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ou are either holding, or have accessed online, the largest SportStars Magazine ever produced, at 64 pages — with another week’s time to prepare it, we probably could’ve made it 72. Why you ask? Camps! Camps, camps and more camps. This is the third year we’ve built a resource for spring and summer camps and clinics. It started as a modest 14-page, East Bay-only effort for Issue 18 in February 2011. And now two years later we have camps listed from Arcata to Arroyo Grande — in a resource section that takes up 31 pages. Which brings us to this conclusion: If you want to attend a camp this summer, or if you’re a parent whose kids want to attend a camp, you should be hard-pressed not to find one in this issue. However, there are a few camps that you may not find in these listings. Last year, our esteemed Locker Room Top 5 writer Bill Kolb provided five fictional camps he’d like to attend. The feature was popular enough that I asked him and a few of our other SportStars staffers, Mike DeCicco and Erik Stordahl, to join me in coming up with a few more for this year’s issue. Enjoy! LeBron James’ Polarizing Superstars Combine — Hone your smug indifference to the Chace@SportStarsOnline.com rest of the world while dominating your sport (925) 566-8503 of choice. Championship and Non-Championship sessions available. Kaepernicking Camp — Learn Advanced Kaepernicking from our dedicated staff. Campers provided own tattoos. Tebowing Camp — cancelled due to declining interest. Aaron Rodgers’ Discount Double-Check Camp — Tell your outside linebacker to double-check for the QB while defending the read option. This camp stresses film review. Coach Taylor’s Clear Eyes, Full Hearts Football Camp — Moving to Texas mandatory, adopting Texas accent optional. Learn the art of abandoning your game plan and letting your star players take over (can’t lose!) Campers receive a t-shirt and a free oil change at Riggins’ Rigs. Top Gun Volleyball Camp — Learn how to dominate the net even if you’re 5-foot-3 and wearing jeans. Afternoon session focuses on post-point hero poses. Dark Knight Vocal Camp — Beating up villians is only half the job if your voice gives away your secret identity. Our skilled coaches will give you that gravelly inflection in no time. Star Wars Nerdgasm Message Board Rumor-Posting Boot Camp — OMG, did you hear they’re making a spinoff movie featuring Nien Nunb (look it up)? Be the first of your friends to post the latest scoop. Sources not required, overreaction skills will be stressed. Game of Thrones Fitness Camp — Winter is coming and there’s no way some skin-and-bones is surviving it. Pack on that winter weight to keep warm. Direwolves not provided. Barry Bonds’ All Natural Strength Building Camp — No, seriously. All Natural. Limited to trusting San Francisco residents only. Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez Pickling the Beast Baserunning Clinic — Vision from Babe Ruth a prerequisite, PF Flyers mandatory. Stealing home while playing for the Dodgers as your childhood buddy calls the play-by-play, optional. Rocky Balboa’s 5 a.m. Fun Run Classes — Learn gut-wrenching, four-egg morning power shakes, lighthearted pre-run stretching routines, and how to hop over park benches whiles fleeing hordes of little kids. Moving to Philadelphia and sprinting up City Hall steps optional. ✪

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“I just think this place is magical. And I’m committing to the University of Notre Dame.” Placer-Auburn senior defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes’ announcement to assembled media on National Signing Day, Feb. 6. Vanderdoes, was the top-ranked defensive lineman in the country. LAYAR EXTRA: Scan this page to see our expansive coverage from Signing Day, including video, audio and photo galleries from several schools, including Placer. Score Digital Content: Scan SSM With LAYAR

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Remembering team first is often easier said than done Top 5 Sporting Doubles We’d Like To See Modern high school athletes are too specialized. You hear it all the time. Vintage coaches complaining that kids train for one sport all year long, at the expense of exploring other possibilities. The true three-sport athlete is a rarity. But Miramonte High’s two-sport stud Megan Reid dominated both of her events recently. On the same night. Reid totaled nine points, seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists before halftime of her team’s 81-20 road win over Acalanes. With that game well in hand, she drove 15 minutes to her school and proceeded to amass three goals and one assist in a 5-2 soccer victory against visiting Alhambra. No truth to the rumor that she also drove the team bus and worked the snack shack at the half. It did get us thinking, though. What could be a more impressive double-up? Here are the top five two-event achievements we’d like to see. 1. Center to Keeper: Reid’s hoops-to-soccer double up is one thing. Bang around in the paint for a half and then get between the pipes and block pucks for 20 minutes. 2. Shortstop to *Triple Lindy: You just don’t see guys play baseball AND dive in the same season. But we think some of the skills might translate. Stretch out for a hot-shot deep in the hole, then launch your body off three different boards with an Ozzie Smith flip or three thrown in. It could work. 3 — Ski to shoot. Here’s something that will never happen. Try cross country skiing as hard and fast as you can, and then trying to shoot a target at a distance with a rifle? Crazy, right? Outlandish. Why in the world would anyone other than James Bond attempt this? No one would ever have dreamed up such a thing… What’s that? Biathlon, you say? Huh. Well. Back to the drawing board… 4. Nose to Catch. Sure, sure. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders both did the football to baseball thing. But they were outfielders. You wanna impress us? A) Get in the trenches and B) Strap on the Tools of Ignorance, get behind the dish, and call nine innings. Then. Well. Ice the bejeebers out of your knees, probably. 5. Caber Toss to Hurl. Encompassing two of our favorite obscure sporting cultures, the Scottish Games and the Gaelic Games. You try flipping a telephone pole end over end, and then running around whacking other guys with a club while trying to bounce a hard leather ball into a goal. Murder on the legs. On the bright side? Chances are you can get a nice haggis when your day is done. — Bill Kolb, correspondent  *You haven’t seen “Back to School?” Shame on you!

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I don’t mind pitching, but I don’t like sitting and watching when I’m not pitching. I’m a pretty good hitter, so I’d rather play right field every day than pitch once a week. My coach says he needs me to be a pitcher, and he has a senior who’ll play right field. I’m a better player than the senior, so why can’t I play right field? Why do I have to pitch if I don’t want to? -L.K., Burlingame   ong before you were born, there was a song on the radio with the chorus “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you get what you need” — and that’s where you are right now. First, baseball is a team game, and team success is more important than individual success — and so it follows that team happiness is more important than individual happiness. If it’s best for the team for you to pitch once a week and watch from the bench the other game or two, then that’s what needs to happen. Golf and tennis, for example, are individual sports, and in those, you can worry just about yourself. In baseball, though, there’s a whole roster that the coach has to shape into the best team possible. Second, you may believe you’re better than the senior in right field, and you might be right. You might also be wrong. Though baseball is full of statistics, and is the most statistically complete of all sports, measuring defense is still more art than science, and the coach has to take into account everything that a player brings to the table. The coach also has to take into account the program that he has built, and continues to build. I don’t know the situation, but that senior in right field might be a team leader, might be someone who’s never missed a practice in four years, might be a player who understands the game better than anyone else on the team. All these things are important, and if a coach wants other players to be leaders, to not miss practice and to work at understanding the game, he needs to reward players who do those things. Third, pitching is the most important thing in baseball — just look at the Giants. For a high school team to reach its potential, it must have plenty of pitching, so if you’re a good pitcher, that’s where you need to be. Finally, and perhaps most important, it’s possible that what you want isn’t what you really need. Everyone, sooner or later, must come to terms with the fact that there are situations in life when the group’s priorities are more important than the individual’s, and we all have to learn how to gracefully set aside our own desires and do what’s best for everyone. This appears to be one of those situations for you, and it could be a lot worse. After all, there are a lot of boys at your school who would be ecstatic just to play varsity baseball. You get to play the most important position in the sport and be part of a team – doesn’t asking for more seem a little greedy? ✪

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It comes as no shock that once again St. Mary’s and Salesian are locked in a battle for NCS Div. IV supremacy. Salesian won Round 1 in January but the Panthers took the last two meetings, including a 48-40 victory in the TCAL championship on Feb. 16. Green was sensational finishing with 21 points, six steals and four rebounds. She also had 21 points against the Pride in a 59-53 win on Feb. 5. SportStars Magazine: What makes this rivalry so great? Gabby Green: They definitely bring out the best in us. We get really pumped up for those games. Those games are more important for us than any league game. The whole team gets excited when we play them, so it brings us energy. SSM: How has your game changed since your freshman year? GG: I definitely got smarter with my game. I was more of a point guard as a freshman, more of a distributor. But the past couple years, I’ve become more of a scorer for my team. SSM: It was Salesian who ended your season last year. What needs to be done to go all the way in March? GG: We still have the same goals. We definitely want to go back to state and win. To do that, we have to stay focused — not get caught up on personal

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On Senior Night, the Chaminadebound senior scored a game-high 31 points and led the Matadors to an 89-80 upset win over Dublin on Feb. 12.

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With a background in martial arts, Lania Dumdumaya accelerated the learning curve to become a standout wrestler By Chace Bryson | Editor

When Lania Dumdumaya was 12, her dad encouraged her to begin studying Jiu jitsu, the Japanese martial arts discipline focused on grappling and striking techniques. Lania quickly found the sport agreeable to her. “It came natural,” she said. “First off, you get to hurt people without getting into trouble. I could put someone in a great deal of pain without consequence, and I thought that was pretty cool.” Which made her pretty good. Four years later, that tenacity, toughness, and inherent desire to mix it up, has lead her to become her school’s first North Coast Section wrestling champion. Period. On Feb. 2223 she’ll be attempting to become the school’s first state medalist at the California Interscholastic Federation’s State Girls Wrestling Championships in Lemoore. Not bad for a junior who only began wrestling as a sophomore. And happens to be the only female in the Heritage High wrestling program. Dumdumaya only picked up wrestling — again at the encouragement of her dad — as an extra sport to help enhance her Jiu jitsu. “We wanted to complement the Jiu jitsu with wrestling because wrestling implements takedowns a lot more,” Lania’s

dad, Andre Dumdumaya said. “She went and tried out for wrestling and she did pretty good.” “Pretty good” meant a third-place finish at the NCS Championships and finishing one win shy of a Top 8 (medalist) finish at the CIF championships. And even though girls wrestling is still a fledgling state-championship sport with somewhat limited participation, the debut of the 108-pound Heritage sophomore was worthy of turning a few heads. Dumdumaya says joining the team as the only girl wasn’t really an issue with the rest of the guys. But even if it may have been a tad rough initially, her results that first season — which included wrestling against boys in many in-season tournaments — changed attitudes pretty quickly. “Her tenacity was the first thing I noticed,” Heritage coach Mark Barnes said of his first impressions of Lania. “She just shows up and does her job. Doesn’t complain. She never has a complaint. She just works hard. She’ll listen. If we give her something that’s new, she’ll grab it. “We don’t look at her as a girl, we just look at her as a wrestler.” She’s the wrestler wearing the hardware now. Dumdumaya continued her Jui jitsu training and competition, where she’s now a blue belt, but also incorporated wrestling into her year-round schedule. And despite an up and

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down regular season, the work paid off at the NCS championships on Feb. 1-2. As one of the top four seeds in the field, Dumdumaya benefitted from a first-round bye. Then she waisted no time showing why she’d earned it. She pinned Campolindo’s Fine Gumpert in just 50 seconds. Dumdumaya followed that with a semifinal pin of James Logan’s Wendy Ho in 2 minutes, 25 seconds, and she wouldn’t even need that long to win the final. Her third pin of the tournament came just 1:50 into the championship match against Middletown’s Sierra Egger. There were only five pins from the first round of the 108-pound tournament through the winners bracket. Dumdumaya had three of them. It was a dominant run, but not one that could’ve been expected a few months earlier. After a debut season of learning the sport by wrestling against boys, she struggled some in her transition to focusing solely on girls matches for her second year. “We found that she was able to execute certain moves and pins on boys, but wasn’t having the same success with girls because of their flexibility,” Andre Dumdumaya said. “Girls can have their backs on the mat, but their knees can be pointed completely the other way. One of her go-to moves that she always liked, even in Jiu jitsu, wasn’t working against the girls.

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point advantage with approximately 30 seconds to We had to make some adjustments, and the last go. Then she made a costly error. couple weeks those adjustments are panning out.” “I was tired,” she said. “I didn’t have very good The sport was nearly as foreign to Andre as it wind, and I let her get a takedown (for two points) was to his daughter during the first season, but and she ended up beating me by two. I let her get he’s attacked it with just as much fervor in order that takedown and I got tired, and I wasn’t strong to help. enough mentally to suck it up and keep going and “My dad has jumped in to do a lot,” Lania said. defend the takedown. I let her get it.” “He got his coaching credential so that he can be Dumdumaya went to the consolation bracket on the mat with me during matches. He’s done a and finished one win shy of fighting her way back lot to learn what the moves are that I’m doing so to the medal round. Divins reached the medal that he can help me as much as he can. ... After round and eventually landed on the podium in practice and on the weekends, he’ll drill with me seventh place. and help push me to improve certain things.” That loss in particular will drive her when she Dumdumaya was also quick to credit Barnes gets to Lemoore High for this year’s state tournaand the rest of her coaching team, including Heriment. tage assistant Tony Uchytil and summer coach And it will sit at the core of her coaches’ points Greg Chappel, for her NCS success. And of course of emphasis for her there. her teammates. “Constant movement,” Barnes said. “When she Joey Vigil, a state qualifier for the Patriots boys struggles, she gets in moves and stops. At State evteam in 2012, has been a relentless drilling partner eryone is there for a reason. Don’t get put in a bad for her over the course of the season. position and don’t stop.” “I just keep reminding her to continue movLania Dumdumaya, right, practices a move while drilling with freshman In the end, Dumdumaya will end up relying ing and not stop,” Vigil said at a Heritage pracSeann Moser during a Heritage wrestling practice on Feb. 13. Dumduon what she considers her biggest strength on the tice in mid-February. “When I practice with her, I’m non-stop moving and it forces her to adapt to maya says every member of the Patriots boys wrestling team has helped mat. It’s something that she’s developed through her at some point during her first two seasons. several hours of Jiu jitsu competition, and made a that and continue moving, move after move after recommitment to after her loss to Divins. move. This is only her second year, but for her sec“My mindset ... you’ve got to be mentally tough some point, to keep me running. And that’s a key component ond year, she’s doing great.” to keep fighting through a match,” she said. “You hurt your Dumdumaya said the team as a whole has helped her out of doing well in a match, is your wind.” That’s a lesson she learned the hard way at the state tourna- shoulder? Forget about it; keep going. You can’t breathe? Suck from a conditioning standpoint. it up. It’s about not getting nervous and knowing that you’re “I hate running with a passion,” she said. “I’m probably the ment a year ago. Wrestling against former state-medalist Anna Divins of mentally prepared.” worst runner on the team because I just hate it so much. (EvShe’s starting to sound like a wrestler. ✪ ery one of my teammates) have all circled back to push me at Lancaster in the opening round, Dumdumaya held a one-

