Nike Boys Soccer Camp Berry College
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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.
- Dates: June 10-13, 2023 (Ages 9-13)
- Dates: June 14-17, 2023 (Ages 14-18)
- 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!
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
- 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. A further list of 'recommended items' will be in the Information Packet.
- 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.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Overall Average RatingStars
Shooting drills and indoor tournaments
June 24, 2021: He really enjoyed the shooting drills and indoor tournaments and thought the food was great!
— Amanda H. Parent
June 23, 2021: My son had a great time. He had a great experience making friends, playing soccer and having fun
— Megan P. Parent
June 23, 2021: We had previously been to Berry so this was our second trip which gave Andrew the ability to be seen again by the coaching staff. There was no particular highlight that stood out because the overall camp was a wonderful experience.
— Brett O. Parent
June 22, 2021: His play improved noticeably and the coaches were serious about their work to improve players' skills. Many other soccer camps he's attended seem to be primarily run by distracted young adults acting as pseudo-coaches.
— Elizabeth H. Parent
Experiencing new drills
June 21, 2021: Evan enjoyed interacting with new players and coaches. Seeing and experiencing new drills and techniques was what he/we were looking for. Staff was excellent.
— Brad L. Parent
First camp experience away from home
June 21, 2021: This was his first camp experience so it was good to see that he adjusted well to being away from home. It did burn him out a little since he wasn't used to playing soccer for so many hours in a short period of time, but it was good for him.
— James J. Parent
Strengthening his soccer skills
June 21, 2021: He had a good time with teammates, met new friends and enjoyed strengthening his soccer skills and being coached in a different style with different perspectives.
— Dana R. Parent
August, 5, 2019: He loves the intensity of this camp and the opportunity to play with players that are better than him. They challenge him to up his game. He also really like the cafeteria!
— Suzanne T. Parent
June 24, 2019: Vicente was very happy and pleased with the camp and Berry College soccer staff and program. Vicente Perez hopes to attend more soccer camps at Berry college in the future!
June 12, 2019: The workload was tremendous. Always playing and learning. Instructors were very friendly and helpful.
— Matt K. Parent
January 14, 2019: My son came to this camp a rookie goalkeeper with some natural talent. He came away a well coached and more confident goalkeeper. The coaches were great, the players were helpful and highly skilled, the other parents were nice. Top notch and highly recommended.
— Paul C. Parent
He loved working on possession and he thought the food was excellent!
June 17, 2018: Levi felt challenged and inspired. He thought his coaching staff was very skilled and knowledgeable. Levi loved Berry college facility and looks forward to attending next year. He loved working on possession and he thought the food was excellent. His feedback was extremely positive. He only wanted a longer camp experience.
— Maria L. Parent
I really enjoyed working with the player coaches
June 17, 2018: As an older goalkeeper I learned some small technical skills from the current players and the goalkeeper coach that will help me improve distribution and helping my team possess the ball. I would say the player coaches were a highlight. The current players for Berry College helped coach the campers and were easy to get along with! I would have like to toured the campus a little more at Berry. Maybe adding an optional tour on the last day when there was only a morning session could be a good way of allowing players to get a better feel for the college.
— Eli W. Camper
My sons kept saying how much fun they had
June 17, 2018: They had a lot of fun- it was very strenuous and hot and they were exhausted at the end but they said they had fun. Well organized checked in, kids had fun, and it was a good facility. They said food was good too :)
— Jennifer C. Parent
June 17, 2018: My son said it was the most fun he has had at a soccer camp. My daughter attended years ago and my son has asked to go back next year.
— Denise B. Parent
The coaches were great
June 8, 2018: My son really improved his ball control and touch. The coaches were knowledgeable and effective. He enjoyed the experience and all the games.
— Alejandro M. Parent
Improved Soccer Performance
He had a good performance indoor thanks to the techniques he learned in the camp.
— Pedro P., Parent 2017
Nike Soccer Camp at Berry College was an amazing experience. The coaching staff was great and ensured that all campers were safe and content. There were campers of all skill levels there and the coaches made sure that all levels were challenged and were having fun. I would definitely recommend.
