Football Officiating Camp

How to Choose a Football Officiating Camp

Camps and clinics are a critical component of the overall development of your advancement and officiating career. There are many camps from which to chose over the United States. These training opportunities allow you to received instruction from some of the world’s greatest football officials. They also allow you to network and build relationships with those same officials. Some are expensive, some take several days to complete. Some are better, some are worse. So how do you find the right camp?

First you need to do some research in order to make a good decision about what camp fits your goals and developmental needs. Determine how much time and money you have available to devote to the camp environment. What are your immediate officiating goals? There are basically two kinds of camps: teaching camps and exposure camps. Both are valuable and have their place, but you need to understand the difference so your experience is both rewarding and beneficial.

The off-season is devoted to development of your officiating skills. Early on in your career, your first consideration will be instruction in fundamentals. Finding a camp that teaches the essentials is paramount. In exposure or “try-out” camps, there are opportunities to meet conference supervisors and other key decision-makers but less focus on the basics. The expectation is that you have a solid foundation of the essentials and are ready to take your skills to the next level. There will certainly be teaching but it tends to be more focused on the details of this craft.

There are often multiple talent scouts at the exposure camps and they serve as a great vehicle to showcase your officiating skills in your attempts to climb the ladder. They are definitely a valuable component of every aspiring official’s career but your number one priority is to address the developmental needs you had at the end of the previous season. Get your game ready for that next level and there will be a proper time and place for the exposure camp in your future.

I won’t attempt to recommend one camp over another. Rather, I’ll give you a checklist on how to choose a camp. If you will follow this simple method, you can use it to choose a camp or clinic for years to come.

In addition to the two previously discussed camp types, I want to point out two additional classifications: Classroom and Field Instruction. Due to the limited availability of spring football, some camps are conducted in a classroom-only mode. Others guarantee live snaps on the field at colleges and universities when teams are conducting spring scrimmages. Both can be valuable learning experiences and I wanted to point out this difference as we discuss our checklist.

* Who are the instructors?

The quality of the camp is directly proportional to the staff. You want to be taught by successful officials and from officials that have achieved those levels to which you aspire.

* Instructor to Student Ratio?

Just like in a normal class room, this ratio can have an impact on your ability to receive feedback and individualized attention. Ask about the number of clinicians and the expected number of trainees. Live play camps will typically limit the number of students in order to maximize the number of snaps and tailor the personal instruction to the student.

There is no right number, but realize your experience in a class of 50 students with one Big Ten umpire talking about chop blocks will be much different than having an NFL line judge standing behind you on the line of scrimmage discussing pre-snap duties.

* College or high school mechanics?

There are camps that focus strictly on each and with that comes a different level of instruction regarding each levels rules and mechanics. Understand where you are in your officiating career and what your immediate goals are so that you chose the camp format that is appropriate for your needs.

There are fewer opportunities for live play at the high school level due to the restrictions placed on high school student-athletes. College camps often coincide with spring training and offer the ability to officiate college level play. Fundamentals are taught at both levels and it should be easy for you to choose a camp that fits your needs.

* Is there video review?

There are many good camps with veteran instructors. But you may never see yourself on video. Ask about the availability of video review. Coordinating video during a camp experience is a monumental task and many camps do not offer this tool. But I believe it’s a necessary part of the optimal camp experience. Not only from your development watching your own video, but working with those NCAA and NFL officials on how to break down your film will accelerate your advancement and learning for years to come.

* Is there classroom instruction?

Some camp formats only offer classroom instruction and this type of camp is perfect for the less experienced official. Often the Field Traini

Camping For Beginners

Camping For Beginners – The Complete Checklist

Camping is a fun recreational activity that allows you to enjoy the outdoors, usually amidst all that Mother Nature has to offer. People go camping in a forest, national park, in the woods, near a river or lake, and can stay there for one or more nights. There are private campgrounds as well that are privately owned by people who encourage campers to come and enjoy the nature with them. Camping trips can be fun when organized properly.

There are many questions that you might want to ask as a new camper. Following is a list of common questions that every beginner for camping will ask. I’ll recommend not to take up camping, until you get all your questions answered and understand the requirements what all is expected.

Where Do I Camp?

