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Interest in combined US / Canada training camp at spring break? 06 Jan 2009 03:58 #1

  • mrkeeg
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Hi Guys,

Just totally moonlighting here. Would there be any interest in doing some training in somewhere warm during spring break (for most of our kids that falls over easter).

The idea would be to have 5-7 days of training on a free outdoor venue, hopefully near cheap camping. We could drive down with boats and a pitch.

The idea came about specifically because we need to get our U21s some more intensive training, but I think the camp could be open to anyone, Sr teams or competitive club players.

Mexico was suggested because food, lodging, and flights may be cheaper, but I'm open to suggestions. Anywhere less than a 48hr drive from Edmonton.

Any thoughts?


RE:Interest in combined US / Canada training camp at spring break? 26 Feb 2009 18:06 #2

  • Bryant
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I hear you may be thinking about somewhere in Southern California for the training camp. I now live in Sacramento (about 6 hours north of LA and 2 hours east of San Francisco) and there may be some options up here. Just outside Sacramento is Folsom Lake (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=500) which has camping and would probably work to set up a pitch. I've been trying to start a local polo club and I have a pair of floating goals that you would be able to borrow for the week. (we play on Lake Natoma which is right next to Folsom lake but doesn't have camping - they hosted US Nationals there back in 2000?).

There aren't really any skilled local players yet but we are close enough that SF and LA folks would probably come up for a weekend tournament. The weather is a little cooler than So Cal and there is the chance of rain in April but nothing too bad. I'm unemployed at the moment and would probably be able to play with you guys if you needed bodies.

Send me an email if you have any questions:
bryant_burkhardt (at) yahoo.com

RE:Interest in combined US / Canada training camp at spring break? 02 Mar 2009 07:02 #3

  • mrkeeg
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Hey Bryant,
Thanks for the note. This sounds like something that may work. (Who KNEW when we had this idea it would be such a challenge to find a suitable venue!?)

In truth (well, according to google), Sacramento is only a couple hours closer than LA or Phoenix, and certainly has cooler weather - but the venue sounds nice, and it would sure be nice to not have to bring a pitch with us!

I'll email you.

RE:Interest in combined US / Canada training camp at spring break? 26 Mar 2009 16:12 #4

  • mrkeeg
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Okay here it is:

Hi all,
The proposed spring training camp in somewhere warm HAD been basically
canceled due to lack of interest, lack of planning, and lack of venue.
However, that has all changed in the last couple of days, and we are
going to make a go of it.

I have worked out a fair deal at Castaic Lake, just north of LA,
California for camping and use of their lake and facilities. A number
of California paddlers will join us for evening training, and on
Saturday 11 for a possible tournament. We will embark on Friday or
Saturday April 3-4, and return on Easter monday (April 13, morning)
This will give us 5-6 good days of training and perhaps the tournament.
Cost (from Alberta) will be approximately $260 (travel, camping,
facility use), plus food. I think this provides good value.

Is it a bit crazy to drive that far for a small training camp? Perhaps.
(Was it silly to drive all the darn way to Texas for 2 days of
tournament?) Other disciplines such as sprint and slalom do similar
spring training camps to kick off before the summer training season
starts at home. If the brave pioneers of this year's trip find it
valuable, it is likely to become a larger annual Canada Canoe Polo event.

Right now Christie and I are both going, and with the small number of
participants we do not require any parent volunteers. However, if some
were available to help with driving, organizing, and food preparation,
they would be welcome and appreciated.

This camp is open to absolutely anyone who would like the opportunity to
be on the water training every day. This includes Sr and U21 national
team hopefuls, as well as motivated recreational players. Having a few
more participants would definitely help this camp succeed.

Minors entering the US by land DO NOT need a passport - a birth certificate and a letter from the parents will work.

I can give you more details when you register for the trip. Feel free
to email or call me with any questions. The sooner I hear from you the
better (let's say by Monday, if possible)

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