— Matt W., Camper 2017
Better than others
Great camp, been to other camps this one my son will attend again for sure.
— Rob B., Parent 2016
If you're looking for an intense and educational place to improve your soccer game, the Nike Soccer Camp at Berry College is just that. The coaching staff is excellent, the facilities are great, and everyone involved provided consistent motivation. I have attended other programs in the past, and this is the camp to be at. You will be a better player walking out than you were walking in.
— Jason W., Camper 2015
I wanted to thank you for the camp at Berry this week and I wanted to let you know I enjoyed it a lot. It was very fun to play with people of different levels of skill and to meet many of the campers on my team because without making friends camp wouldn't be camp. I loved the set up each day and after the last day I took a tour of the campus which was awesome. The school is definitely very beautiful and has a lot to offer because of the large campus size and the overall feel of the layout. I could see myself going here in the future if I had the opportunity so I'm glad I got to be a part of everything this week. So again, I wanted to thank you for the camp and for showing possible interest in me as a player.
— David M., Camper 2015
Great Camp Experience
Both of my sons really enjoyed the Nike soccer camp at Berry College, and I think it is a great overnight camp experience. The boys met nice friends and had a good time trying to rise to the challenge of the drills and games.
— Edwin L., Parent 2015
Best Camp I've Ever Attended
This was the best camp that I have ever attended. I got more out of this camp than any other so far. I can't wait to go again next year!
— Willie W., Camper 2015
I found the drills extremely helpful, particularly the order in which the drills were arranged. I liked starting with drills that helped the skill and then moving it to 1v1 or 2v2 to better apply the skill. This allowed me to be comfortable when I faced full sided scrimmages, I could perform the practiced skill with enough instruction to properly perform.
— Eddie R., Camper 2014
The camp was great instruction and we loved the evaluation that was given at the end of camp. Very helpful to know what needs to be worked on.
— Jack L., Camper 2014
I want to thank the entire coaching staff for a great camp experience. This was my first soccer camp and I really enjoyed it. I wanted you to know that I appreciate the time and effort you put into the camp to make us better soccer players. I hope to return next year. Have a great soccer season! Thank you again.
— Thomas W., Camper 2013
Coach Evaluation not thorough
Coach eval was not thorough, coach needs to spend more time on evaluation
— Rodney H., Parent 2016
Will go back
My son will go back next year with couple friends.
— Linda W., Parent 2016
Better Understanding of Soccer
This camp has brought a group of boys at all levels to mesh together and learn! The boys went home happy and a deeper understanding of soccer.
— Samuel L., Parent 2013
Look Forward to Next Year
The camp was great I would recommend this camp to everyone. My son is a goalkeeper and really learned a lot on how to improve his technique. The coaches were great and the evaluation that we received at the end of the camp was very informative. We look forward to next year!
— Ross V., Parent 2012
Great Overall Experience
I would recommend the camp to others. My boys really enjoyed your camp this year. I would let people know that their children/child would be in a safe environment. It will give them hands on experience to improve in the sport and also gives them a little college experience staying on a college campus. It would challenge them mentally and physically. Overall it's a good camp.
— Debra H., Parent 2012
The campus of Berry College gives campers a wonderful environment to attend a soccer camp. The facilities are extremely clean, staff was friendly, professional and very welcoming to all campers and their parents.
— Luis B., Parent 2012
Teaches invaluable skills
Nike Soccer Camps provide developing soccer players with the invaluable skills needed to excel at the sport. They introduce new skills each day, and then allow the players to interact in games with instruction and coaching to help the player apply those skills in high intensity situations. They give honest evaluations that do not overrate the player, forcing him to continue to improve. They give extra explanation on the evaluation for the player to take home so they will know what areas they need work. The entire Nike soccer camp at Berry College was exceptional. I have, and will continue to highly recommend Berry College as the best soccer camp of all others I have looked into.
— Kristina R., Parent 2011
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.