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Day Camp

July 13-17, 2020  $275   Ages 8-12 

Day Camp is for players ranging from rec level to premiere level interested in competition, development, and fun. It is an individual skills based program that incorporates those basic techniques into a team/game setting. Each morning campers will receive instruction on the essential skills of passing, receiving, dribbling, turning, etc. These skills are then developed even further in small sided games and other activities.

Lunch is held at Messiah's acclaimed Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, followed up with either a video session or swimming in the College's Indoor Pool.  The afternoon is set aside for "League Games" which provides an opportunity for their coaches to tie in the skills they have learned as well as teach basic attacking and defensive concepts.

With the recent changes to the US club soccer age requirements, the age groups are now based on January 1st birth dates.  We train/compete in two groups at camp--Juniors and Seniors.  The Junior Group is made up of 8-9 year-olds and/or U8/U9/U10.  The Senior Group is made up of 10-12 year-olds and/or U11/U12/U13.  If you wish your 9 year-old to "play up" then you need to choose the Senior Group when you register.  Please be aware that there are 6th/7th Graders in the Senior Group.

 

TESTIMONIAL FROM PARENT:

Brad,

I wanted to take a moment to commend you on a very successful week of camp. The boys from our area had a great time. But more importantly, the interest that your team shows in our kids is remarkable. At the end if the day, the kids aren't talking about goals scored, it's about the experiences shared with these young men.

I hope your players are aware of what an impact they have on our impressionable children. In a day where we struggle to find positive role models, your players and program shine.

Thanks again!
Amy, (Parent)

Each camper will be assigned a team with a coach that will be with them for the entire week.  Many of our staff members are former players of the Messiah program, now coaching on the high school and college levels, who provide a passionate soccer learning experience. A number of our current players in the Messiah's men's soccer program are chosen on the basis of their ability to teach, demonstrate, and positively motivate young soccer players. Our coach-to-player ratio is better than 1:9, and all staff must be committed to high moral and ethical standards, and are required to fill out background checks.

Goalkeeper Training: In addition to field player training we offer goalkeeper training at Day Camp. They train together with our goalkeeper coaches in the morning session from 9:10-10:10 then will be with their team the rest of the day: Ladder Tournament, Lunch, Competition, and League Games. For those campers that want both, we do offer the ability to train as a goalkeeper two days and as a field players two days.
If you want your son to receive goalkeeper training, you will be given the opportunity to sign up for it in the online registration process.

Daily Schedule:
09:00-09:10 Opening
09:10-10:15 Morning Session
10:25-11:00 Ladder Tournament
11:15-11:45 Lunch in Cafeteria
12:00-12:45 Film or Swimming
01:15-01:45 Competition
02:00-03:20 League Games
03:25-03:30 Closing

What to bring:

• Footwear: Molded cleats, sneakers, flip flops, and turf shoes (if desired)
• Shin Guards are required.
• Sun screen.
• Bring a water bottle or small thermos that your son can carry from field to field with him.
• Bring the water bottle from home each morning.
• Swimsuit and Towel
• A backpack to carry extra shoes, sunscreen, water bottle, swimsuit, etc.
• Do not bring a soccer ball, we will use our own.

Lunch:

• Lunch is provided in Lottie Nelson Dining Hall where campers have access to the all-you-can-eat cafeteria. This includes a full salad bar, sandwich station, three main entrée lines, chicken finger line, full service drink bar, deserts, and ice cream.

Food Allergies
• Lottie Nelson Dining Hall offers a variety of menu items daily that exclude the eight most common food allergens. These include Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Wheat, Soy, Milk and Eggs.  Nutrition and allergen information is available 24/7 on line for the menu items and offerings served in the restaurants at Messiah College. The information is inclusive of nutritional data, ingredient data, and dietary allergens information. The Net Nutrition software program also allows for guests of the college to filter (exclude) allergens and or dietary menu preferences from the list of menu offerings. The menus are available on NetNutrition two weeks in advance:  www.messiah.edu/menu
 
Athletic Training:

There will be a Certified Athletic Trainer present at all times at the camp. The trainer will be available to meet with you Monday morning at Registration if you have any questions or preexisting injuries.

Inclement Weather:
We will hold Day Camp rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather during drop-off or pick-up, staff members will direct you to the correct location.

Check-In:

Check-In will be held under the tent next to the Softball Field from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Monday morning. Check in will be required on the 1st morning only.  If your son car pools to camp with another parent, he can check in himself.

Friday/Closing:

Parents are encouraged to come and watch the league semi-finals and finals starting at 10:15 a.m. as well as the closing ceremonies at 11:00 a.m. There will be a staff member at the Registration Tent directing you to the correct fields Friday morning.
09:00-09:10 Opening
09:10-10:00 Morning Session
10:15-10:55 League Championships
11:00-11:30 Closing Ceremonies on Shoemaker Field

Refund Policy:
Our Refund Policy is stated on our FAQ Page.

Please
check your email regularly as this is our primary way to communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you registered for camp.

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