There are two types of campgrounds, public and private. Public campgrounds offer a variety of places to choose from like national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management Areas, and State parks. Each one of these, in turn, have many campsites to choose from. All of them, more or less, offer the same amenities like restrooms, hot water for showers, and shopping areas; which are very helpful for beginners. You can get a list of the different campgrounds online and it is always better to book a place for camp beforehand. It is not very costly to camp at such sites. They may charge anywhere between $10 to $25 dollars per night. Private campsites may or may not offer the amenities and they can also charge more. In addition, they may allow only a certain number of camper’s on their grounds.

Another alternative is to pitch a tent and camp on a hillside or in the wilderness. However, you should take care to find out if it is allowed in your selected area. In such a case, remember that there are no amenities like a laundry, toilets, or a camp store nearby. You will need to carry all of the basic necessities with you when you go camping. If your family is not comfortable being outside in a tent, you can always rent or buy a camping trailer and a nice time camping in the wild.

What Camping Equipment Do I Carry?

The answer to this question will depend on where you camp. If you camp in wilderness, you will need to carry a tent, a cooler for your camping food and drinks, sleeping bags and pads, cooking supplies like charcoal and spatula, kettle, cups, plates, spoons and a pot or two. You can buy all the camping gear in sports store or at Walmart. Don’t buy expensive equipment as you are not yet experienced in taking care of them.

If you camp at public campgrounds, there is a good chance that you will get a grill or a barbecue and all the cooking ingredients from the camp store. Aside from that, you will have to carry the other necessities like clothes, tents, sleeping bags, from home with you.

What Clothes Do I Carry While Camping?

Make sure that you wear full sleeves while camping. It is important to carry some sweaters with you so that you are protected in case it becomes cold at night in the woods. It is better to take some extra change of clothes with you. Rain gear is also important, so be sure to bring a poncho and an umbrella. You will also want to have plenty of extra socks; in case the ones you are wearing get wet.

How To Set Up A camp?

While setting up your camp, you will have to consider a lot of things. Pitching tents at an elevated spot is essential, but make sure that you don’t select a spot on a slope. It would be best to choose a spot close to a water source like a spring to avoid wasting time in getting water. While looking for the above two conditions when setting up your tent, also look for a shade to shelter you throughout the day. See to it that you have an adequate area to cook your food.

Beginner or otherwise, you must carry the following items with you while going on a camping trip. Make sure that your camping trip checklist has all the following items.

Enamel or heat-resistant plates and cups that can be used to heat food and water.
Food for breakfast, lunch and dinner to last as long as your trip. Also carry extra food like snack bars for safety sake.
First aid kit with all the necessary medication and bandages.
Tent for you to stay into.
Sleeping bags to sleep and rest in. Go with a sleeping bag that has plenty of padding.
Flashlight is a must. Carry it always.
Camp stove to cook your food on and to heat up the water.
Matchbox for lighting the stove as well as for the campfire.
Water needs to be plentifully, so that you do not face a shortage while camping.
Sweater and some rain gear for extra protection.
Machete to assist you to chop off the shrubs while going towards your campsite or for a walk.
Swiss knife is always useful.
Good hiking shoes should never be forgotten and you are going to be walking on uneven ground with lots of vegetation and small animal’s around you.
Biodegradable soap should be preferred over the other soaps as it is m

Family Vacation

Why My Family Vacation is Camping

Are you and your family are interested in taking a family vacation soon? If so, have you already decided what you would like to do or where would you go? If you have yet to decide what you would like your family holiday with, you may want to take the time to consider camping. Camping is a fun way to spend your next family vacation.

While it is nice to hear that the camp is a fun way to spend your next family vacation, you may wonder exactly why. What you need to know that camping is often referred to as one of America’s favorite pastimes. There are a number of different reasons for this, and the reasons why camping is perfect for family trips and family vacations. Some of the many reasons why you should at least consider camping for your next family vacation are outlined below.

One of the many reasons why camping is perfect for family vacations is because camping is an activity that is ideal for people of all different ages. For example, there are many parents who actually take their newborns to camp with them. It is more than possible for you to go camping with their children, even younger children, as long as you make sure you keep an eye on their children at all times.

