Nike Boys Soccer Camp Berry College
Improve your game and have serious fun
at Nike Soccer Camps
Berry College, in Mount Berry, GA, is the perfect place to improve your game this summer. Get a taste for what living on campus and being a Berry Viking is like. At Nike Soccer Camps, our goal is to stimulate a love for the game in young athletes by showing them how to accelerate their own progress and success.
This summer we'll be offering 2 camps, one for boys aged 8-13 and another for boys aged 14-18. The experienced Berry College 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.
- 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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Head Coach Richard Vardy
One of the most successful coaches in the history of a program known for producing championship-caliber coaches, Richard Vardy has been the head men's soccer coach at Berry College since the 2002 season.View Richard Vardy's Bio ⟩
He owns a career 155-59-16 record in his first 12 seasons as the Vikings' head coach. Vardy led the 2013 team to a 10-6-3 record and a 4-1-2 mark in conference. Overall, he has a 165-59-16 (.720 win percentage) record leading Berry College.
In 2012, Berry's first season in the new Southern Athletic Association, the team went 14-3-2 and 5-1-1 in conference. The Vikings tied for the regular-season crown and won the inaugural SAA Tournament championship.
Vardy led the Vikings to one of the best records in school history in 2010, guiding Berry to a 15-1-1 overall mark. His team was 12-2-4 in 2009, Berry's first year as a provisional member of NCAA Division III.
The previous season, Vardy's team was a goal away from claiming the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament title. The Vikings finished the year 12-7-1 and recorded a 6-2 win over a Bethel (Tenn.) team that won the NAIA national championship.
Vardy led the 2007 team a sweep of both the SSAC regular season and tournament titles, finishing the year ranked No. 9 in the NAIA National Poll.
In a program that has been referred to as the “Cradle of Coaches,” Vardy is surpassing the results of several former Berry College coaches who have gone on to become some of the top leaders in the sport.
Vardy's teams posted back-to-back semifinal appearances in the NAIA national tournament and team record victory totals in 2003 and 2004, as Vardy has continually taken the Vikings to heights never before seen.
That’s pretty heady stuff when you consider Berry has produced coaches who have gone on to lead nationally-known programs such as Bob Warming at Penn State (and formerly Creighton and St. Louis), Bret Simon at Stanford (and formerly Creighton) and Kurt Swanbeck at the United States Military Academy.
Vardy played four years of soccer at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina from 1991 to 1995, and he was named an NCAA Division II All-American in 1993. He served as an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne for one season before coming to Berry.
Vardy, a native of York, England, earned his bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Lenoir-Rhyne. He holds a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy, and also a USSF "A" coaching license.
Coach Konrad Jacobs
Konrad Jacobs is in his fourteenth year as a full time assistant coach for the Berry College men’s soccer program, after spending a year as a volunteer assistant. Jacobs holds a USSF “B” license and an NSCAA National diploma.View Konrad's Bio ⟩
Jacobs is the director for the academy program at the Rome Arsenal Soccer Club. As an assistant coach, Jacobs was key in the Vikings’ run to consecutive top-10 national rankings in the final poll and back-to-back appearances in the NAIA national semifinals in 2003 and 2004.
Coach Jacobs is also the goalkeeper trainer. Under his training, Berry net-minder, Byron Schueneman, earned three consecutive honorable mention All-America honors from 2002-04 and Mike Wentzler earned All-American accolades in 2007. Jacobs, a four- year starter in the Berry defense, graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in biology
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
Due to local and state regulations, we anticipate having to reduce our enrollment numbers significantly this year. You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
- June 8-11, 2024 (Sat-Tues) (All Skills)
- June 12-15, 2024 (Wed-Sat) (High Performance)
- Gender: Boys
- Options: Extended Day and Overnight
- Check-in: First-day arrival at 12:00 pm.
- Check-out: Last day at 12:00-1:00 pm.
- Check-in & out location: Clara Lobby
This program is geared towards players of all abilities. Campers 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!
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!
*Please note: Berry College requires campers to complete a school-specific waiver prior to camp. Please print and bring the completed form on the first day of camp.
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.
- Number of Campers Per Room: 2
- 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, AC is available in room
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Training from the Berry College 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 and prizes
- Overnight & Extended Day campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided. Dinner is provided but campers can order pizza via the camp store if they wish
- Day campers: Lunch is included
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/indoor soccer shoes, and a water bottle.
- Facility: Berry College fields
- 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
EXTENDED DAY CAMP INFORMATION
Day Camp Hours: 9:00am-9:00pm
Daily Check-In & Out: First day 12:00pm
First day check-in location: Clara Lobby
Meals: Lunch & Dinner is provided for Extended Day Campers
Check-in: First Day 12:00pm
Check-in Location: Clara Lobby
Meals: Day 1: Dinner | Days 2-3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Day 4: Breakfast
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 (May or may not be needed)
- 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)
- Bed sheets
- Comforter or sleeping bag
- Pillow and pillowcase
- Athletic clothing
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Small gym bag/backpack
Nike Soccer Camp Balls can be purchased during registration. Players can choose between a size 4 or size 5 ball, which will be passed out on the first day of camp. Please note that it is not required to bring a soccer ball to camp as they are provided by the staff for camp instruction.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up
- 8:00am Breakfast
- 9:00am Session Topic of the Day
- 12:00pm Lunch & rest time
- 1:00pm Soccer film competitions
- 2:00-4:00pm Tactical Training/Small Sided Games
- 4:00pm Downtime
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 7:00 Full Sided Games
- 9:00 Evening Activities
- 10:30 Lights out
Berry College has the world’s largest contiguous college campus, spanning more than 26,000 acres of woodlands, meadows and streams. Founded in 1902, Berry is a private coeducational institution located in Rome, GA, about an hour north of Atlanta.
Berry boasts some of the finest athletic facilities, including a state of the art 131,000 square-foot athletic and recreation center, three regulation-size soccer fields which are professionally manicured.
June 20, 2023: Getting to play soccer all day with friends
June 18, 2023: Skill improvement
June 14, 2023: Rooming with friends
June 17, 2023: Coaching and location
June 18, 2023: Food, people, venue, coaches
June 14, 2023: The lightning games
June 20, 2023: Learning new skills and the food.
June 18, 2023: 11v11 scrimmages in the afternoons
June 15, 2023: Named as a great player for the week.
June 14, 2023: My son saying he wants to return next year
June 19, 2023: Working with coaches & players from the team
June 19, 2023: Getting to know the head coach of Berry college
June 16, 2023: Meeting new friends who enjoy the game of soccer
June 14, 2023: He loved his coaches and enjoyed the 3 v 3 tourney
June 14, 2023: Developing through the technical drills and scrimmages
June 18, 2023: My son had a good time with friends. He made memories.
June 18, 2023: Staying in the dorm , food, and of course playing soccer.
June 14, 2023: Working one on one with a junior coach on juggling techniques
July 23, 2022: Playing with kids from other places, being coached specifically
June 19, 2023: Playing with soccer friends and coaches were friendly and helpful. Food was great.
June 18, 2023: Tommy's legs grew five inches in circumference (not really but he felt like he got a ton of exercise helping him strengthen)
Enjoyed the drills
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.