Posted on August 12, 2008
Ralph Lundy 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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Ralph Lundy Soccer Camps … much more than just training …
College soccer enjoys the presence of some remarkable individuals whose contributions to the development of our young people last lifetimes. Coaching soccer is a conduit for their teachings about life, commitment and values.
We have read Coach Robert Mayo’s letter several times. We see Ralph Lundy’s system working … inspiring confidence by improving skills … then introducing the fun of learning tactics … now challenging players to use what they have learned in real matches.
Read Robert Mayo’s letter and think about how Coach Lundy can help your player and your team. Attend his camp, meet players on his College of Charleston team. The respect and admiration they share for Coach Ralph Lundy says everything about the man.
———– Coach Robert Mayo Letter follows ———-
“I am your average 40ish soccer coach. I grew up in Atlanta in the 1970s, playing soccer with coaches who held index cards and actually read our practice sessions out loud as we all struggled to embrace a game that is as complicated tactically as it is demanding technically. I will never forget working set plays with guys who couldn’t trap or pass (I was one of them!) properly. For nine years, I’ve coached recreational soccer in much the same way, the right drills, the right books the right plans being my foundation. Two years ago my youngest daughter went select and I was talked into going with her, there I began to learn what I wished I had seen so long ago. The best tactical plans will ALWAYS fail without individual tactical skill.
The typical American youth player has no tradition of play outside the weekly three hours of practice and one hour of game during season, they don’t watch soccer, their parents don’t play it with them, and neighborhood pick up play is almost non-existent. The fact is that even the typical mid level select player rarely touches the ball between practices! I was amazed that on my own Athena D team some girls didn’t even own a ball! So why do we spend precious time coaching tactical and team play when our players can often not even pass and receive correctly? How frustrating for the better players and disheartening for the coach (and the player who causes the breakdown) is the missed pass or fumbled reception?
The Ralph Lundy tradition has known and aggressively sought a system to solve the technical weakness inherent to the American player for years. If only I had known! For me the light came on when a Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy staff coach began to train my daughter and teach me how to use the theory of technical repetition in my coaching sessions. I was so happy with the results that I took a week off work that summer and went with my team to train at the Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy at West Georgia. What a week! I learned so much, but most of all, I saw the proof. Give your players the exact technical instruction on how to handle the BASICS of ball handling, then make them do it over and over in a fun challenging way. Once a player has mastered skillful play, then one can introduce the tactical aspect of the game. REPETITION is the key to the Lundy philosophy. It will recreate what the English or Brazilian youth learns automatically in their soccer culture.
That Lundy camp changed the way my kids play forever, it changed the way I coach forever. My kids now understand that the perfect pass, tackle, reception, or move is equal to any goal or won game. The pleasure and personal pride with which they play now has given me a new love for the game.”
Coach Robert Mayo
Shockers White 91 Savannah Ga.
Information and registration: http://www.ralphlundy.com
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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