Another of the many reasons why camping makes for great family vacations/holidays is because camping comes in a number of different formats. For example, camping vacation/holidays can be as short as one day or may last a week or more. This means you can plan your next family camping vacation/holidays around you and your family. In addition to the length of your camping adventure, you will also find that you can camp a number of different ways. For example, camping is often in traditional stores or motorhome camping. When deciding how you and your family likes camping, you might want to think about what would be the best or easiest for you and your family.

The activities you and your family will have access to another of the many reasons why camping is perfect for family vacations/holidays. Although camping is considered a fun activity in itself, you find it is not the only activity that you and your family can participate in. In the United States, a large number of camping parks have pools at the swimming spot, lakes the site-site play areas, and hiking trails on site. What does this mean for you? This means that in addition to camping, you and your family can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and more!

The cost of camping is one of many reasons why marks for family camping vacations/holidays. Although it is likely to be charged an admission fee or camping fee for camping in a public park camping, you may find the cost very affordable. The supplies and camping equipment you need is also very affordable, since most of the supplies can be purchased for discount prices, both online and offline.

As mentioned above, camping is ideal for family vacation/holidays, since it is a fun activity that is ideal for almost anyone, regardless of age. As fun and exciting as camping, it is important that you remember to keep an eye on their children at all times, especially the smaller ones. Although camping can be fun and exciting, it can also be dangerous.

Packing Tips

Packing Tips For Summer Youth Camps

Summer youth camp is an exciting time for both teens and parents. But along with the excitement there may be some anxiety and fear as well. It is much easier for parents to send a teen off to youth camp that has had the camp experience before. But it may create a lot of fear and anxiety for a younger teen that has never been away from home and has never been apart from his or her parents for so many days. Of course there will also be other teens who can’t wait for the chance to get away from home for a few days. And most parents can appreciate a little break away from the teens for a few days. Even so, a little concern and anxiety on the part of parents is also to be expected. Parents must keep in mind that a well-planned youth camp has great staff and leaders to take care of your youth during their stay.

Packing List for Summer Youth Camp

One of the first things you need to do is time to start making a packing list for the camp. It is important to know what can be taken and what must be left behind. Most camps will provide you a list of items that need to be packed. Some camps require certain clothing and some special equipment. They also may prohibit certain items. When packing for camp, these lists are a great place to start. Another good resource to discover what to pack is to talk to the camp staff. The camp staff will be familiar with the weather, the terrain or requirements for any outdoor camp activities, and they can also offer tips that will make the summer youth camp experience much more enjoyable. If you know parents who have sent their teen to the camp before, they can also be a great resource for packing tips. The key is to find out as much information as you can, then prepare your own packing list.

Summer Youth Camp Recreation Activities

Many summer youth camps offer a variety of recreational activities in addition to the standard camp program. Homesickness is a part of the “first time away from home” camp, but the more activities that suit the desires of your teen, the better. Look through the recreation options with your teen and discuss them. Let the youth negotiate which activities they wish to participate in. Some activities may require special permission from parents. If, for some reason, any activity is off-limits to your youth you will need to make that clear to the camp staff and put it in writing. Some recreational activities may also require youth to pack special equipment or clothing. Most camp registration forms will have a section of the form for parents to complete regarding the recreational activities and permission for the youth to participate in them.

Health Concerns and Safety

If your teen has any health concerns such as allergies, asthma, etc. be sure that the youth camp staff is aware of these. Again, most summer youth camp registration forms will have a section for you to provide this information. Also be sure that any medications your youth needs are sent to the camp along with them. You may be able to pack them in their bag, but some camps will not allow a teen to keep their medications in and around the bunk. If possible, place the medications in the original containers, then pack them all together in a clear plastic bag that is properly labeled. This would not apply to emergency inhalers, but it is something to clear up with the camp staff before your teen leaves for summer youth camp.

Clothing

Don’t wait until the week before the your teen is leaving for summer youth camp to start planning your packing. It is also vital to include your teen in the packing process in order for them to be familiar with what they are taking. Some clothing may need to be bought in advance. It’s also a good idea to label the clothing discretely inside on the tags with your teen’s name or at least their initials. Labeling should extend to everything the youth is packing. Clothing, bathing suits, towels, cameras and anything else that is going into that bag, plus the bag itself. If the summer youth camp has sports activities, field trips or religious services, you will need to also pack the clothing for these functions. There may also be special guidelines such as a one-piece swimsuit for girls, no speedos for the boys, etc. I remember one youth pastor telling the youth to place their swimsuit on the stove-top burner and if it doesn’t cover it completely, just turn on the burner and go buy something more modest. If the summer youth camp offers crafting opportunities, you may want to send along some clothes that are not new. Painting and crafts can be messy and are not the easiest thing to remove from clothes. Also, don’t forget rain gear. Summer youth camps don’t curtail every activity just because it may be raining.

