Summer Sports Camp - Soccer
Soccer Camp Director
Soccer Camp Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the skill level of the camp?
A: The camp is beneficial for players of all skill ranges. Technical work, exercises, and skill games will either teach new skills to some campers or allow more experienced players an opportunity to refine that technique and speed. Competitive settings are designed to match like skilled players so the week is appropriately challenging and rewarding for all campers.
Q: What is the philosophy of the soccer camp?
A: The goal of the camp is that players should leave us feeling confident about their improved skills, their competitive abilities, and their self-perspective. We want players to have a broad understanding of the game and a good assessment of what they do well or can improve upon. We also want them to experience a proper ratio of challenges and successes throughout the week so they leave confident in themselves as an individual and their abilities as a player.
Q: What will I learn at the camp?
A: We spend the week running through all the fundamental techniques of the game. We try to expand camper’s knowledge of those techniques, apply them to a competitive atmosphere, and through games, races, or scrimmages allow them to implement these skills. Every player will come out with comprehensive understanding of the skills needed to be successful; even the most experienced players will come away with new skills, moves, and understanding of the game.
Q: What does the typical day look like?
A: Each training session is a unique topic. We spend the early portion of the session discussing the topic, working on the basic skills, then expand slowly into more competitive games within that topic.
As an example, the topic might be passing. We’ll spend some time discussing the parts of the feet we can pass with, the types of passes we can make, the importance of pace, direction, decision making in the passing process. We’ll start with fundamental passing drills then expand that into more creative fundamentals. With passing, for the more creative side, we might spend some time trying to chip the ball or curve the ball. We move into more competitive settings that revolve around passing, then move on to games, challenges and scrimmages, all focused on passing.
Q: I am a goalie. Does the camp have goalkeeper specific training?
A: We do provide goalie training. We will have on staff someone proficient in working with goalkeepers and can provide them with the individual attention the position requires. There are some sessions where the goalkeepers are working with the rest of the players, and other sessions where the goalkeepers are working individually with a goalkeeper coach.
Q: Who runs the soccer camp?
A: As head coach of the varsity program at Saint Mary’s, I run the soccer portion of our camp. I hire my current college players to help teach and challenge our campers.
Q: What soccer items should my daughter bring to camp?
A: Cleats, tennis shoes, shin guards, socks, shorts, t-shirt, and sunscreen are the basic necessities. There are times, if the weather becomes an issue, where we play inside, in the gym. Campers should make sure to have a pair of tennis shoes with them every day. I would also suggest a pair of sandals and an extra pair of socks for the day; there are times when the field can be wet, and it would be ideal not to spend the day in wet socks.
Q: Where do the campers practice?
A: We practice on the Saint Mary’s soccer field, just across the parking lot from the Angela Athletic Facility. In cases of bad weather, we play inside the Angela Athletic Facility.