By Loren Harris
The inaugural International Youth training camp was held recently at Fronton Salas April 3rd thru 9th in Cancun Mexico. We had 20 young pelotais from the Basque country and from Puebla and Tijuana. In addition we had Fronton Maexico pelotaris Julen Del Rio and Daniel Inclan in attendance and played some exhibition matches as well.
Current pro Julen Bastera from The Basque Country also attended and participated. The clubs Involved were Berriozar from Pamplona, Hondaribbia from the Basque Country, Gazteiz from Vitoria, Brittania from Puebla Mexico and Club Baja California from Tijuana Mexico. Morning sessions
were spent with teaching and clinics offered to participants on all aspects of the game. Leading our group was Maestro Alonso from Club Gazteiz. Eneko Gammara from Club Berriozar taught right side play and Loren Harris worked with the participants on Rebote and Costado Drills and techniques. We also had some mixed quinella play with the adults and kids to make it enjoyable.
On the second day was our main Function with Music, Food and some excellent Partido action involving Daniel Inclan, Julen Del Rio Eneko Gammara and Alejandro Diaz. The kids had their friendly competitions as well. The spirit of this event was friendly but spirited competitions. The best of the week included cultural exchanges and a boat tour to Isla Mujeres, an afternoon at a beach club, and days full of quiniela and H2H Magic City format sets that were quick moving and well received. Many things came out of this Event.
A new Maestro was appointed to teach the new Salas Jai Alai Academy. Alejando Dia was offered the position and accepted. He will undergo an intensive 30 day training course under the tutelage of the attending clubs to prepare him for the new position.
In addition Fronton Salas Has appointed Club Berriozar as the contact point for European clubs and future coordination of Player and Cultural Exchanges. The next Training camp is scheduled for April 15 to the 22nd of 2022. Loren Harris will be taking care of Coordination of Mexican and American Clubs and players wishing to visit Fronton Salas. We will be developing Hotel and Restaraunt Packages for any and all visitors.
Lastly, in the spirit of Fronton Salas, proceeds from any revenue generated will be re invested into the Academy to provide all the tools needed to Develop Youth Jai Alai worldwide.