Sports camps are safer than camping in the mountains thanks to the rules and regulations of athletics, which forbid lighting fires during game play, exclude bears, and limit marshmallow consumption to reasonable levels. Indulge in the prudent thrill of competition with today's Groupon: for $125, you get a week-long youth soccer or lacrosse camp from Sports Made Personal (a $375 value). Camps are held at Fox Meadow Fields in Northfield on June 27 through July 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.
The team of trainers at Sports Made Personal (SMP) employs experience playing at the collegiate level and in a variety of professional leagues to train and condition the athletes of tomorrow. During the Plus lacrosse and soccer camps, miniature muscles engage in high-intensity technical training, agility work, and tactical exercises. Small-game play allows budding pros to practice new skills against real opponents instead of apathetic mop handles. Camps welcome boys and girls ages 9 to 17 and groups students based on age, gender, and skill level. Formal evaluations and goal-setting end each camp session, ensuring that progress continues at a swift gait. Campers should bring their own personal gear, and all other necessary equipment will be provided. Those aspiring to flex collegiate muscles can check out a list of respected colleges and universities for which SMP alums have gone on to play.
Sports Made Personal
The trainers at Sports Made Personal have youthful passions for soccer and lacrosse, and channel that alacrity into focused and goal-oriented skill sets. Whether training in an individual or group setting, they teach players how to identify their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Trainers help with this process by tailoring their programs to factors such as skill levels, personalities, learning tendencies, and opinions on mascots. After repetitive coaching on basic skills, players can put them to use in game environments where the competitive nature of professional training comes into play. Stemming from their own backgrounds in collegiate and professional play, trainers expand upon the physical aspects of games by fine-tuning the technical aspects of each sport, eliminating players' tendencies to pick up the ball and eat it.