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he atmosphere in Orinda was electric. Emotions were ricocheting off the walls in the gym well after the game had ended. Hugs and high-fives were exchanged between Miramonte High fans and teammates alike. The home team didn’t want this experience to end after celebrating Senior Night with a signature win over a league foe. The visiting team wished to be anywhere else. The Dublin boys basketball team sat in the visitor’s locker room in stunned silence. Their 11-game winning streak seemingly a distant memory, the Gaels lost not just the game but a chance at going undefeated in league when they fell victim to the host Matadors 89-80 on Feb. 12. A perfect league record obviously isn’t the end goal for Dublin, but it’s one accomplishment they won’t be able to cross off on a checklist of season goals — a season that they’ve been patiently waiting for, and one that comes maybe once every four years. ■■■ The progression of these Gaels has, like most teams, evolved slowly over time. Coach Tom Costello, now in his seventh year at the helm, had a young, raw team on his hands three years ago. After failing to make the North Coast Section playoffs in 2010 with a 10-16 record, they improved to 14-14 the following year and lost in the first round. Last season the team posted a 1712 mark and suffered a heartbreaking NCS quarterfinal loss to Las Lomas-Walnut Creek. Now it’s 2013, and Costello is beginning to see his team’s potential maximize. “We just have experience at the varsity level,” Costello said. “We have three guys who have been here for four years and three other guys that’ve been here for three. So that’s a lot of experience and it’s comes to fruition this year.” With a whopping 11 seniors on the roster, Dublin is unquestionably experienced and intends to make the most of this season. The Gaels are led by seniors Jojo McGlaston and Jamir Andrews, a couple of high-flyers who are fast and athletic. “We came a long way working together as a team,” said Andrews, who’s playing his fourth year on varsity, “and just trying to get better each year.” Dublin stormed out to a 10-0 record in DFAL play, capturing its first league title since 1973 and captured one of the top seeds in the NCS Div. II playoffs, which began Feb. 19. But the Gaels aren’t popping the champagne just yet. “During the season it’s kinda hard to reflect because it’s game after game after game,” Costello said. “When the season’s over we’ll kinda reflect on our accomplishments. (My players) know (the league title is) a huge, huge deal. … A huge feat to do that, especially in this league. To do that night in and night out. I just think we have to keep pushing and striving to get better. I think we haven’t reached our potential yet.” The loss to Miramonte left the Dublin players with a bitter taste that will, most likely, continue to linger until the playoffs begin. Still, Costello and his staff remains confident for what’s to come in the postseason. “I like our seed and the fact that we’re league champions to be able to play at home,” Costello said.

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KNOCKING ON THE DOOR Enterprise-Redding (22-3), Oakland Tech (18-7), McClymonds (17-7), Campolindo-Moraga (22-4), MontgomerySanta Rosa (21-7), College Park-Pleasant Hill (22-5), Piedmont Hills-San Jose (22-5), Weston Ranch-Stockton (19-8), St. Mary’s-Stockton (20-7), Bentley-Lafayette (23-4).

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“(My players) know there’s one more game left in this season then we move on to the do-or-die season.” ■■■ Dublin’s tough non-league schedule features solid wins against Sacramento and Monte VistaDanville, but it also includes key losses to Newark Memorial (twice) and Serra-San Mateo — two teams favored to make a run at a state title since back-to-back champ Archbishop Mitty-San Jose will assuredly compete in the new Open Division against the state’s top teams. So, what better way to win NCS than against a team that’s had their number so far? “I hope it gets to that point,” Costello said referring to a possible NCS championship showdown against top-seed Newark Memorial. “That means we’re playing pretty well. But we’re just trying to take it one at a time. It’s cliche but… we’ve got 26 goals during the season. We accomplished 21 of ‘em, didn’t accomplish five. So that’s a pretty good ratio.” To make a deep postseason run, the Gaels will need the best of McGlaston and Andrews. McGlaston fell on his back going up for a dunk and getting undercut against Miramonte. He left the game but came back and finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Miramonte jumped out to a 51-36 halftime lead thanks to Dublin 6-8 big man Eric Nielsen getting in early foul trouble, McGlaston exiting the game with his back injury and lights-out shooting by the Matadors. Add two Gael technical fouls that adversely affected what little momentum they had, and it was the perfect storm for Miramonte to hand Dublin its first DFAL loss. Paced by Chaminade-bound senior Kiran Shastri’s 31 points, Miramonte made 22 of 23 free throws and connected on nine 3-pointers; they had an answer for every Dublin comeback even when the Gaels cut the deficit to 76-71 with 4:06 left in the game. “We thought we didn’t give enough effort in the first half,” Andrews said. “We just wanted to come out in the second half and push.” McGlaston knows this will only motivate him and his teammates going forward. “It should pull us together more because we’ll have a little bit more fire under us.” Despite losing its first game in nearly six weeks, Costello liked how his team battled throughout. “Little mistakes that we were making in previous years, we’re not making (this season),” Costello said. “Even despite our bad start tonight we made a push. That’s a sign of a veteran team.” ✪

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Jamir Andrews splits the Miramonte defense on a drive to the basket. Andrews and Jojo McGlaston may comprise one of the most talented backcourts in the East Bay. Dublin is hoping the two seniors can help lift it to an NCS title.

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Sports are fast. Period. Strength/Power training is the key to all sport speed because speed is power! Think about the power needed to jump high for a dunk in basketball, to swing a baseball bat, to increase agility & sprint speed, to accelerate mid-sprint to catch up to someone in soccer, to hit someone as hard as possible in football, to shoot from the hips in wrestling, to swing a racket or golf club, and the list could go on and on. Well where does power come from, and how do we increase it? Here’s the simple equation for power: Power = Force x Velocity. Simply put, it’s the combination of muscular strength/force, and the speed at which that strength/force is applied. For example if we put strength into a measurement and said we have 10 units of strength that fully fire at a half second, then we get “x” amount of power. Based on the equation, to increase power we can either increase strength/force, increase the rate at which the muscle fires, or both. In the weight room specifically, the goal is to obviously increase overall strength/force by a properly-designed max strength-training program where you safely execute lifts with proper form and technique. The proper design of a progressive max strength-training program is paramount to the success of power development. Once a max strength-training phase has been completed, it’s time to start a properly designed and progressed power training phase that includes moderate weights (60-75 percent of your single repition maximum) moved at maximal effort for speed. This allows the nervous system to produce as much strength/force as possible in the shortest amount of time. If you’re still successfully following along then you should notice that we have addressed how to increase power production in the weight room. The most important thing to keep in mind is that this only applies to the weight room, so how do we get that power to translate to the field or court that our athletes play on? You incorporate plyometric training for the upper and lower body through P.A.P. training during your lift, and by bodyweight & external loading plyometrics. What are those you ask? Well let me tell you. P.A.P. means post activation potentiation, or simply doing something explosive right after something heavy to increase the rate of muscular firing. Simple examples are to complete a set of barbell back squats then to step out and do bodyweight or medicine ball squat jumps as high as possible, or following a bench press with explosive clap push ups. This allows the body’s nervous system to fire at full speed while under duress and increases its ability to output greater power. Body weight & external-loading plyometrics is a form of plyometric training where you simply use your bodyweight and/or bands, bungee cords, medicine balls, boxes, etc. to increase the rate at which your muscles fire. This is my favorite because it’s the most sport-specific way to increase power outside of the weight room. Power is the most important aspect of all sports, so if you want to become a more dominant player put this information to good use. ✪

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Anthony Trucks is the owner of Trucks Training facility in Brentwood and covers weight training for SportStars.

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training time: time rudd

Building the agile athlete in three steps When it comes to agility most people just envision endless cone and ladder drills. This is a huge misunderstanding of what it really takes to create an agile athlete.

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Your athletes must have adequate full body strength so they can effectively absorb and redirect forces, decelerate and overcome inertia, and then re-accelerate in another direction. This type of multidirectional movement can’t optimally occur without an appropriate level of full body strength and muscle coordination. Single-leg and core strength play a vital role in your athlete’s ability to accelerate and change directions optimally.

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IMPROVE THEIR ABILITY TO DECELERATE

When focusing on eccentric strength, we are improving the athlete’s ability to stop and store elastic energies in their musculotendon complex which allows him to change direction more rapidly. We use a variety of movements to teach deceleration and increase our athlete’s ability to change direction. This is where teaching athletes proper angles of deceleration play an integral role along with a progressive plyometric program to optimally change direction.

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There is a high correlation to an athlete’s ability to accelerate and her ability to change direction. That is why my athletes work a lot on lateral/linear acceleration. They need to be proficient at producing force (stronger athletes produce more force) into the ground in order to become good accelerators. We teach athletes to push into the ground to create the force necessary to become great accelerators.

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technology: selina shah

Skip the MRI, get an ultrasound? When most of us think of ultrasound, we think of examining a baby in the womb. However, in recent years, ultrasound technology has progressed and the images it produces have improved. As a result, trained sports medicine physicians can use it as a replacement for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate certain musculoskeletal injuries involving muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, bursa, and bone surfaces. Physicians can use it to distinguish between sprains, strains, partial or complete tears, and tissue degeneration. So why might you want an Ultrasound over an MRI? Here are just a few reasons: (1) Examination is done in the office by a trained physician. (2) It is usually significantly less expensive. (3) It allows for dynamic, rather than merely static imaging (i.e. the physician can watch a joint move). (4) It is more patient-friendly because the patient is not confined to a claustrophobic narrow tube. (5) The patient can interact with the physician to direct the imaging to the area of concern during the examination. However, Ultrasound waves cannot penetrate bone so MRIs are still recommended to evaluate structures inside a joint. Ultrasound also offers advantages in injection procedures. It can be used to guide injections into joints, tendon sheaths, bursa, and to treat nerve conditions. Studies have shown improved accuracy with the use of ultrasound to guide injections into joints. Ultrasound can be used instead of fluoroscopy or CT scans to guide deep injections into such areas as the hip joint. This helps save the patient from radiation exposure and contrast dye. ✪ Selina Shah is a doctor for St. Francis Memorial’s Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek.

health watch: daniel kamenetzky

Video analysis can improve performance AND prevent injuries Training for competition requires information of certain quality that can describe the current athlete’s capacities related to the sports that he/she practices. The data is compared with standards of the sport that will direct the coach’s decision making in designing the proper training process. That process should lead to the athlete’s improvements and, ultimately, to the success in competition. Sport technique is the first and most important aspect to develop in a prospect athlete and should be the priority of a coach to teach and control constantly the quality of execution. Training and competing with incorrect sport technique increases the level of stress in those tissues involved in the movements. The inconvenient and unnecessary increment in load is the precursor of most of the injuries that we know as “by overuse or stress related”. In general, coaches rely on their own perception and experience to decide if their athlete’s technique is at the required level. However a video evaluation is the only objective procedure available to determine if the technique is correct or if it is in need of further development. A quality athlete development program should include video to evaluate and analyze the sports technique of young athletes in different sports. The process should consist of filming at high speed, and from different angles, with each team participant in his/her environment performing the most common techniques of the sport where he/she is involved. All the information should then be analyzed with historical training and medical information to set new goals of training and monitor progress. ✪ Daniel Kamenetzky is Kinesiologist and Biomechanist with Children’s Hospital Oakland.

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get mental: erika Carlson

Never too late to set performance goals Mid-season can be the perfect time to assess and reset your performance goals. If you didn’t take the time to set goals in the beginning, it’s not too late. The mid-season mark is a time to analyze your performance and set yourself up to succeed as the pressure of late and post season arrives. Here is a sample mid-season goal plan for a soccer player. Use it as a template to create a sport specific goal worksheet for yourself.

Conditioning Goals Are you as fit as you need to be? › Run 2x’s per week outside of practice

training/practice Goals › Maintain a level 8 (out of 10) intensity during practice. Be disciplined to work hard. › Increase speed of play in practice (get comfortable)

game performance Goals › Take on (at least) three defenders 1-on-1 › Carry the ball at speed › Take shots when there is a decent (but not a perfect) opportunity

mental performance Goals › Improve confidence through increasing fitness and intense training › Keep eyes up and find a path dribbling through traffic

Always write your goals (on paper or in your notes on your phone) so they are waiting there for you to evaluate after practice and games. Remember, one of the easiest ways to improve confidence is to make a goal plan and systematically follow through. Keep your performance goals realistic AND challenging, and you will be ready to compete! ✪ Erika Carlson is a certified mental trainer and owner of Excellence in Sports Performance in Pleasanton.

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Camping ain’t easy. You know it. We know it. I mean, what camp do you even pick? Oh, wait. That’s the easy part (you know, flip forward a couple pages and get to it). But you know you gotta have the right gear so you make an entrance. There’s no better place than our friends at Big 5 Sporting Goods. All the equipment on this page (ably modeled by Tiffany Harris of Dublin High School) was provided by the Big 5 Sporting Goods at 2689 Clayton Road in Concord. But it’s all available at a Big 5 near you or online at www.Big5SportingGoods.com.

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WELCOME to our third annual Camps and Clinics Spectacular. A resource guide that will have you reaching for every piece of sporting equipment you own. Parents, if your kid is telling you there’s nothing for them to do this summer — toss this baby on his or her lap. Each year we strive to expand our camps guide to offer readers more and more options, and we’re confident in saying this is our most comprehensive yet. Flip through these pages and see if you don’t agree. If the sheer overload of information makes you a bit dizzy, don’t worry. It will pass. Then do your best to dig in and start planning a summer of action and adventure. — The SportStars Staff

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›› Choosing A Baseball Camp

Suzette Mariel of EJ Sports baseball offers her Top 5 things to consider upon choosing a baseball camp: As the weather is turning warm from Concord to Sacramento, parents are beginning to sign their kids up for baseball camps and clinics. Most camps make the claim that they will provide the tools and skills needed to take a baseball player to the next level. Some clinics are relatively inexpensive, while other camps are set up by current or former Major League Baseball players and cost a small fortune to attend. Every parent wants the very best for their child and should be aware of particular pros and cons before sending your child off to baseball camps and clinics. There are countless camps out there, and sometimes the process of choosing one is overwhelming. This guide should help you along the process. One of the first things to think about is “Is this a camp or clinic that I feel safe releasing my kid to?” Are the coach’s reputable people in the community that you can trust? It doesn’t hurt to ask around to community members who may know the coaches. Another factor you should consider is the coach-to-camper ratio. There are many camps with 60-80 campers and only three or four coaches. At a minimum, look for a camp that has a 1:5 ratio. The lower the ratio the more attention and repetitions a player will get. There are many times campers spend more time standing around waiting than actually participating. Cost is also a factor. There are many quality camps in the $7-12 an hour range. You don’t have to pay high prices for quality coaching. In the arena of private instruction it’s usually “you get what you pay for.” But in a camp or clinic setting, low price doesn’t always mean low quality.  Be cautious about camps that boast former major leaguers at high prices. “There are many great former and current major leaguers who are great teachers of the game,” De La Salle High pitching coach Cliff Coleman said. “However, in many cases the former player’s professional experience does not translate to the coaching aspect of the game. Make sure the coaches have experience working with the age of the campers” Lastly, and most importantly, the camp should

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› 1. Instruction: It’s important to ensure that your child will learn proper fundamentals and technique that is age appropriate. › 2. Fun element: Having fun is a must to get players active and excited to continue playing a baseball. › 3. Accessibility: An easily accessible camp is better for the player and parent. If you have to drive far, make sure the camp is stellar and fits with your needs for a baseball instruction. › 4. Coaching staff: Qualified coaches who have experience, the ability to interact with players in a positive manner and communicate concepts to the age group being instructed.

