Monthly Archives:April 2019

Staff Spotlight: Coach Stuart Katz

Posted by April 12, 2019 • Share:

Welcome Soccer Head Coach Stu Katz!

College & ODP Soccer Coaching

Stu Katz joins the JCC Maccabi Sports Camp for his first summer to share his love and knowledge of soccer. A graduate of Florida State, Coach Stu has over 35 years of experience coaching both men and women of all ages and levels. Currently Coach Stu is on the staff of the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Coach Stu helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back SoCon Conference Championships and NCAA tournament appearances. In addition to his role at UNCG, Coach Stu currently serves as a staff coach for the North Carolina Olympic Developmental Program.

High School Soccer Coaching

Prior to UNCG, Coach Stu led the Northern Guilford men’s program to its best season in school history while breaking every team defending record in the process. The Nighthawks led the entire state of North Carolina in least amount of goals allowed in the year (13). For his work, he was honored as conference and region coach of the year as well as a finalist for North Carolina Coach of the Year. As a high school coach in both Florida and North Carolina, Coach Stu has won over 300 games. The majority of his High School career was spent coaching the boys and then the girls at Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fl.

Coaching Maccabi & Maccabiah Games

He also served as the US Maccabiah Men’s Masters Coach at the Pan Am Games in Bueno Aires, Argentina. Coach Stu Played in the Maccabiah Games in Israel helping his team earn a Silver Medal. In addition, Coach Stu has coached both girls and boys in seven JCC Maccabi Games around the country earning two Golds, three Silvers, and a Bronze.

Competitive Youth Soccer Administration

Coach Stu served as a Coach, Trainer, and Administrator for Team Boca for 17 years. Over the years Katz has worked with countless college student-athletes, current and former professional players and players that have represented their countries in the Olympics and World Cup. He has mentored numerous former players who have gone on to coach at the club, high school and college levels.

Off the Pitch (Soccer Field)

He is a Social Studies teacher at Northern Guilford High School and lives in Greensboro with his wife, two children, a third is in Medical School in Israel, and two dogs.

This Summer at Camp

Stu is excited about his first summer at JMSC. He is looking forward to meeting all of the campers and enjoying the California sunshine.

 

Staff Spotlight: Coach Nate Wymer

Posted by April 12, 2019 • Share:

Welcome Baseball Head Coach Nate Wymer!


Coach Nate Wymer hails from Papillion, Nebraska. Currently a Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach for Midland University, he is also working on a Master of Science in Adult and Organizational Learning.

Coaching Experience

After graduating from Upper Iowa University with a double major of Business Administration and Marketing, he moved to the Bay Area. There he joined SF Giants Camps as a division leader and site director from 2014-2017. Nate has also coached at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska and University of Minnesota Duluth.

Off the Diamond

When he’s not busy coaching and doing schoolwork, Nate enjoys playing video games, reading, listening to music and podcasts, and weight lifting.

At Camp

Coach Nate is excited about his first summer at JMSC. While at camp, he looks forward to spreading the joy and life lessons taught through sports.

“Baseball and my family taught me so much on how to be a good person that I wanted to pursue a career of coaching and passing those lessons down to generations after me.” – Coach Nate

 

 

Staff Spotlight: Jason Sinkoff

Posted by April 10, 2019 • Share:

Welcome Back Jason Sinkoff – Tennis Head Coach and Athletic Director!

Jewish Tennis Coach Bay Area

Coaching Tennis in College

Tennis Head Coach Jason Sinkoff is in his second season as the Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach at James Madison University inHarrisonburg, VA.  In his first year they finished with the 3rd most wins in program history going 16-7.  Under his leadership, the program was completely turned around and became a serious contender for the conference title. In his second season they moved up to the #3 seed in their conference tournament for the first time in the program’s history.

Prior to his time at James Madison, Jason was the Head Mends Tennis coach at Wager College where he also received an MBA with a focus in Management, finishing #1 in his class.

In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Jason has coached youth at summer camps in the San Diego area and worked as the Tennis instructor at a residential camp in Wisconsin.  In 2009 he served as the Assistant Coach for the boy’s tennis team at Torrey Pines High School.  That team won their conference title as well as the San Diego CIF Div 1 Title and sent graduates to compete at the collegiate level at UC Santa Barbara, Princeton, University of Arizona, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and Pomona College.

 

Playing Tennis in San Diego

Before he became a coach, Jason played tennis at Torrey Pines High School (San Diego, CA), Palomar College, and Hofstra University and was a Team Captain on his high school and college teams.

