Category: Philosophy

Why We Work in The Summer Camp Business

Natalie Montague of Nike Sports Camps and US Sports Camps

Today Stephen McCarthy is joined by Natalie Montague of Nike Sports Camps and US Sports Camps to talk about why we work in the summer camp business and the role US Sports Camps plays every summer in young athletes lives.

Areas covered:

  1. Why are we in this industry
  2. What are the deeper motives of coaches, athletes and parents for participating in summer sports
  3. The role her family and summer camps has played in finding the desire to help other young people and coaches have a positive summer camp experience.

For the complete interview, click below. For more information about Natalie, US Sports Camps and Nike Summer Camps, visit their website.

Hong Kong Beach Volleyball Camp: Lido Beach, HK

Hong Kong Beach Volleyball Camp Powered by ProjectU Technology

Hong Kong Beach Volleyball Camp, Downtown Hong Kong
Night view of Hong Kong

The ProjectU Hong Kong Beach Volleyball Camp will be held over the month of August and December on the beaches of Lido Beach, Repulse Bay and Stanley Bay in Hong Kong.  The event in open to all athletes who are committed to understanding themselves and moving ahead as a player and a person. The ProjectU Hong Kong Beach Volleyball Camp is about you and your goals. The on and off court sessions over the 3 day period will cover innovative, individualized, creative on-court skill work, strength and speed development training, as well as, leading edge nutrition.

“Over the years, we have developed a gestalt theory of elite performance in beach volleyball. This camp will be a point for athletes to apply new innovative training and skill development techniques to their current skills that have been proven to lead to high level performance,” -Coach Stephen McCarthy

ProjectU Hong Kong Beach Volleyball Camp Highlights:

  • Mission of camp is to play for the “love of the game”
  • Discover how to use your memories in elite performance
  • Develop your ability to use your instincts and intuition with game like drills and cauldron games
  • On court skill development and video feedback
  • Experiential leadership and communication drills

About Stephen McCarthy:
Stephen has prepared over 10,000 youth, high school, college athletes for over a span of 15 years. He has developed over 100 NCAA athletes within the sports of basketball, volleyball, soccer, and hockey. The McCarthy Project Beach Volleyball club started in 2014 and host of AVPNext Minnesota. Currently, Stephen is a USAV certified official, a USAV Beach Impact and BCAP I certified volleyball coach, a member of AVCA and JVA, a coach within the USAV High Performance Beach Program, as well as, a certified personal trainer. He has trained players who are or have played the following professional sports: NBA and NHL.

Details:
To be determined, August and December of 2017

Cost:
$300 per athlete

online registration

Location:

Lido Beach or Repulse Bay

Beach Road, Hong Kong Island

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ProjectU Florida Beach Volleyball Spring Training

ProjectU Holiday Beach Volleyball CampsThe McCarthy Project ProjectU Spring Training beach volleyball camps will be held over the month of March on the beautiful beaches of Riviera Beach, FL and Los Angeles, CA; March 10th-12th, 2017 at Riviera Beach in Palm Beach, FL and March 17th-19th, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. The event in open to all athletes who are committed to understanding themselves and moving ahead as a player and a person. Our ProjectU Spring Beach Volleyball Training Camp is about you and your goals. The on and off court sessions over the 3 day period will cover innovative, individualized, creative on-court skill work, strength and speed development training, as well as, leading edge nutrition.

“Over the years, we have developed a gestalt theory of elite performance in beach volleyball. This camp will be a point for athletes to apply new innovative training and skill development techniques to their current skills that have been proven to lead to high level performance,” -Coach Stephen McCarthy

ProjectU Spring Beach Volleyball Camp Highlights:

  • Mission of camp is to play for the “love of the game”
  • Discover how to use your memories in elite performance
  • Develop your ability to use your instincts and intuition with game like drills and cauldron games
  • On court skill development and video feedback
  • Experiential leadership and communication drills

About Stephen McCarthy:
Stephen has prepared over 10,000 youth, high school, college athletes for over a span of 15 years. He has developed over 100 NCAA athletes within the sports of basketball, volleyball, soccer, and hockey. The McCarthy Project Beach Volleyball club started in 2014 and host of AVPNext Minnesota. Currently, Stephen is a USAV certified official, a USAV Beach Impact and BCAP I certified volleyball coach, a member of AVCA and JVA, a coach within the USAV High Performance Beach Program, as well as, a certified personal trainer. He has trained players who have played the following professional sports: NBA and NHL.

Details:
4pm to 6pm on Friday and 8am-12pm on Saturday and Sunday

Cost:
$225 per athlete

Locations:
Los Angeles, CA
Annenberg Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402

online registration

Palm Beach/ Riviera Beach, FL
Palm Beach Shores
181 South Ocean Avenue
Palm Beach Shores, FL 33404

online registration

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Can Diet Really Increase Your IQ?

