Nike Soccer Camp at Eckerd College
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Nike Soccer Camp at Eckerd College will be directed by John Fletcher, Head Men's Soccer Coach at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Campers will focus on all aspects of the game including refining fundamental skills and positional work through challenging exercises and scrimmages.
Eckerd College Soccer Camp is the ideal camp for players of all ages and skill levels, with a 1:10 coach to camper ratio our campers have the opportunity to enjoy an action-packed week in a beautiful location. The camp offers technical training, small-sided games, mini competitions and a multi team world-cup tournament creating a competitive & fun environment. Campers also have access to the amazing facilities at Eckerd College, including pristine field conditions, shaded waterfront lunch area, sheltered small-sided game space and the pool.
- Low 10:1 camper to coach ratio
- Technical and tactical instruction
- Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt
- Packed with fun competitive games
- World Cup tournaments
- Multiple player awards
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Camp Director John Fletcher
After spending a season as the assistant coach of his alma mater, John Fletcher '09, was named head coach in the spring of 2020..View John's Bio & Soccer Tips ⟩
Fletcher '09 returned to his alma mater to join the men's soccer coaching staff in the spring of 2019 as assistant coach to Ian Cameron, where he aided the team to a pair of draws against nationally-ranked opponents while having 16 players named to the SSC Fall Commissioner's Honor Roll. Additionally, the program produced an All-SSC First Team and all-region selection as well as an academic all-region recipient.
Fletcher spent the past two seasons at SSC member Saint Leo University where he was the team's assistant coach.
As a student-athlete at Eckerd, Fletcher was a four-time All-Sunshine State Conference player as a defender from 2005-09. A three-year captain, he earned a Business Management degree with a minor in Business Leadership.
Prior to his stint at Saint Leo, Fletcher worked for the LA Galaxy where he was the head coach for the 02 and 03 teams as well as the director of camps.
While in California working for the LA Galaxy, Fletcher was the Technical Director for a year at So Cal Academy in Pasadena. Prior to his two roles with the Galaxy and So Cal Academy, Fletcher was the founder and co-owner of FS Academy where he recognized a gap in the market for high-level coaching within a few parts of California. The FS Academy featured weekly clinics and Futsal leagues.
In 2015, Fletcher represented the Bahamian League Champions in the CONCACAF Champions League in Haiti and was a member of the National Cup finalists in 2014.
Fletcher has held coaching stints for the Real So Cal Soccer Club, 2010-15, and the Professional Development League Ocean City F.C. in New Jersey. The London, England native played professionally with the Queens Park Rangers F.C. & A.F.C. in Bournemouth, U.K. from 2003-05 and 2009-10, where he also played for Ocean City F.C. from 2008-10 and 2011-12. In 2010, he was named National Defender of the Year while playing for the Ocean City F.C.
Soccer Tips by John:
Coach Scott SingletonView Scott's Bio ⟩
Head Boys Varsity Soccer Coach - Admiral Farragut Academy
Coach Jack Paris
Eckerd College Assistant Coach and Director of Soccer Operations...View Jack's Bio ⟩
- Head Coach - St Pete Raiders
- Played professionally for Klaksvik Itrottarfelag in Faroe Islands
- USSF D license
Coach Joe Ilett
Chargers SC MLS Junior Academy Coordinator U13 & U16 MLS Next Head Coach...View Joe's Bio ⟩
- USSF B License
- UEFA B License
- United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Diploma
- Southend United FC – EFL2 – UK
- Eckerd College – Sunshine State Conference – NCAA D2
- Ocean City Nor’easters – USL2
- Bradenton Academics – USL2
- Chargers SC – Development Academy Head Coach
- Eckerd College - Men's Soccer Assistant
- Chicago Fire Soccer Club – Youth Coach
- Colchester United FC – EFL2 – UK – Development Center Coach
- Lyons Township Soccer Club, IL – Director of Boys Soccer
Coach Ashton Feldhaus
Ashton is an energetic Camp Counselor with eight years of experience of increasing responsibility in directing summer camp activities and helping school-aged children develop confidence and life skills. Ashton is the assistant director of multiple Recreation and All-Sport camps. She specializes in co-ed training with multiple age groups.
