Nike Soccer Camp at Embry Riddle - Academy
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Nike Arizona Soccer Academy - Embry Riddle offers a unique program of instruction that develops each camper's skills and tactical awareness. This program was founded by the head coaches at UCLA and UCSB in 1973 and is held on the campus of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, in Prescott, AZ. The Soccer Academy has been training youth players for 46 years in Arizona and Southern California. The Arizona Soccer Camp offers a variety of sessions to challenge players. Campers are grouped by age and ability, under the supervision of our professional staff. With twice-a-day technical training, campers also participate in scrimmages each evening to integrate their newly learned skills into real game situations.
- Unique & structured curriculum
- Low camper to coach ratio
- Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt & camp prizes
- Elite technical training & game knowledge development
- Position specific training
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Staff Wes Wade
Coach Wade played professionally for over 15 years and has been on our camp staff for the last 17 summers. He has played outdoor soccer professionally and competed in the Major Indoor Soccer League with the with the Kansas City Comets.View Wes Wade's Bio ⟩
He has been on the All-Star team five times and played on the U.S. Indoor team in the World Championships. In his first season as the head coach at Park University, his women's team won their league championship and appeared in the NAIA National Championship playoffs. Wes is the director of the Arizona Soccer Camp.
Camp Director Hormoz Tabrizi
Coach Tabrizi has been a senior staff coach at The Soccer Academy for over twenty years and is the camp director at the Cate School. In his playing career, he was named to the Iranian Junior National Team.View Hormoz Tabrizi's Bio ⟩
- High School All-American, drafted by the New York Cosmos who had Pele on their roster.
- Only College All-American player that year from New England in his senior year.
- Twelve year professional career in San Diego, Philadelphia and Detroit.
- MVP in World Indoor Championships in Mexico City that included players like Diego Maradona.
- Personal trainer for many outstanding young players in Southern California.
Camp Dates: June 11-16, 2023 (Sunday - Friday)
Extended Day Hours: 8:30am-8:00pm (Last day concludes at 12:00pm)
Check-in & Out locations: at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
First-day check-in time: Hall 10 between 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Final day check-out time: Campers check out 12:00 pm
Meals: Meals are included.
Options: Extended Day & Overnight**
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University 2022 Covid-19 facility mandates
Strongly encourage all participants to get vaccinated prior to arriving to camp.
- Everyone should wear face masks whenever they are inside ERAU buildings or aircraft.
- All participants are to complete a Covid test with negative results prior to attending camp (72 hours prior for PCR or within 24 hours for rapid or at home tests).
- For more information regarding the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Covid-19 mandates, please visit their website https://erau.edu/-/media/files/university/covid-health-protocol
**View Overnight camp information below
This program is geared towards Player Development & High-Performance campers. Players will work on mastering the proper fundamentals, techniques and advancing their overall skills and knowledge of the game. A great opportunity for players to learn through a mix of drills, games, and competitive play. With a number of different camp options for all to enjoy!
Player Development is for campers ages 11 and under of all skill levels. These camps are designed to maximize player participation and ensure each camper develops in all aspects of the game in a fun and engaging environment. Coaches will implement a wide range of technical, physical, and tactical activities with a focus on fun so campers get to improve with a smile on their faces.
High Performance is for campers ages 12+ looking to improve their game in a fun and fast-paced environment. These camps are designed so players leave the camp week more prepared for their club and high school seasons. Experienced coaches will provide campers with a fresh perspective and challenge them to develop technical, tactical, physical, and psychological aspects of their game through a progressive curriculum.
*NOTE: If you believe your camper should be in a different skill level than the age requirement listed, please add a note at check-out and mention it to the camp director on day 1.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year. Final housing information for this camp will be provided in the Information Packet, emailed to all campers closer to the camp’s start date.
Number of Campers Per Room: 2-3 campers per room. 7 campers per suite
Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual, If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
Linens: Not provided. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel
Air Conditioning: Yes, each room has A/C
Check-in: First Day between 1:00pm-2:30pm
Check out: Last day at 12:00pm
Meals: Day 1: Dinner | Days 2-5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Day 6: Breakfast
A closing ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes prior to camp check-out on the last day. Parents are invited to attend! Departure immediately follows the closing ceremony.
COMMUTER CAMP INFORMATION
Daily Check-In & Out:
First Day: 2:00-2:30pm
Last Day: 12:00pm
Meals: Lunch & Dinner is provided for Extended Day Campers
A closing ceremony will take place approximately 30 minutes prior to camp check-out on the last day. Parents are invited to attend! Departure immediately follows the closing ceremony
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist.
