Nike Soccer Camps Elmhurst University
Join Us for General Skills, Premier ID and Attacker/Goalkeeper Programs!
Coach Dave Di Tomasso and his staff are excited to host multiple sessions of soccer camp this summer at Elmhurst University. These camps offer a great opportunity to bring your game to the next level! Instruction focuses on functional training, attacking, supporting play, decision making, shooting, defending, small-sided games, 11v11, and creativity. Goalkeeping training is provided. The camp provides a second soccer stadium for our use. Camp is for ages 8-18. Campers must be 9 years old to stay overnight (8 year olds are welcome as extended day campers).
The Nike Soccer Camp at Elmhurst University was named one of North America’s Top 60 Summer Camps of 2017, according to the FlightNetwork travel agency.
- Voted one of the best soccer camps in North America
- Elite instruction from the Elmhurst University coaching staff
- Multiple camp dates and camp options
- Team play, skill development, games & tournaments
- Teams are welcome
- Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt & Prizes
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Camp Director Dave Di Tomasso
In 2004, Dave Di Tomasso became the head coach of Elmhurst University'ss brand new men's soccer team. Di Tomasso needed little time to turn the program into a winner, guiding the Bluejays to an impressive 12-7-1 record and a trip to the CCIW Tournament in its first year as a varsity sport.View Dave's Bio ⟩
Seven years later, the Bluejays' ascent up the ranks of college soccer has been nothing short of impressive. In 2009, Di Tomasso led Elmhurst to its first-ever CCIW Championship and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays finished the season with a 13-4-4 overall record and posted an undefeated conference record of 5-0-2.
n 2013 Coach Tomasso was named Coach of the Year after finishing 11-4-3, good for 2nd in the conference, with only 1 true senior on the field.
In 2010, Di Tomasso guided Elmhurst to a 10-8 overall record with Brehm, Warren, and McMahon all earning all-conference honors.
Di Tomasso has compiled a 76-48-13 record in seven seasons as the Bluejays' head coach. His teams have won 10 games or more in six of his seven seasons and have qualified for the CCIW Tournament four times. He has coached 26 all-conference players, six all-region honorees, and two CCIW Players of the Year.
Before taking the reigns of the men's team, Di Tomasso spent six seasons as the head coach of Elmhurst's women's soccer team. He continues to rank as the University's all-time winningest coach in women's soccer after compiling a 68-45-6 record in six seasons. Sixteen of Di Tomasso's players earned all-conference honors and Tasha Shepard became the first Elmhurst women's soccer player to earn All-America recognition.
Di Tomasso's overall collegiate coaching record stands at 144-93-19.
Di Tomasso, who also coached the men's golf team at Elmhurst, serves on the Illinois Olympic Development Program staff and runs multiple sessions of the Elmhurst College Soccer Academy each summer. He holds a Premier Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a United States Soccer Federation "A" license. He was recently named the NSCAA Regional Director for Coaching Education. In addition, he'll also serve as an associate national staff coach.
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.
- All Skills Day Camp:
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- Ages: 6-16
- Gender: Coed
- Camp Hours: Half Day 9:00am - 12:00pm | Full Day 9:00am - 4:00pm
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch
- Check-in location: Berens Park Field
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- Ages: 8-18
- Gender: Coed
- Extended Camp Hours: 9:00am - 8:30pm
- Check-in: 11:00am-1:00pm at the Frick Center on the first day of camp
- Check-in location: Frick Center
- Check-out: 4:00-4:45pm for June 23 & July 21 camp. 11:00am-12:00pm for July 6-9 camp. At the soccer fields on the last day of camp.
- Meals: See meal breakdown below
Boys ID Camp: July 28-30, 2023 - More information and registration here
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!
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: Two
- 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: A/C is available in dorms.
