Mystix Annual Summer Camp

2017 Mystix Summer Camp was another success!  Mystix had about 20 campers in each group.  About 56 campers.
 
The Elite and Goalies were coached by Manny Martinez-USA Olympian and Garrett Best-USA 30 Medal Winner.  Manny and Garrett pushed these girls to the next level of intensity speed, playing with purpose and intent.  All improved and stepped up to their next level.  This group included college bound athletes and varsity high school level athletes.
The Intermediate were coached by Jill VanBodegom-Smith- National Champion DI with Penn State, All American and Top 10 Leading Scorer, Cat Villa - Washington and Jefferson College and Gabby Pacula - Colgate University.  Strategic games skills and movement on and off the ball.  Additional stick work skills were also taught. 
 
The Beginners learned basic skills and the rules of the game from Ashley Johnson - Frostburg University, Alex Godina - Hartwick College, Katy Graham - SDSU & Mystix Graduate and Nikki Olguin - Ohio-Weselyn College.  
 
Coach Lou - PSW National Champion coached in various capacities in each division to help as needed.  
 
Campers received a great draw string bag bag, a reversible jersey, ball and various other gift items.  The gift bags and jerseys were a big hit!
 
Some of the comments from parents were

"This is the most organized camp I have ever seen."  

"We like the 8 payer to 1 coach ratio."  

"Thank you for taking my player aside and helping her individually with her drives.  She was struggling but the one on one for 15 minutes helped."  

"I love the emphasis you place on positive behavior and encouragement between the girls. So important in female sports."

 
We know that all players learned and improved at all levels.  It was great to see them all advance in their knowledge of the game.

Spreading our love for field hockey

February is most notable for the Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. While most of us are eager for days off and honoring those we love, our club is currently igniting passion for the game of field hockey in the new girls who attend our middle school clinics.
Here in sunny San Diego 5/6 th grade is when most girls first try picking up a stick and exploring the game of field hockey. Our middle school clinics attract many different girls who want to give field hockey a try. Whether this is their first attempt at playing a team sport or a seasoned player from another sport looking to explore new options, we strive to instill in the girls attending not just the basics of how to play but the passion for the game we love. We want them to learn not just the skills to play field hockey but make a supportive environment that builds their confidence so they believe they can master anything they set their mind and heart to.
Our older high school girls are not left out of the chance to master new skills this February. Many of our top tier national travel team players volunteer to be assistant coaches at our middle school clinic. It allows them to be peer mentors to the younger players of our club. It also gives them the invaluable experience to learn the game from the view of a coach so when they play at the college level they are a more rounded player then some of their teammates who have never had the experience of coaching. It is well known you are never fully a master of a skill till you can turn around and effectively teach the skill to another person. Every assistant coach will tell you that it is not as easy as it looks and helps them develop not only as a player but as a person since they have to work on communication, patience and positivity to be good with the younger girls.
Maybe our girls can inspire you to look around this February and share your love and passion for something with your community. You will find you get as much out of the experience as the community you are inspiring.