All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
Instruction: Training from The Soccer Academy Coaching Staff
Supervision: Staff members are strategically placed throughout the camp to provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Soccer Camps t-shirt, Nike soccer ball, and prizes
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, & FACILITY
Ratio: Low camper-to-coach ratio
Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience
Equipment Needed: All campers must bring soccer cleats, shin guards, athletic shoes, and a water bottle.
Facility: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING:
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Athletic clothing (1-2 pairs/day)
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Comfortable off-court clothing (pants/shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, 1 pair/day)
- Undergarments (1-2 pair/day)
- Swimsuit and beach towel
- Flip flops
- Laundry bag
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, facewash, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)
- Personal items & medications
- Eye mask, ear plugs (optional)
- Washcloth and bath towel
- Alarm clock
- Fan (optional)
- Comforter or sleeping bag
- Pillow and pillowcase
- Athletic clothing
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks (optional)
- Small gym bag/backpack
If you have a group of 4 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. If you have a group of 8 or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Please fill out the Team Discount - Soccer form with the name of your group and the names of each camper enrolling in the camp and we will create a unique discount code for your group.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SOCCER CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our soccer camps please see our FAQ page.
***Camps are open to any and all entrants. Enrollment in our camps is limited only by age, gender, and capacity restrictions as specified by each camp
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CHECK IN FIRST DAY
- 1:00 pm-2:30 pm Overnight Campers should be dropped off at Hall 10 (Granite Mountain)
- 2:00-2:30 pm Day Campers should be dropped off at Hall 10 (Granite Mountain)
CHECK OUT LAST DAY
- 12:00 pm All Campers check out around 12:00 pm following the Styro Cup Tournament
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
- 4:05pm 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
Camp Questions & Answers
What happens after I enroll?
Within 24-48 hours of enrollment you receive an email confirmation containing your session details, payment information, and confirmation number. As we get closer to the start date of camp, we 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.
How are the coaches selected?
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.
How are training groups selected?
On Sunday afternoon we divide the camp by gender and by age. The coaches evaluate and place in a group of players about your age and ability. Any questions about the groups is answered by the director. If you came with a team, you stay together to train, except your keeper who practices with the other keepers during the day and scrimmage with you at night.
What do the goalkeepers do?
Their training is specific to goalkeepers and totally different than practice for field players.
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 try to put you near your friends. The dorms are also split by age so campers of similar ages are on the same floor.
Who looks out for me in the dorms if I need some help?
There are adult counselors on each floor, steps away from your room. The camp coaches also live in the dorm so there are plenty of adults around.
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 usknow 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 must show identification.
If I have questions during the camp, whom do I see?
The coaches and counselors are happy to help you. You can also contact the director who makes 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.
Can I eat anything I want at meals?
Yes, with a few exceptions; no sodas at breakfast for example. You 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.
Can campers call home/can I call my son or daughter?
Some of the campers come with cell phones. Campers are free to use them at any time, except during training sessions. Campers have limited use at night to help prevent keeping others awake after lights out. There are phones available in each dorm for campers. At check in, you receive the phone number for the head counselor. If you need to reach a camper or a counselor, you can leave a message. You get a call back as soon as possible.
Can I come to camp alone or do I have to be a member of a team?
We welcome individual campers and teams. If you come to camp by yourself, we place you in a dorm room with another single camper, similar in age. It's a great place to meet new friends who share your enthusiasm for the sport and to have FUN!
Does the Health & Release Form need to be signed by a doctor?
Our Health & Release Form does not require a doctor’s signature. This form is required to be filled out accurately, signed by the parent (guardian), and brought with you to the first day of camp.
What is the cancellation policy?
Hopefully, you will not have to cancel, but if you must, please do so early so that those on the waiting list can be notified.
For those who have Cancellation Protection: Cancellation Protection entitles you to a full refund of camp fees (deposit or full payment) if you cancel for any reason before June 1st. Please note: $50 Cancellation Protection fee is non-refundable.
If you cancel after June 1st, 2019, we will issue you a camp voucher for all camp fees paid, valid through 2020. Your camp voucher is transferable to family and may be used for any Nike Running Camp.
For those who do not have Cancellation Protection: If you have to cancel, for any reason, we will issue you a Nike Running Camp voucher for all camp fees paid, valid through 2020. Your camp voucher is transferable to a family member and may be used for any Nike Running Camps. Cash refunds will be given only with the purchase of Cancellation Protection and who cancel on time.
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July 20, 2019: Bryton couldn’t decide if he loved the food or the soccer better:) The staff was very helpful with everything. The camp had an excellent balance of soccer and non-soccer fun. We will definitely be back!