Packing

A large duffel bag may be the best way to pack everything inside for the camp. Many of them now come with wheels and are easier to transport and to store once they are empty. The age of your teen needs to be taken into con

Traditional Summer Camps

Traditional Summer Camps – Frequently Asked Questions, Answered

What are the benefits of sending a child to a traditional summer camp? Should you select a summer day camp or an overnight summer camp?

Positive summer day camp or overnight summer camp experiences can be of tremendous benefit to your child’s development. While at a traditional summer camp, either a summer day camp or overnight summer camp, children learn about themselves, learn to be more independent, are expected to live up to expectations and help out younger campers.

A good traditional summer camp program can help increase a child’s self-esteem, teach them respect for others, enable them to learn self-respect and also learn tolerance of others. Living in a group situation, as in an overnight summer camp, campers learn to accept differences such as race, religious beliefs and cultural differences. Both types of traditional summer camps offer benefits that will help your children grow and mature and broaden their horizons.

When you receive a traditional summer camp’s brochure, you will invariably have questions for the camp director about the camp philosophy as well as that of the director. From that first phone call and/or visit to the web site, you begin developing an impression of what a particular traditional summer camp is like and how it’s run.

A traditional summer camp may be described in nothing less than glowing terms in its brochures. The setting can be absolutely breathtaking. Activities offered by the camp may run the gamut from racquetball to modern dance. In the end, however, it’s the human equation of how those activities are operated and conducted that determines the quality of the summer day camp or overnight summer camp program. Remember the marketing materials for traditional summer camps are designed to make you want to send your child there!

Get to know the camp director as a person through telephone conversations, correspondence and if possible, a personal visit. Have the director describe the camp’s philosophy and how it is carried out by the staff. Find out if you have the option of sending your child for summer day camp or overnight summer camp. Ask how many years the director has been at that camp and also find out the total number of years he or she has worked as a traditional summer camp director.

How Much Is It Going To Cost?

One of the biggest questions facing parents when they consider sending a child to a traditional summer camp is the cost. The cost of a traditional summer camp, whether a summer day camp or overnight summer camp, can be substantial especially if there is more than camp-age child. American Camping Association accredited overnight summer camps and summer day camps offer price ranges to fit every budget. While not always the case, if a non-traditional summer camp is designed for a very specialized group of campers, it may be more expensive than traditional summer camps, which are also often called adventure camps.

The cost of a traditional summer camp per week will probably also figure into how many weeks of summer day camp or overnight summer camp your child(ren) will attend. The American Camping Association reports the among its accredited camps, both summer day camps and overnight summer camps, the prices for a week of summer day camp or overnight summer camp ranges from $75 per week to $650 per week.

There are some ways to save money, even if it is not obvious from reading the camp brochure or visiting the camp’s website.

The first question you should ask is whether or not financial assistance is available to help subsidize the tuition costs. It’s not uncommon for all kinds of summer day camps and overnight summer camps to set aside a certain number of spots for families who might not otherwise be able to afford to send their child to traditional summer camp. If they don’t offer to subsidize the full cost of the camp session, they may pay part of it.

Although scholarships for traditional summer camp programs are usually available on the basis of need, there may be extra unclaimed subsidized spots which the camp will allow your child to fill. You won’t know, though, unless you ask. If you are hoping to receive a scholarship or other type of financial assistance, it’s a good idea to apply early before all the slots are taken.

Another way to save on the cost of traditional summer camp is to find out if special discounts are available. Often summer day camps or overnight summer camps will offer a discounted tuition price for early registration, for siblings attending the same camp, or for signing your child up for a particular session of the summer camp program. Again, if you don’t ask, you won’t know what your options are.

What is included in the tuition cost?

Typically, transportation is included as part of the cost for summer day camps. Resident or overnight summer camps may offer transportation from a central location or may require the campers to be delivered to the campground