Arizona Soccer Camp Prescott, Arizona
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The Arizona Soccer Camp offers a unique program of instruction that develops each camper's skills and tactical awareness. US Sports is proud to offer the Arizona Soccer Camp at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2014.
The camp offers a variety of sessions to challenge beginners and college hopefuls. Players are grouped by age and ability into teams that are under the supervision of our professional staff. Besides the twice a day technical training, campers also participate in scrimmages each evening to integrate their newly learned skills into real game situations.
There are also penalty kick competitions, Soccer Olympics, Super Soccer, and the Styro Cup Challenge. At the end of the week, each camper sits down with their coach and receives a full written evaluation to help prepare for the new season. Free time is filled with a swim at the campus pool or a visit to the recreation room to play some ping-pong, foosball, or compete on the camp's video games.
- Professional coaching staff
- Written evaluation for each camper
- 15:1 Camper to staff ratio
- Supervised evening activities
- Team play, skill development and scrimmages
- Players are grouped by age and ability
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, has served as the home for the Arizona Soccer Camp since 2007. The site’s 5,400 feet altitude makes it the perfect facility for preseason training. The campus has everything needed to operate a soccer training program at the highest level.
The campus has a large lighted grass field for training and games. The field has thick grass that is well maintained by the college staff. Adjacent to the field are two sand volleyball courts that can be used for goalkeeper training or just a casual free time game of sand soccer. Lights on the field allow for added time in the evening for scrimmages. Rest room facilities are next to the field. The camp also provides a Certified Athletic Trainer at the field to professionally treat any injuries that may occur.
Campers live in the modern air-conditioned dorm on the college campus. Campers are housed two per room. Each suite has a refrigerator for keeping drinks cold. Each suite of three rooms has its own bathroom and shower facilities. The dorms also have laundry facilities.
The new dining hall on campus provides three meals each day prepared by Sodexo Food Services. Choices include: salad bar, sandwich central, hamburgers and pizza. There is always a choice of main courses and there are Italian and Mexican food nights. The dining hall can also accommodate vegetarian and gluten free diets. Ice water is available at every meal so campers can fill their water containers and take them to the field to have iced water during training sessions. The campers also get evening snacks before lights out.
As part of the boarding campers’ evening recreation program, you can choose to go the Embry Riddle’s Student Union. The facility has TV’s video games, air hockey, pool tables, ping pong, and foosball.
- Director Arizona Soccer Camp location.
- Wes Wade has been a senior staff coach at the Arizona Soccer camp for over twenty years.
- Professional player for 17 years.
- Member of the US National Futsal Team
- Nine-time All-Star who won five championships with two different teams.
- Played on the U.S. National Indoor Team in the world championships.
- Head coach at Park University, won league and was in the NAIA national championship playoffs.
What's included in the fee?
Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision and evening activities. 24-hour supervision is an important feature of every US Sports Camp. Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Extended Day Campers 8:30am-8pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner and evening activities. All sessions are open to day campers. Like the boarders, they attend all six days. Day campers arrive around 8:30am and leave around 8pm each day. Lunch and dinner are included.
Day Campers 8:30am-4:00pm: Professional coaching and instruction. Like the boarders, they attend all six days. Day campers arrive around 8:30am and leave around 4pm each day. Lunch is included.
These sessions are perfect for players, ages 8-10, in their first three years of playing. The emphasis here is fun! Our goal is to have our youngest campers learn to love the game so that they can’t wait for their next practice or game. At this age, players should learn the correct techniques that will serve as a base for the rest of their careers. Skills are taught using fun games, drills, and scrimmages under the supervision of our staff coaches. Young players also get their first taste of living in a dorm with other players. They are supervised by adult counselors who help make sure that week safe and enjoyable
When you are at least 10 years old and have learned the basics, then you are ready for the Advanced Session. Some of the best junior players from Arizona and other states will be there and you can be part of the action. Advanced sessions continue the process of skill development. Tactical awareness is also taught to help players increase their speed of play and vision. This session has often been sold out, so get your application in early! On Friday morning every camper has a meeting with their camp coach and receives a full written evaluation. This evaluation gives a professional’s view of the camper’s progress and makes suggestions for improvement in technical and tactical areas.