— Leah S. Parent
July 7, 2019: Alexis was taught different skills and techniques then she would have learned at a club camp. Which will make her a more skilled player going into the competitive club season. Her coaches where experienced players that were eager to teach her as much as they could. She had a great time and gained more confidence as a player.
— Amber J. Parent
June 25, 2019: Vaughn’s goalie training was practical and retainable. Every night he described the different drills and expressed enthusiasm for the practice games. Coach Eddie demonstrated patience and imperative encouragement as Vaughn was somewhat intimated initially. He has not had any structured goalkeeper training prior. The daily camp activities were well planned and kept the kids busy. They were exhausted with practice and fun. The coaches and their past accolades are inspirational to the kids.
— Michelle B. Parent
Advocates of camp
There was good sense of development and fun, learning to take ownership of actions and performance based on effort. Our boys gained enthusiasm for the sport and reinforcement of their potential as players by the coaching staff. The camp facilities were clean and well organized. This along with tenured staff allowed campers to enjoy both practice and free time in safe and non restricted environment. We look forward to attending next year and will be advocates of the camp.
— Shannon L., Parent 2017
He loved it!
He loved it. Loved the coaches, learning new skills and the fact he got to play soccer morning, noon, and night. Although passionate for the sport his passion has grown even stronger.
— Heather B., Parent 2017
Lots of Fun!
My daughter had lots of fun making new friends with the other campers and finding out there are a lot of other great kids out there who love what she does. The coaches were very positive and encouraging, she walked away with lots of new confidence in herself. This was her first experience at any away from home camp and she is already making plans to return next year!
— Beth M., Parent 2017
The Arizona Soccer Camp is more than just a soccer camp. This is a place where kids learn to become more independent without their parent's supervision and to get a great soccer experience. Also, and most importantly, it is like a family. My daughter and son have gone to this camp for years and the coaches and counselors have become dear friends and mentors to them both. And they have become dear friends of our family. (Parent of two long time campers and a counselor for many years).
— Ronald F., Parent 2016
This is an outstanding soccer camp that perfectly balances teaching soccer skills/techniques with having fun! The staff was very experienced, courteous and professional and provided excellent oversight on the kids. The facilities are superb from the dorm rooms to the dining facility! My son has gone for the last two years with his friends and had a blast while coming back a better soccer player!
— Jake G.,Parent 2015
The camp was one of the best I've been to. The coaches and staff were very helpful. I really felt I learned a lot. I would do it again but next time I'll bring some teammates.
— Bobby B., Camper 2015
My son came from Canada to attend this camp and it was worth it. It was well organized, safe and professionally run. It was a memorable experience and my son will back next summer.
— Patrick Y., Parent 2015
Went to sleep late
I don't feel my child learned much. I also understand that giving kids freedom to stay up and roam is part of the camp experience. At the same time, it is frustrating to hear my kid went to bed so late for someone her age. There was not anyone to ensure they went to bed at an appropriate time- almost setting them up to be unproductive. I expected my child to learn and retain more versus playing the entire time.
— Jennifer A., Parent 2016
We want to express our thanks for a wonderful experience ALL your staff worked so hard to provide!!! We hope the camp in California is going well, and look forward to joining you at next year’s high school camp.
— Liam E., Parent 2015
We can definitely see the improvement in Daniel’s play from what he was taught at soccer camp. Prior to camp, he never had much of a kick. He said that Alan Meeder taught him to kick properly and now he’s able to put the ball into the net instead of the goalie’s hands. I also appreciated the report card comment to Daniel about keeping his head up to be able to look around when he plays. It’s good feedback for life. We feel really good about sending our kid again.
— Sean G.,Parent 2014
Needs more high level coaches
More high level coaches per camper ratio (not so many students or young helpers) so they can have more constant instruction), overnight room assignments should be upheld (the campers shouldn't be able to ditch the roommate unless there is a safety issue) this is supposed to be a camp where the campers interact, not a personal sleepover...
— Austin L., Camper 2016
Exceeded our expectations
Ever since she attended your camp our daughter has developed beyond our expectations and she continues to grow in the sport. Unfortunately, as the new member of her team, we were influenced to attend a different camp this summer. While it is a good program, I can honestly say your camp and your staff had a more positive influence on Tori than the other did. Thank you so much for your efforts! We will be back, hopefully with her entire team.
— Jefferson C., Parent 2014
Plays with more confidence
Thank you for my son's great camp experience! He enjoyed himself immensely, seemed entirely capable of handling himself responsibly away from home, and learned an awful lot from the coaching staff. I swear he played with more confidence at a scrimmage yesterday. You and your staff run an excellent program.We hope to join you again next summer, along with other teammates
— Alan T., Parent 2014
Spending time at camp really helped me improve my soccer skills!
— James R., Camper 2016
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