There are many things that we at Heart O’ the Hills do in order to continue our education about
being a camp professional. We attend local, state, and national conferences, listening to many speakers and presentations, and watch many webinars right from the comfort of our own desks. We do all of this to make sure we are constantly providing the best experience for our campers and camp families.
One thing that I attended two weeks ago in order to better prepare for our polocrosse classes here at Heart was a clinic put on by a group of Australians and South Africans that were in for a local tournament. A lot of times, international players will travel to the United States to play in tournaments against our world cup team in order to give them harder competition and make them better players.
I learned so much at the clinic that I just can’t wait to share with our campers! We started off doing ground work. We practiced shooting goals and passing and catching the ball and then worked on our reaction skills and hand eye coordination. The next thing that we did on the ground was talk about each of the positions and the strategies that you should use, including how everyone should move and react in the line-up. Once everyone had rotated through all of the ground lessons we mounted up and did some small chukkas to put into practice what we learned.
This summer at camp during our polocrosse lessons, we are going to start with a lot of the ground work that I practiced at this clinic. I really think this will help the girls better their racquet abilities before we ask them to do these skills while riding a horse. It will also help them to understand the responsibilities of each position on the field and have a better strategy when playing the game.
I am just so excited to teach polocrosse this summer and hope we have a lot of campers excited about the sport as well. If you would like to keep up with USA Polocrosse World Cup Team competing at the World Cup in 2015 you can follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UsaPolocrosseTeam?fref=ts.
Love from the “Heart”,