Burr and Burton summer sports camps begin

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MANCHESTER —Burr and Burton held a boys lacrosse summer camp session this past week. The camp was available to those entering grades 6-10. The focus of the camp was to learn higher-level stick skills, compete in small-sided games, and have fun.

BBA varsity boys lacrosse coach Tom Grabher oversaw the week-long camp, which ran from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6-July 10 on the BBA turf.

Players had to bring all of their own equipment, helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, stick, cleats and sneakers to participate in the camp. That was just one of many safety precautions the camp had in place.

BBA hosted a girls lacrosse camp the week prior, hosted by their varsity head coach Jamie Blake, as well as coach Ken Stefanak and Alumni Charleigh Carthy (`19). Their focus was on footwork and dodging, stick skills, stick tricks, passing/catching, taking free positions, shooting, crease rolling, and upper-level nuances of the game. That camp ran from June 29-July 3, also from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the BBA turf.

All camp participants were required to fill out a screening survey answering four health-related questions before they were able to participate in any activities.

The first question asks if the participant feels any symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough or fever. The next question asks if the participant has a temperature below 100.4F. It also asks if they have been in close contact with somebody who has COVID-19, and lastly asks if the screener notices any "visual signs of infection," including "flushed cheeks or fatigue." This daily health screen is required to be filled out every day prior to the start of camp in order for the athlete to participate.

Those wishing to participate in these camps must also sign a COVID-19 participation waiver.

BBA will be hosting a field hockey camp for those entering 9-12 grade next Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Junior varsity coach Lucrecia Cabut Johnson will host the two-day camp which will focus on "basic skills, offensive and defensive techniques, and strategies and positional play will be taught with a positive, fun and challenging approach at a level appropriate for the experience and ability of each camper. Skills will be developed through drills. An emphasis on the importance of the warm-up, stretching, good nutritional habits and positive thinking for the athlete will be incorporated throughout the week," according to the BBA website.

Lastly, from July 20-24 BBA girls varsity soccer coach Suzanne Mears will host a soccer camp for third through sixth graders at the Judy McCormick Taylor Turf Field at BBA. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will focus on the fundamentals of soccer.

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