› 5. Games: Playing games is an important element in a camp, it provides a safe environment for them to try out the new skills they have learned without fear of losing a game.

boast a good balance of fun and development/ learning. Camps should have a big emphasis on fun, especially at the younger ages. “The best camps are the ones where kids come home telling their parents how much fun they had,” said former Clayton Valley High standout Scott Gorgen, who now pitches in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. “I never came home from a camp telling my dad about the twohour classroom session on situational hitting, but I’ll never forget Water Balloon Batting Practice!” Lastly, most baseball camps are productive for players of all skill levels. Whether it is a rigorous camp that meets six days a week throughout the summer, or a fun youth spring break camp that meets for three mornings, getting out on the diamond and working on fundamentals and having fun can only improve a player’s performance and love for the game. ✪ — Matt Lisle, contributor

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BASEBALL/SOFTBALL All American Softball The All American Softball School, founded by U.S. National Team and Professional Softball veteran Kelly Jackson, is the only facility of its kind in the greater Sacramento area. We combine a state of the art indoor facility with an expert, professionally trained staff to provide the highest quality private and group softball and seasonal clinics for various leagues. Info: (916) 374-1907; contact@ softballschool.com All American Sports Academy The overall objective of the All American Sports Academy is to support, train, educate, and guide each student athlete toward a successful season, both on and off the playing field. Year-round camps and clinics are offered. Info: 209-833-2255, www. allamericansportsacademy.net. All Star Academy of Baseball All-Star Academy in Santa Clara features a 17,000 square foot indoor and outdoor training facility that is home to a variety of instructional programs designed to develop the total player in softball and baseball. ASA offers All Skills Camps for athletes ages 7-12, and Summer Boot Camps are offered for 12 & Under, middle school, and high school competitive athletes. Info: 650961-2255; www.asabaseball.com Blankenship Baseball We are a year-round competitive baseball

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program based in Danville. The Camp focuses on teamwork, hustle and sportsmanship. We also offer small group training as well as one-on-one training. Info: lancerblankenship@ sbcglobal.net or 925-7083173. Cabernet Baseball Club The Livermore-based club not only hosts The Pitching Center’s Spring Break Baseball Skills Camp 2013, it also is home to training and recreational leagues in other sports — including football, soccer, futsal, softball and lacrosse . Lil’ Baseball is also offered for ages 3-7. Info: 925-416-1600, www. cabernetindoorsports.com EJ Sports EJ Sports provides positive and instructive baseball programs that include camps, teams and conditioning clinics for youth 7 through 18 years of age. We provide an exciting and bully-free environment to help players improve athletically and build confidence. Our instructors possess the capability to teach concepts and relate to youth based on their comprehension level and athletic ability. We ensure that our sports staff consists of qualified coaches who are dedicated to improving their coaching ability and continually learning the newest techniques in the world of baseball.  Join us at our camps, learn and have fun! Info: 925-866-7199, www. ejsports.com. Future Star Coach Ben Mangan and his staff are offering a variety of fun, skill building camps in 2013. Players are rewarded for giving positive reinforcement to each other in both competitive and non-competitive games and drills. A team atmosphere is maintained at all times. Future Star Baseball is located in the Oakland Hills. Info: www.futurestarbaseball. com; 510-710-0987 Mike Murphy Baseball/Softball In our Spring Baseball Camp from April 1-3, all aspects of the game are covered. Students are divided according to appropriate age group or skill level in order to get the most out of the camp. The MMB camp environment is fun for all ages, and most important, highly instructional. Please be sure to send your player with all equipment including helmet and athletic cup. MMB is based in Concord. Info: mikemurphybaseball. com; 925-798-4487 The Pitching Center In an effort to develop baseball players to their full potential, The Pitching Center has become the Total Player Center (TPC), a fullservice baseball/softball training academy. We provide comprehensive, fully-integrated training

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what to look for when choosing a pitching camp

› 1. Arm Care, Throwing and Mechanics: You cannot play baseball without an arm. You cannot play at the next level without a strong arm. Do they provide accurate information and education on the biomechanics of throwing so you can improve? There are myths in the sport about the biomechanics of the arm; what products are they using? Video analysis, strength training programs, long toss programs? You do not want to leave the camp with an injury from inadequate coaching & arm care. › 2. Ratio of Coaches to Players: Are there a lot of athletes and few coaches? Has the camp invested into its staff making athletic development priority or will you have limited time with coaches? Individual coaching is how you improve the most. › 3. Quality of Coaches: You want to be surrounded with baseball minds that have firsthand and successful track records in the sport. Are they knowledgeable about the game and have a history of developed & successful players? This is key › 4. Past Camp Participants: Research and see where former camp attendees have gone to play and how the camp has developed them. Do they have any MLB players or elite amateurs that have attended the camp? › 5. Attendance of Coaches and Scouts: This is extremely important for high school athletes looking to go on to the next level. The larger the attendance by scouts and coaches the better chance you have to impress them. It only takes one scout or coach to get you to that next level. — Scott Thornburgh & Tanner Tennyson @ Crossover Symmetry. Protect the Arm. Increase Velocity.

programs that evolve based on the best research and information available in areas from health/safety, peak performance, education techniques and more. Age- and skill-specific programs available for students

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age 8-18. Info: 925-416-1600, www. thepitchingcenter.com. Preparing Legends We are again offering three weeks of summer baseball camps to players ages 7-12. Experience the fantastic baseball complex at the College of San Mateo, receive comprehensive baseball instruction covering all aspects of the game and have FUN! First session begins June 17; final session July 8. Info: www.preparinglegends.com; 650592-3866 NorCal Grizzlies Baseball Camps and classes offered at various locations. NorCal Grizzlies Baseball has programs to help accelerate baseball development for players of all ages. 925-606-1605, www.norcalgrizzlies.org. Starting Lineup Baseball We offer six summer camp sessions for ages 6-12 at Bayside Park in Burlingame. During our camps, the coaching staff provides individualized instruction to each camper by teaching the fundamentals. Each afternoon campers play scrimmages to develop their new skills.

Separate T-Ball and Softball camps are offered too. Info: www. startinglineupbaseball.com; 650201-3480 BASKETBALL Advantage Basketball Camps If you’re between the ages of 7 and 18, you love basketball, want to learn the game or improve your technique, are willing to work hard, and you want to make friends and have fun in the process, Advantage Basketball Camps are for you. Camps will be held in Rocklin and Lincoln this summer. Dates/Info: wwww.advantagebasketball.com All Out Sports League Our camps are geared toward teaching the fundamentals. Every aspect of the game is covered: dribbling, shooting, layups, passing, cross-overs, defense, help defense, boxing out and much more. Camps are open to boys and girls ages 6-16. We hold a multi-week Spring Academy in Clayton and a fourday Summer Academy in Antioch. Info: 925-203-5636 or www. alloutsportsleague.com Bald Eagle Basketball Camp Campers walk away with improved skills and a deeper passion for becoming their best. Our unique format gives campers a choice period each day to play more basketball, go swimming, play

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sports camp games, have fun in our Activity Arcade...whatever summer fun they choose! This year we’ve ramped up our staff with more coaches who have high level playing and/or coaching experience, not to mention their PCA Certification like every staff member at Bald Eagle Sports Camps. Info: 888-505-2253. Basketball Jones The Basketball Jones Hoop Camps program meets the needs of all skill levels for any boy or girl ages 7-15. With over 200 camps under our belt and more than 15,000 former campers, there is NO trial and error. This is the camp for your child to refine their skills, improve on team concepts, have fun and meet new friends. Locations/info: www. basketballjonescamps.com. CalStars The Stars Basketball Academy (SBA) is pleased to announce our youth and high school summer camps. The SBA is a fundamental based skills development camp for kids in 3rd

grade-High School. We offer three youth (3rd-8th) sessions and two high school (9th-12th) sessions. Our camps are conducted under the watchful eye of Clay Kallam (Bentley High School), Kelly Sopak (Miramonte High School), Dan Middleton (Northgate High School), Raul Reyes (Miramonte High School) and Elgin Leslie (Campolindo High School). In addition, the camps are also assisted by former high school and college players from the area. Please sign up for one, two or all three of our summer camps. Go to www.calstars.org for more info. ESM Camps Executive Sports Management in San Jose will host a variety of summer basketball camps at various locations beginning June 10. Separate sessions will be held for boys and girls in 1st-5th grade and 6th-8th grade. Info: www. esmcamps.com; 408-267-2441 Excel in Basketball Excel in Basketball tips off its 33rd year serving the community with spring, summer and fall basketball camps to be conducted in Concord, Walnut Creek and Danville. Come join nationally recognized coach Frank Allocco and his staff for week long day camps for grades 4-12, weekend specialty camps

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for grades 5-12, and junior camps for grades 1-3. For additional information or a brochure detailing instructional events in 2013, please contact Frank Allocco or Brian Sullivan at excelcamp@gmail.com, or by phone at 925-798-6502. More info: www.excelinbasketball.com FastBreak Basketball Margaret Gartner, the highlydecorated girls basketball coach for Carondelet High in Concord, leads this girls basketball camp focused on fundamentals. Three weeklong sessions are offered: Session I, June 24-28, Grades 4-10; Session II, July 15-19, Grades 1-6 and Session III, July 22-26, Grades 4-10. If your daughter wants to learn and/or improve her basketball fundamentals and skills while having fun; then FastBreak Basketball camp is the answer. Info: www.FastBreakBball.com; or email Fastbreak_club@yahoo.com Gil Basketball Academy GBA is designed to teach athletes the proper fundamentals of basketball along with teaching them sportsmanship, team play and positive work ethics. The Gil Basketball Academy was formed to promote the sport of basketball in East Salinas, as well as the overall

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development of local studentathletes desiring to compete at the highest athletic levels of competition. GBA offers, camps, clinics, and individual sessions teaching athletes the skills and techniques of shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defense. The athletes will be coached by Jose Gil and other qualified and experienced coaches. Info: Coach@GilBasketballAcademy. com; 831-710-1499. Golden State Warriors The Golden State Warriors will be conducting basketball camp sessions this spring and summer for boys and girls, ages 7-15. In addition to high quality instruction, each camper receives a reversible Warriors jersey, headband, certificate, two (2) tickets to a Golden State Warriors home game and more!! For more information, please call (510) 986-5310 or go to http://warriors.com/camps.

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The Hoop House Based in San Ramon and run by coach Randy Duck, The Hoop House offers Basketball Skills Development Training in your choice of private sessions, semi-private sessions and group sessions. Info: www.thehoophouse. com; 925-719-6500 Legarza Basketball San Carlos-based camp offers sessions in Larkspur, San Francisco, Burlingame, San Mateo, San Carlos and San Jose for boys/girls, incoming K-8th grades. 415-334-3333 or www. legarzabasketball.org. Matt Lottich Life Skills Camp Offering beginner and elite sessions for boys and girls grades 6-16 at various locations. Registration/info: 888-537-3223, info@mllscamp. com; www.mllscamp.com. Mike Allen Sports I’m Possible Training takes your basketball skills to the next level. Whether you’re a beginner or you’re starting for your school’s varsity team, this is the program you need to excel. If you’re serious about improving your ball-handling,

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footwork, shooting, and overall fitness I’m Possible Training will get you there. I’m Possible is a world-renowned basketball program run by NBA skills coach Micah Lancaster. He’s run clinics for athletes of all levels from the pros working with Kobe Bryant and Mario Chalmers down to AAU and high school programs. By registering, you can download the program on your computer or smart phone, which lists a library of drills that’ll keep you busy for hours. Set your goals, track your results and see how you stack up against all the I’m Possible athletes in the U.S. and around the world. There’s a program here locally in Los Gatos. Give them a call at (408) 224-8503 or email them at admin@mikeallensports.com for more information. You can also find drills and workout videos at the I’m Possible website at www. possibletraining.com Next Level Basketball Next Level Training Academy is the premier athletic training academy in Placer County and surrounding areas. We are a complete basketball training academy that provides instruction and coaching focused on basketball and student athletes of all abilities from 3rd

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grade-high school. Info: 916-2765367. NorCal Courts Basketball Camps Norcal Courts in Martinez covers all the major fundamentals of the game: Dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, rebounding. The Spring Break Camp from April 1-5 will offer sessions for three age groups: 5th graders (9-11am), 6th-8th graders (noon-2pm) and high schoolers (3-5pm). Sessions will have fun and exciting drills for the campers that will help them become better basketball players. Camps will be run by qualified high school coaches from Cal Stars and Cagers Basketball. Info: 925-4575081; www.norcalcourts.com San Jose State Camps Our mission is to provide the best overall experience to every participant who joins our summer programs. Our staff has over 75 years of coaching experience combined and knows how to create an organized, safe, and positive environment for all participants. Info: Brent Davis, 408-459-2267; Spartanbasketballcamps@gmail. com.

