Player ONE powered by Nike Soccer Camps - Saratoga High School
Experience the Unique, Player-Centric Approach to Training
Player ONE and Nike Soccer Camps come together to offer a camp experience sure to improve our campers' skills and provide lots of fun in Saratoga for 2019!
The name Player One centers our entire philosophy and approach around your player. Take everything you would want from a traditional soccer camp, add the unique, player-centric approach from each and every one of our staff members, and your Player One experience is one you want to experience over and again. Unique in name, approach, process and product, Player One is your ultimate soccer camp as you look to maximize your player's ability.
- Unique, professional Player One camp curriculum
- Low camper to coach ratio of 12:1
- Nike Soccer Camp T-shirt
- Action photos of camp posted through our social media channels. Taken on the day, posted on the day!
- Personalized Player One profile including camp evaluation form and an FDP (future development plan). We will give your Player One ideas and tips on how to improve after the camp is over.
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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.
Coed: June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, and July 22-26.
Check-in: Monday at 8:30 AM
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 2:30 PM
Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
Daily Hours: Monday to Friday 9 AM-3 PM
Camp is open to ages 5-16, all ability levels. Youth soccer players have the opportunity to train for the best through presentations, on-field training, small-sided games and a video evaluation.Show Less See More Camp Details
About Player One
Player One Soccer was created in 2016 provide a more personal, professional, detail-orientated program for the aspiring young soccer player. Through years of experience, hard work and passion, Player One Soccer has created an unique camp structure with the primary focus on improving each individual player above and beyond their own highest vision of capability. Our staff are hand picked, fully trained, and experienced. They are full time, year round, professional youth soccer coaches and educators. Coaches are selected first on their ability to interact and inspire, then their willingness to always put in extra to improve each player. Our Player One camp profile is like no other. Each camper will receive a packet at the end of the week with a Player One individual camp photo and a full camper evaluation. Our staff take care to ensure you continue to improve long after the camp is over. Coaches are available on the last day to give one-on-one feedback to players and parents. A specialized camp curriculum is offered, ever evolving and created through years of experience and study, executed with the highest levels of professionalism. Your Player One is guaranteed to improve and to be inspired from our week of camp.
2019 Session Information
Day Campers arrive on Monday morning, camp runs 5 days through Friday, from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Campers arrive at 8:00 am and are picked up by 4:00 pm.
Half Day Campers attend from 9:00 am - noon. Check in at 8:00 am.
*Snacks, water, Gatorade, first aid, and shade are provided.
*At the end of camp, players will receive a full player profile and evaluation form.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be 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.
What to Bring
- Health & Release Forms (Hand in at check-in)
- Shin guards
- Water Bottle & Lunch
Team Discounts Available
If you have a group of eight 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
- 8:30-9:00 Check- in, interaction with coaches
- 9:00-9:10 am Intro to the day, recap of previous day
- 9:10-9:45 am Warm Up. All warm up stations include speed agility quickness, coordination, balance, and ball work activity. We use a ball for everything and combine soccer specific movements into our warmups.
- 9:50-10:40 am Technical Stations. Dribbling, ball mastery, control, balance and coordination skill stations last 3 minutes each, and players are grouped with 3-5 players per small group.
- 10:45-10:55 am Snack
- 11:00-12:00 Main Stations. Players are now grouped in larger groups based on age and ability, and work through 4 x 15 min stations including but not limited to - Scrimmage, 1v1, 2v2, flying changes, finishing, crossing and finishing, handball, mini scrimmage.
- 12:05-1:00 Morning Camper leave at 12:05pm. Afternoon campers eat lunch in the shade until 1pm.
- 1:05-3:00 Afternoon scrimmages/World Cup Tournament. Yes! We do a tournament every day for the afternoon campers.
- 3:05 Check out
Saratoga High School
The Player One powered by Nike Soccer Camps is hosted at Saratoga High School.
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Coach Ben Maxwell and his Player One team of coaches did an amazing job at coaching
June 30, 2018: Our son improved his soccer skills while having fun. Coach Ben Maxwell and his Player One team of coaches did an amazing job at coaching this week, we will definitely come back for Player One Nike Soccer Camp! We also appreciate that the coaches would take the time to re-apply sunscreen on our kids mid-day. It showed how much they cared for the well being of our kids.
— Maribel R. Parent
I learned about different ways to strike the ball
June 30, 2018: The Friday tournament was really fun and I also like that on the hot days we got to go and watch a world cup game. At camp I learned about different ways to strike the ball and got to practice my turn of direction.
— Tyler B. Camper
Peyton enjoyed every aspect of the camp
July 21, 2018: Peyton enjoyed every aspect of the camp but the highlight was the World Cup competition. She had to leave early on the last day and she was bummed she couldn’t stay until the end. Great job by you and the other coaches.
— Mike A. Parent
Got better with her left foot
July 4, 2018: My daughter learned to take open space when dribbling and get better with her left foot. She really enjoyed the camp and she says she feels like she got a lot better!