At Torrey Pines, Jason was named a two-time San Diego Union Tribune Scholar Athlete, and named to the All-City and All-Palomar League 1st Teams during his senior year.  At Palomar College he played #1 Singles and Doubles and was voted Team Captain and Freshman MVP while obtaining a 4.0 GPA.  He then transferred to Hofstra University to play Division 1 Men’s Tennis, was elected Team Captain for 3 years, Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete, CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient, and Senior MVP. Jason graduated in 2012 with a BBA in Marketing and a Minor in Management.

Tennis at the JCC Maccabi Games

He competed at the JCC Maccabi Games three times, 2002 Montreal, 2003 Houston, TX (Silver Medal in Doubles), and 2004 Boston, MA (Gold Medal in Doubles). In 2010 he competed in the Men’s Open Division representing Team USA at the Maccabi Australia Games and won a Bronze medal in Doubles.

This Summer at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp

Jason is extremely excited to be back at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp. He’s eager to see many returning faces and to help develop confidence on and off the court.

Staff Spotlight: Coach Zach Davis

Posted by April 5, 2019 • Share:

Welcome Basketball Head Coach Zach Davis!


Basketball Background

I attended Iowa State university where I majored in Kinesiology and Coaching. My experience includes being a youth basketball coach on and off for the last ten years, being the Head Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at the Denver Academy of Torah, and working numerous NCAA Division 1, High School, and Youth Basketball Camps all over the country.

Sports Training Technology and Camps

I also currently own and operate Sports Innovated Technology, which is a company that focuses on training athletes through the use of cutting edge technology. I am responsible for training all of our basketball athletes ranging in ages from 5-25 in Denver, San Diego, and Las Vegas. I also direct all SIT Basketball Camps.

Maccabi Plans

I enjoy attending any Professional Sporting Event (especially basketball). I’m looking forward to being surrounded by great campers who are eager to learn and play their best hoops with me. See you soon!

 

Preparing Your Child for Camp

Posted by April 1, 2019 • Share:

This is the sixth in a series of emails & blog posts covering important topics about sending your child to camp. If you missed the previous emails & blog posts, you can view them here.

Parent Play-by-Play 6: Preparing Your Child for Camp

Going away from home for an extended period of time can be difficult for some children (and not just first-time campers).  It is natural for them to be a little anxious as camp grows closer.  Some will carry their concerns to camp.  To help your child with these feelings, we have compiled this guide for parents.  The pointers below will help prepare your child for the enriching experience that camp provides.

If your child is apprehensive about going to camp or showing any resistance or anxiety, the most important thing you can do is talk about it. Ignoring their feelings or hoping they will go away is not helpful. At the same time, you also don’t have to have a long drawn out conversation. Sometimes a simple recognition of their feelings and the understanding that going away can be scary is all that is needed to help your child feel supported.

If your child exhibits concerns about going to camp, encourage an open expression of feelings. They are worried about the unknown and are looking for your understanding.  It is helpful to tell your child that these concerns are normal and that many other campers feel the same way.  Permit your child to call the camp office to ask questions and receive reassurance.  Let them know that the camp director is always available to help, before and during camp.

Please do not be ambivalent about your child’s stay at camp. Your child needs to understand that they will be coming to camp for 2 weeks (or however long they’ve committed).  It is important that a camper understands this commitment and is not encouraged to think he or she may leave before the session ends.  A “try it out” approach does not work.  Although it may temporarily calm the child at home it creates challenges at camp.  Remember, fees are not refundable for early departure.

Remind your camper that summer camp is about having fun, meeting new people, trying new things and taking on challenges. This approach may not work for all children, but as these are important values of our camp, if the moment feels right, it’s a good time to explore these aspects of being away from home.  Our camp is designed to help campers, new and returning, to meet new people and make new friends. Make sure your child knows this as they prepare for their summer camp adventure.

Reassure your child that everything at home will be the same as when they left. This means that pets will be cared for, possessions will be protected from siblings, and that their room will stay as it was left. If for any reason this cannot be promised, inform the camp office of the circumstances – we can be most helpful when we are informed.

Please notify the camp office of any upsetting event that may have occurred prior to camp or you anticipate happening during the summer. In this category would be an illness or death in the family, poor school grades, divorce, or moving to a new house or city.

When seeing your child off at the airport or dropping your child off at camp, make your parting brief and pleasant.  Prolonged or tearful good-byes can be emotionally upsetting to your child.

Lastly, please discuss with the Camp Director if your child has been under any psychological or psychiatric care at any time prior to camp.  JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is well prepared to deal with most children and the common problems of growing up.  Our knowledge of the facts will give your child the best chance of success. On the flip side, being left in the dark regarding a serious situation leaves us unable to properly care for your child.

As you can see, open conversation and support are best and key to your child’s success. By spending some time properly discussing your camper’s feelings, you can do wonders to set them up for an amazing overnight camp experience away from home.

As always, please feel free to call camp to discuss further. We are happy to be part of any conversation that will offer more support for your child.

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