Wednesday, July 19, 2006

NUTC-Session A quick summary

So week 1 is winding down to a close. Time flies when you're having fun. We close tomorrow morning with the tournament final followed by awards then it is check out time.

The counselors did a great job this week. There was a substantial increase in the quality of play over the course of the week and it can be attributed to the fine teaching of the counselors. They also consistently demonstrated best practices during drills. One specific example was Micah and Dylan's team. They were running a standard away cut drill and, at the start, the drill was a bit lazy with lots of turnovers. After Micah and Dylan joined, concentration improved and there were fewer throwaways. Across the board, the counselors put their all into coaching and the campers respond.

The kids ate a lot. There was a 100 kid soccer camp here the week before us, and the kitchen folks told us that our camp (61 kids) ate twice as much as they did. The kids took our warnings about dehydration seriously, but the heat did take its toll in another form: chafing. It got to the point where I had to go buy a case of baby powder.

So the staff has tomorrow afternoon and Friday off. We then reconvene on Saturday for Session B, which is similar in size to this week. Session C is looming with 100 campers.

8 comments:

Seigs said...

George, I too have been battling some bad chafing this summer, mostly due to the lack of AC in my third-floor room and the 3 days of constant sweating at Mars. May I suggest Extra Strength Gold Bond Body Lotion (with Aloe!), available at your local CVS. Much better than your everyday baby powder. I don't leave home without it.

luke said...

leave it to a georgia boy to know about 'gold bond'... a perennial braves radio favorite... especially in the 'golden years' (more like golden shower years, or, gold bond years) of 87-90, when i would listen to them driving back and forth from sewanee.. when the quality of their play truly warranted 'ass lotion' as an advertisement...

general rule of thumb, powder until it's too late, then lube it up... although, the prospect of counselors handing out the bag balm and announcing tonights movie as...

i just can't take this joke any farther... or further? grammarians, strike...

bought gnarls barkley's album, and marvin gaye's greatest hits... (i.e., i'm on a funk kick), good stuff...

gcooke said...

Seigs,

Shmi says she is sorry to hear about the chafing. Thanks for the advice. I couldn't find that fancy stuff out here though and the problem was bad enough that the campers and counselors were grateful.

Luke,

If you are checking out Marvin Gaye, I humbly suggest "What's Going On".

-g

Ryan said...

That's because soccer coaches don't tell kids when/how often to eat and drink as a way of weeding out the weak.

In fact, coming from ultimate camp to the preseason varsity soccer camp was really a contrast in styles - at soccer we didn't bring water with us to the playing fields (left it back at the benches) and got water breaks for about 10 minutes every two hours.

Seigs said...

Luke,

I became a huge Braves fan in those Gold Bond years. I went to my first 4 games in 1990, when they stunk. Rooted them on ever since, even this past June. I don't recall the Gold Bond ads, though, probably because I didn't sweat much at the tender age of 8.

George, Shmi is a two-faced liar. She is not sorry about my rash. She either is laughing at me or thinks I'm disgusting. Probably both.

Ryan said...

Oh, and my water-rationing soccer coach was no dime-a-dozen coach - he coached the US men's national team in the 1970's.

What doesn't kill you will only make you stronger?

tiinabooth said...

All I know is that we did not have to make any your-child-is-in-the-hospital phone calls this past week, one of the least favorite parts of a camp director's job. It is only slightly better than the we-have-lost-your-child variety, which I have only had to do once in the last 5 years. It turned out that the kid was home, because he had called his mom and told her to come get him after the first full day of camp. She drove to camp, packed up his stuff, and took him home without telling anyone. It seems that camp was "too difficult" for him and he decided to leave.

Seamus said...

Luke:
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