Athletes of all ages have become more specialized.
The three-sport athlete is a rarity these days as many have put all of their focus on perfecting their skills in one sport.
Make of it what you will, but select sports camps have become more and more popular.
Here is a look at some of the camps being offered this summer.
Golf in Ahwatukee
Mountain Pointe golf programs and the Ahwatukee Golf Properties are hosting a Junior Golf Camp in Ahwatukee this summer. Dates and a location have yet to be set, but it’s expected to be in August.
“It’s a great chance to fine-tune portions of your game under the watchful eyes of instructors,” Mountain Pointe boys coach Tony Ramseyer said. “Sometimes all it takes is a fresh set of eyes (on someone’s swing) to reach the next level.”
For more information, contact Ramseyer at (480) 510-2930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arizona State sports camps
Arizona State is hosting several camps throughout the summer for just about every sport the Sun Devils field.
One of the more popular one is the volley camp put on by the women’s team.
There are Junior Devil camps (fifth through seventh grades) day camps ($315), the Little Devil’s Camp (grades third through fifth for $95) is July 7-9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
There are two different sessions for position specific camps for seventh- through 12th-graders ($140 per session) on July 10 and July 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
There are also two all-skills camp for commuter ($390) and overnight ($450) camp options for the older players during camp July 10-12 and July 14-16.
For more information on all the sports summer camps ASU offers, visit http://www.thesundevils.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30300&ATCLID=208252580.
Suns summer camps
The Phoenix Suns will continue with its annual and popular summer camps.
The Phoenix Suns Basketball Camps offer one-on-one instruction in a safe, positive atmosphere for boys and girls, ages 6-17. It’s the perfect camp experience for every hoop-loving kid from beginners looking to learn about the game to advanced players needing to hone their skills.
Learn all about the “ins” and “outs,” the tips and tricks, and the drills and skills that can help any youngster love this game even more. The camps offer personal attention from experienced coaches under the watchful eye of a certified athletic trainer.
There is a day camp ($350) June 22-26 at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, and an overnight camp ($495) in Prescott at Pine Summit Camp June 29-July 3.
For more information, visit http://www.nba.com/suns/kids/js_camps.html.
The last three Division I state football games have included either Desert Vista (2011) or Mountain Pointe (2012 and 2013) so clearly these programs know the game.
Here is information on their football camps:
• The Dan Hinds All-Star Football Camp will be May 13-15 at Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St.
The camps is for fourth- through seventh-graders. Each session goes from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per participant.
The Desert Vista coaching staff and some former players will be part of the clinic’s staff.
Pre-registration (send checks to 301 E. Glenhaven Drive, Phoenix, AZ 5048) and walk-ups are accepted.
For information, contact Hinds at (480) 706-7900 or at email@example.com.
• Mountain Pointe football coach Norris Vaughan will offer his four-day V Football Camps.
It’s for seventh- and eight-graders April 21-24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $100.
The camp features individual position instruction, physical conditioning, a camp T-shirt and modern facilities, while water and ice will be provided.
Each participant is required to bring football cleats, athletic shoes, athletic shorts, athletic socks, a camp T-shirt and sunscreen.
The registration form can be found at www.mphsfootball.com under info/handouts.
For more information, contact Vaughan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (602) 320-7831.
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