Men's Soccer Coach Richard Ainscough
Richard Ainscough '16 joined the Tritons' staff in the summer of 2022 as the assistant men's soccer coach.View Richard's Bio ⟩
Before returning to his alma mater, Ainscough spent two years as a graduate assistant at fellow Sunshine State Conference member Rollins.
Ainscough had a stellar collegiate career, playing his rookie season at the University of Buffalo, where he started 12 games for the Bulls. He transferred to Eckerd for his final three years, appearing in 44 games while making 36 starts for the Tritons. He scored 12 goals and dished out six assists while serving as a team captain his final two years. He was named to the All-SSC Second Team and D2CCA All-Region Second Team his senior year.
After Eckerd, Richard returned to Europe and played professional soccer.
Richard graduated from Eckerd in 2016 with a business management degree and a psychology minor. In 2022, he obtained his master's degree in Human Resources from Rollins.
SECURE YOUR SPOT! 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. With that in mind, we encourage you to register now!
- June 5-9, 2023 (Mon-Fri)
- July 10-14, 2023 (Mon-Fri)
- July 17-21, 2023 (Mon-Fri)
- July 24-28, 2023 (Mon-Fri) *Moved to Admiral Farragut Academy*
- Ages: 6-16
- Day Camp Hours: 9am-4pm*
- Half-Day Camp Hours: 9am-12pm*
- Gender: Coed
- Meals: Lunch is NOT provided. Please bring a packed lunch
- Check-In: 8:30am on Monday
- Check-Out: Tournament play will take place on Friday from 1:30-3:30pm at the field. Parents are invited to attend. Check-out will be at 4:00pm for full day campers.
- Facility: Eckerd College Soccer Field
Info: Nike Soccer Camp at Admiral Farragut Academy
Coach John Fletcher and his staff will also be running 2 weeks of camp at the Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, you can see more info and REGISTER HERE
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.
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.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Training from the Eckerd College coaching staff
- Day campers: Lunch is NOT provided
- Supervision: Staff members provide optimal supervision and participate in all activities
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: All campers receive a Nike Soccer Camps t-shirt 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, swimwear and a water bottle. A further list of 'recommended items' will be in the Information Packet.
- Facility: Eckerd College Soccer Field
- 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
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks
- 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.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 AM Check in
- 9:10 AM Group Warm Up
- 9:30 AM Coaching Session #1
- 11:00 AM Small Team Tournament
- 11:30 AM Lunch
- 12:15 PM Walk to pool
- 12:30 PM Pool
- 1:30 PM Walk back to field
- 2:00 PM Coaching Session #2
- 3:00 PM World Cup Tournament
- 4:00 PM Camp Ends
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Can't wait for next summer!
August 3, 2019: He had a great time! He made new friends, learned English, improved his skilled and got really motivated! We will definitely come next summer!!!
— Ana L. Parent
June 15, 2019: Payton enjoyed the feedback and improving her skills. With the coaches encouraging words she was willing to take more risks.
— Brooke C. Parent
Player of the week
June 15, 2019: John was the youngest and Has only been playing soccer for a year. This was Johns first camp and we are already signed up for the next camp at the end of July. The coaches were amazing. Coach John and Coach’s Pablo did a great job focusing on every child and the training John received has allowed him to improve in all areas. John was given the camper of the week award which made his day. This camp made such a difference in his commitment to improving at soccer. I plan I’m having several of his teammates from Northeast Soccer in St Pete to register for the July session. I hope that Nike continues to support this program and I would love if they had a few more sessions over the summer. Thank you!
— John J. Parent
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.