Centercourt Ninja News! Here’s whats happening at Centercourt Club+Sports, Lawrence

FALL NINJA CLASSES

Ninja is one of the best ways for kids and adults of all ages to get stronger and more agile and have fun doing it! We have an open enrollment that is now membership based. If you’re not signed up and want more information you can contact me at greg@centercourtclub.com

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This week is our first week of Ninja classes for the Fall. During this week we have been assessing the skills of all of our Ninjas. We like to take this first week to gain a baseline on all of our new and veteran Ninjas here at Centercourt. After this week we will be able to create a training program for what our Ninjas need to take them to the next level.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK……

This upcoming week we are going to be working on grip strength! Grip strength is one of the major key elements a ninja needs to progress their skills. We will be teaching the Ninjas correct methods on how to hang and how to conserve as much energy as possible on obstacles so that they can complete more obstacles during their training.

NINJA COURSE REMODEL

Exciting news here at the Ninja Course!  Our new and improved kids section is complete! When you walk in the gym you will see that we have expanded the kids section to be almost 3X what it was before.  We have added many new challenges for kids of all ages.  These challenges will help all of our past and future Ninjas really step up their training.

NEW OBSTACLES TO LOOK OUT FOR

On our new section we have added some of the more challenging adult obstacles in a smaller version so the kids can conquer them just like their idols on TV!  These obstacles consist of a kids Salmon Ladder, kids Devil Steps, Kids Circuit Board, Tire Swing Alley, Wind Chimes, Peg Board, kids Ring Hopper, Battering Ram, Twist and Fly, Rope Jungle, Spider Flip, and more to come. If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up for one of our classes!

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2018/19 Tryouts for Centercourt Football Club and the U7 Scholarship Program

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U7 Scholarship Program

As the first club in the area to offer this program in the depth that we do, CFC is proud to see other clubs in the area start to offer the same scholarship style program for U7s for this upcoming tryout season. We are proud to have made a major shift in the NJ soccer world again and to help get more young athletes playing the game of soccer. The major difference between the CFC program and other clubs program is CFC is offering a full club program where as other clubs offer one session a week and some festivals. CFC is offering multiple sessions a week, tournaments and gameplay every weekend of the season in the fall, winter and spring seasons. This is what sets our U7 scholarship program apart from the others.

Tryouts
We are excited to host tryouts at our Gillette dome and look forward to the first tryout season in the new state of the art facility.  Our tryouts will be the same as previous years with players needing to attend both tryouts to be considered for the team. With our tryout numbers growing every year, we are looking forward to the number of players walking through our doors for the 2018/19 season tryouts.  We will be offering boys teams from U7 to U13 and U18 boys. On the girls side we will be offering teams from U7 to U15.

 ID Sessions

CFC understands the tryout process is stressful and not an extremely pleasant experience for players in the state of NJ, due to the way the state allows multiple different weeks, and the fact tryouts might clash with your current team’s schedule as majority of tryouts are held in the middle of your spring schedule.  For the past couple years CFC has tried to make this process a little easier and allow players a chance to be evaluated in a more natural environment that a player is used to and our ID Sessions have been a big hit over the past 3 tryout seasons. This allows players to come and train with their age group/level before the tryouts and this way they have an extra chance to be evaluated and looked at by our team of professional coaches. This is beneficial as players can have a bad tryout, or have had a bad day at school or be under the weather or they might get injured right before tryouts. The ID session allows for extra protection in this area and now they have a pre-evaluation as well as their tryout. We will be offering ID sessions in the months leading up to the tryout season.  The ID sessions do not count as a tryout and players must still attend the tryouts to be considered for a CFC team.

We look forward to seeing everyone very soon!

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Centercourt Girls Lacrosse Director Crysti Foote, former Canadian National Team player and professional player for the Baltimore Ride, introduces Mini Stix and Canadian Box Lacrosse offerings at Centercourt.

IMG_7228Centercourt Times Interviews CRYSTI FOOTE, a 4X Canadian National Team Player, 2X Silver Medalist, Bronze Medalist, Professional player for the Baltimore Ride, National Attack Player of the Year, Notre Dame 2006 about Centercourt Girls Lacrosse.

Centercourt Lacrosse and Crysti Foote is excited to announce two brand NEW and UNIQUE unique lacrosse programs in Box Lacrosse Facility in Mt. Olive starting January, 2018 : MINI STICK  Instructional field box program and Real Canadian BOX FIELD LACROSSE for Girls. 

Why Box Lacrosse?
Crysti: Growing up in Canada and being part of a lacrosse family I really had no other option but to start my lacrosse career playing box lacrosse. At the time, I was the only girl on the team, and had no idea how to catch and throw. By learning field lacrosse in a box setting players learn to play at a fast pace, indirectly increase agility, increase lacrosse IQ, teamwork, fitness, and overall discipline.

