Nike Soccer Camp UC Santa Cruz
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This camp provides a fun and competitive environment for players of all ability levels. Join us for an excellent opportunity to interact with high-level coaches and collegiate players. By working with the coaches at UC Santa Cruz and Player ONE, we are able to offer an unforgettable growth experience no matter what your age or skill level.
Join us at the Nike Soccer Camp at UC Santa Cruz. Our goal at this co-ed camp is to stimulate a love for the game in young athletes by showing them how to accelerate their own progress and success.
- Team play, skill development, games and tournaments
- Nike Soccer Camp t-shirt
- Post camp evaluation
- Six hours of daily instruction
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Camp Director Ben Maxwell
A native of Scotland, Ben Maxwell has been coaching in the USA for 13 years. Ben has coached in 10 states, and has been settled in California for 10 years. In his time in California, Ben has proven to be one of the top youth soccer coaches, notably when it comes to the long term technical development of the player.View Ben Maxwell's Bio ⟩
Amongst his multiple accomplishments in youth soccer, Ben is most proud of the players he has coached who have reached the highest levels. Currently, Ben has players taking part in the US Soccer National Team Training Center, US Soccer Development Academy(USSDA), Elite Clubs National League (ECNL ), National Premier League (NPL) and NorCal Premier League. Ben also has currently 10 players in the prestigious NorCal PDP and IDP system.
Coach Maxwell holds himself to the highest of standards when it comes to preparation and communication. A strong communicator, Ben is always available to provide feedback to the player and his/her family. When it comes to preparation, Ben takes every detail into account when planning camps, training sessions, FDP's (future development plans). This preparation is easy to notice when viewing the quality of training sessions that he produces.
Maxwell's love for the sport, and desire to help young players is what underlines his overall enthusiasm to teach the game of soccer. To be the ultimate coach, Ben believes you need to know the game, and the people who play it. Through 15 years coaching experience, studying the top coaches here in the USA and all over Europe, Maxwell has created a program unique in its development, presented and implemented to the highest of standards.
Co-Director Michael Runeare
Mike Runeare, in his ninth season as head coach of the Slugs, brings vast experience as both a head coach and as a former player.View Michael Runeare's Bio ⟩
As a coach, the New York native boasts an extensive resume, including an “A” license from the United States Soccer Federation as well as a “Premier” license from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He is also the former head coach of the Santa Cruz Breakers U-16 Academy team, Santa Cruz Breakers NPSL team, and is the current head coach of the Santa Cruz Breakers U-18 Academy team.
As a player, Mike played four years at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, captaining the team in 1984. He went on to play professionally for the Houston Dynamo in 1985 and for the Kalamazoo Kangaroos in 1986 as part of the American Indoor Soccer Association. Mike was the UCSC Head Women’s Coach from 2002-2008 where he led the team to an outstanding four NCAA post-season appearances. In his first year with the men’s team in 2009, Mike once again was able to bring his team to the NCAA tournament.
Our camp directors have a major stake in providing camps of the highest quality: camps that are fun, that improve the skills of the campers, and that provide the campers with the opportunity to make new, life-long friends. The best place to become a better soccer player is in the company of coaches and players who share your passion. Their program at UC Santa Cruz emphasizes small group tactics within the framework of team strategy and game play, and campers leave with a deeper and more improved understanding of the game. Specialized goalkeeper instruction is available but will not be the primary focus of the camp.Show Less See More Camp Details
What's included in the fee?
Overnight Campers: Professional coaching and instruction on grass fields, all meals, on-campus housing, supervision, and evening activities.
Extended Day Campers (varies with location) 9am-9pm: Professional coaching and instruction, lunch, dinner, and evening activities.
Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
2018 SESSION INFORMATION
Camp Dates: July 16 - 19, 2018 - Co-ed - Directed by Ben Maxwell
July 30 - August 2, 2018 - Boys - Directed by Michael Runeare
Check-in: between 12:30-1:30pm on the first day at residential hall. Dinner is the first meal.
Check out: final games are from 9:30-11:30am at the soccer fields. Parents are invited to attend. Check out from the dorms follows at 12:00pm.
Players Grouped by: skill, age, years of experience
Evaluation: Written by coaching staff
Facility: Grass fields
Campers Per Room: 2
Roommates: guaranteed if requested 14 days prior to camp
Bathrooms: shared by floor
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: NO
Key Deposit: $75 for the room key. $10 for the meal card. Payable to US Sports
Spending Money: $40
Medical Facility: an athletic trainer is on-site
Nearest Airport: San Jose International Airport approximately 30 miles, San Francisco International airport approximately 70 miles
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.
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
- 7:30am Run/Breakfast
- 8:30am Video/Lecture
- 9:30am Field Session (Technical Skills Development)
- 12:00pm Lunch
- 2:00pm Field Session (Tactical Training)
- 5:00pm Dinner
- 6:30pm Field Session (Tournament Games)
- 9:00pm In dorms - evening activities
- 10:30pm Lights out
The University of California, Santa Cruz is located 35 miles from San Jose, on a beautiful coastal campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by gorgeous views and towering redwoods, campers are inspired to develop their love of the game and improve their individual and team skills.
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He really enjoyed the scrimmages and making new friends!
My son learned new skill moves in dribbling and had a great time at camp.
— Yvette T., Parent 2017
Such a great experience!
I attended to US girls soccer program at UC Santa Cruz and not only was the field by the beautiful view of the bay but I got the see the nice campus itself. This program has taught me many things that I will use later on in life such as communication. I made friends from different backgrounds and met some amazing coaches. I am glad I got the opportunity to attend a great program. Thank you!