Saratoga Basketball The Saratoga Basketball Camp which runs in late June and early July is an excellent opportunity for young boys and girls from 3rd grade through 8th grade (9th for girls) to improve their basketball skills and have a fun time while learning the game. Proceeds from camp tuition go to the Global Ischemia Foundation to help research for brain-injured individuals. 650-6781614, www.saratogabasketball.com. Sky Hawks Basketball This fun, skill-intensive program is designed with the beginner to intermediate player in mind. Using our progressional curriculum we teach your child the skills they need both on and off the court to be a better athlete. Through drills and games we make it an unforgettable experience for your athlete. Info: www.concordreg.org Start Smart Basketball Start Smart Basketball Camp at San Jose State University emphasizes fundamentals, skill development, team cohesion and a healthy competitive spirit. Our goal for each camper is to develop a positive learning environment for ages 6-18. Info: www.startsmartbasketball.com; 408-646-6306

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›› Choosing A Basketball Camp It’s no secret the Bay Area is a hotbed for talent on the hardwood. On Feb .12, four local high school basketball stars were selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game, showcasing the country’s elite on a national stage. Of course, it’s no fluke these athletes were selected. They are students of the game, having seemingly grown up on the basketball court; they spend hours refining learned skills and correcting weaknesses. Getting to that level takes years of practice and a willingness to learn and to be coached. A great way to get there is finding the perfect basketball camp. Basketball camps can provide the foundation necessary for athletes to get their start and push them in the right direction. It’s where they’ll be introduced to all the fundamentals and nuances of the game. And since there is a library of choices out there, it’s best to figure out which one makes the most sense. Starting off, there are plenty of camps focused on all aspects of the game. This is the place to start for beginners looking to get their feet wet. Campers will learn a variety of skills including defense, footwork, ball-handling, passing, shooting, and more. The atmosphere of these camps is typically energetic and easygoing while still being competitive. “You want to zero in on a fundamental base,” said Frank Allocco, De La Salle boys basketball coach and founder of Excel Basketball Camp. “You also want to have that game experience so you get the flow going up and down.” For refining specific skills, specialty camps are the way to

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go. While maybe more common for sports like football, where specialty players reign supreme, basketball has them too. For guards, there are ball-handling camps as well as shooting clinics where shot form, consistency and repetition are all staples. There are big men camps where forwards and centers learn about rebounding, low-post defense, post moves, and what it takes to be a force down low. Camps that are run by NBA players can be appealing if nothing more than to be able to meet that particular player when he visits one day for a photo opportunity. Elite camps are an option for athletes dying to get noticed by college scouts and recruiters. Yet, they’re reserved for players of elite talent who are already on the national radar. It’s likely wise to eschew these last two camps, where fanfare and elbow-bumping with basketball royalty takes precedence over drills and discipline — the elements that truly improve one’s game. “It’s practice, how much time you put in on your alone time working on specific things,” said Allocco, who’s been running Excel for 33 years now. Excel Camp is one of the most successful and renowned basketball camps in the area. Allocco acknowledges the success has to do with maintaining the importance of fundamentals but also listening to feedback from campers and parents. “We keep changing the format, keep trying to make it better,” Allocco said. ✪ — Erik Stordahl, SportStars

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Varsity girls basketball coach, Clay Kallam, lists his five essentials for a basketball camp. Kallam is an instructor with CalStars camps. › 1. Fundamentals: Boring? Maybe, but everyone (and I mean everyone) can improve their fundamentals. › 2. Coach-to-player ratio: The fewer players per coach, the better. Any time there’s more than ten players per coach, it’s not a good situation. › 3. Adult coach-to-player coach ratio: Many camps rely on high school players for instruction, and though they may be good players, they’re not necessarily good teachers. › 4. No more than 3 hours a day: No one, not even the coaches can concentrate for more than three hours, much less teenagers and below. After two hours really, it’s day care. › 5. Plenty of room: The more crowded it is, the noisier it is, and the harder it is to teach — and learn. **And one thing you don’t need: Exposure: Camps are about getting better, not getting seen — players need to be seen after they get better.

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Tara Hoops For the past 28 summers on the Stanford Campus, Coach Tara VanDerveer and her staff have been committed to instructing girls of all ages how to develop and master the skills of this wonderful game of basketball. One day camp session is offered for ages 8-12, and three elite camps sessions are offered for ages 10-18. Info: www.tarahoops. com CHEER Alameda Wolverines Be a part of an exciting organization and have fun! Alameda Wolverines Cheer is available to all youth ages 5-15. The Alameda Wolverines Cheer Program assists in the development of all students in their growth as athletes and young citizens within the community. Info: alamedawolverines@yahoo. com; www.alamedawolverines.com. CheerGyms.com Is your team having trouble stunting? Want to increase your team’s tumbling skill level? Do you want to focus on one stunting skill that you’re just having a hard time teaching? Cheergyms. com offers the best clinics in California! Customize your clinic to fit your needs! Whether just working on basic stunting techniques or working on twist cradles out of one leg stunts, we can teach the clinic you need to take your team to the next level! Following are the different types of Cheergyms.com camps. Residential: Cheergyms.com runs the absolute BEST overnight Residential camps! We offer the most practical and fun material. We offer the most professional and knowledgeable staff. We offer a camp size that will not exceed 375 cheerleaders with one staff member for every 15 cheerleaders! Learn everything from Cheer-Exercise, Back Handspring class Beginning to Advanced Stunting and Dances to the latest songs. Also get many awards, team bonding ideas and an experience of a lifetime. Two-Day: You want the experience of an overnight camp, you want the awards and all the hoopla with a camp on a college campus, but you don’t want to pay the high price. Then our Two-Day camps are the perfect fit. Private: Sometimes you just want your cheerleaders to get all of the attention. That’s what a Cheergyms.com Private Camp can do for you! You pick the hours, you decide what they will learn. Then let the incredible Cheergyms.com staff help your cheer squad reach their goals and dreams. Coaches: Spend the day learning all you need to know to be the best coach ever! Taught by Morton Bergue and his incredible staff. ITC (Intense Training Camps): Why spend lots of money on camp and work on a million things that your team doesn’t need? With ITC you can pick one specific thing and GO FOR IT! Just $10 per student per hour! For more information contact Morton. morton@cheergyms.com. 925-685-8176 or visit our website. www.cheergyms.com Cheergyms.com facilities in Concord, San

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Jose and Petaluma!. ENRICHMENT Aurora School Camps The Oakland elementary school is well known for its July Theater Arts Camp with musical instrument building, set design and a rich mix of singing, dancing and acting. Specialty Half Day Camps run in July. In addition, in June and August we offer Full Day Camps featuring arts+crafts, sports+games, plus a different specialized activity each week. Our camps are open to both Aurora and non-Aurora students. Info: auroraschool.org/ summer-camps Bald Eagle Jr. High Leadership Camp Giving your child a road map to create success as a young adult is extremely powerful. Our Jr. High Leadership Camp includes tangible experiences working cooperatively with peers, leading groups, public speaking, making friends, understanding community service, and living an active lifestyle through FUN camp activities. Info: 888-505-2253. Devil Mountain Summer Camp The Athenian School’s Devil Mountain Summer Camp is a unique combination of academic, athletic, and artistic opportunities for students throughout the East Bay. Our goal is to offer children from elementary school through high school with fun, exciting, and meaningful learning experiences. Several options are available over four weekly sessions. Info: www.athenian.org/ summer; 925-362-7214 Dianne Adair Programs Come join any of our eight Dianne Adair summer sites for our fun and exciting summer program. Each week campers will be able to choose from several camps, including sports, fashion, drama, CSI, science and so many more. In addition to our weekly camps, we have weekly field trips to places like an A’s or Giant’s game, museums, the Jelly Belly Factory, Six Flags, the pool, the movies, parks and the Zoo. Field trips and camps vary by site. Please consult your site of choice for more details. Offers and rates may vary at any of our nine locations. Visit our Web site for more information. www. dianneadair.org. E.Nopi and Palm Academy At Palm Academy we provide academic enrichment for students throughout the summer. Students attend a variety of classes including English, Math, Art, Science, Biology, and Critical Thinking using the E.nopi learning method, one of the most popular learning curriculums worldwide! Info/Locations: 510793-6674. Steve and Kate’s Camp We focus on how kids learn, not just what they learn. We give them just the right

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amount of structure and guidance from adults, but never take away ownership of their work. Camp happens June through August for grades K-7 and varies by Bay Area locations. Info: steveandkatescamp. com FENCING San Francisco Fencers Club Camps offered daily throughout the summer for both beginner and intermediate skill levels. Camps take place at the San Francisco Fencers Club. Info: 415-668-3623, www.sffencers.com FIGURE SKATING Oakland Ice Center OIC has Spring Day Camps available for ages 6-up with a strong emphasis on basic skills. Two sessions currently being offered. Info: www.oaklandice.com; 510-268-9000 FITNESS Aspire Pilates Dramatically increase core strength, power, flexibility, balance, focus and joint stability, while preventing injury. Aspire prides itself on helping

propel athletes to the next level by addressing muscular imbalances, helping athletes increase body awareness, correcting faulty body mechanics and accessing untapped strength. Info: 925-680-4400, www. AspirePilatesCenter.com. Children’s Hospital “Learn What It’s Like To Be An Athletic Trainer.” This two-day workshop exclusively for high school students will be March 1-2. The workshop includes: Overview of careers in sports medicine; ankle injuries and taping techniques; wrist, hand, and thumb injuries and taping; knee injuries and RICE Therapy; stretching techniques; low back injuries and CORE Training; sports concussions; shoulder injuries and rehabilitation. Who should attend? High school students interested in a career in sports medicine. Some of the perks you get include: class credit, certificate of completion and reference materials. The event is facilitated by Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine staff and takes place at the our Outpatient Center

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Auditorium. 744 52nd St., Oakland, CA 94609. The fee is $99/student. ... The CHO Summer Program also includes: Yoga for Young Athletes classes, the Athlete Development Program, Sport Speed Camps (three sessions from June 24-Aug. 16), and a Summer Circuit Training Series for young athletes from June 10-Aug. 16. Info on all of the above: Call the Sports Medicine Center at 510-428-3558 Fit 2 The Core As a Youth Conditioning, Speed/ Agility and Nutrition Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association, Fit-2-The-Core Training Systems offers an innovative approach to getting your young athletes back on the field of play post-rehabilitation (which gets your athletes to normal function), continuing the process by progressing their bodies to handle what they must endure on the field or court. We work on a solid athletic foundation while staying focused on each individual athlete’s progress. Our unique program includes instruction in movement training, injury reduction, linear/lateral speed

development, foot speed and agility, power development, proper weight training techniques and functional strength training. Athletes are closely supervised while being coached through the workout, with attention on proper technique and safety. For F2C’s Back to Sports programs we offer training weekdays, with 2 days/week or 3 days/week program options. Bottom line: Our program gets your athletes back on the field. Sign up today for your two-week free pass at www.fasteryoungathletes. com, or call 925-639-0907 for more information. Kenion Training Coach Nathan Kenion leads multiple training programs, all geared to help athletes achieve their dreams. He stresses having the right motivation, skills and knowledge to take your game to the next level today, and is all about changing the little things that will help you reach your ultimate goal. 707-704-8003, nathan@keniontraining.com; www. keniontraining.com. Renaissance ClubSport We offer sports and speciality camps for kids ages 5-12 during school breaks (spring, fall, winter

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and summer). Participants have fun-filled, active breaks as they receive instruction in a variety of sports, activities, and projects. Working parents can take advantage of our extended hours options for both morning and afternoon sessions. For families with multiple children, we offer a 10% discount on each additional sibling registered for the same week of camp. Info: Kids World at 925.942.6344. TransForm FX We believe that parents can take better care of their kids when they take care of their own health and fitness. We have designed adult fitness boot camp workouts to fit your busy lifestyle. Each boot camp workout is designed to help you burn fat and increase your cardiovascular endurance. Info: 925-289-8042; www. transformfxfitness.com. Trucks Training Trucks Training was started by local individuals who have grown up in the area, experienced the world

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and come back to provide a service to our community that we feel they need and lack. We have proven track records and know exactly what it takes to achieve the next level of sports & fitness safely and effectively. A true hometown feel from true hometown people. We offer 1-on-1, Group and Small Group Training for both fitness and sport-specific needs. Info: truckstraining.com; 925-7567321 Walnut Creek Sports & Fitness We started out as the Walnut Creek Racquet Club in 1979, and have been part of the community ever since. We are on a mission to create remarkable experiences that make a difference in the lives of our members, employees and the community. Today, we offer more than 70 group classes per week. WCSF also loves to be a part of the community. This past Thanksgiving we had the opportunity to raise money for Walnut Creek Schools through our annual Turkey

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Trot 5K, 10K & Kids’ Fun Runs. We thank the community for participating and helping to raise over $25,000 for education. Call us today for your free one week pass! Info: 925-932-6400, www.wcsf.net FOOTBALL Arroyo Grande Passing/Lineman Competition The Arroyo Grande High football program will again host its 7-on-7 passing tournament and Lineman Competition on July 12-13. 7-on7 format is decided on by teams attending. Lineman competition features six different events. Info: tgoossen@lmusd.org, 805-473-4263. All Out Sports League Our football camps are held in Antioch and Clayton. Our four day non-contact camp teaches every position on the football field and are geared toward the fundamentals. Every aspect of the game is covered: blocking, tackling, running, defense, offense, special teams and more. Camps are open to boys and girls ages 6-16. Info: 925-203-5636 or www.alloutsportsleague.com Diablo Football Camps We offer contact and non-contact camps for players ages 6-14, which take place at Laural Ball Field and Shady Oaks Park in Oakley. Info/ registration: 925-625-2222, www.