High School Session
We welcome players who are 14 years old and entering ninth grade. Last year five former pro players on our staff shared their experience with our campers. College counseling sessions are held to help campers gather the information they need to become college soccer players. These sessions include: how to contact coaches, financial aid and scholarships, forum with college coaches, and forum with current college players who are former campers. The week ends when we bring in a DJ and have a camp dance and pizza party. On Friday morning every camper has a meeting with their camp coach and receives a full written evaluation. This evaluation gives a professional’s view of the camper’s progress and makes suggestions for improvement in technical and tactical areas.
The Arizona Soccer Camp offers total keeper coaching that includes the technical, tactical, and psychological training you need. Demonstrations and drills are used to reinforce skills; but the real benefits come from the competitions, small sided scrimmages, and full games against field players. There are separate groups for 10-13 year olds and high school players. Keepers and field players train in their specialty during the day and scrimmage together in the evening. By the end of the week our coaches will have you getting to crosses that you couldn’t touch before and saving shots that you thought were unstoppable.
Can parents visit during the camp week?
Some parents visit their children during the week. If you visit, make sure to check with a camp staff member to let someone know that you are on the campus. The staff person can tell you where the campers are on campus at any given time. After dark, visitors will be stopped by campus security and will have to show identification.
The Academy does give a tuition break of $25.00 for groups of five or more after January 31st. Groups can enroll together on paper applications. Just get your group’s applications together send them in one envelope, and you get the discount. Remember, you cannot combine the early enrollment discount with the group rate. If you have questions, call 800 NIKE CAMPS (645-3226).
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 8:30am Day campers arrive
- 9:00am Field session
- 11:00am Free time
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 2:00pm Field session
- 4:00pm Day campers depart
- 4:05pm Free time - swimming
- 5:30pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Competitions and games
- 8:00pm Extended day campers depart
- Indoor soccer, movies and rec room free time
- 10:00pm Dorm meeting, snacks and lights out
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What happens after I enroll? Within 24-48 hours of enrollment you will receive an email confirmation containing your session details, payment information, and confirmation number. As we get closer to the start date of camp, we will send you another email with a detailed registration packet attached. The registration packet contains all the information you will need for camp including check-in and check-out information, a full packing list, health forms, campus map, etc.
2. How are the coaches selected? Every year we turn down nearly a hundred applications from coaches around the world. Our staff is composed of college coaches and players and pro players who are recommended by current or former staff. They are all experienced coaches with outstanding playing and coaching credentials. Most are teachers who have extensive background checks by their state department of education. All the other staff is checked by the camp.
3. How are training groups selected? On Sunday afternoon we divide the camp by boys and girls, and by age. The coaches do an evaluation to help put you in a group of players about your age and ability. Any questions about the groups will be answered by the director. If you came with a team, you will stay together to train, except your keeper who will practice with the other keepers during the day and scrimmage with you at night.
4. What do the goalkeepers do? Their training is specific to goalkeepers and totally different than practice for field players.
5. Can I have the roommate of my choice? Yes, if you two request each other and understand that there are separate dorms for boys and girls. It does get impossible when five campers all want the same person in their room. We will try to put you near your friends. The dorms are also split by age so campers of similar ages are on the same floor.
6. Who looks out for me in the dorms if I need some help? There are adult counselors on each floor only steps away from your room. Also the camp coaches live in the dorm so there are plenty of adults around.
7. If I have questions during the camp, whom do I see? Any of the coaches and counselors will be glad to help you. You can also go to the Director who will make every effort to help. There is also a Head Counselor who's full time job is to help campers with their needs and answer their questions.
8. Can I eat anything I want at meals? Yes, with few exceptions; no sodas at breakfast for example. You are the one who will get VERY sick if you do not eat a balanced diet during the course of the week. You will need protein, carbohydrates, and a lot of water to perform at a high level. This is your chance to show some maturity by choosing those foods that are good and good for you. If you have questions, ask any of the coaches.
9. Can parents eat meals with their kids? Visiting parents can eat with the campers but they will need to check with the cafeteria staff to pay for their own meals.
10. Can parents visit during the camp week? Some parents visit their children during the week. If you visit, make sure to check with a camp staff member to let someone know that you are on the campus. The staff person can tell you where the campers are on campus at any given time. After dark, visitors will be stopped by campus security and will have to show identification.
11. Can campers call home and can I call my son or daughter? Some of the campers will come with cell phones. Campers are free to use them at any time. There will be a hassle if campers keep others awake after lights out by using their phones. There are phones available in each dorm for campers to make calling card or collect calls home. At check in, you will receive the phone number for the Head Counselor. If you need to reach a camper or a counselor, you can leave a message for them. You will get a call back as soon as possible.Read camper reviews