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Athletics Advantage

Take your game to the next level with a week of focused training and skill development. Taught by Choate's coaches and team members, this day program helps athletes refine their own skills as well as learn what it takes to play on a varsity team.

About the Programs

Athletics Advantage is ideal for middle school players who would like to spend a week building upon their strong foundation in baseball, basketball, and volleyball. The program will replicate a varsity high school training environment.

The aim of our summer athletic program is to have our players leave the week with the ability to “train themselves” at home and in their own teams. Our coaches will ensure the players understand the reason for the technique work and provide written and visual material for the players to replicate their successes after camp.

BASEBALL

July 1 - July 5, 2019

for boys in grades 5-8

BASKETBALL

JUNE 24 - JUNE 28, 2019

for boys & girls in grades 5-8

VOLLEYBALL

June 24 - June 28, 2019

for girls in grades 5-9

BASEBALL

Coach Edrik Lopez

About the Head Coach

Edrik Lopez, a veteran teacher of 17 years, is the head coach of Choate Rosemary Hall’s varsity softball team, and an assistant coach of the wrestling team. He previously taught and coached at Deerfield Academy. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida, Coach Lopez has played baseball all his life, including in adult leagues in San Francisco and New York City.

Coaches will teach:

  • position-specific drills for young players to improve their footwork
  • throwing mechanics
  • defensive positioning
  • modern base-running techniques
  • recognize dirt-balls before they hit the ground
  • improved hitting by analyzing players planes of balance at ball strike
  • learn one-handed bat drills
  • heavy ball strikes
  • cage work

 

BASKETBALL

Coach Moni Smith-Ocran

About the Head Coach

Moni Smith-Ocran is the head coach of Choate Rosemary Hall’s junior varsity basketball team. She was a student athlete in college for three years. Born and raised in Bronx, NY, Coach Smith-Ocran has played basketball all her life, including in adult leagues in New York City and Connecticut.

Coaches will teach:

  • position-specific drills for young players to improve their footwork
  • form shooting
  • defensive positioning
  • basic shooting drills to work on repetition and consistency
  • rebounding
  • improved defense stance depending on player position
  • learn one-handed dribbling drills
  • one on one drills for players to recognize the difference between a lay-up and a jump shot

 

VOLLEYBALL

CoachDavidLoeb

About the Head Coach

David Loeb has been teaching English and coaching volleyball at Choate since 1986, with a career record of 457-67. In his eleven years as the head varsity coach, Coach Loeb’s teams have won five New England championships, and they have reached the New England semifinals for ten consecutive seasons. Coach Loeb and his wife live on campus and have two grown children and a seven-year-old dachshund.

Coaches will teach:

  • skill development for individual players and the team
  • mechanics of serving
  • fundamentals of setting
  • effective passing
  • how to properly time and execute digging
  • blocking and other methods of defense
  • positioning for effective hitting (spiking)

 

Daily Schedule & Tuition

The day starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Worthington Johnson Athletic Center and ends at 2:15 p.m. Lunch is included in the program along with a daily free swim period at the Larry Hart Pool.

2019 Tuition for Athletics Advantage is $350 per week.

8–8:15 Athletes dropped off
8:30–10:15 Practice - athletic facilities
10:30–11 Free swim, coaches’ meeting or video analysis
11:15–12 Lunch in the Hill House Dining Hall
12:15–2 Practice - athletic facilities
2:15 Dismissal and pick up

Ready for the Choate Athletics Advantage?

  • Individual instruction by Choate coaches
  • A wealth of knowledge and passion for each sport
  • Expert talent development to achieve at high levels
  • Limited number of participants — athletes grouped by experience
Playing Baseball
Playing Softball


FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please contact the Summer Programs office at (203) 697-2365.

Each child must have had a physical exam by a licensed physician within the past two years. No child may attend the program without submitting our completed medical form, including an up-to-date immunization record and a copy of both sides of an insurance card serving as proof of coverage.