General and Focused Athletic Camps
There are athletic camps that focus on a particular sport, and those that encourage general athleticism and fitness. If your child is already an athlete with plans to play college-level sports, then an athletic camp devoted to their particular sport will probably be more rewarding for them.
If your child is interested in sports, but isn’t already on a team, a general sports camp is a good way to experience several different sports at the same time. This can help them find a sport that they love and want to focus on. Even if they don’t want to focus on one particular sport, they can still enjoy the benefits of getting regular exercise, meeting new people, and developing healthy habits.
Athletic Camps for Serious Athletes
High school athletes who are interested in improving their skills should choose a sports camp that will focus on the aspect of the game they want to develop or improve. Kids interested in pitching, for example, can find a camp devoted to pitching. Quarterbacks can benefit from camps that will help them become better team leaders and smarter players. Point guards can find camps that will focus on passing and dribbling, to hone the skills they’ll need to improve their game.
Focusing intensively on one sport can lead to burnout, though. For high school athletes, sometimes spending time learning a new game and developing a new skill set can make them better all-around athletes and help them to appreciate the game they already focus on. A baseball player may find that basketball camp improves their overall fitness and coordination. A football player may find the mental focus of a solitary game like golf to be refreshing, both in mind and body.
As a parent, one of the most important factors to consider is whether your child will enjoy the camp experience. Forcing your kid to attend a camp for a sport they don’t like won’t necessarily turn them into a fan. Likewise, even a child who loves football may not want to attend a football camp. Make sure your child is fully interested in the sport before you spend the time and money on it.