Written by Dr. Cate on April 2nd, 2017

In his mid 20’s, Silicon Valley wiz-kid and entrepenur Dave Asprey had accomplished everything he’d set out to achieve, but his success had cost him his health.

When the scale hit 300, he realized it time to take better care of himself. Ditching mainstream diet advice that had gotten him nowhere, he adapted a healthy, low-carb, natural-fat diet and lost 100 pounds. To his surprise, he discovered he’d also gained some serious brain power–initially somewhere around 15 IQ points.

IQ is rated on a standard, bell-shaped curve. The average IQ score is set at 100, meaning if your IQ is 100 you’re smarter than 50% of adults, and the other 50% are smarter than you. 15 points is equal to a standard deviation. That means gaining 15 points and going from 100-115 moves you from smarter than 50% of the population to smarter than 84%. Of course, just by taking IQ tests again and again, you can get better at IQ tests and can falsely raise your IQ. But a gain of 20 to 30 points is extraordinary and unlikely to be just due to practice.

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Collegiate Club Beach Volleyball Midwest Region

NCSVA Collegiate Midwest Region Series – Minnesota Open Tournament Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

1st and 2nd place will earn prizes from sponsors.   Regional ranking/seeding points will be awarded based on number of teams and tournament finish.   Both players must register individually online and list partners name during registration.  For additional information or questions, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.

Event Information:
Cost is $60 per team or $30 per player, lunch included.  Starts at 9am, sign in at 830am

Age Divisions:
Mens and Womens Open, must be under 25

online registration

Event Location:
Boondox Bar and Grille
9100 Park Ave NE
Otsego, Minnesota 55330
763-367-6790

Other 2017 TMP Beach Team Tournaments:
May 20th-21st USAV Junior Beach Tour Summer National Qualifier (Junior)
June 10th TMP Open (Juniors)
July 2nd-4th AVPNext Minnesota Pro-Am (Pro, Adults, Junior
Aug. 19th Battle of Lake Minnetonka (Juniors and Adults)

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Collegiate Beach Volleyball Surpasses Benchmarks

Lexington, Ky. (March 2, 2017) – On the eve of the sixth season of competition for NCAA collegiate beach volleyball, the AVCA notes that over 1000 women are participating at 64 Division I, II and III institutions and 50% of those participants are exclusively playing beach volleyball.

Beach volleyball was added to the emerging sports list by the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics in 2009. The first season of competition took place during the spring of 2012, when 15 Division I schools added varsity programs. Fourteen more programs started in 2013 followed by ten more in 2014, triggering a transition to NCAA Championship status. Funding was approved in 2015 and the NCAA hosted the 1st National Collegiate Beach Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama in May of 2016. This year, the championship returns to Gulf Shores on the weekend of May 5-7.  For complete press release, click here

2017 USAV Beach High Performance Skills Assessment Camp

2016 HP Camp Gulf Shores, AL

In 2017, Beach High Performance is re-conceptualizing the tryout model into a two day skills assessment camp. With this new model, athletes will not only have more time to showcase their skills to the evaluators but also receive high level training from top level beach volleyball coaches. All athletes are highly recommended to attend both days for the most thorough evaluation and to receive the most coaching. Please contact beachhp@usav.org if you have conflicts or questions. For 2017 Junior Pipeline Pathways and additional information, click here.

The following dates and locations are the four Zonal Skills Assessment Camps that are offered for Spring 2017

Date (2017)  Location   Zone Registration
March 4-5 Hickory Point, Tavares, FL Atlantic Zone Click here to register
March 18-19 West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA Pacific Zone Click here to register
April 1-2 Houston Sportsplex, Houston, TX Border Zone Click here to register
April 29-30 Oasis Sand Bar, Cedar Rapids, IA Central Zone Click here to register

We should include a fourth macronutrient: time between meals

By Dr. Cate Shanahan, Author of Deep Nutrition

There’s a lot of important discussion around macronutrients in the nutrition world regarding what percentage of our daily calories should ideally come from protein versus carb versus fat. In all this discussion, what’s often overlooked is the fact that simply overeating puts a stress on the system. I think we should include a fourth macronutrient: time between meals. The longer you can go without a meal or a snack or a beverage other than water, the healthier your mitochondria will be.

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Eckerd College Coach on Training Ugly to All-American

Today, Michelle Piantadosi of Eckerd College and Optimum Volleyball Club joined Stephen the talk about specific ways athletes can develop their overall game for the beach.   Michelle has the unique position of being an athlete who started late playing volleyball, her junior year in high school.  She talked about how she “trained ugly” to All-American at Tennessee, then how she developed her game in the world of beach volleyball.

Subjects covered:

  • Creative development of athletes
  • Keys areas of your game that are needed to play at your best
  • Michelle’s experience having to train ugly, vs training perfect
  • The role of coaches during tournaments, currently and in the future.
  • Use of video feedback, rather than instantaneous verbal feedback

To listen to the entire interview, click here. For additional information on Optimum Beach Volleyball Club, click here or Eckerd College