May 11, 2011 • 3 min read
This is the second part of our series on selecting the right summer camp for your young athlete. Click here to read last week’s post on What Sports Parents Should Know When Selecting Summer Camps.
Whether you’re selecting a multi-sport camp for a younger child, a week-long single-sport camp for your middleschooler, or a resident camp for your high-school athlete, a little research goes a long way to finding the right summer sports camp for your young athlete. Here are some pointers to help you get started:
As with most things in life, balance is the key. Don’t overload your child with too many soccer-specific, lacrosse-intensive, or baseball-only camps in a row; you’ll just invite burnout and injury. Try to balance the sports camps with your child’s other interests, like art, drama, creative writing, and science.
And no matter what you choose, remember to tell your young athlete to have fun. It’s summer! That’s what camp should be about.
Emily is a freelance writer living in Berkeley, California. Emily brings a lot of first-hand experience to the table having been team manager for her children’s soccer, baseball, basketball, and softball teams and she also captains a number of her own adult tennis teams.