- Extended-Day Camp Hours: Day 1: 1:00pm-8:30pm | Day 2-3: 9:00am - 8:30pm | Last Day:
- First Day Check-in: 11:00am-1:00pm at the Frick Center on the first day of camp
- Check-in location: Frick Center
- Check-out: 4:00-4:45pm for June 24-26 camp. 11:00am-12:00pm for July 7-11 camp. At the soccer fields on the last day of camp.
- Meals: Day 1: Dinner | Days 2-3*: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner | Final Day: Breakfast, Lunch**
*Day 3 info for July 6 camp
**Lunch provided on final day for 3-day residential campers (6/23 & 7/21)
All Skills Day Camp
- Camp Hours: Half Day 9:00am - 12:00pm | Full Day 9:00am - 4:00pm
- Lunch: Not provided
- Check-in: 15 minutes before the start of camp
- Check-in location: Berens Park Field
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 Elmhurst University coaching staff
- Overnight & Extended Day campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Day campers: Lunch is not provided
- Supervision: Staff members reside in rooms strategically placed throughout the dorm to 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, and a water bottle. A further list of 'recommended items' will be in the Information Packet.
- Facility: Langhorst 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 (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)
- Bed sheets
- Comforter or sleeping bag
- Pillow and pillowcase
- Athletic clothing
- Soccer Cleats (no metal studs)
- Shin guards
- Water bottle
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Small gym bag/backpack
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.
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.
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
- 7:15 am Sunrise soccer
- 7:45-8:30am Breakfast
- 9:00-11:00am Session I
- 11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
- 1:00pm *Classroom session I
- 2:00-4:00pm Session II
- 4:45-5:30pm Dinner
- 5:30 pm *Classroom session II
- 6:30-8:30pm Evening matches
- 9:00pm Activities
- 11:00pm Lights out
- *Classroom session will involve video, group discussion, leadership topics, and game analysis.
Campers train on a brand new AstroPlay surface; the only surface approved by FIFA (World Soccer governing body), and learn how to take their game to the next level.
He is looking forward to attending next year.
The Nike soccer camp was a great experience. Not only did he get to stay overnight, but the camp counselors were experienced players and he learned a ton. He loved the skills and drills and the variety of fun and challenging competition and I loved the sparc testing and assessment that let me know his strengths and weaknesses. We will definitely be back next year.
— Cesar C., Parent 2014
Just the right intensity
Our daughter has been attending Nike Soccer Camp at Elmhurst College for three years now. She loves the coaches and the college atmosphere, and we love seeing her improvement with each session. It's just the right intensity for the Club level soccer player
— Ray N., Parent 2014
Money and time well spent
Money and time well spent. A very good investment in your youth athlete. Great confidence builder. I observed the entire camp each day and was very impressed. Only positive feedback from my 12 year old son.
— Ruthe L., Parent 2014
Fast paced, fun knowledgeable coaches and the kids are kept very safe. The entire staff was very warm and encouraging.
— Gabrielle H., Camper 2013
Easy and efficient check-in for campers, good communication with parents, opening and closing ceremonies are well-done and informative, instructors are friendly, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable.
— Caleb W., Camper 2013
Appropriate instruction for all levels
I feel like Nike soccer camps do amazingly well at providing instruction at an appropriate level for all of the campers. Things where never too easy for the older kids and never too hard for the younger kids. They pushed all of us to work as hard as we could and to grow.
— Betsey B., Camper 2013
Nike Camp was Awesome!
Nike camp was awesome! We stayed in actual college dorms and got to experience amazing campus lifestyle. If you love soccer you will love Nike Soccer Camps, the players are competitive and come at every level. The instructors were young and fun and we all had a great time. We played a perfect amount of soccer each day. You make a lot of fun friends at camp and you will always want to come back.
— Kourtney F., Camper 2012
Great overall experience!
Nike Soccer Camp was a great experience overall! I loved all of the coaches, The skills that they were teaching were great, and the way the taught the skills was great. I was sad to leave at the end of the week, and I want to go back next year!