DiabloFootball.com. Football University From the creators of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl comes a one-of-a-kind football training experience exclusively for the nation’s most elite youth and high school players. Born out of the appreciation that the most successful and skilled football players have mastered great technique, and that for many younger players this level of coaching is simply not available, the Football University (FBU) experience focuses on intense position-specific technique taught by our expert faculty. The 2013 Bay Area camp will be held at Dublin High from April 26-28. Info: footballuniversity.org LinemenInc Camps Founded in 2003, LinemenInc Camps has dedicated 10 years to improving the play of high school linemen. Utilizing top college coaches and former NFL linemen, LinemenInc has produced

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a nationally-recognized camp and coach’s clinic with participants from all over the U.S. and beyond. “LinemenInc is the best football camp in the country.” says Darrell Funk, the offensive line Coach at University of Michigan. Described as, “The most intense three days of your life” LinemenInc blends a fast paced, technically skill-oriented curriculum with a level of competition not found in other camps. “This is not a big man camp with tug-o-war. We’re an in-the-trenches camp, focusing on skill sets.” says camp co-founder, David Reinders. Tuition is reasonably priced and includes camp, room, meals and jersey. “I find it very, very unique that there is a football camp where the football is not involved.” says Gary Bernardi, offensive line coach, University of Colorado. In 2012, LinebackerInc was added. “We bring

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the same high-energy, technically-charged camp model of LinemenInc to LinebackerInc.” says co-founder, Coach Gary Tabke. “Nobody west of the Mississippi, does what we do for linemen and linebackers and their coaches, no one.” Info: www.linemeninc.com. Next Level Training Combine This spring combine and football camp will be held April 6 at Emerald Park in Dublin for football players ages 7-18. The camp will feature 10-year NFL veteran, All-Pro defensive back Donovin Darius. Youth camp will take place from 9 a.m-noon and the high school camp will run from 1-4 p.m. Focuses of the combine will include

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speed, agility, strength, quickness and conditioning. Info: DariusNextLevelTraining.com; 904-290-3320 NorCal Football Camps Led by Ken Peralta, Norcal Football Camps are focused on serving youth ages 7-14. Norcal Flag Football Leagues serve kids entering grades 2-6. Info/registration: Ken, 650245-3608, norcalyouthfootballcamp@ yahoo.com; www.norcalfootballcamps. com. Offense-Defense Sports Full-Contact Camp Former 49ers standouts and Hall of Famers host a four-day camp in the Bay Area on June 10-13, and at CSU East Bay, June 23-26. Ages 7-18. Other sessions will take place at UC Davis from June 30-July 3. Info: 843-903-1888, www.o-d.com Sky Hawks Flag Football Skyhawks flag football is the perfect introduction to America’s Game, our ‘skill of the day’ campers will learn skills on both sides of the ball including passing, catching, and de-flagging or defensive positioning - all presented in a fun & positive environment with the week ending  in the Skyhawks Sports Bowl! Info: www.concordreg.org GOLF BAY Golf The program will allow juniors to learn, play and practice on a regularly scheduled basis at Shadow Lakes & Deer Ridge Golf Clubs. Three-day summer camps will also be available. Sign up at Shadow Lakes or call 925-516-2837. Grayson Woods Saturday Jr. Clinics Spring Break camps begin March 25. Instruction will cover all the basics from putting, chipping and full swing, to etiquette and course management. The camp will feature daily play on either of the par 3 courses or the 18 hole putting course. Camp includes video swing analysis, a 9-hole tournament and T-shirt. Info: 925-787-0085; www.golfgraysonwoods.com. The First Tee-Contra Costa The First Tee Summer Camp is a youth development Golf program for boys and girls ages 7-18. Participants will learn about golf and the life skills and values inherent to the game. Participants are introduced to all this plus have a great time learning the game of golf. We have offerings at courses in Antioch, Concord, Martinez and Walnut Creek. Fee assistance available. Info: Angela Paradise, 925-686-6262, Ext. 0, www. thefirstteecontracosta.org. The First Tee-Oakland The First Tee of Oakland participants receive a minimum of 12 hours of instruction over an eight-week period. Instruction is conducted at three City of Oakland affiliate golf courses. Each of the golf courses donates their range, golf course and classroom use. We introduce the game of golf in a way that allows participants to progress with the mechanics required, and that teaches the values of the game, celebrates the fitness aspect of playing, and is offered at little or no cost. Info: 510-352-2002; www.thefirstteeoakland.org The First Tee-Silicon Valley The First Tee of Silicon Valley develops youth through the game of golf throughout Silicon Valley. Spring classes begin in early March and Seasonal classes are offered at Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course (San Jose) and Palo Alto Golf Course. We welcome participants ranging from second to twelfth grade. Scholarships are available upon request. www. thefirstteesiliconvalley.org

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The First Tee-Tri-Valley We offer seasonal The First Tee Life Skills Experience Classes and Summer Camps for youth ages 7-17, held at the Pleasanton Golf Center on the Alameda County Fairgrounds. Life Skills Experience Classes - The Spring Classes begin in early March. Once a week Summer Classes will also be available. Info: 925-462-7201; www. TheFirstTeeTriValley.org. LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Camp Come join a fun all girls golf camp at Boundary Oak Golf Course taught by highly skilled LPGA and PGA member Teaching Professionals. Monday thru Wednesday will include golf skill building including short game, irons, woods, and trick shots. Each day will consist of practice on the range and short game area where we will play a lot of games while building on the fundamentals of golf. Etiquette and Character will be built into the lesson curriculum. We will put our skills to the test Thursday when we play 9 holes on the golf course! Lyford Golf Junior academy offers variety of kids lessons, camps, clinics, training and coaching. Full day, five-day, sleep-away camps offered. More info: 530-550-2670, www.lyfordgolf.net. The Personal Golf Coach New Rules 1-day Golf School is about coaching your skills & keeping your unique style. Learn from the coach who has gone through all the stages you’re going through now. Coach Rick, 510-9176442, RickPGAPro@gmail.com; www. thepersonalgolfcoach.com. PGA TOURAcademy Junior Camps This program offers kids golf instruction from the country’s top PGA instructors at 30+ renowned PGA TOUR venues nationwide. Elite, overnight, full day or half day junior golf camps provide a safe, fun instructional environment where your young golfer will learn, refine and improve their skills. Schedule/Locations: www. touracademygolfcamps.com GYMNASTICS AcroSports Our week-long Circus and Urban Arts camps promote fitness, self-confidence and group cooperation skills through a variety of activities including circus fundamentals, gymnastics, tumbling, and Urban Arts. Youth camps offered for ages 6-12; Pre-K for ages 4-5. Info: acrosports.org/camps.asp; 415665-2276 American Gymnastics Club We hold School Break Gymnastics Camp at our Bayshore and Judah locations You have the option of signing up for half days (9amnoon) or full days (9am-3pm) and signing up for the whole week or just day by day. Activities include instruction on the in-ground trampoline, rings, bars, balance beams and

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more. Summer dates begin June 3. Info: www.americangymnasticsclub.com; 415-7311400 East Bay Sports Academy Summer Day Camps at East Bay Sports Academy offer the best gymnastics, cheerleading, and tumbling SUMMER CAMP FUN anywhere! We offer four AMAZING WEEKS of half-day and fullday camps for girls and boys ages 5 and up. Both recreational and competitive athletes will benefit from summer camp training with the best and most-committed coaches in the Bay Area. Our 13,000 square foot facility is clean, bright, and has the newest equipment around, including the brand new superbouncy, safety-rated, Weller Spring Floor, which is the largest of it’s kind in the world. Gymnastics & Cheerleading camps are scheduled for July 15-18, July 22-25, August 5-8, and August 12-15. We will also host a Competitive Gymnastics Camp (Levels 4 and up) the week of July 8-12. East Bay All-Stars Cheerleading also hosts private mini- camps and clinics for all kinds of cheerleading! Whether your squad wants help with tumbling, stunting, choreography, cheer basics, or even coaching principles, EBSA will create a custom program just for you!  We gladly welcome all high school, middle school and youth football teams. Please visit our website, www.eastbaysportsacademy.com, or call us at 925-680-9999 for more information. See you this summer! Edge Gymnastics We are based in Dublin and have planned your child’s summer fun for you! Your child will participate in gymnastics activities, arts & crafts, games, and a weekly field trip to the park, as well as other activities. Camps begin June 10 and feature different themes. Halfday (ages 3-up) and Full-day (ages 5-up) options. Info: www.edge-gymnastics.com; 925-479-9904 Encore Gymnastics, Dance and Climbing Summer Camp 2013 in Concord. Sessions for kids ages 5-12 begin June 24; last session begins Aug. 12. These camps are packed full of activities such as gymnastics, rock climbing, dance, cool crafts, games, water balloons, team building activities and more. 925-932-1033, office@encoregym. com; http://dscreationencoregym.homestead. com Head Over Heels We’re located in Emeryville and invite children of all backgrounds and skill levels to join our Day Camps offered throughout the school year and over the summer. Fullday (ages 4-12) and Half-day (ages 3-12) programs are offered. Summer schedule runs June 10-Aug. 26. Twisters Sports Center Gymnastics mixed with rock climbing, recreation, Tae Kwon Do and more. For boys/girls ages 18 months-14 years @ Twisters Sports Center, Mountain View. Fees/ schedule/registration: 650-967-5581, www. twisterssportscenter.com.

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HORSEBACK RIDING Bella Oaks Equestrian Camps Bella Oaks Stables in Martinez offers amazing camps for girls & boys whether they are into horses or not! What a great way for your kids to enjoy their summer, make friends, learn about horses and have an adventure. Bella Oaks Camps are available for participants 3½ to 5 years of age (Little Cowpokes) and youth 6-17 years of age. Info: www. bellaoakshorsecamp.com California Riding Academy Our Summer Camps are loaded with fun activities while developing serious horsemanship skills. Enjoy lovely horses and ponies in our beautiful camp setting conveniently located in Menlo Park. Full- or Halfday sessions available. Dates/Info: wwww.californiaridingacademy. com; 650-740-2261. Earthquake Arabians Our mission at Earthquake Arabians is to promote and strengthen the Arabian horse influence on today’s youth and adult rider, at the same time building confidence, self-esteem, pride and the understanding of responsibility in horse and rider. Whether it’s your first time in the

saddle or you have a dream of competing at the National level, at Earthquake Arabians we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals. Our skilled staff and individual instruction gives each rider an opportunity to advance at his or her own pace while creating individual goals for success. If a competitive riding program is what you’re looking for, Earthquake Arabians has been continuously successful in the Arabian show ring. Spring and summer camps are around the corner for Earthquake Arabians! Registration is OPEN. Log on to www.earthquakearabians.com for more info. 925-360-7454. Franklin Canyon Stables A well structured riding program housed at Franklin Canyon Stables in Martinez which provides two covered arenas and easy access to trails. Kim Bredehoft teaches riders of all levels with an instruction program that builds confidence and enables clients to reach personal goals that benefit them in all parts of life. Info: 925228-1801; www.kimshorsetraining. com. Kelly Maddox Riding Academy Our oneweek

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summer camp happens from June 17-21 for ages 5-16. Learn basic handling and grooming techniques, as well as how to saddle and bridle your horse. Activities include learning horse colors, markings and breeds; art and crafts; a farrier demonstration and human horse show. Info: 925-575-4818, www. KellyMaddoxTraining.com. Lazy H Ranch Riding Camp The past 20 years Lazy H Ranch has offered children ages 5-13 the opportunity to own a horse/pony for a week. Beginners thru advanced riders learn to catch, groom, tack up and ride every day. Lazy H Ranch teaches overall horsemanship. Children feed, clean, bath and take care of their mount. Friday horse show for the parents. Camp is 9-4 Monday through Friday. Info: www. lazyhponyranch.com Rancho del Lago Rancho del Lago has hosted weekly summer and Holiday horseback riding camps in Briones since 1998. Campers ages 5-13 learn to groom, tack up, ride, and care for horses. Full-day and halfday options are offered. Dates to be announced soon. Info: www. rancho-del-lago.com Sacred Cross Horse Services SCSS Summer Camp 2013 is the place to be! Each camp is five days

of fun in the sun. Campers have the opportunity to ride daily, make great horse-related art projects and learn about basic horsemanship. Currently five camps are to be offered in Livermore from June 24 through Aug. 9. Info/ registration: 925-784-5776, www. sacredcrossranch.com. LACROSSE Atherton Lacrosse Join Atherton Lacrosse and learn the basics of the game in their spring, summer and fall camps. Every camper receives access to the best high school, college and professional lacrosse coaches in the Bay Area in a setting with an extremely low coach-to-camper ratio. Every camper receives a free t-shirt. Dates and Info: www. athertonlacrosse.com All West Lacrosse Camps Boys, Girls 2nd-12th grades in Roseville, June 26-29. Bus service also available to overnight camps at UC Santa Cruz. More info: www. AllWestLacrosseCamps.com, 1-800-980-WEST (9378). Sky Hawks Lacrosse Lacrosse was started by the Native Americans in the 12th century and combines the basic skills used in

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soccer, basketball, and hockey into one fast paced, high scoring game. Athletes will learn all the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing, and shooting, all in a fun, non-checking environment. Info: www.concordreg.org Team NorCal Intermediate and Advanced Youth Summer Camps at Stanford/Palo Alto Community Playing Fields (Mayfield), June 25-28, July 2326. Many current college players, coaches in attendance as well as top high school coaches from South Bay and NorCal. More info: www. teamnorcal.com MARTIAL ARTS All American Black Belt Academy The All American Black Belt Academy dojo has been teaching Karate in Dublin since 1980. The dojo is open Monday through Saturday and offers a wide range of classes with a focus on building self-esteem through efforts for excellence. Some Academy classes can also be taken through the San Ramon Community Center. Info: 925-829-4265; www.hayashi-hashitoryu.com One Martial Arts Day Camp The place for FUN and being your best is the One Martial Arts Karate Day Camp. Our award winning camps, ages 5 & up, feature kid-

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approved themes, martial arts, child safety, outdoor activities, arts & crafts, dodgeball, and much more. Summer dates run from May 28-Aug. 17. Info: 415-731-9988; www.onemartialarts.com USKS Adult and children’s programs, kick box fitness, mixed martial arts. Providing excellence in martial arts instruction and services for the entire family. 925-6829517; www.usksmartialarts.com. OUTDOOR/ADVENTURE Bear Valley Mountain Bring the entire family to mountain summer camps in Bear Valley. This summer, Bear Valley has planned a variety of outdoor adventures including Kayaking, Tennis, Cycling, Hiking, camp fires and so much more. Bear Valley’s Summer Camps offer outdoor recreation programs for the whole family. Just a short drive from the Tri-Valley, you can make it on just one tank of gas. Bear Valley Skills Camps are unique in that you will find top coaching staffs from Santa Clara University. While our coaches provide serious instruction, our counselors will be sure to provide serious fun in a wonderful mountain environment. Each participant will treasure the friendships they make with counselors, coaches and fellow campers. Soccer (ages 9-16); Archery (Ages 9-Adult); Teen Climbing and Bear Valley’s Day Camps for Kids 3-18 provide mountain fun for ages 3-8 (Cub) and ages 12-18 (Grizzly). There are flexible options for campers to participate in the full eight-week program, visit for a week, or even drop in just for the day! Whether in day camp or resident camp, every camper will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of mountain activities including: Rock Climbing, Sailing, Canoeing, Hiking, Swimming, Disc Golf, Art and crafts, Kayaking, Biking, Wilderness adventures and more! Info: www.bearvalley.com. Camp Concord Family Camp is an experience that allows parents and children to play together in a fun and supportive environment while mingling with other families in the heart of the Sierra Mountains. This program offers an affordable Lake Tahoe getaway for the entire family and is the perfect setting for a relaxing and/or adventurous vacation. Families are accommodated in one of our 18 rustic cabins with convenient access to restrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities, and the main lodge. More info: www.cityofconcord. org/recreation/camp/ Camp Jones Gulch Check out our wide variety of Teen

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Adventure Camps for both boys and girls. Camp dates range from mid-June to mid-August. Info: 650-747-1200, www.CampJonesGulch.org. CYO Camp We’re located 60 miles north of San Francisco near the historic town of Occidental, and have provided summer camp to youth of the Bay area for over 60 years. Our seven-day traditional camps, for participants entering grades 3-9, focus on cultivating friendships, personal values and outdoor skills. Info: www.cyocamp.org. Concord Skateboarding Camp This summer treat your child to the summer camp experience they’ve been wanting. Skateboard Camp provides a great way to learn and improve your child’s skateboarding skills. Participants will learn skateboard safety, how to take care of their skateboard and skateboard essentials. Tricks will be taught according to an individual’s skill level. Info: www.concordreg.org Delphi Academy Of Campbell Summer Camp offered June 17Aug. 9 on weekdays for ages 4-13. Movie making, Soccer camp, junior engineering, archery, camping trips... and much more! Sign up for four weeks or more. Info: 408-260-2300; www. bestsummerever.org Diablo Rock Gym We will be offering kids summer camps every week starting in June and ending in August. Sign up for a week at a time or multiple weeks. Ages 6-17; multiple kid and/or week discounts. Call for pricing, 925-602-1000. Epic Indoor Skatepark 2013 skateboard and scooter camps are available in June, July and November. Only $250 for a week or $50 per day. Skateboard deck or scooter grips included with a full week of camp. Lunch and snack provided. www. epicindoorskate.com. Girl Scouts of NorCal GS NorCal camp programs (Camp Rocks) are open to ALL GIRLS, ages 5-17. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to register! Visit our website, www. camprocks.org to find a program, activity, camp or date that meets your summer schedule. HSU Running Camp This Humboldt State camp is an inspiring five days of running amidst majestic redwoods, beside ocean vistas, and along winding rivers, as well as an opportunity to learn from prominent coaches. Teams or individuals (age 14 up, unless accompanied by an adult) may sign up. The 2013 camp is July 28-Aug. 2. Info: www.runninaway.com; 209-748-1918

Holy shNIKE! Because Nike runs the sporting

world in just about everything else,

we’d all be foolish to expect anything different when it comes to camps and clinics.

