May 2012

Summer "Camp"ing

                                            

Summertime is when many girls and boys attend camps.  All kinds of camps.  There are computer camps, video game camps, drama camps, band camps and many varied sports camps.  We want to remind everyone that the CYC has a page for Sports Camps and Clinics, http://www.cycstl.net/sports/camps-and-clinics , which is a great place to locate baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and volleyball camps.

With the increased interest in CYC Lacrosse, there have been a number of inquiries into Lacrosse camps in the summer.  At this time we do not have a Lacrosse section on our Camps and Clinics page.  So while our IT department works to make that addition, we thought we would list Lacrosse camps here with their links so you can find one that might work for you.

Cor Jesu High School - Girls Lacrosse Camp - https://www.corjesu.org/camps

Ursuline High School - Girls Lacrosse Camp - http://www.ursulinestl.org/class_files/28/3177/23989.pdf

Lightning Girls Lacrosse Camp - http://www.lightninglax.com

Lindenwood University Girls Lacrosse Camp -  http://www.lindenwoodlions.com/documents/2012/1/31/2012_Lindenwood_Women_s_Lacrosse_Summer_Camp.pdf

Missouri Baptist University Girls Lacrosse Camp - click here

Samurai Girls and Boys Lacrosse Camp - http://www.eteamz.com/stlsamurais/news/index.cfm?cat=398755

SLUH Jesuit Boys Lacrosse Camp - http://sluhlax.teammania.net

Happy Camping one and all!

St Louis University High Summer Baseball Camp

Date: 
06/04/2012 - 07/12/2012
Sport: 
Baseball

Location

Heine Meine and Sheridan Stadium at SLUH campus
4960 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110
Grade and Gender: 
5yr olds up through high school
Entry Fee: 
varies depending on which camp
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Steve Nicollerat at 314 531-033 ext 2133

Steve Nicollerat has been coaching baseball for 33 years, and loves teaching all ages about the game of baseball.  His passion for the sport comes through in his teaching.  He is an outstanding coach who can teach the basics to beginners and the finer points of the game to the experienced players.

Click here for more information and a registration form.

St. Louis Volleyball Camps

Date: 
07/09/2012 - 07/18/2012
Sport: 
Volleyball

Location

Chaifetz Arena Pavilion and Simon Recreation Center on SLU’s main campus.
Grand and Laclede
St. Louis, MO 63122
Grade and Gender: 
Girls and Boys entering grades 4 through 12
Entry Fee: 
Varies based on camp you choose
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Kent Miller at Email: info@saintlouisvolleyballcamp.com or call 314-394-1110

Camp Director and Saint Louis University Head Coach Kent Miller is the only coach in the region with an Olympic medal to his credit (as an assistant coach of the 1992 US Women's Olympic Team). As such, he offers unparalleled expertise in teaching both the fundamentals and the more technical aspects of the game.
 

Says Miller of the philosophy of his camps, "Our camps are unique in that they provide the beginning player with a sound foundation and yet they also challenge the higher level players helping them improve with advanced technical and tactical training. The key to success in volleyball at any level – including Olympic, professional and collegiate – is sound technique. Clearly, this also applies to the high school, club AND beginning player. With the Olympic team, we spent significant portions of practice training the fundamentals. I do the same with my Saint Louis University team. So it makes sense that in our camps, we use this same approach, developing the fundamental skills and advancing to team play in a fun-filled environment. We work really hard to ensure that each player is challenged at the appropriate level to allow them to improve as much as possible."

For more information and on-line registration go to http://www.saintlouisvolleyballcamp.com/

Angel Volleyball Tournament at St. Joseph's Academy

Date: 
08/18/2012 - 08/26/2012
Sport: 
Volleyball

Location

St. Joseph's Academy
Grade and Gender: 
5th - 7th Grade Girls
Entry Fee: 
$125 per team
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Karen Davis at (314) 965-7205 x211 or kdavis@stjosephacademy.org

For more information:

DeBeer and Gait Lacrosse make a Generous donation to CYC Lacrosse

Saturday morning, May 19th, all the CYC Girls Lacrosse teams got together between their games at the Meyer Youth Center, to say thank you to DeBeer and Gait Lacrosse.  These two companies that manufacture and sell lacrosse equipment donated enough girls sticks and shin guards for every girl in the program.  Their generous donations will also provide equipment to new players and teams that wish to enter the program next spring.  The CYC Girls Lacrosse program has grown from 50 girls in 2009 to 133 girls this past season.  We expect the program to continue to grow, and this donation makes that growth even more probable.

The CYC would like to thank Justin Cutter, DeBeer and Gait representative, and all the folks at those companies who made this donation possible.  So when you see a grade school girl with a pink or powder blue stick, you can say to yourself, "I'll bet that is one of those sticks they donated to the CYC," and you will probably be right.

