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!

 

Transportation

Posted by April 1, 2019 • Share:

This is the third in a series of emails and blog posts covering important topics about sending your child to camp. If you missed the previous topics on Camper Care & Campus Life or Health & Safety, click here to view them online.

Parent Play-by-Play 3: Transportation

The first step to having an amazing camp experience is getting to camp! In this blog post we answer all of your questions about dropping your child off at camp and picking them up on the last day.

The Jewish value of K’lal Yisrael – Welcoming Jewish People and Friends – is one of camp’s core values. It’s not just the similarities but the differences that unite people worldwide. Feeling welcome and part of a community begins the first moment each camper reaches camp. When campers arrive at camp, whether by car or plane, our staff will greet them with a smile and help them feel comfortable at their home away from home.

Clear communication between parents and the Camp Office regarding your child’s travel information is essential. We use  CampInTouch to track campers’ travel plans to and from camp. Please complete the online Transportation Form (which can be found in your CampInTouch portal) by May 1 so we can make the proper arrangements.

When is drop-off and pick-up?

Getting to Camp by Car

On the first day of each session, families are welcome to drop their child off at camp.  Please plan to arrive at camp between 10:00am and 11:00am. To ensure a smooth first day of camp, we ask for your cooperation in arriving during the prescribed window. We will have staff members directing traffic, unloading luggage, and showing you where to park. Families are welcome to accompany campers to their dorm rooms and help them get settled, though there will also be counselors in the dorm and dedicated time later in the day to unpack.

Parents will receive an email a few days before the first day of camp reminding you of important drop-off logistics.

Our summer address is:

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
c/o Menlo College
1000 El Camino Real
Atherton, CA 94027

If my child is flying to camp, who will pick them up from the airport?

Getting to Camp by Air

For campers who will be traveling by airplane, please book flights to arrive between 9:00am and 11:00am. If you are not able to secure a flight that lands in this time frame, please call or email camp to discuss.

Nearby airports, in order of preference for pick-up:

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC)

We will provide transportation at no additional cost to and from these three airports.

Most major airlines allow for travel by Unaccompanied Minors over the age of 5 years old.  We encourage you to review the specific requirements of each airline as they are all different. Please notify us directly if your child will be traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor.

All campers deemed to be Unaccompanied Minors will be greeted inside the terminal by an adult member of our camp staff and transported directly to camp. Those that do not qualify as an Unaccompanied Minor will be met just outside security. Once your child arrives at camp, you will receive a phone call notifying you of their safe arrival.  

When booking travel for an Unaccompanied Minor, the airline will ask for the name of the adult picking up your child at the airport. Due to the complexities of airport pick-up logistics, we are not able to provide this information until days prior to your child’s flight. For now, put “Josh Steinharter” in that space and we will follow-up with you as the date nears to give you the name of the camp staff member that will actually be greeting your child when they get off the plane.

Campers flying to camp are permitted to bring a mobile phone for use during travel; it will be collected upon arrival and kept in the camp safe for the duration of the session. Campers should bring a phone charger and we will ensure their phone is fully charged for the trip home.

If a parent will be flying to camp with your child and does not require transportation from the airport, you should still include your child’s flight information on the Transportation Form but please notify us via email that airport pick-up is not required.

Returning Home from Camp

For families living within driving distance, please plan to arrive at camp between 10am and 11am on the last day of the session. Parents will also receive an email a few days before the last day of the session reminding you of important pick-up logistics.

For campers who are flying home, we will provide transportation to the airport. Campers will be supervised throughout the check-in process and a staff member will remain at the airport until after their flight has departed. Please arrange flights to depart between 10am and 12pm.

As always, contact our office at (415) 997-8844 or camp@maccabisportscamp.org with any questions.

Upcoming Topics

  • Packing & Gear – how to pack, laundry, gear for core sports and other sports  
  • Preparing for Camp – preparing your child to be away from home
  • Summer Communication  – photos, Facebook, blogs and more

Previous Topics

To view all of the topics in this series, click here.