If we wanted to list every camp

that Nike sponsored or provided,

we’d need another 64 pages, and

then some. So instead, we’re giving

you this one super-listing. Here’s the web address that you need to know: www.ussportscamps.com. There

you’ll find a number of different ways to search for the exact camp you

want across a ridiculous amount of sports, including: Tennis Golf

Volleyball

Field hockey Swimming Basketball Lacrosse Softball

Running Soccer Baseball Football Rugby Ultimate frisbee (!) Water polo

Our favorite feature is the interactive

map where you can click a sport and a push pin shows up for every place a Nike Camp is offered.

Keigwins@theTrack We conduct motorcycle schools and practice events (“track days”) at famous racetracks in the Western U.S. Events are for experienced motorcyclists looking to improve skills and build confidence. Riders provide their own motorcycles and protective gear. Keigwins@theTrack takes care of everything else: For a listing of schools, dates/racetracks, visit www.keigwin. com; 650-949-5609. Lafayette Recreation We host a number of exciting camps this summer. Lafayette Summer Camps utilizes the Lafayette Community Center, the Hockey rink/Sports complex, and the beautiful fields of the Lafayette Community Park. Camp Awesome day camps offer, art and crafts, hiking and sports; with flexible drop in options. Info:

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925-284-2232; www.LafayetteRec.org. Mad Science Mad Science camps offer a daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented. Your child will be able touch, see, hear, smell and taste what science is really all about. Various sites and dates. Info: mtdiablo.madscience.org Monterey Bay Triathlon Camp Monterey Bay MultiSport is holding a triathlong camp June 24-28 at CSU Monterey Bay. It is a nationally sanctioned camp for boys and girls ages 13-19 who are interested in triathlon. Info: shozgood@gmail.com Outback Adventures Outback Adventures’ multi-sport adventure camp is a great way to introduce your child to the wonderful world of outdoor recreation. We focus on the fundamentals of kayaking, rock climbing and hiking; while gaining a greater appreciation of the natural environment. For camp dates/pricing: 415-461-2222, www.outbackadventures. com. Richard Schmidt Surf School The camp is based out of the KOA Kampground in the south county of Santa Cruz near Aptos. We offer five sessions of 5-day kids (ages 10-18) featuring two go-outs a day with surf instruction every go-out. Instructors will be in the water every session helping students achieve success. Transportation back and forth to surf and camp is provided. Info: www. richardschmidt.com; 831-423-0928 Roughing It Day Camp Our premier all-outdoors program located at the Lafayette Reservoir. Instruction for all abilities in horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, fishing, adventure and more. Longer sessions designed for growth, friendships, and fun for every camper! Info: 925-2833795; www.roughingit.com Sienna Ranch Summer Camps Sienna Ranch in Lafayette offers a variety of different outdoors camps from June through August held in two halfday session, morning and afternoon. Camps are for ages 6-14, but vary by camp/session. Info: www.siennaranch. net; 925-283-6311 Trapeze Arts We’re a full-time, year-round circus school in Oakland. The focus of our summer camp is the acquisition of circus skills and the performance of circus arts. Campers ages 7-14 will learn an array of circus arts including: flying trapeze, trampoline, aerial arts, juggling, hand balancing, circus bike, acrobatics, tightwire and more. A Circus Show presented by the campers concludes the week. Info: 510-4190700, www.trapezearts.com. University of Surfing Instructor Matt Cole offers lessons/ camps in Pacifica. Info: 650-556-6515,

universityofsurfing.com/ Umigo Indoor Kart Race Camp Imagine driving a high performance go kart at breathtaking speed. You Can Do It! It’s Easy. Race camp teaches you cornering and passing techniques and a solid understanding of the racing experience. Come to our indoor go kart track in Livermore & experience the thrill of high performance go kart racing! Info: 925-373-7223; umigoracing.com ROWING Pacific Rowing Club Come try our Learn-To-Row Summer Camps. This program is open to all junior students 8th grade and up. Come and try the sport of rowing in a fun and informative camp designed for beginners. Session dates should be posted soon at www.pacificrowingclub. com Info: 415-242-0252 RUGBY Diablo Rugby Youth rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S.. The game is popping up in summer leagues, physical education classes, after school programs, YMCA’s, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs and backyards all over the country. Based in Clayton, our club is dedicated to providing a positive rugby experience for boys at high school, jr. high and youth levels. Info: 925381-5143, http://diabloyouthrugby. clubspaces.com. Raptor Rugby At Raptor Rugby our goal is to ensure that all players learn the laws of rugby. We strive to teach our athletes to play with respect, discipline, sportsmanship, dignity and honor.  We will practice hard, play hard and will have fun doing it. Info: Belinda van Tonder at 510-7573881, belinda@raptorrugbyfc.com; www.raptorrugbyfc.com. SOCCER Burlingamer Soccer Burlingamer Summer Camps feature Dony’s Brazilian Style Soccer Camp for boys and girls ages 6-13. Plus Gamer Futsal School with Mikey Varas for boys and girls 8-13. All Camps run from 9am - 3pm with an option for after care. Located in Burlingame. Info: 650-6974263 (GAME) Gino’s Soccer Academy Gino’s Soccer Academy (GSA) is the official soccer camp of the Walnut Creek Soccer Club. It is run by WCSC Director of Coaching, Tom Ginocchio, and staffed with WCSC club coaches & players. The

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academy runs five one-week programs throughout the summer for kids age 4-17 in July and August. Along with regular full- and half-day soccer programs, GSA runs the following specialty programs: Team Camps (recreational or competitive teams), Advanced Player Academies, High School Player Academy, Goalkeeper Academies, All Boys/All Girls Academies. GSA offers camps in a half day (9am-noon) or full day (9am-3pm) format. Players receive a full soccer kit consisting of an Adidas ball, Adidas shorts, Adidas socks, camp T-shirt, h2o bottle and an individual evaluation. Info: www.ginossocceracademy.com, 925937-4466 Heritage Soccer Club Summer is the time to play the beautiful game with Julio Borge, Jon Scoles, national licensed coaches, and the rest of Heritage’s top flight coaching staff. HSC coaches and trainers are licensed, fingerprinted and have DOJ background checks. They also have years of experience spanning the high school and college ranks. This summer features two fun-filled sessions: June 24-28 and July 22-25. Camp runs from 9am -2pm. Cost for Heritage members is $150 for one session, $250 for both. Non Heritage players: $225 / $325. Sibling discounts: $50 each. Heritage camp focuses on learning new skills and honing existing ones. Compete in small-sided games and camp tournaments. Camp also includes keeper and striker training, conditioning, nutrition and developing your mental game. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 7-14. Younger players? Join our Academy! Heritage Academy runs year round, weather permitting, playing on Fridays from 4-5pm at Tesoro Fields. The Academy focuses on basic soccer skills under the supervision of our professional staff. It is open to all players, boys and girls, ages 4-9. Finally, Heritage is a Pleasant Hill/Martinez based competitive soccer club. Players ages 8-18 can try out and compete at the highest levels. We are always looking for qualified boys and girls to play on our competitive teams. Info: www.HeritageSC.com Mt. Diablo Soccer Go to www.mdsoccer.org to learn more about joining their Fall, Spring, Select and Elite programs. There’s also info on the Mt. Diablo World Cup. Info: 925798-GOAL (4625), info@diablofc.org. Pacific Soccer Academy Experience a soccer camp where your child (ages 5-12) will have a great time while learning to play the game of soccer. With a player to coach ratio of only 15:1, players are given the

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›› Choosing A soccer Camp

In the world of summer camps, baseball, basketball and soccer seem to be the Big Three. Choosing the right camp for soccer is likely going to follow the same guidelines as choosing for the other two sports. There will always be the essential questions to consider, such as length of camp, cost of camp, coach-to-player ratio and so on. And just like other sports, the variety of soccer camps will be widespread. There will be competitive camps, noncompetitive camps, skills camps and positions-specific camps. But when one boils it all down, Julio Borge may be operating with the most surefire philosophy when it comes to running a soccer camp. “The biggest thing I stress in my camps, and what I’ve learned through the years, is to keep it generic,” said Borge, who is beginning his 15th year of running camps and his eighth directing camps for Pleasant Hill/Martinez-based Heritage Soccer Club. “We want to thoroughly teach the basics — how to pass, how to shoot, how to receive the ball — at the end of the day you simply want solid soccer players.” Camps which show an attention to the basic details make sense. And Borge says he takes it a step beyond. “I want our players to develop a love of the game,” he said. “We make it fun.” Borge and his staff make a point of not just increasing soccer skills knowledge amongst their campers, but increasing their overall knowledge and appreciation of the game. Regardless of the player’s skill level, if they walk away with a stronger passion for the game of soccer, Borge considers it

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a win. Borge knows that his camp isn’t the only one out there, though. And he realizes that many families will be taking the time to consider different camps for their young soccer players. If there’s one element Borge says families should consider most it’s quality of staff. “Make sure the coaches are teaching and instructing their kids, not babysitting” he said. “We have college kids who come out and help us out with all the peripherals so that the only thing our coaches are doing is instructing.” Tom Ginnochio, the Director of Coaching for Walnut Creek Soccer Club and who has been directing camps for close to 17 years, also makes a good point about coaching staffs creating an environment where “you make sure that kids aren’t bored, but that they also don’t become overly frustrated when they find something challenging.” But maybe you aren’t a family looking to place a young kid in a camp. Perhaps you’re a high school player who is looking at adding to your skill set to take your game to the next level. In that case, it’s best to look for a camp that is going to properly evaluate your game first and then provide honest feedback. The best upper-level camps will be those which can give players a road map to what they need to work on once the camp ends. At that point, it’s not about the camp or clinic anymore. It will be up to the individual to put in the drilling needed to further excel in their sport. ✪ — Chace Bryson, Editor

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individual attention and instruction required to learn new techniques, play with teammates and experience success. Info/Registration: Malia Martin, 408-930-7407, www. pacificsocceracademy.org. Sacramento Soccer Academy Camps for boys, girls ages 6-14 at Colonial Park in Sacramento. Camps start June 24, July 22 and Aug. 12. More info: www.sacramentosoccerus.net Soccer Basics Based in Albany, we serve youth in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Oakland and Kensington. Summer camps are offered for ages 7-12 in various sessions. Info: wwww.soccerbasics. net; 510-232-4625 Soccer Insight Soccer Insight does private group training. Gather a few teammates with a desire to improve and contact us to arrange for a convenient place, day and time. Sessions are 60 or 90 minutes. The players in the group don’t have to be the same age, gender or skills. Groups of six to eight are best. Info: 415-595-3760, soccerinsight@gmail.com. TetraBrazil-Rocklin Soccer Club Half- and full-day camps & team camps featuring the flair & passion of Brazillian soccer. At Granite Oaks Middle School, June 17-21. More info: www.rocklinsoccer.org. West Coast Soccer Our programs are designed to bring professional experience and guidance to youth soccer players across Northern California. The WCS coaching staff has created a curriculum to build the necessary foundation for your child to continue to grow in their love for the sport. West Coast Soccer camps, clinics and training programs creates an environment that encourages experimentation and a passion for the game. Info: www. westcoastsoccerclub.com West Contra Costa Youth Soccer League Our program caters to competitive youth players ages 8-9. The main focus of our program is not on winning, but on the development of the total soccer player within the framework of a team. We also offer specialized training for strikers and goalkeepers. At the younger ages a focus on foot skills will be promoted. We desire to promote personal responsibility, fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork. 510-758-5288, http:// wccysl.com. World Cup Soccer Camps With over 20 years of experience, Ruedi Graf runs one of the most respected soccer camps in the Bay Area. World Cup camps and skills clinics are offered to various ability levels on a wide variety of dates and locations. Info: 408-354-4949, www.WorldCupSoccerCamps.com. SWIMMING-DIVING Aquamaids Synchro Camp Learn the basics of synchronized swimming at one or all of our two-week long summer day camps. Skills and confidence will blossom during this program which combines synchronized swimming basics, conditioning, flexibility and performance skills for young people ages 7-11. Participants need to be proficient in swimming 25 yards. Camps available in Los Gatos, Santa Clara, San Jose and Mountain View. Info: www.aquamaids.org; 408-930-4303 Walnut Creek Aquanuts Week in the Creek! Synchronized Swimming Camp, July 26-30, ages 7-18. Email: weekinthecreek@aquanuts.org. Summer Trainee Program 2013 held June 10-Sept. 28 in 5- and 6-week sessions @ Clarke Memorial Swim Center, Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek. Info: 925-934-4792;

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www.aquanuts.org. Camp Menlo Our day camp programs based out of Menlo Park’s Burgess Park Pools and surrounding venues. Camp Menlo offers aquatics instruction, water sports, and dry land activities for a variety of ages. For various camps and dates, visit: www.menloswim.com DACA Summer Swim Camp DeAnza Cupertino Aquatics offers an opportunity for athletes to receive individualized stroke analysis (including turns and racing starts) and cutting edge training from experienced, dedicated coaches in a fun, fast paced camp environment. Open to swimmers of all abilities, ages 6-18. Info: 408-253-7946; www.daca.org Orinda Aquatics Character Camp This camp will be run by Ron and Don Heidary, CoHead Coaches and Co-Founders of Orinda Aquatics and head coaches of Campolindo and Miramonte High School. The camp emphasis will be on leadership, “making a difference,” and becoming a high-character athlete. The camp covers two tracts, one “wet” and one “dry” with four sessions each. This year’s camp is the week of June 17. Info: OAswimcoach@aol.com Sherman Swim School Our year-round schedule allows children and adults to learn, retain and improve their swim skills with little interruption. Lessons are usually offered on M-W-F’s and T-Th’s in sessions of 3-4 weeks. We teach from age 9-months to adults, from non-swimmers to competitive levels. Sherman offers five class types: Our most popular, 15-minute private lessons — especially recommended for ages 9