Random Acts of Sportsmanship Abound

 

Chris Merris, Big Sol and Alex Hollemeyer               Antjuan Potts, Big Sol and William Bagan

Once again we would like to thank Big Sol, Solomon Alexander and his Sportsmanship Brigade for frequenting CYC fields and spotting sportsmanship in action.  Sol rewards his recipients and we would like to include them in our Random Acts of Sportsmanship award too.  Here are the write-ups from the Sol's Sportsmanship Blog, http://stlsportsmanship.blogspot.com/ :

On May 4th, St. Dominic Savio and St. Francis of Assisi went head-to head in a 5th grade baseball matchup. Kids on both squads are fundamentally sound. Fielding, hitting and base running were very good. Head coaches Chris Merris (St. Dominic) and Alex Hollemeyer (St. Francis) encouraged the kids consistently. They corrected mistakes without demeaning the kids and used nearly every play as an opportunity to teach just a little more about the game. The kids' attitudes were great as well. Their behavior showed that you can play against the other team without being against the other team.

Saturday, May 5th, the Brigade visited a 3rd grade baseball game between St.Sabina and St. Ferdinand. Both teams played good games, but the young umpires caught the Brigade's attention. Antjuan Potts served as the home plate umpire and William Bagan patrolled the infield. Through seven innings of youth baseball in sweltering St. Louis heat, no one argued a call. No one had a terse word about balls and strikes - nothing. The game ran like a well-oiled machine and Potts and Bagan had a firm handle on the controls. These Hazelwood West freshmen showed tremendous competence and confidence. This caused the Brigade to ratify an instant policy change. Usually, only players, coaches and fans are recognized. This was done so it doesn't appear the group is trying to sway the officials. However, these young men put on an umpiring clinic and the Brigade had no choice but to recognize them.

 

   Connor, Devon and Logan of SMMA          Ava Gaynor and Kaylynn Jones w/ Holy Spirit team                   

Wednesday night, May 10th, saw the Brigade venture to South St. Louis County for a 3rd grade baseball game between St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and St. Joseph - Imperial. The coaches for both squads showed tremendous patience and a willingness to teach the game. They could be seen correcting pitching form or giving pointers on defensive strategy. Youth sports are about fun and it was clear by the laughter on each bench that the score was being kept for administrative purposes only. Just as the Brigade prepared to recognize the head coaches, something amazing happened.

The St. Margaret Mary field has a unique design. Concessions are served underneath a canopy-style structure with very nice benches for fans to sit. It's positioned between the two baseball diamonds and spectators can usually enjoy two games simultaneously. On one side, the St. Margaret Mary boys were playing baseball while the St. Margaret Mary girls played softball on the other. Back to that amazing thing - the ping of an aluminum bat could be heard in the distance and several parents erupted in loud cheers and hand-clapping. Three boys hopped up from the St. Margaret Mary baseball bench to run over and cheer for the girls who were in the midst of a big inning.

When the baseball coach noticed half his bench had left, he smiled briefly but still reminded them, "Boys, we're still playing." That was a display of sportsmanship not often seen from boys. They stopped what they were doing to cheer on the girls. The Brigade changed its call and saw fit to recognize Connor, Devin and Logan of St. Margaret Mary. As a bonus, we called out the boys by number before we learned their names. None of the kids knew their jersey numbers. Each kid had a teammate look on his back to see who we were talking about. This is what youth sports are all about - kids having fun and playing more for the name on the front than the number on the back.

The Brigade paid a Friday night visit to Holy Spirit where the home team took on St. Elizabeth/St. Roberts in a 3rd grade girls softball game. Whether it's softball or baseball, one of the hardest things for kids to do is find the plate when pitching. Walks come in bunches and frustration often sets in on the young athlete. Ava Gaynor and Kaylynn Jones of Holy Spirit didn't allow this to happen on their team. Kalynn would not let her teammate get down on herself after a series of walks. She could be heard cheering, "Let's go!" and "You can do it!" from the bench.  After the inning, the same teammate came back to the bench in tears. That's when Ava stepped in. She slid down to the end of the bench where the young lady was sitting and put her arm around her. Ava whispered words of encouragement and never left her teammate's side. The Brigade recognized Ava and Kaylynn for their tag-team acts of sportsmanship. Saturday's visit was little more than a stone's throw from Holy Spirit when the Brigade descended upon nearby St. Richard for a 2nd grade baseball game between the home squad and St. John Bosco. Sometimes it takes an entire game to see character stand-outs - not so much in this contest.

 
Sherry Gusman, Ty Williams, Sol and Amari Twyman                                                                                   Ty Williams of St. John Bosco and Amari Twyman of St. Richard set themselves apart early on. Amari is St. Richard's universal soldier. While all the players on the youth level switch defensive positions from inning to inning, Amari did it without complaint. He followed his coach's instructions to the letter. Amari encouraged his teammates on the field and was the unquestioned leader when it came to hustle and effort. Ty is an entirely different character, though. During one inning, his coach told him to play shortstop. He sprinted onto the field and yelled, "I've been training to play shortstop my whole life! I love this!" It's funny what 8-year-olds say. His uniform looks much dirtier than Amari's - not because he necessarily played harder - but because he played...harder.

