John O'Connor's U RI Soccer Academy

John O’Connor’s Soccer Academy .. much more than just training …

College Opportunities for Student Athletes magazine, since 1991, written with several hundred college coaches, specifically to help subscribers get to college and on the team … often with full scholarships.

Summer camps are, in our opinion, the best way to get to know the college coach you may some day play for. Coaches use camps to train and evaluate future members of their teams. Summer camps provide an ideal environment for both student athlete and coach to thoroughly prepare and improve the quality of the recruiting decision.

For these important reasons we publish our book, The Best Soccer Camps and dedicate the Spring Edition of our magazine, College Opportunities for Student Athletes to detailed reviews of only 100 summer camp operators, nationwide.

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John O’Connor’s Soccer Academy .. much more than just training …

John O’Connor enters his fifth season as the head men’s soccer coach at Rhode Island in 2010-11. In four seasons with the Rams, O’Connor has compiled a 38-30-13 record while coaching four MLS draft picks, three adidas/MLS Player Combine invitees, an All-American, eight NSCAA All-Region selections, two A-10 Players of the Year, 15 All-Conference picks and two Academic All-Conference honorees.

The University of Rhode Island men’s soccer program has a proven track record of developing quality talent. Winners of five Atlantic-10 championships, six Atlantic-10 tournament titles and six NCAA Division I tournament berths, URI has developed players who’ve gone on to play in MLS, USL and abroad. The same attention to detail that defines Rhody men’s soccer is found at the Rhode Island Elite Soccer Academy. Led by Head Coach John O’Connor, a former NCAA Coach of the Year, participants are subject to the same training and that makes URI players what they are today. Campers have the opportunity to train in technique as well as tactics, hear from experts on nutrition, strength, speed, agility and learn what it takes to play college soccer and get to the next level.

The staff of the Rhode Island Elite Soccer Academy features college coaches with extensive experience teaching and evaluating players. REISA attracts athletes from around the Northeast which created an exciting atmosphere of learning. Campers will train on URI’s beautiful Kingston campus in the South County region of the Ocean State. While on campus participants will work alongside college players from the University of Rhode Island as well as other colleges and universities around the country. In our minds, these are the components that separate our camp from others.

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Summer Camps: Much More Than Training

Every camp here has been selected in our Best Soccer Camps book. The current edition of our Best Soccer Camps book contains only 100 selected camps from the more than 500 summer soccer camps.

Is this approach working? When have you seen so many camp ads and articles, anywhere, ever? Think about this. We talk to more serious soccer families and more truly dedicated college coaches, in one year, than anyone. And we help readers find the good camps that can affect their college futures, and their lives.

Now, consider what serious players do for top camps. Competitive players make the camp a success, elevate the level of play, and challenge other players. They stimulate the coaching staff. Everyone learns more and has more fun. And sometimes, a player catches the eye of a coach because, “Those campers were working so hard they looked like college players.” … the rest … perhaps, is history!

Readers refer to our Student Athlete magazine as the “Consumer Reports” of College-Bound sports. We are proud to have earned your respect. When we compile our Special Campers Issues we invite only camps recommended in our Best Camps book to advertise. We’ve done our homework. All of these camps are good!

As parents of serious student athletes, we know how expensive, yet important, good camp selection is. Add the camp’s cost, airfare, new clothes, new equipment, spending money, telephone, ground transportation and family gifts … a residential camp’s cost can total $1000!

What are the alternatives, once you’ve learned how to how play, for getting noticed by the college coaches?

The three most important things to do, to increase your chances of playing sports in college are:

1. Participate in the ODP
2. Win state cup with your club team
3. Attend camp at the college where you hope to play

Camp selection is the only event YOU can control. By the end of the camp, both you and the coach will know if his college is in your future. If the news is not good, ask him to recommend colleges where you can play, and to use him as a reference.


Bob Collins, Editor
Student Athlete Scholarships Foundation
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