Posted on February 22, 2011
Stanford 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.
Stanford – Creating a great camp experience
Many colleges have developed summer camp programs to help players develop their skills and knowledge of the game. At Stanford we are taking the notion of the summer camp several steps further, creating a camp dedicated to identifying college prospects and preparing for the college experience. Here are a few of the ways Stanford is different and, we believe, better.
The camp coaches, selected from outstanding colleges across the country, are great teachers of the game and enjoy helping you reach your potential. Camp provides them with scouting opportunities to evaluate and recruit campers.
In the boys ID Camp, you help design your own curriculum. Instead of being forced into generic team training, Stanford offers a variety of topics on and off the field. You choose what fits your needs. Some topics planned for this summer include: developing a personal soccer fitness program, choosing a college, zonal defending systems, goalkeeper specific programs, improving wide area attacking, etc.
The girls camp is staffed with top coaches, international and college players. Many of Stanford’s present players were first identified at this camp. Select games under the stadium lights, goalkeeper specific training and an emphasis on technical perfection are all important elements of this camp.
Some of our finest Stanford student-athletes … top college players … live and eat with campers. Many have gone on to play with professional and national teams. Living and training with them, 24 hours a day, is a great opportunity for the aspiring student athlete.
At Stanford we want our camp environment to replicate that of the university by offering opportunities to challenge you and help you reach your potential.
For more information and to register, please visit our website:
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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