— Sal H., Camper 2012
First Time Camper
First time my son ever attended an overnight camp of any sort. He had a great time meeting new friends, and he felt very comfortable in the setting in which he was placed. He enjoyed the coaching staff very much and appreciated their instruction and insight. He also enjoyed the staff playfulness! He came home with a new vision for his participation in the game. He looks forward to putting his new education to use this fall. He would very much like to go back if possible next year. Thank you for making this such a positive experience for my son.
— Jazmine L., Parent 2012
Had a Terrific Time!
Our son had a terrific time and thoroughly enjoyed himself. The staff made him feel comfortable, free to learn and be creative, and safe in all ways. It was his first time away and he was not home sick at all. This was in part due to the intense schedule of training but also due to the invested staff.
— Denise M., Parent 2011
Extremely Organized and Prepared
Encouragement is important at all ages and I think that Nike did a great job at this. My son thoroughly enjoyed his coaches and the camp staff. He has already asked if he could go back again! This camp was extremely organized and prepared.
— Phil C., Parent 2011
Gained Confidence and New Skills
My daughter really enjoyed her experience at the Nike camp both on the field and off the field. She came home with a tremendous amount of confidence and some new skills, but most importantly she had a lot of fun. I’m confident she’ll want to return to the Nike camp next year hopefully she’ll see some of the friends that she made.
— Neil C., Parent 2011
Worth every cent!
My son had a great time at your camp. I have never seen him so motivated and excited. He is still new to the sport but he feels that the camp made all the difference in improving his game. He shared his evaluation with his coach at his H.S. Summer league team. I was able to attend each evening match and enjoyed watching him grow as a player, and his fellow team mates. I was impressed with the level that coaches instructed the players and how they responded to the positive reinforcement they were receiving. I could tell that this was worth every cent! Your coaching staff is excellent. My son has already asked if he could attend next year and you can bet he will be there.
— Lionel W., Parent 2010
Stood apart from other camps
My son came back from this camp feeling that they helped him with improving his game. He felt that this camp stood apart because of the people that were running the camp. He would love to do it again next year.
— Patricia D., Parent 2010
Training disagrees with academy training
Training disagrees with academy training. Pretty soccer with multiple touches would get you benched on many teams.
— Erika G., Parent 2016
Will definitely be back!
My daughter was a bit nervous at first but by the time I talked to her that evening, she had 4 new best friends and awesome coaches. She was challenged from the beginning to the end of the camp. Really loved the specialized striker training. Very very happy with the camp - will definitely be back!
— Ted C., Parent 2009
Nike camps are top notch. The professional staff and the safe environment for my child to learn soccer and have fun at an overnight at a college was a great balance. We love these camps.
— Roman W., Parent 2009
A little more downtime. Forced activities. Had to pay to go to a movie that I slept through when I would rather have not had to waste the money/time.
— Devon M., Camper 2016
Only good things to say
My son only had good things to say about the camp, the coaches, the food and after camp activities--he chatted all the way home about it! He was tired and a bit sore, but that means he worked hard, perfect! See you next year
— Leigh A., Parent 2009
Breakthrough in his development
Our son loved the soccer camp and called it breakthrough in his development as a player. He has a greater appreciation for the game and the commitment needed to improve and reach the higher levels. He is looking forward to next year's camp.
— Robyn C., Parent 2008
Take it to the next level
This camp is absolutely the perfect camp for kids that want to take it to the next level! The dorms were great, staff was unbelievable, fields were top notch, even the food was awesome. My daughter's been to other soccer camps that she liked in the past but said she'd do the Elmhurst Nike Camp over anything next year.
— Leslie P., Parent 2008
it was very hot and they didn't always have enough water for the kids. Also, maybe a little more warning about where the games are scheduled each night...which field the kids will play on, etc.
