Nike Boys Soccer Camp Berry College
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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 camp presents an incredible opportunity for high school players to get a taste of playing for Berry College.
- Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt
- Skill development, team play, games and tournaments
- High School only boys session
- Players grouped by age and ability
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Camp Director 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
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.
Berry College Soccer Camp is directed and staffed by both the Berry coaches and its current players. College coaches from the area, along with former Berry soccer players, are also be highlighted as part of the camp staff. The Camp involves intense morning training, afternoon sessions that focus on tactics and small sided play, and full sided evening competition. The camp is geared towards players who want to push for success at the high school / club level and for those that are looking at play in college.Show Less See More Camp Details
What's included in the fee?
Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction, all meals, housing, supervision and evening activities.
Extended Day Campers (varies with location) 9am-9pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner, and evening activities.
Soccer balls may be purchased when you register for camp for an additional $20. Campers are not required to bring a ball to camp and purchasing one is optional.
2018 SESSION INFORMATION
2018 Dates: June 13-16
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Equipment Needed: Soccer cleats, shin guards, goalies must bring own equipment.
Facility: Campers train on grass and turf fields.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring is emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and are collected on the first day of camp.
Campers Per Room: 1 or 2
Roommates: If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 14 days before the start of camp. We do our best to grant roommate requests. Due to the large number of single rooms, not all requests will be able to be granted.
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: YES
Key Deposit: $25 for room key and $25 for dorm entrance key – Bring 2 checks payable to US Sports. Checks are returned at the end of camp when keys are returned.
Spending Money: $20-$30, please DO NOT bring a pre-written check
Medical Facility: an athletic trainer and off campus hospital
Closest Airport: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and Atlanta International Airport
Transportation: Not provided
If you have a group of five or more campers registering for the same camp, each camper is eligible for a $30 discount. Groups can register online or via mail/fax.
To register a group online: Please have one person contact the USSC office with the names of each camper in the group at 1-800-645-3226 to create a unique discount code. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the offer code during check out.
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.
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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
Camp Dates & Prices
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