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months-5 years, those who are afraid of water, or those who cannot swim 5 feet, face down; 30-minute private lessons tailored for students 5 years or older with a good attention span and the ability to swim 5 feet, face down; Infant and toddler private lessons and adults. Our private or semi-private lessons allow you to progress at YOUR pace. We also offer beginning and competitive diving classes. Beginning sessions typically have three students and are 30 minutes long. Classes are taught in three-week sessions. Either on M-W-F or T-Th. With enough practice, you could have a chance to compete on our competitive diving team. Info: 925-283-2100, www.ShermanSwim.com. Splash Swim School At Splash Swim School in Walnut Creek, we believe that learning to swim should promote lifelong skills and be fun! We offer a comprehensive learn-to-swim program in a warm, supportive environment. We specialize in children, ages six months and up. Info: 925-838-7946; www.splashswimschool.com Terrapins Swim Team Camps and clinics open to all ages and ability levels @ Concord Community Pool. Visit our website for fees/ registration info. Info: www.terrapinswim.com TENNIS ClubSport Valley Vista We are very pleased to present our 34th Annual Junior Summer Tennis Camps. Our camps are designed so that we touch on every major aspect of the game of tennis including stroke production, conditioning, strategy, footwork, psychology and most important...FUN! Our

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Things to expect when you begin diving

It may be advantageous to have some background in gymnastics, martial arts or dance, but anybody can join beginning diving classes. Each diver is taught new dives based on their skill level as well as comfort level. Key ingredients which make a successful diver include strength, grace and courage.    › 1. The thrill of jumping and diving into water from heights ranging from 3 feet to 10 feet (and if interested, up to 30 feet once you’re on the diving team.) › 2. Learning how to properly take off a springboard, both forwards and backwards. Part of this is entering the water head first in a ‘hollow’ position (as opposed to an ‘arched’ position), and what you’re supposed to do underwater after each dive. › 3. Using a trampoline to work on fundamental skills that are part of diving, and to prepare you for learning new dives. › 4. Using a ‘Bubbleator’ (or ‘Sparging System’), which provides a huge mound of bubbles in front of the diving board, for learning new dives — just in case you happen to land awkwardly on the surface of the pool.  › 5. Learning to be aware of your body in space (i.e. your proprio-ceptive sense). — Steve Sherman, Sherman Swimming & Diving

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low prices help make summer tennis camp more affordable than ever. Eight sessions will be offered between June 17 and Aug. 16. These camps are geared toward players ages 7–16 from beginner to intermediate levels of ability. Players will be grouped according to level of play and age. Hope to see you at the club! ClubSport is located at 3737 Valley Vista Road in Walnut Creek. ClubSport Valley Vista members receive discounted rates. For additional information and pricing please contact us at 925-934-4050. Go Go Tennis Camps Our Youth Tennis Camp serves ages 7-18 and takes place at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo. Mini Tennis camps offered for ages 4-6. Full- and Half-day options. Info: www. gogo-tennis.com; 650-458-8300. Euro School of Tennis We offer a variety of United States Tennis Association (USTA) approved programs for players of all ages. Our Spring Tennis camps are offered to kids age 6-14 in Fremont, San Mateo and San Jose from April 1-April 19, depending on the site. Info: www.euroschooloftennis.com; (510) 491-3007 Harbor Bay Junior Tennis Camp Harbor Bay Club in Alameda offers its Junior Tennis Camp for boys and girls ages 5-16. We provide a fun and educational camp experience for beginners and experienced tennis players alike. With an emphasis on FUN, HBC’s tennis camps focus on teamwork, games, friendships, strategy, agility, drills, tracking, sportsmanship, competition & stroke technique. Info: HarborBayClub.com; 510-521-5414 Kim Grant Tennis Camps KGTA Summer Camp is a great way for players of all ages and levels to enjoy their summer and improve their tennis game. KGTA summer camp will be offered at the KGTA Facility in midtown Palo Alto, Menlo College in Atherton, and Meadowbrook Tennis Club in Seaside. We offer half-day (AM or PM) and fullday sessions. Info: kimgranttennis.com; 650-752-8061 Sky Hawks Tennis Skyhawks Sports tennis breaks down the fundamental skills of tennis through easily understood and applicable games and exercises that increase the athlete’s abilities. Each athlete will learn proper grips, footwork, strokes, volleys, and serves to help develop the total player and lifelong of the game. Info: www.concordreg.org USTA NorCal We are a not-for-profit volunteer-based organization with approximately 35,000 adult members and 9,000 junior members. USTA Northern California is one of the 17 sections of the USTA, the governing body of tennis in America. Learn more about us and how to join at www.norcal.usta.com. VOLLEYBALL Bay Area Blast Summer Clinics Bay Area Blast VB Club is offering summer skills clinics for players of all ages and skill levels at NorCal Courts in Martinez. We will hold morning clinics for 6th through 8th grade girls and boys or players who are beginner/intermediate level and evening clinics for 9th through 12th grade girls and boys or players who are intermediate/advanced level. Dates/ Info: www.bayareablast.com/summerclinics.html City Beach The City Beach volleyball club is based out of Santa Clara and has achieved a vast amount of national success while sending an array of athletes on to the college level. The club offers summer camps and clinics and 2013 dates will be available at: CityBeach.ClubSpaces.com Diablo Valley Volleyball Club Seven one-week skills clinic sessions are offered from June-

August. Camps differ in age groups served. Each camp has a maximum limit of players allowed. Two sessions take place in Brentwood and the other five are in Walnut Creek. In our individual skills camps we place the athletes into groups arranged by age and skill (sometimes boys/girls are placed together). We want everyone to get the most out of the clinic and do our best to help each player improve and have fun. Skills will include: Serving, defense, forearm and overhead passing, setting, hitting approach, blocking footwork, running plays for offense and lots of fun games & prizes! Info: 925451-6581; www.DiabloVBC.org. Pacific Rim Volleyball Pacific Rim Volleyball strives to provide a comprehensive athletic experience in a positive and fun environment. It is the objective of the Pacific Rim Volleyball Academy (PRVA) to stress preparation, fundamentals and teamwork within the concept of good sportsmanship. The primary emphasis on education, training (Academy), and competition (Club) are the key components

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utilized to achieve our objectives. PRVA is dedicated to providing athletes of all ages with the technical, tactical and physical training to reach their highest potential. PRVA will assist each and every athlete to achieve maximum performance through proper training and nutrition education. As the player progresses through the program, we will provide the path for athletes to test their abilities, in order to reach their highest potential. Through private lessons, and the opportunity for year-round skills classes, athletes of any age or level can learn and improve the skills needed to gain a competitive edge. For those athletes with limited playing experience, we will help develop solid fundamental skills, as well as a passion for the sport. Our advanced training, for junior levels (12th grade & below), will provide athletes the opportunity to excel at becoming elite players in preparation for high school and/or collegiate volleyball. Info: www.pacificrimvolleyball.com. Pat Powers Volleyball Camp Led by Olympic gold medalist Pat Powers. Camp is May 25-26 at Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. More info: www.vbclinis.com. U.S. Youth Volleyball League The United States Youth Volleyball League will be hosting volleyball camps again this summer in several Northern and Southern California locations. The USYVL is the leader in developing and

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maintaining youth volleyball leagues for boys and girls ages 7-15. Its motto, “Volleyball starts here,” clearly represents its commitment to the development of the sport in the U.S. Our camps are typically three days, with each day meeting for three hours. Camps are for beginner, intermediate and advanced players, and players will be grouped accordingly, based on age and playing experience. The camps are coed, but depending on the makeup of the camp, there may be groups that are separated into just boys or girls, still by age and playing experience. We have a player-to-coach ratio of 8:1. Coaches focus on teaching the following skills: spiking, serving, setting, passing, blocking, defense, offense and game strategy. Six-, fourand two-person formats allow kids to play in every position. Registration fee includes a T-shirt, completion certificate, snacks and water. With an emphasis on positive reinforcement, the program seeks to build confidence and selfesteem in each child. Info: 888-9887985, www.USYVL.org. WATER POLO DACA Summer Water Polo Camp DeAnza Cupertino Aquatics provides an opportunity for individualized and group

coaching for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Experienced and dedicated coaches will conduct training sessions in a fun, fast paced camp environment. Open to water polo athletes of all abilities, ages 7-18. Info: 408-253-7946; www.daca.org Concord Water Polo Camp Come to Concord Community Pool this summer and help enhance individual and team skills! Daily activities include drills on passing, shooting, strategies of the game, team concepts, fundamentals, and ball handling. The camp is designed for both boys and girls ages 8-14. Players divided by age group on the first day of camp. Info: www.concordreg.org WRESTLING Community Youth Center The CYC wrestling program offers young athletes the opportunity to participate and excel in one of the world’s oldest sports. The program trains and challenges wrestlers at all age groups from kindergarten through high school, and all experience levels from beginner to champion. The program is nationally recognized under the guidance of coach Mark Halvorson. Info: 925-671-7070, Ext. 229, www. communityyouthcenter.com.

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›› Choosing A volleyball Camp Following are the Top 5 skills players should expect to learn while attending a volleyball camp, according to Shauna Reed of Blaze Volleyball.

› 1. Serving: Becoming an efficient server is critical.

› 2. Passing: This and serving are the two most important skills. › 3. Movement: Footwork, hand-eye coordination and reading the ball are all key. › 4. Attacking: Hitting and spiking, which is the most fun thing to do.

› 5. Chemistry: There has to be team bonding.

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Volleyball camps and clinics are just around the corner and there are many different camps to choose from. It’s a sport that increases in popularity every year and that’s no exception for Northern California. Like most sports in the area, volleyball is yearround. There’s seemingly a tournament or a match every weekend. With high school or summer club seasons, there’s little chance for a significant break, or even an opportunity to hone one’s skills. It’s crucial to find time to get back to basics, which is clearly what camps and clinics are for. Blaze Volleyball, a club based in Clayton, features a variety of camps and clinics for all skill levels. Founded by Berean Christian High boys volleyball coach Shauna Reed, Blaze dedicates camps for players who are about to start for their high school team or are just beginners. For those getting introduced to the sport, it’s wise to start with all-skills camps and clinics, where campers will learn the basics of serving, setting, spiking, passing, spacing and more. Reed teaches her beginners the main fundamentals first. “Passing and serving are the two most important things,” said Reed, “then possibly into setting and hitting. But you can’t do anything unless you can pass or serve.” Mastering the fundamentals and impressing coaches at these camps could land a camper a spot on a premier team the following

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season where all these skills will be put to the test. Reed says these camps can serve as a tryout for athletes aspiring to play more serious competition; she’ll search for those specific players when they’re as young as nine years old. Other camps like Pacific Rim Volleyball Academy offer specialty camps and clinics for hitting, and one for the libero position, the defensive stopper on the court. These can be essential for improving one’s skill set in specific areas. But when it comes to high school athletes, those who are knee-deep in games and tournaments, it becomes crucial they stick to the fundamentals, but camps and clinics remain fun for them. “It has to be more competitive for them,” said Reed, who’s in her fourth year coaching volleyball. “And what I’ve learned to do is make it more competitive with games.” Games like King of the Court can make camps and clinics fly by in a good way, but it also serves as valuable practice time since these athletes are applying the skills they’ve been taught in a game-like situation. The options for volleyball camps and clinics are practically endless. The important thing to determine is what skill set one has and whether they show the drive at getting better. Hopefully, that will help narrow down the selection. ✪

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The Creighton School of Wrestling CSW was established to provide a successful youth wrestling program in the Palo Alto/Mid-Peninsula area that serves youth of all ages. Info: 650-219-6383; www. creightonschoolofwrestling.com MULTI-SPORT Addison-Penzak JCC-Silicon Valley APJCC Summer Camp is a great way for kids to let loose, meet new friends, enjoy new & exciting experiences, swim, go on cool field trips, see amazing shows, and have fun! We offer a variety of camp programs, from traditional day camp to specialty camps. Info: 408-357-7416; www.SiliconValleyJCC.org Auburn Recreation District Variety of camps for all ages: spring break junior tennis, beginner golf, junior golf spring camp, Young Rustler’s Camp (horsemanship), British soccer camp, spring break gymnastics, Discovery Day Camps. More info: www.auburnrec.com Bald Eagle Sports Camps A great blend of non-traditional “ultimate” games along with traditional FUN summer activities, especially the softsword premised series of “Zaber Games” that no other camp in the Bay has. Every activity is inclusive of any level athlete, and our message creates encouragement from coaches and teammates all week long. Even the “non-athletic” or “non-sports” child will feel motivated to play and love our camp, but the highly

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Bob McFarlane of Bald Eagle Camps knows a thing or two about running a good summer camp. Here’s his insider tips: › 1. Quality Programming: Anyone can open a sports camp, but how credible is the person who is designing the program, creating or choosing the games, and training the coaches? What is unique about their camp? The answer should be a benefit to you and your camper, not “all the proceeds go to our Athletic Department." › 2. Coaches and Coach Ratio: Who are the people in charge of your kid all day and how responsible are they? What is the background of the leaders, and what is the training process for all of the coaches/counselors at this camp? Also, how many coaches per camper are guaranteed? › 3. Service: Is it easy to access their resources and can you get in touch with someone? How responsive are they on email and how helpful is their website? What is it like when you get to their camp, do you feel good about leaving your child there, or just ok? What do the other parents say? All of these things are indicators as to the quality of the camp. They don’t magically care more once your child arrives. › 4. Reputation: This can be hard to find, but do your homework. Ask about recent growth. Longevity doesn’t always mean they are a success — parent referrals are what matter. Are they just great at advertising but their turnover is high? Talk to the person in charge, but be prepared for them to have their reasons how their camp is different. Ask for 3 parent numbers to contact as references, then ask the same questions and see if the answers match up. › 5. Extras: It’s all the little things that make a 5-Star experience happen, just compare going to the Ritz or a Motel 6. Camps really aren’t that different. What are the details that happen at one camp that don’t happen at other camps? If you ask this question and all they can say is “they get a T-shirt” then you are likely looking at a poor camp. As an owner, I’d be able to rattle off 15-20 different ways we provide top notch service to our campers and parents. If they can’t tell you what’s special about their camp, you are in the wrong place. › BONUS: Once you’ve tried out a camp, go off of what your child says about it. Give it the whole week as sometimes it takes a bit for the whole experience to unfold. You know your child. At the end of the day the key question remains “do they want to go back?” There are plenty of experiences out there for them to love, you don’t need to spend your money at the “it was ok” camp.

