Here’s a recent email I got regarding soccer camps:
My son is 12 and [has been] in club soccer for 3 years. He loves the game and is in the top 25% of his team (not top 5%). He plays wing back right or left. Is short, fast and technical.
My questions to you were –
1. What camps can he attend in US or overseas that you could recommend. He is attending No. 1 soccer camp and a one week camp in Paris, Clairefontaine; in addition to several weeks with his club in town this summer.
2. The local academy team (Bolts and Revs) have so so programs. What are the alternatives for my son
The truth is I haven’t deeply danced with the soccer camp market, so I don’t have recommendations.
I guess the most important question is: What are you looking to get out of a camp?
- Have fun?
- Social growth?
- Be ‘discovered’?
- Other things?
Of course we’d like to say: “all of it”. But that’s just not likely.
Numbers 1 and 2 are easy and pretty much taken care of by all.
This is a tough one. Because it is a function of the player’s current level, the level of the coaches putting on the camp, and whether the camp is expertly architected to transmit a real and lasting lesson.
Camps that I’ve seen, or brushed up against, in Southern Cali I’d never be able to recommend with a straight face. And I’m certain that would generally hold true anywhere in the country.
Think of it this way: I’ve always said >99% of all coaches aren’t capable at a high level. So what are the chances that coaches/administrators architecting and executing a camp, are? Maybe for the lower end player … maybe.
But like everything, the most important thing is for you to have clear objectives. What exactly are you looking to get out of a service?
Beyond the Ball and Grass
In a situation like the Barcelona Summer Camp I’m supporting, this is what I see as the major plus:
Experiencing a foreign country’s football – its people, its atmosphere, its philosophy and instruction, is something I think every American soccer kid and parent should get exposed to. It may very well be a requirement for anyone aspiring to truly high level play.
What do you guys think about camps?