— Chrystal K. Parent
Really hard to improve on such a great camp!
July 1, 2018: Extremely well ran Camp, the facility and coaching staff were exceptional. My son asked me to please send him to another week of camp after he completed the 1st week. So I did. Paired/Playing with other skilled players. It was great for him to play against older kids to challenge him. Really hard to improve on such a great camp. The environment created by Ben Maxwell and his staff truly promote the game of soccer for all.
— Todd H. Parent
Getting the Player Evaluation was truly fantastic... Having written feedback to continue to grow and strive to improve skills is beyond helpful. This is the first time we have ever received anything like this and we are so grateful. Ben's passion for soccer and his gift for reaching kids as a coach is the best I have ever seen. He genuinely invests in the kids and brings out the best in them while working on their areas for improvement in a personalized way. We will definitely be back! With friends!
— Ylka V., Parent 2017
The coaching staff was wonderful with my two boys --they helped build their self-esteem and the boys were VERY happy after each session. It was a terrific experience and we would for SURE do it again!
— Lindsay F., Parent 2017
Coach Ben was awesome! He was always positive with the boys, complimenting them as they did drills, but also encouraging them to push harder and grow more as players. I've never seen such high level coaching at a camp before. He really connects with each kid.
— Justin P.
Challenging and Fun
So happy I finally found a camp that meets my kid's needs. Having an elite player, it's been difficult to find a camp that is both challenging and fun. Coach Ben finds ways to challenge my son to improve every aspect of his game, but always in an encouraging way. And this camp had other top level players, so my son had good competition. We will definitely do more Player One Soccer camps!
— Diane P.
This is beyond soccer
Ben Maxwell is a rare talent in the coaching world. What he has been developed in my son is beyond soccer. Ben's passion has cultivated soccer character, which includes enormous confidence, world-class skills, and a big game personality. When my son began training with Ben, he was timid, uncertain, and afraid to make mistakes. I can honestly say he has transformed into a fearless force to be reckoned with on (and off) the field. I will always be grateful for the point of inspiration Ben has been for my son."
— Ylka V.
Second to none
Coming from two parents who played collegiate soccer, coach Ben Maxwell is second to none. We have experienced many coaches in our playing careers and in our three children's various sports, and have yet to be as impressed as we are with coach Ben. His camps are incredibly organized, detail oriented, and he creates an atmosphere that the kids will thoroughly enjoy. If your searching for the perfect camp for you son or daughter to grow not only as a player but as a person, look no further!
— Monique A.
Ben coached my daughter for several years, developing her from a talented but raw rec player, to a top player in one of the top clubs in the country. During tryouts the first time he saw her play when she was 9, he immediately recognized her athletic ability, looked past her skills deficiencies, and offered her a spot on his team. Throughout the years he coached her, he taught her world-class skills that helped harness her athletic ability, allowing her to move up several levels in a short period of time. She is now a high-school player, contemplating collegiate play. He also worked hard on developing her aggressiveness on the ball, and importantly for young girls, gave her confidence as a player and as a person. He is incredibly supportive of players, giving feedback in a very direct but constructive manner, taking the game seriously but lending levity and fun to each practice. I cannot recommend him enough as a coach your child will learn from and never forget.
— Ellen R.
My sons both train with Ben. His Player One Soccer Programs are elite, the best of the best. They've been transformed both of my kids. Both started at the rec level and got a late start to competitive soccer. We were worried that it would be tough to catch up. Now they are both on the starting teams on some of the top club teams in the Bay Area. Ben saw the work ethic in my kids, and he understood their style of play, and has worked with them to bring out the very best. When you see coach Ben and his staff, you understand he doesn't deliver your standard soccer training. He gets the kids to love the game, work harder than they thought they could, and get the most out of every minute. My kids look forward to learning from Ben and his staff. It's the highlight of the year for them. There is a reason that kids drive 2 or 3 hours away to attend these programs. Finally, there is a camp that is personalized around the player. 5 Stars!
— Pete I.
Learned a lot
Ben's camps are great! They are extremely structured and help players develop. The camps are not only helpful physically, they also help the players mentally. I have learned a lot from his camps.
— Sean K., player
The best camps!
Coach Ben’s soccer camps are the best! We have three boys who play at a very high level of competitive soccer and they just love his camps. We drop them off in the morning on the way to work (yes, Ben’s there nice and early). When we pick them up all they can talk about on the way home is who won, or who did this, and did you see that! We would definitely recommend these camps!
— Tish & Jon B.
Coach that cares
Our son has trained with Ben Maxwell in various capacities over the past two years. Ben is able to quickly identify a player's strengths and weaknesses, and provides specific and customized sessions to address a player's needs. Further, he is a coach that cares about each player, and connects on a personal level. Our son loves training with Coach Ben and has grown significantly as a soccer player.
— Nicole S.