I wanted to tell you guys that John (the lead instructor) at the camp was absolutely fantastic. He was super friendly/warm in greeting the kids and the parents the first day and throughout the camp and he was really professional in the way he ran the camp. But, this is what stood out the most to me. My son was having trouble beating kids in his group in one of the drills one day (he was doing well in the other drills). I could tell he was getting upset by it. John picked up on that too and pulled him aside (another coach was actually running the drill). He worked on a few things with him and built his confidence back up. Then he sent my son back out into the group and encouraged him on each turn he took in the drill. My son started winning the battles in that drill and you could see his confidence building back up. We’ll be back next year for a lot of reasons, but John’s attention to my son in that moment won me over completely.
As for the camp as a whole, it was just what I was hoping for when I learned about the camp earlier this year. I loved the contact involved in all of the drills and my son loved it too. As a mite (moving up to squirts), it was exactly what he needed as he is working to become a more physical player.
The coaches were all great with the kids. The drills were fantastic – I loved the constant contact in each one. (I was there for every minute of the camp…we live in NYC and the camp was in Long Island, so I took the week off to get my kid out there. Any chance you can run a camp in NYC next year?)
At any rate, I’ll never forget what John did for my son.