Field hockey camp offers good summer experience for kids

By Rachel Hill - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Wed., Aug. 10, 2011
Young athletes face off at All Pro Sports Field Hockey Camp. Photos by Rachel Hill.
Young athletes face off at All Pro Sports Field Hockey Camp. Photos by Rachel Hill.

Every team needs teamwork in order to succeed, and learning what this means can be just the tip of the iceberg for young athletes.

South Windsor Recreation recently wrapped one of its four-day field hockey camps, called All Pro Sports Field Hockey Camp, at South Windsor High School. Focusing on technique and game play to build confidence for the beginner and skill development for the more advanced, players in grades six through nine passed, shot and dribbled their way through the camp.

With an atmosphere geared towards fostering a love of sports, this camp helps girls gain new friends and set new goals, all with the main objective of maximizing potential.

In the camp’s third summer, coaches Rochelle Normandin and Lauren DeLuca oversaw the last session on Aug. 4. Running different drills and skill competitions, such as the longest drive and fastest controlled dribble, Normandin said, “It’s fun for them to compete a little.”

“Lots of the kids have told us they wish the camp went longer,” said DeLuca. “They really come focused and ready to play. They stay on task and show us good hustle.”

Normandin agreed, “It’s about teamwork and sportsmanship for them here.”

Players said that they love charging after the ball and feel at ease knowing that they’re not necessarily matched up against one another. They’re competitive, but there’s lots of room for learning the basics and making new friends along the way.

For more information, call 860-648-6355 or visit recreation.southwindsor.org.


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