choose to attend a camp, make sure to choose one that is going to work on the skills you need to improve upon. Many of these camps will outline what they are doing, and you can review the itinerary to ensure you are going to be well suited for it. Do not attend a camp just to say you did, you need to be getting something out of it. As well, when you are there, ensure that you are going to give it your all. The last thing you want to do is look lazy in front of a scout who will then pass that information around.

High-performance camps are not for everyone, but if you are committed and want to attend, you can gain valuable information and resources from one. We have outlined some other options to camps, including taking a summer off and even picking up a second sport. We also reviewed why you should be going to a camp, and what to expect. Finally, we quickly reviewed two things to focus on in these camps, ensure you do your homework and work hard. No matter what you are doing this offseason, enjoy the sun and get ready for your next competitive season.

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