What is the Box?
Crysti: The box is the size of a hockey rink without ice!

What is the benefit to playing lacrosse in the Box?
Crysti: The decreased space increase, stick skills, decision making, allows more touches, and increases fitness as players will transition from attack to defense quickly.

Tell us about The MINI STICK Instructional Field Box Program at Centercourt Mt. Olive Box Facility.
Crysti: My program with mini sticks is a new and Innovative approach to elevating the player’s lacrosse game to the next level.

What are Mini-Sticks?
Crysti: Mini-sticks are smaller and lighter than a traditional girl’s stick and provide a boy’s style pocket which is deeper than girls pockets.

Can you give us a little more insight into this Mini-Stick program and the benefits of participating?
Crysti: I have developed a systematic approach to developing top notch stick work and shooting. Incorporating mini sticks into training, players will be forced to train outside of their comfort zone, and increase all aspects of their game. Additionally, the Benefits of using Mini Sticks are to improve wrist control, increase hand-eye coordination, work on one handed skills and to increase lacrosse IQ both offensively and defensively.

In addition to your Mini Sticks Program you have a second program: REAL CANADIAN BOX LACROSSE FOR GIRLS. Can you tell us more about this New Program?
Crysti: As with the mini stick program, the benefits of Box Lacrosse is to Increase Stick Skills. As a coach one of the biggest complaints parents have in girls lacrosse is that their daughter hardly touches the ball. By decreasing the space, players are guaranteed more touches in both practice and games. By forcing players to play in a tighter space, they will learn how to use their body correctly to help protect their sticks.

What can I expect my player to learn in your REAL CANADIAN BOX LACROSSE FOR GIRLS program?
Crysti: In short my program players increase their lacrosse IQ, decision making, and communication skills. Learning the x’s and o’s of lacrosse is an important aspect that is often overlooked. Players are taught off ball concepts including picks, screens, and flips. Additionally, players learn timing of cuts, and how to become deceptive. Players learn that chemistry with teammates will help excel their game. Also, my program players learn how to properly feed and make smart decisions with and without the ball. Adhering to my philosophy that players need to learn to play all positions, my program participants improve and develop both offensive and defensive skills.

How important is speed in the girls lacrosse game?
Crysti: “Lacrosse is the fastest sport on two feet”. As the game continues to grow and evolve, the speed continues to increase. Playing fast is a skill. During my Canadian Box Program players learn to play fast while also making the smart play decisions! Additionally, by playing 5v5 in a small field the players improve their overall fitness. The program challenges players to get up and down the field fast! This is hands down the best way to get in Lacrosse shape!

Evan Wen wins the Les Petits As playoffs, qualifies for Les Petits As – Le Mondial Lacoste in January 2018.

“So much of the training over the last year was apparent when adversity hit or the pressure of the moment did not produce the best tennis and Evan was able to sort through the situation with a response that gave him advantages. This usually happened during times where advantages were not apparent.
In a day where coaches spoon feed information, protect kids and never allow them the opportunities to push through adversity so kids “feel comfortable” training, creating a culture that does not produce champions, instead creates low hanging fruit – Thank you Clay for allowing us to train in an unpopular way and thank you to all the coaches at Centercourt who sacrificed for an unknown.”

Randy Bloemendaal
Senior Director, Performance Academy
Centercourt Tennis Academy

From 30th October to 3rd November 2017 the 16 best American boys and girls 14 and under, competed to qualify for the world championship Les Petits As – Le Mondial Lacoste in January 2018.

The 12 best American players based on USTA Ranking were automatically qualified for Les Petits As – USA Playoffs Lacoste, Evan Wen of Centercourt Tennis Academy NJ was one of them. Today we are very excited to announce that Evan went on to win in the final round, defeating John Kim 7-6, 7-5.

I believe excellence breeds participation and look forward to seeing even more growth and success for Evan. This is a team effort and testament to Evan’s hard work and the hard work, support and direction of his team of coaches at Centercourt Tennis Academy.
Thank you all for your efforts and dedication to growing American Tennis and to making us the hallmark of world tennis once again.

Clay Bibbee
CEO+Managing Partner
Centercourt Club+Sports

Sun/Redelijk Defeat Rostami/Yuan 6-2, 6-0 in the Finals of the Evert American ITF

This Fall has already seen other Centercourt players such as recently Yale University acceptee, Michael Sun, competing in a prestigious ITF event down in Austin, TX, putting up impressive results along the way. Other notable recent highlights coming from our Performance Academy, included visits from three major names within the college tennis world. Ty Tucker of Ohio State University, Sam Paul of North Carolina University, and Josh Goffi of South Carolina all paid the players and coaches of Centercourt a nice visit with their words of wisdom to our aspiring players.