Successfully Preparing for Camp

The decision to attend soccer camp has been made. It promises to be an exciting, fun and rewarding experience. But you can’t just show up and believe all will be well. You need to prepare both mentally and physically for the challenges and opportunities you will be presented with at camp. A camp can be a mentally challenging environment, explained David Blomquist, Head Coach of the Azusa Pacific University men’s soccer team in Azusa, California. He says, “It is an …

Setting Expectations for Soccer Camp

There are many reasons why parents and their children decide to attend a soccer camp. Brian Kuk, Executive Director of the Virginia-based Club Champions League, Inc., says the reasons players 15 years of age or older attend camp are in large part to be seen by a college soccer program/coach. “Each person has a specific reason for choosing a camp,” says Kuk. “My suggestion would be to compare three camps to see which offers what (experience in the field, quality …

Tips to Selecting the Right Soccer Camp

There are many soccer camps that offer a myriad of services. But the overriding expectations a player and his/her parents should have is that camp be a fun, positive environment, with an engaging coach who can motivate, teach and demonstrate age appropriate soccer skills. Says David Brown of UK International Soccer, “It should be a program where kids are better players at the end of the week because they have had lots of quality touches on the soccer ball. Brian …