Posted on October 17, 2007
Ohio State Soccer Camps… 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.
OHIO STATE Logo
Ohio State Camps … much more than just training …
The Ohio State University coaching staff is committed to the growth of quality soccer and individual instruction is our primary focus. Basic education principles are evident throughout our entire program. In soccer education, a player must learn the techniques of the game before they can become an accomplished player. Player development will occur when technical ability, tactical understanding and physical fitness are all trained in a positive, challenging and competitive environment. Our objective is to develop players who will respond to the challenges of the game in a confident and creative manner.
HEAD COACH JOHN BLUEM
Since taking over the program in 1997, the Buckeyes have made steady progress toward regional and national recognition under the direction of head coach John Bluem and a dedicated and talented staff.
Bluem, the 2004 and 1999 Big Ten Coach of the Year, has coached three Big Ten Freshmen of the Year, one Big Ten Player of the Year and 38 All-Big Ten Conference players. Eleven of Bluem’s former players have been on MLS rosters. Six of his Ohio State players have been MLS draft picks, including two recent third-round selections in Ray Burse, who was the first goalkeeper chosen, to Dallas and defender Kyle Veris to Los Angeles.
“I believe coaches are measured by the players they have developed. In this regard we have selected a curriculum of instruction for the Ohio State Soccer Camp that is designed to help each individual player improve and develop the skills necessary to take their game to the next level.”
Information and registration: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=17300&SPID=10409&SPSID=87756
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
GOOGLE: “student athlete magazine”
Student Athlete Magazine
If you found this article helpful, please subscribe to Student Athlete magazine and see our website (http://www.student-athlete.net) for information about our College Scholarships SYSTEM that includes 3 books, 18 pamphlets and a video. Since 1991 our SYSTEM has helped over 1 million families get the kids to college and on the team … often with full scholarships.