— Orlando O., Parent 2016
I would highly recommend this camp. It is VERY organized. The staff/coaches are patient, encouraging, helpful, and kind. We had 3 boys participate and each coach pushed our boys just beyond their comfort level. It was neat to see their improvement. This is our 2nd year and we will be back again for sure (we planned our family vacation around this camp). Thank you to the amazing coaches/staff! You're truly wonderful!!!
— Derek S., Parent 2007
Saw immediate results
I enrolled my son for the Nike Soccer Camp for the first time. My son has been playing club soccer for several years and has seen improvement in his skills, however, after he attended the 1st session of the camp we saw immediate results with his skills, quickness, strategy development, recognition of formations, and better communication with his club teammates. We enrolled him in the 2nd session of the camp and again outstanding results! The coaches were the best!.
— Samuel P., Parent 2007
Knowledgeable and supportive coaches
July 28, 2021: Coach Donnie gave the most impact in David's positive experience. He was knowledgeable, supportive and gave great skills advice which David can use at his level. David is looking forward to joining again next year and bring his younger brother as well.
— Rachel B. Parent
July 9, 2018: I learned about the different formations that a team can play in and how it affects the number system! My biggest highlight of Camp was receiving The Powerade Player of Camp!
— Gina C. Camper
Making new friends
July 19, 2021: John says that making new friends that had the same interest in playing soccer was fun. I liked the fact that the camp was well organized and had some other activities like watching a movie and meeting the soccer player. Thank you!
— Agnieszka K. Parent
Mix of soccer and fun
July 27, 2021: Logan really enjoyed all of the games and the coaches he had. He came home with big smiles and had a great time, which sounded like a mix of soccer and fun. This is his second time attending and he absolutely loves getting to meet new kids and the activities that are planned outside of the soccer training too.
— Michelle R. Parent
So much fun
July 28, 2021: Greyson had a wonderful experience and this camp so much fun on and off the soccer field him and his friends are looking forward to next year!!
— Kim P. Parent
Excited to return
July 28, 2021: Brissa had a great time with all the events, but her favorite part was the water park! She is excited to return next year!
— Latosha R. Parent
July 28, 2021: High level of play, the social activities, the counselors, non-stop fun
— Mike S. Parent
Loves this camp
July 29, 2021: Tyler loves this camp! Highlights included letting us know about improvements in juggling and also a fun win in the rain during street soccer! We also appreciate the recognition you give the kids for working hard and standing out. (vs participation awards which seem to be the norm these days) The Eval is also wonderful. Tyler is now saving them to compare the weeks (he got the competitive bug) Thanks for all you do! This camp is awesome and as a former player I am your biggest advocate here in Elmhurst! Keep up the great work. See you next week
— Tiffany D. Parent
The evaluation was spot on.
June 24, 2019: He enjoyed the coaches and teammates. Mentioned a few drills he was excited about. Thought the evaluation was spot on.
— Becky D. Parent
So Many Activities!!
July 23, 2019: Natalie enjoyed playing small sided games and learned how to bend the ball. She also enjoyed the movie and dj time.
— Paula H. Parent
See You Next Year!
July 24, 2019: He loved camp and thought he got a lot of great instruction. He wants to attend next year.
— Katie N. Parent
Hardwork and Friendship
July 25, 2019: Loved the intense workouts, the classroom time, and all of the social activities! Really connected with the coaching staff.
— Michael S. Parent
July 23, 2019: Most camps work on the overall soccer game this was more on a certain skill set with shooting and finishing my daughter has been to many camps her explaining to me on what the camp coverd for 45 min tells me she enjoyed herself!! And took away a lot of lesions learned
— John C. Parent
Learning with Friends!
July 23, 2019: This is her third year going with several teammates, and they have a blast with the social aspects and get challenged with the athletic aspects. Perfect combo.
