Posted on June 29, 2007
Stetson Girl’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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Stetson Girl’s Soccer Academy: Quality versus Quantity.
Too many summer soccer camps are about numbers. More campers = more profits. Too many soccer camps utilize college players as lead staff coaches. The Stetson Girl’s Soccer Academy limits enrollment to 72 players. Stetson’s six staff coaches have over 50 years of college Head Coaching Experience and over 30 years of state and regional ODP coaching experience. Each staff coach has two Stetson University Soccer players as camp coaching assistants at every session — That’s and amazing 4 to 1 ratio!!! Typical ratios are 15 or 20 to 1 coach.
The goal of the Academy is simply to create a positive learning environment for each individual camper. It is thru this environment that Head Coach Julie Orlowski and her staff will challenge every level of player to push their comfort zones to become a better player.
Players will begin the week in their respective age groups. However, the camp staff will constantly evaluate the talent level of each camper, and make adjustments throughout the week. This evolution is designed to challenge each camper in all aspects of their game. This camp is for female players of all levels ages six and above.
Stetson University is a small private college, founded in 1883 and located within easy reach of Orlando and Daytona Beach. All staff and campers are housed on campus in Conrad Hall reserved only for the soccer academy.
Summer Camps: Much More Than Training
Every camp here has been selected in our Best 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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