He slid into every base no matter what. Ty slid on slow grounders, doubles down the line and triples in the corner. None of that made him dirty enough, though. He even rubbed dirt on his pant legs before pitches while playing defense. Ty played with the type of reckless abandon we all remember as kids. He was having a blast and encouraged the kids on both teams to have the same kind of fun. Ty and Amari were easy award selections for the Sportsmanship Brigade.

On Saturday, May 12th, as Jacob Benshoff, a 10 year old runner for St. Joan of Arc, was in the middle of the 200 meter race at Bishop DuBourg High School in the CYC Track Meet when he noticed a runner in an adjacent lane had fallen and was not getting up.  Most kids would have jumped over him and kept going, but not Jacob.  He stopped to help this runner from another team.  He wanted to be sure he was alright.  By stopping he lost any chance of finishing at the top of his heat.  What a wonderful display of sportsmanship and compassion.  He may not have won the race, but he is at the top of the heap when it comes to sportsmanship.  Congratulations Jacob.

 

Kirk Day and Incarnate Word coaches, players and Brigade    Sean Simmons amid Brigade 

Most Friday nights and most Saturdays this spring and summer, you'll catch the Sportsmanship Brigade at a ball field near you. Friday night's tilt was a return engagement to Incarnate Word for a 3rd grade baseball game between the home squad and Kirk Day School. It was a tremendous evening of sportsmanship - so much so that we almost ran out of prizes. We recognized the umpires for their control of the game and the respectful attitudes they displayed toward both teams.

Two Kirk Day players were rewarded for the encouragement they showed toward teammates and opponents throughout the seven inning game. The Incarnate Word player was recognized for encouraging his pitcher when he was struggling as well as cheering for other teammates as they came up to bat. I almost forgot, Kirk Day's coach was rewarded for his outstanding leadership and encouragement of the entire team. He showed the same enthusiasm for the kids whether they hit a double down the line or struck out. This game gave the Brigade a lot to chew on, but we like being busy.

Saturday took us to nearby St. Charles County for a 7th grade baseball game between St. Elizabeth/St. Roberts (SESR) and St. Joseph. One young man from SESR stood out immediately and prominently to the Brigade. Sean Simmons played catcher the entire game. Catcher may be the toughest position to play in baseball. They have to put on almost a suit of armor to even play the position. They get hit in the face by foul tips. Sometimes, the batter overswings and they get hit with bats. Catchers chase balls in the dirt and are responsible for pop-ups behind the plate. All this, and they still have to keep an eye on the guy at first in case he tries to rip-off a base.

So, you may not expect to find a catcher with a stellar attitude. Well, kids often exceed our expectations. Sean is a very good catcher and an even better teammate. He tried his best to settle every pitcher down and motivate them to do their best. When Sean made one or two errant throws, he took responsibility and helped his team maintain its composure. Sean Simmons' play and attitude may be the best kept secret in St. Charles County....well maybe not anymore.

That's a lot of sportsmanship, which is great to see and hear about.  However, we can never have enough.  So if you spot a Random Act of Sportsmanship don't hesitate to let us know.  You can e-mail us at buzzswanston@archstl.org .  Remember it can be a player, coach, official or even fans.  LET US KNOW!
                         

 

  

Grace Saints 2012 Boys Basketball Camp

Date: 
06/05/2012 - 06/07/2012
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

Grace Church Gym
2695 Creve Coeur Mill Rd.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Grade and Gender: 
4th - 8th Grade Boys
Entry Fee: 
$45 per child
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Barb Brooks at 314-267-7953 or brooksbarb@yahoo.com

For more information:

Grace Saints 2012 Girls Basketball Camp

Date: 
05/29/2012 - 05/31/2012
Sport: 
Basketball

Location

Grace Church Gym
2695 Creve Coeur Mill Rd.
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Grade and Gender: 
4th - 8th Grade Girls
Entry Fee: 
$45 per child
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Barb Brooks at 314-267-7953 or brooksbarb@yahoo.com

For more information:

2012 St. Paul - Fenton Soccer Tournament

Date: 
08/10/2012 - 08/19/2012
Sport: 
Soccer

Location

Fenton City Park/Henderson Fields
Grade and Gender: 
1st - 8th Grade Boys and Girls
Entry Fee: 
1st - 2nd: $150, 3rd - 8th: $175
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Corey Boyer at 636-305-1060

For more information:

No Limits VB Camp at St. Gerard

Date: 
08/06/2012 - 08/09/2012
Sport: 
Volleyball

Location

St Gerard Majella
1969 Dougherty Ferry Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Grade and Gender: 
Girls and Boys going into 3rd thru 8th grades
Entry Fee: 
$80
Tournament Full: 
No
Contact: 
Genie Swanston at sixswans@sbcglobal.net or 314 849-6491

This is the 23rd year for No Limits VB Camps. Camps are offered during the day or in the evening at 9 locations around the St. Louis area from July 9th through August 9th. We believe they are the best VB camps for grade school kids in St. Louis because we have an excellent staff of coaches. We have a 1 to 6 ratio of coaches to players in our camps. This is the camp that puts the FUN in FUNdamentals! They are ideal for all CYC players looking forward to the CYC season.

For more information and a registration form, CLICK HERE.