— Mike S. Parent
Confidence in her game has improved
June 23, 2021: Quinn really liked the coaches and other campers. She enjoyed the drills and the classroom sessions. She also enjoyed the kids activities when they were off the field. Quinn's confidence in her game has improved.
— Erin S. Parent
Abby reported that she loved learning new techniques
June 25, 2018: Abby reported that she loved learning new techniques for striking the ball to increase her power (an area that needed improvement). Learning new techniques, fun soccer themed games, scrimmages, and sleeping in a dorm were highlights for my daughter.
— Tracy H. Parent
Coach DiTomasso runs incredible camp
July 23, 2018: Coach DiTomasso runs incredible camp. Top notch coaches, facilities, activities, and such a positive atmosphere. John loved last year so much that he came back this year, even though no friends were able to attend with him. The fact that he may not know any other kids hit him on the way out the door headed to camp. The nerves went away as soon as he arrived and felt at home. He was all smiles every time I saw him, as I attended some of the evening scrimmages. Having fun and learning more about a sport that he truly loves. What can beat that? Thank you!
— Tim K. Parent
Thank you for a spectacular camp!
September 6, 2018: Grace loves coming to this camp and tells friends about it. This one was the best one yet, and we look forward to next year. Thank you again.
— Sean M. Parent
Recommend to others
I recommend this camp to anyone who really wants to go somewhere with their soccer career. not only did I make lots of freinds and have fun but I learned a lot and got a feeling of what it's like to be a college player. Camper
— Connor W., Camper 2016
Success of a Soccer Camper
Just thought you would like to hear some success of your Nike Camp soccer player. Colin attend this past summer the last session and received MVP of the camp. He went on to play as a Freshman for Metea Valley. He was a co-captain on the team and won the Meatea Valley Freshman Soccer MVP award. He really enjoyed the camp and was able to put the skills he learned into playing in high school.
— Dawn W., Parent 2016
My husband and I want to thank you and your staff personally, for the great experience our daughter had at your camp! One of the counselors took extra care of our daughter the 2nd night, as she was a bit hesitant about staying over. Her name was Ally and she was awesome, Hallie thought she was amazing!! Hallie has been playing soccer for about 3-4 years and been on a travel team for the past 2 years with Kickers in Aurora. After the camp she was so excited, winning the golden boot award was the icing on the cake for her!! In short, thanks for putting this camp on and your focus on motivation and positive attitude. It was awesome for Hallie and we will look to put her in another of your Nike camps, if not this year then next year for sure!!
— Erma N., Parent 2016
The Nike Soccer Camp at Elmhurst College was an amazing experience for our 12-year old son. The 3-day overnight program offered a terrific balance of field instruction and scrimmages. He also had a total blast at the evening events and made new friends. We'll be back next year!
— Vickie B., Parent 2015
The Elmhurst location was well organized and communication between parents & staff was excellent. Excellent instruction was given to my child that will help him greatly in his upcoming soccer season.
— Jody W., Parent 2015
Will be back next year
Nike Soccer Camp is an excellent camp for players who really love the game of soccer! This camp was a great experience for my daughter! Not only did she learn new soccer skills, but she made new friends and participated in great extra-curricular activities! My daughter will be back next year for Nike Camp!
— Joy O., Parent 2015
David DiTomaso, and his staff were excellent trainers. They encouraged the kids to work hard on their weak areas, and the camp was very well organized. Check in was easy, and so was checkout. My son felt very safe at all times.
— Terry A., Parent 2015
Friendly and knowledgable instructors
This was my daughter's first away soccer camp and she loved the entire experience! The instructors were helpful, friendly and caring, and provided top-notch instruction. She felt safe and secure throughout all of the practices, activities, and overnights during the three days.
— Shari C., Parent 2014
Sam had a amazing experience and he could not say enough nice things about all of you and the program you organized. He is tired and sore, but that's exactly what he should be! Thank you for taking such good care of my boy! See you next summer.
— Jared R., Parent 2014
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.