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Page 10 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 11 "You who are young, be happy…and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth." Ecclesiastes 11:9 Campers also play two games each day. The cost is $250. "There's no other camp that can have you play in a stadium, learn from pros and have fun at the same time," said Rick Zolzer, vice presi- dent of the Renegades, a farm club of the Tampa Bay Rays. "It's unique to see the players acting like kids again." For more information, log onto For the love of soccer Eric Watson - whose resume includes assistant coaching the U.S. U23 Women's National Soccer Team and stints at Utica College and SUNY New Paltz - brings his acumen to the annual Erock Soccer Camps at Thomas Felton Park in Modena. Watson's camp for tykes helps 6- and 7-year-olds learn skills like run- ning with ball control and kicking to- ward the net. His day camp for ages 8 to 13 focuses on passing, spacing, and playing in a more team-first environment, with kids will usually playing each other in 8-on-8 or 9-on- 9 games in the afternoon. The camps are $145 and $195 respectively. A special goalkeepers camp in- tended to improve the soccer goalie's game via footwork, catching, posi- tioning, distribution and one-on-one play instruction is also offered. For youngsters 8 to 18, it runs in the evenings and cost $145. The camper-to-staff ratio is usually kept around 7-to-1, so all campers are bound to get something out of learning both the basics and more advanced skills of soccer. Kids should bring their own soccer ball and shin guards, if they own them. As a bonus, they'll get a t-shirt, a bag and a chance for other free prizes. The camps are typically scheduled for the last week in July but be sure to check camp dates on erocksoccer. before reserving a spot. Hoop dreams Arguably one of the Hudson Valley's all-time greatest high school (Continued on Page 12)

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