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competitive athlete will also feel challenged. It’s the perfect mix of fun activity, message and culture. Available to ages K-8th Grade. Info: 888-505-2253. Beale Air Force Base Summer sports camps: BealeBall soccer, British Soccer Camp, gymnastics, Quick Star Tennis, Olympic Day, basketball, cheer. More info: 530-634-2142 Bladium Sports With its 120,000 square ft. facility in Alameda, Kids camps are a natural for Bladium. And now with our new outdoor fields, we combine a safe, indoor and outdoor environment with our passion for fun, fitness-oriented activities. There’s a range of camp options to keep your child active, entertained, and learning throughout the year. While our summer camps are wildly popular, Bladium also offers camps during the school year, holidays, and breaks. Whether its Camp Bladium, or one of our specialized Soccer, Baseball, Football, Lil’ Ninjas, or Basketball camps, your child is bound to come home healthy, happy.and ready for rest! Info: 510814-4999; www.bladiumalameda.com Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp This Santa Clara University camp is designed for children with a true interest in a variety of sports and activities. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-12 (was 7-13). Our camp provides the opportunity for campers

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to enjoy a variety of sporting activities and helpsplant the seeds for a healthy future. Six sessions are available for up to 60 campers. Info/Dates: www.scu.edu/recreation Cal Camps Enrollment for Cal Athletic Camps for the summer of 2013 is now open. Camps are offered in a variety of sports for girls and boys ages 5-19, with week-long, half-day, full-day and overnight options. Most camps will take place on campus in Berkeley and are held from June through August. The 2013 Cal Athletics Camps include the following sports: baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls rowing/crew, field hockey, football, boys and girls golf, girls gymnastics, rugby, boys and girls soccer, softball, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls volleyball and girls water polo. For all information, including dates, prices, registration forms and other details, visit CalBears.com/camps. Enrollment is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Champion Summer Camp Designed in the spirit of the Olympic Games, promotes effort and teamwork above winning and losing. It’s an environment where your child (ages 5-12) will feel comfortable, safe, and confident while counting on friendly play, consistent values, and appropriate supervision at all times.Located at Crocker

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Middle School, Hillsborough. Info: wwww. championssummercamp.com; 415-602-0722 City Beach Kids Camp Our Kids’ Camps at the Fremont location is available to ages 6-15 and are chockfull of activities for your child to enjoy. Activities include rock climbing instruction,interactive games, free play at the entertainment hub and courts (based upon availability) and a healthy snack. Let them spend the day at City Beach. Camps are offered in 1-, 3- and 5-day session (w/ full- and half-day options) and run from June 20-Aug.30. Spring camps are also available March 29, April 1-5. Info: CityBeach. com; 510-651-2500 x105. CYO Sports Camps/Leagues CYO summer recreation leagues begin in May. CYO offers coed volleyball, boys and girls basketball & tennis. Camps are also offered in basketball and volleyball. Info: http://athletics.cyo.org. De La Salle Camps De La Salle High School will host athletic summer camps to provide a fun, skillbuilding week for kids. Camps appeal to local youth with a variety of athletic interests. De La Salle will offer the following sessions: Football, Track &

Field, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Quarterback & Wide Receiver, Lineman, Volleyball, Baseball, Soccer, Water Polo and Strength & Conditioning. In addition to serving local athletes, the camps also benefit De La Salle students by contributing to The Bishop John S. Cummins Scholarship Program. Weeklong sessions will run June 8-June 27. Online registration. For more info: summercamps@ dlshs.org; 925-288-8100, Ext. 7090. East Bay Youth Sports Association We are a year-round, full-service youth sports organization dedicated to the growth and development of character, sportsmanship, confidence, teamwork, ability and fun in the youth of the San Francisco East Bay area. Our concern is the “whole” development of the person and building of successful individuals through sports.​While our programs benefit the young athlete, we also offer “family friendly” schedules and a relaxed, enjoyment of sports in a less than competitive atmosphere that offers both the player and their families the best that youth sports participation can offer. Our camps schedule includes Spring Break Camps for ages 5-12 and Summer Camps for ages 5-14. For a full list of camps visit www. eastbaysummercamps.com FCA Relentless Camps The heart of every champion is relentless. The passionate pursuit of greatness propels the athlete to the edge of his or her ability and beyond. Fierce persistence and unyielding determination

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define the great competitors throughout history. They were relentless in conditioning, relentless in practice and relentless in competition. Their never-ceasing commitment to excellence brings out the best in them and those around them. It defines how they become the best that they can be. Camp activities include: Girls Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Girls and Boys Wrestling, Girls Cheer, Boys Football, Coed Surfing, Girls Softball and Boys Baseball, Sprint & Distance and Co-ed Ice Hockey. Camp held at UCLA and other facilities. Info: 1-866-269-2267 FUZE Fit For A Kid! Join us for up to 11 weeks of ultimate summer camp for ages 6-12, focusing on our Intelligent Sports Conditioning curriculum, game play and strategy across multiple sports including soccer, basketball, football, lacrosse and baseball; among others. Plus we have additional fun classes in various sports and disciplines. Spring break camps are also offered for ages 5-16. Info: www.

fuzefit.com/camps.html; 408-3587529. Golden Eagle Summer Sports Camp We provides a wide variety of activities. Swimming, tennis, golf, chess and checkers are just some of the activities your children (ages 5-13) can explore while at camp. Kids are encouraged to participate and have fun while learning the ins and outs of the sports of their choosing. Sites in either Los Altos or Cupertino. Info: www. goldeneaglecamp.org; 650-2989740 Gator Youth Sports Camp The San Francisco State University camp is for boys and girls (ages 7-14). Kids are grouped by age and offered a variety of developmentally appropriate sports and physical activities. The program aims to enhance self-esteem and confidence through physical activity and sports instruction. The program runs six weeks from June 17-July 26. Info: hkin.sfsu.edu/gatorCamp; 415-338-2244 SportForm Based in Concord, SportForm provides Individual and team instruction

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in the sports of baseball, softball and lacrosse. Prepare to Perform! Info: 925-459-2880. Saint Mary’s College Camps Summer will be here before you know it! It is not too early to register for Saint Mary’s College Athletic Summer Camps. SMC Camps. We offer boys and girls overnight, day, team and specialty athletic camps. We have camps available for ages 4-18. Dates are posted and registration is open. Our various camp offerings include: MultiSport — Campers develop skills in badminton, basketball, flag football, handball, paddleball, soccer, softball, street hockey, swimming, tennis, volleyball and more. Individual sport camps — We offer baseball, boys basketball, girls basketball, golf, rugby, lacrosse, boys soccer, girls soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Each clinic features the head coach of the respective Gaels’ program along with a hand-picked staff of trained professionals. Some camps also offer a Spring Break and Christmas Break sessions. Each athlete will

have the opportunity to develop their skills through individual instruction, group instruction and game experience. Click “camps” at www.smcgaels.com for detailed information and to register on line. More info: smccamps@stmarys-ca. edu, 925-631-4386. Sacramento State Offers a variety of camps for varying ages. Please visit www. hornetsports.com/about/youth. asp for details and restrictions on specific camps. Camps offered in football (team camp, June 8-11, June 15-18), soccer (boys, girls), tennis (boys, girls starting in June), basketball (boys, girls), volleyball. Sacramento YMCA Variety of day camps will expose your child to sports, nature exploration, arts & crafts, swimming and more. Weekly field trips offered. More info: www. ymcasuperiorcal.org. Sky Hawks Multi-Sport Our Multi-Sport camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. For this program we combine 2-3 sports into one funfilled week. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials of each sport through skill-based games and scrimmages. Mini-Hawk program is

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available for ages 4-6. Info: www. concordreg.org Silver Creek SportsPlex Located in San Jose, our outstanding summer sports camps offer expert coaching and instruction as well as plenty of fun. Choose soccer, baseball, fastpitch softball, roller hockey or badminton. Campers are grouped by sport each morning and then those who select the full day option come together for a variety of activities for the afternoon. These are weeklong camps to maximize skill development. Info: www.gotoplex. com/camps UC Davis Camps offered in basketball (boys, girls), field hockey, lacrosse, soccer (boys, girls), baseball, volleyball, football, softball, water polo. Ages, dates vary. More info: www. ucdavissportscamps.com Walnut Creek Sports Day Camp We are offering a fully staffed and supervised recreational athletic camp for boys and girls age 9-13. The program consists of eight weeks of sessions with your choice of two different sports for each of the sessions, a ninth week includes bowling. Full- and half-day options available. Info: www.walnutcreekrec. org; (925) 943-5858 ✪

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Packing for college? Don’t forget your golf clubs So you’re not going to qualify for the U.S. Open. It’s a hard truth to swallow for some of the most avid young golfers. However, for those who were hoping for a career in golf, there’s still plenty of opportunity — just maybe not one ending with you walking up the 18th at Augusta National. The opportunity we speak of starts with the California University of Management and Sciences (CalUMS). CalUMS offers those of us who can’t earn our PGA card as a player, to pursue a variety of degrees in a number of different golf-related careers. Among the career paths to pursue: ■ General Manager ■ Director of Golf Operations ■ Event Planner ■ Tournament Director ■ Manufacturer Sales Rep. ■ Club Design and Research ■ Head Golf Professional ■ Owner Also, did we mention the campus is on a golf course? And not just any golf course. The state of the art teaching facility is located on the Robert Trent Jones-designed The Golf Club at Rancho California. The club is in Murietta, located between Los Angeles and San Diego and featuring an average year-round temperature of 75 degrees. It was completed in 1971, and boasts championship tees just under 7,200 yards. It was once the site of Stage 1 of the PGA Nationwide Q-School and has also hosted numerous championship amateur tournaments. Students enjoy golf privileges five days a week and practice facility access six days a week, all of which is included in tuition. The CalUMS Professional Golf Management classrooms are located within walking distance of the golf course and university-approved housing to keep overall costs down. The curriculum is tailored to various student budgets, as it offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Golf Club at Rancho California is one of seven courses in the family of The Golf Clubs of California, Inc., offering our students the possibility of internships and future employment. Employment after graduation rate is 100 percent for the top 10 percent of graduates. Beyond the course and practice facility access, CalUMS instruction includes tour-proven swing instructors, real-time experience running a modern day golf facility, access to both professional and amateur tournaments, and golf swing instruction that includes clinic-planning and video analysis. Think this sounds too good to be true? It’s not. CalUMS is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is approved and recognized by the Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Which loosely translated means CalUMS has made it possible for you to literally golf your way through college! For more information on the university and application information, check out CalUMS full-page ad on page 61. Then go work on your short game. ✪

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› HIT THE BOOKS, ER, FAIRWAY Here’s a look at the current courses offered as part of CalUMs Professional Golf Management program History of Rules of Golf Golf Training Program (golf fitness) Principles of Management Golfer Career Enhancement (teaching philosophy) Club Fitting and Repair Business Law Golf Cart Fleet Management Sports Marketing Advanced Golf Teaching (swing analysis) Psychology of Golf Food/Beverage Management Tournament Planning/Internship Swing Fundamentals Turf Grass Disease Control Art of Game Management Golf Course Design/Development

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All Out Baseball & Softball In Season.........................39 All- Star Academy......................................................56 Antioch’s Great Family Entertainment Centers............62 Army National Guard Recruiter.....................................7 Back Forty B B Q.........................................................18 Bald Eagle Sports Camps............................................58 Baseball Mentoring Program.....................................57 Bay Area Blast Volleyball Club....................................30 Bay Area Festivals Inc.................................................51 Bear Valley Mountain Camps......................................64 Big O Tires Northern California/ Nevada.......................2 Blaze Volleyball..........................................................59 C Y C Soccer................................................................54 Cabernet Indoor Sports..............................................31 Cal Athletic Camps.....................................................34 Cal Stars Boys Basketball............................................58 Cal Stars Girls Basketball............................................59 Cal UMS......................................................................61 Cascade Sports Camp.................................................30 Center For Sports Medicine- Walnut Creek.................24 Championship Athletic Fundraising...........................52 Cheergyms.Com.........................................................48 Children’s Hospital And Research Center.....................26 City Beach Sports Club.................................................4 Club Sport Renaissance..............................................42 Clubsport Valley Vista.................................................16 College Prospects Of America.....................................44 Community Youth Center...........................................54 Core Volleyball Club....................................................56 County Connection.....................................................49 De La Salle High School- Summer Camps...................36 Diablo Rock Gym........................................................62 Diablo Trophies & Awards...........................................62 Dianne Adair Enrichment Programs.............................3 Donovin Darius Next Level Football Combine......... 9, 53 E J Sports Elite Baseball Services................................58 Earthquake Arabians..................................................50 East Bay Bulldogs Basketball......................................58 East Bay Panthers.......................................................56 East Bay Sports Academy...........................................43 East Bay Youth Sports Camps.....................................28 Epic Indoor Skatepark................................................46 Excellence In Sport Performance................................25 Fast Break Basketball Camps......................................59 Fellowship Of Christian Athletes Camps.....................33 Fit 2 The Core..............................................................26 Golden Key Realty & Mortgage Bankers Inc...............53 Halo Headband..........................................................53 Heritage Soccer Club..................................................13 Home Team Sports Photography................................62 Image Imprint............................................................45 Jump Highway.............................................................5 Linemeninc................................................................38 Lpga- Usga Girls Golf Of Walnut Creek........................54 Martinez Youth Basketball Camps..............................57 Mike Allen Sports L L C...............................................37 Mountain Mike’s Pizza................................................17 Muir Orthopedic Specialists........................................23 National Scouting Report...........................................59 Pacific Rim Volleyball Academy..................................40 Passthaball.................................................................53 Pro Hammer Bat.........................................................44 Rocco’s Pizza......................................................... 18, 62 Rockin Jump......................................................... 57, 63 Saint Mary’s Athletic Summer Camps.........................45 Sherman Swim School...............................................46 Sky High Sports..........................................................62 Sport Clips..................................................................15 State Farm Jimmy Harrington Agent..........................32 Stevens Creek Toyota..................................................21 Sutter Delta................................................................25 Tee Off With L P G A Katie!..........................................54 The First Tee Of Contra Costa................................. 47, 53 The Sports Authority..................................................20 Tpc / The Pitching Center............................................38 Tri Valley Orthopedic Specialists Inc............................26 Trucks Training...........................................................23 United States Youth Volleyball League.......................55 Universal Sports Academy..........................................41 Velocity Sports Performance................................ 57, 62 Walnut Creek Soccer Club...........................................35 West Coast Soccer Club...............................................56

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