— Maria R., Camper 2017
It truly enjoyable experience for children of all skill levels
— Lynn M., Parent 2016
Loved the College Experience
My daughter attended soccer camp at UC Santa Cruz, and I wanted to thank you for all you did to make her experience a great one! She has never been to an overnight camp before, so we were a little worried about having her 4 hours away from us, but she says she never even felt a pang of homesickness. She loved the busy schedule, the experience of living in a college dorm, and the soccer skills she was able to learn and reinforce. She also had lots of fun with the other campers. She came home confident and bubbling with plans to return next year. Whatever you are doing, keep up the good work -- she had a blast! Thanks again for taking care of our precious budding athlete!
— Stephen W., Parent 2015
Loved the experience
Perfect camp for anyone who loves soccer. My son really loved this experience! He enrolled with a friend, but also made new friends and looks forward to attending again next year!
— Lucy S., Parent 2015
Want to Return
My nephews both had an awesome time and want to return next year. They learned a lot of new techniques and raved about the camp, they even loved the food. The oldest said it was too short and both want to come back next year.
— Marion G., Parent 2015
Kudos to Coach Scheese
My daughter loved everything about the camp: training, coaches, other campers, location, meals, dorms, schedule, etc. She'd stay for a month if she could. Kudos to Emily and her team for equipping her with new skills, encouraging her game, and giving her a great week.
— Viola G., Parent 2015
Great instruction, connection with the kids, effective blending of ages and abilities. Realistic and on-target advice for those really ambitious to play after high school. Good mix of individual and group attention.
— Gayle S., Parent 2015
Detailed Player Evaluation
My son had a great experience in the Nike soccer camp at UC Santa Cruz for the second time. He was very happy with the overall quality of the camp and would definitely consider returning next summer. I am impressed with the detailed player evaluation provided to each camper. I would highly recommend to motivated players.
— Annie C., Parent 2015
This was my son's 1st sleep away camp and he had a ball. It was life changing and he wants to do more camps next year. I think it was perfect
— Michael S., Parent 2014
My daughter had an excellent experience at the Nike Soccer Camp. It was her first sleep over camp and she enjoyed it immensely. The staff was excellent.
— Paula C., Parent 2014
Loved the camp!
My son loved the camp! He came home asking if he can go back next year. The level of training is very high and very well done
— Thomas S., Parent 2014
Can I come back next year?
My 10-year old son Daniel attended Nike Soccer Camp for the first time this year. He loved the goalie training that he received and he felt that he really benefited by playing soccer with the older and more experienced teenage boys. Daniel's first words when we came to pick him up were "can I go again next summer?" Daniel's goalkeeping skills improved so much from his week at camp that his coach and other team parents inquired more about the Nike Camp. We are sending Daniel back again next summer. He had fun and learned a lot during his week.
— Gilly W., Parent 2013
Nike Soccer Camp was a great way to improve your skills, ability, and meet new friends. Every thing about the camp was great.
— Hayden M., Camper 2013
Great Goalie Training
Nike Soccer Camp helped better prepare me for high school soccer. I learned new dives and techniques and how to keep people safe as a goalkeeper.
— Jana M., Camper 2012
Ready to go Back!
Very good system and schedule, appropriate instruction levels, great personnel! Well done and the kids had a great time and are ready to go back.
— Gareth A., Parent 2012
Too much free time
Don't advertise a morning run or lecture and then follow another schedule. The advertisement made us believe it would be a lot more intense. Too much free time.
— Bonnie B., Camper 2016
Take it to the Next Level!
The Nike Soccer Camp was just what my son needed. After several years of AYSO Summer camps and club soccer during the spring, the Nike Camp kicked up the intensity, allowed him to play with boys of greater and equal skill, and gave me individual feedback on what he needed to work on to make it to the next level.
— Omar P., Parent 2011
Girls were babied
Did not like that the girls did drills the majority of the morning on the last day. They played a very short game and that was it. The boys played games the whole morning. My daughter was very frustrated about that. She felt like the boys got a much more rigorous workout in general and the girls were somewhat babied.
— Stefanie T., Parent 2016
The campers were very pleased with the dorms, very pleased with the food and pleased with the fact that they were always busy with activity. Well done and organized.
— Quint T., Parent 2011
My daughter was one of the youngest campers during her week at camp, and I was a little worried about that, but she had a fantastic time. Great coaching, excellent training, and well run. She came home with some new tricks and new friends.
— Esmerelda P., Parent 2010
Knowledgeable and Encouraging Staff
I have two teens, it was their second time at Nike Soccer Camp. They both enjoy staying on campus, it's beautiful. The coaching staff are knowledgeable and encouraging.
— Albert Y., Parent 2010
Taught us a lot
This camp was a very enjoyable experience. I like how they hammered the fundamentals of soccer, and taught us a lot of new tricks. I also had fun when we would take breaks and play with our new friends after every session. The coaches were nice, serious about soccer, and really funny.
— Gina G., Camper 2010
Love the energy
My son had the most wonderful experience at the camp. It was his first time and he just loved it, the staff make him to feel at home. He had the chance to meet new people that he is currently keeping in touch as we live in Canada. He is coming back next year and he want to do both session. Love the energy of the staff. Thank you again.
— Fiona N., Parent 2009
The setting was great, the daily schedule was perfect, and I loved getting to know all the other attendees. The activities were interesting, and I learned quite a bit.
— Wendy M., Camper 2009